Seahawks vs Colts

Preseason NFL games aren’t so much about the result on the scoreboard. What’s more important are the little battles conducted along the way as teams try to sort through what they have on their roster and players strive to show they belong.

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As the Seahawks open their 43rd preseason Thursday night against the Colts at CenturyLink Field, here are a few things worth watching.

Richard Sherman is gone, Kam Chancellor is out for the year if not his career, Earl Thomas is holding out and the one remaining Legion of Boom founding member on the current active roster — Byron Maxwell — is nursing a groin/hip injury.

That means the Seahawks’ starting secondary tonight figures to be strong safety Bradley McDougald, free safety Tedric Thompson and cornerbacks Shaquill Griffin and Tre Flowers — the latter a fifth-round pick still making the transition from college safety. Other possible replacements if Maxwell is out such as Neiko Thorpe, Trovon Reed and Dontae Johnson have also been battling injury issues and appear likely out for Thursday night. Justin Coleman will be the nickel.

The Colts, meanwhile, have said quarterback Andrew Luck will play almost a quarter in what will be his first game since the 2016 regular season. (Luck has been battling a shoulder injury.) Who knows for sure what Luck will be like after such a layoff. But if he’s anything close to his usual form, then he has some good targets to throw to in T.Y. Hilton and Ryan Grant who could give the Seahawks a lot of “information’’ — as coach Pete Carroll so often refers to it — about the reshaped secondary.

The Seahawks have used the same five as the number one offensive line throughout camp: Left tackle Duane Brown, left guard Ethan Pocic, center Justin Britt, right guard D.J. Fluker and right tackle Germain Ifedi. The Seahawks have stated that while there’s always competition, they’d be fine if those five could solidify things and allow the line to build plenty of cohesion and continuity heading into the regular season.

The biggest question there is suddenly Ifedi, who was benched during a mock game last Saturday after committing two penalties and then demoted to the second team for the final series of Tuesday’s practice as apparent punishment for another false start penalty.

Ifedi’s issues came as the Seahawks began giving rookie Jamarco Jones snaps at right tackle after he had played solely left earlier, andCarroll says Jones has been one of the pleasant surprises of training camp.

Ifedi, though, remains the starter for now, and while the reports of his struggles have led to a rising cry from fans clamoring for change, the reality remains that the only other apparent options at the moment are a rookie (Jones) or two vets with little game experience (Isaiah Battle, Willie Beavers). For now, the team is leaving George Fant at left tackle as he works his way back from knee surgery a year ago.

Still, it’s obvious the team’s patience with Ifedi is wearing thin and additional penalties/mistakes in the preseason will only shorten the leash.

The game will be the first chance for the Seahawks to get a look in game action at the league’s new rules on kickoffs. Two of the most basic changes of the rules are that the players on the kickoff team cannot get a running start — they have to line up within at least one yard of the ball at kickoff — and the receiving team has to have eight players lined up within 15 yards of where the ball is kicked off with only three allowed deep and no wedge blocking allowed.

That has led to the thinking that teams may line up three potential returners deep, with Seattle potentially pairing Lockett with two others capable of returning, such as first-round pick Rashaad Penny.

“I don’t think it’s going to be much different,’’ Lockett said. “Obviously, the people can’t run five yards, we can’t have wedges, it’s going to be different things that we are going to have to try figure out. But, it’s like what I said earlier in OTA’s, it’s probably going to end up being more like a punt return. You’re going to have a lot more space to be able to work with.’’

Two of the most fascinating position battles are at kicker (Sebastian Janikowski, Jason Myers) and punter (Jon Ryan, Michael Dickson). Carroll has said all will get their chances in preseason games, though he didn’t specify exactly how they will rotate.

Janikowski and Dickson have emerged as even bigger favorites to win the jobs over the past week. But the Seahawks will pay particular attention to how Dickson, a rookie, handles NFL punting.

Also worth watching are the kicking batteries. The punter will also have to be the holder and it’s thought Ryan has a significant edge there on Dickson. Ryan has more often held for Janikowski in camp but if Dickson is going to be the punter and Janikowski the kicker, at some point the two will have to get comfortable in game situations.

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Panthers vs Bills : The Panthers open the preseason on Thursday against the Buffalo Bills. While the starters will see limited action, it’s still a good opportunity to see Panthers football. We can’t really complain about that, can we?

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We can expect most of the starters to see at least a series or two of action, with the backups handling things the rest of the way. Look for the rookies to get a lot of playing time, notably wide receiver D.J. Moore, as the coaches continue to evaluate how they best fit in the game plan.

Here’s all the info you need to keep up with the action as it unfolds.
Game day information

What: Carolina Panthers at Buffalo Bills
When: Thursday, August 9 at 7 p.m. ET
Where: New Era Field (Orchard Park, NY)
TV: Panthers TV; Mick Mixon, Mike Rucker | NFL Network (replay 8/10 at 10am ET)
Radio: 1110 AM WBT (local)
Weather: 79°/66° / Partly Cloudy / 13 mph W wind / 20% precip. (Complete forecast)
Miscellaneous information

Online Streaming

If you don’t live in the Panthers television market, you can stream all NFL preseason and regular season games on demand if you purchase NFL Game Pass. It’s a little pricey at $99, but it also includes access to All-22 film. If you’re just desperate to watch the Panthers game there is a 7-day free trial, but sign up at your own risk if you’re one of those people who forgets to cancel before the free trial is over.

*Note: You cannot watch regular season games live with this option. You have to wait until after the games are over before you can stream them. You can find more information here.

TV Replays

NFL Network will air condensed replays of every preseason game throughout the week. To see when the Panthers’ game will be replayed, you can check NFL Network’s preseason schedule for more information.

Roaring Riot Watch Parties

If you’re unable to watch the game via live tv or streaming, or if you prefer to watch in the company of fellow Panthers fans, check out the Roaring Riot to see if there is a watch party in your area. Membership is not required to get in the door, but if you’re interested in purchasing a membership you can find all the information you need here.

Bears vs Bengals | Live Stream NFL Preseason

The Chicago Bears brought football back to our lives as they played in the 2018 Hall of Fame Game. Though technically the return of the NFL, that’s not when the NFL preseason really gets underway. That, instead, is reserved for Thursday, Aug. 9. And Chicago will once again be in action as they travel to take on the Cincinnati Bengals.

The Cincinnati Bengals start 2018 preseason play with a visit from Mitchell Trubisky and the Chicago Bears.

Like the Bengals, those Bears hope new weapons such as Allen Robinson and Anthony Miller can rally around Trubisky to create something special. The Bengals enter hoping starters along the offensive line emerge and wideouts not named A.J. Green step up and start producing.

To get you ready for the encounter, we’ve assembled the important information surrounding the contest. Feel free to follow along on Twitter with @Chris_Roling and @TheBengalsWire.

For the Bears in this game, we might see far more than we did in their opening contest in Canton. That’s because we could see the likes of quarterback Mitchell Trubisky and running back Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen. Chicago didn’t play any real starters in the Hall of Fame Game, but that is likely to change as these guys adjust to the new offense of head coach Matt Nagy, which has been much hyped this offseason.

When you look at the Bengals, it was really a year to forget in 2017 as they missed the playoffs. Now Andy Dalton and Co. are looking to bounce back in a big way. They could see big things this season from Joe Mixon and bounce-back campaign from A.J. Green. This all hinges, however, on the improvements they made on the offensive line — like first-rounder Billy Price — working out for them heading into 2018.

Details for Thursday’s game are below:

The Bears obviously have one game in the preseason under their belts, but many of the starters have yet to get any preseason action. That will change against the Bengals, who will also give their guys some burn to see what they’re made of. What’s clear, however, is that we’ll start to learn more about two teams looking to bounce back after disappointing years.

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Cowboys vs 49ers : The San Francisco 49ers host an open practice on Tuesday, marking their final open session before they face the Dallas Cowboys at Levi’s Stadium on Thursday. They will have a walk thru on Wednesday, but that is closed to the media. The team will return to practice on Sunday and Monday following the game, and then heads to Houston for two days of joint practice with the Texans.

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Practice gets going at 10:15 a.m. PT today, and will be followed by a Kyle Shanahan press conference and then player availability. Defensive coordinator Robert Saleh said on Monday that the coaching staff would be meeting that evening to discuss some Thursday playing time questions, so we might get an update on that. The 49ers will stream the press conferences on their website, and you can also watch it on Periscope and the team’s app.

The 49ers beat writers will also have updates from the media sessions. I’ve embedded our beat writer Twitter list so you can follow along. Jennifer Chan will not be on hand for today’s practice, but you can follow Tracy Sandler for updates.

All games will be broadcast locally, but not otherwise nationally. NFL Gamepass will stream games, but you’re better off using their one-week trial offer to get any value from it. With the Week 1 game now available, I’d recommend using the one-week trial for the final two games since those will take place over the course of less than seven days.

Panthers vs Bills

The Carolina Panthers will play the Buffalo Bills in one of the pre-season games Week 1 of the NFL on Thursday, August 9, 2018, start time at 7:00 PM ET, at New Era Field, Buffalo. Panthers vs Bills odds and point spread is currently at -2.5 Buffalo and 34.0 for Over/Under.SignUpNow

The Bills surprisingly just came from a playoff season after 18 years of not getting into the postseason. Buffalo ended up with a 9-7 record and played in a wildcard game against Jacksonville in which the Bills suffered a 10-3 defeat.

With the entrance of quarterback AJ McCarron, the Bills have a brighter season. Though McCarron has not yet named as the starter, the Bills have Nathan Peterman also as part of the competition in the quarterback position. Kelvin Benjamin and LeSean McCoy will always be part of the offensive attacks of the Bills. McCoy rushed for 1,138 yards and six touchdowns last season.

The Panthers entered into the playoffs with an 11-5 record. They encountered an early 31-26 defeate against the New Orleans Saints in the first round.

For Carolina, the success of the season will always depend on quarterback Cam Newton who completed 59.1 percent of his passes for 3,302 yards and 22 touchdowns. Newton rushed for 754 yards and six touchdowns.

Panthers vs Bills game schedule info:

Date: August 9, 2018
Start Time: 7:00 PM ET
TV Channel Schedule: Local channel
Live Stream: NFL Game Pass
Odds and Point Spread: -2.5 Bills, O/U 34
Prediction: While both teams will go down to the backups especially in the fourth quarter, the Bills will likely be having the advantage with Peterman.

Panthers vs Bills

The Carolina Panthers will play the Buffalo Bills in one of the pre-season games Week 1 of the NFL on Thursday, August 9, 2018, start time at 7:00 PM ET, at New Era Field, Buffalo. Panthers vs Bills odds and point spread is currently at -2.5 Buffalo and 34.0 for Over/Under.SignUpNow

The Bills surprisingly just came from a playoff season after 18 years of not getting into the postseason. Buffalo ended up with a 9-7 record and played in a wildcard game against Jacksonville in which the Bills suffered a 10-3 defeat.

With the entrance of quarterback AJ McCarron, the Bills have a brighter season. Though McCarron has not yet named as the starter, the Bills have Nathan Peterman also as part of the competition in the quarterback position. Kelvin Benjamin and LeSean McCoy will always be part of the offensive attacks of the Bills. McCoy rushed for 1,138 yards and six touchdowns last season.

The Panthers entered into the playoffs with an 11-5 record. They encountered an early 31-26 defeate against the New Orleans Saints in the first round.

For Carolina, the success of the season will always depend on quarterback Cam Newton who completed 59.1 percent of his passes for 3,302 yards and 22 touchdowns. Newton rushed for 754 yards and six touchdowns.

Panthers vs Bills game schedule info:

Date: August 9, 2018
Start Time: 7:00 PM ET
TV Channel Schedule: Local channel
Live Stream: NFL Game Pass
Odds and Point Spread: -2.5 Bills, O/U 34
Prediction: While both teams will go down to the backups especially in the fourth quarter, the Bills will likely be having the advantage with Peterman.