The Cardinals first-team defense made a statement against Minnesota. Kirk Cousins was 3 for 13 passing, for 35 yards and other than one long scoring run, the Vikings offense was not able to move the ball.
Arizona ran out their starting lineup with the exceptions of Haason Reddick who is recovering from a knee scope and, Patrick Peterson who is suspended until week seven. Joe Walker stood in for Reddick after Dennis Gardeck provided mixed results in the first two games. It was initially believed Reddick would be ready by week one. There is growing concern that may not be the case.
Rookie Byron Murphy appears to have locked down a starting job at corner, at least until/unless Rober Alford is able to return.
Most of the Falcons starters took the field versus Washington. The one significant exception being middle linebacker Deion Jones. After playing last season without him due to an early injury, the coaching staff has taken no chances with Jones this preseason. He returned to practice this week and will be ready for the opener.
As a whole Atlanta looked good, giving up three points to Washington’s first offense. Defensive end Adrian Clayborn supplied some pass rush pressure but no one stood out in terms of box score production.
The situation we are watching closely in Baltimore is the battle at inside linebacker between Kenny Young and Chris Board. Board started the first two preseason games and is generally assumed to be the opening day starter if healthy. Young has played well, however, and the third warmup game did nothing to confirm either way. Young started against the Eagles but it proves nothing since Board did not play at all after being banged up in the last preseason contest. If you have a dog in this race, be patient and sit him week one unless we get a more clear picture between now and then.
It was business as expected for the Bills. The only starter that sat was defensive end Jerry Hughes, who was replaced by Shaq Lawson. There are no starting jobs in question here and they came through the game with no major injuries. Tre’Davious White sustained a quad contusion but should be good for week one.
Carolina’s dress rehearsal was on script. They came out in a 3-4 base scheme with no unexpected names in the starting lineup. Shaq Thompson joined Luke Kuechly at linebacker in both base and sub-package situations while Mario Addison and Bruce Irvin were at outside linebacker.