Mac's NFL Blog - 8/25/07

In today's blog: The Pats get real as the Panthers get soaked, the Raiders pick up a win by default, Mike Reinfeldt may be taking the padlock off his wallet, and there's something that still hangs over Tim Ruskell's head...

The third preseason game is the most meaningful one, and the New England Patriots finally looked like the team they are expected to be in Carolina last night.

The Patriots answered some questions last night, including how RB Laurence Maroney's surgically-repaired shoulder would hold up with some real contact.

Panthers LB Dan Morgan was on the field for the first time in almost a year, and that might be the lone bright spot for the Panthers last night.

Its the opinion of the Charlotte Observer's Tom Sorensen that the Carolina Panthers need more practice.

The Rams offense couldn't do much without WR Torry Holt and RB Steven Jackson; the latter likely won't carry the ball once this preseason.

Raiders head coach Lane Kiffin hasn't decided on who his starting quarterback is, but the numbers favor Daunte Culpepper.

The Raiders are also undecided on who will start at center.

Buffalo Bills DE Aaron Schobel got a $50M contract on Friday, but the defense still looks awful.

Bad defense or not, the Titans were happy to have the real Vince Young back.

Tennessee GM Mike Reinfeldt says the Titans have a "good chance" of signing free agent DT Corey Simon this weekend.

Miami Dolphins rookie RB Lorenzo Booker is expected to be a busy man tonight.

When the Buccaneers wanted to see some film of WR David Boston this summer, this wasn't what they had in mind. (7-minute video follows the 30 second commercial)

Lions QB Jon Kitna and DT Shaun Rogers are iffy for tonight's game, and within the same notebook it's mentioned that RB Kevin Jones looks destined to open the season on PUP.

Under Tony Dungy, the Indianapolis Colts have only won 8 out of 23 preseason games, but four of those wins have come in the all-important second-to-last fake game.

Jets QB Chad Pennington looks to get on track tonight against the Giants.

The Star-Ledger asks 5 questions of the New York Giants, including how will WR Plaxico Burress be affected by the time he's missed in camp.

The Star-Ledger also has 5 questions for the New York Jets, including questions about two rookies (LG Jacob Bender and CB Darrelle Revis) getting their first NFL starts tonight.

Chicago Bears LT Jon Tait will make his 2007 debut tonight.

49ers head coach Mike Nolan finally has the 3-4 defense he's wanted for the last two years.

The running game in Baltimore remains a question mark.

Running the ball is a priority for the Redskins, too.

The Houston Chronicle asks "How will Matt Schaub do against a big-time defense?"

Cowboys WR Terrell Owens will play into the 3rd quarter against Houston tonight.

Vikings DE Erasmus James makes his return tonight.

Within this notebook
by Clare Farnsworth of the Seattle Post Intelligencer, we learn that LB Kevin Bentley is versatile, thus valuable, and that a certain left guard still hangs like a cloud over Seahawks president Tim Ruskell.

Seahawks DT Marcus Tubbs will make his much-anticipated debut tonight.

Now that the Broncos offensive line is talking to the media, the Rocky Mountain News has a feature on 36-year old center Tom Nalen.

Romeo Crennel's QB Carousel will be in Denver tonight, with Charlie Frye leading the way.

Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt wants to see consistency from his starters tonight.

Mike Sullivan of the North County Times speculates that perhaps only two spots on the Chargers roster remain undetermined heading into tonight's game with the Arizona Cardinals.

There's a "crazy" punting battle going on in Philadelphia between veteran Dirk Johnson and Sav Rocca, a 6-5 rookie from Australia.

After missing a lot of time this summer, Steelers rookie LB Lawrence Timmons is rapidly catching up.

Steelers center Sean Mahan and right tackle Willie Colon will start against Philadelphia tonight.

There are plenty of things for Bengals fans to be worried about, but second-year CB Johnathan Joseph isn't one of them.

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