The preseason's critical third week has arrived. Expect to see the starters play at least a half in what amounts to the NFL's regular-season dress rehearsal.
Here's what we're watching for in Saturday's games:
Speaking of that defense, Dallas is still uncertain who will replace Sean Lee at middle linebacker. Veteran Justin Durant has been shifted to the weak side, with fourth-round rookie Anthony Hitchens and Rolando McClain vying for snaps in the middle. This could be the most problematic linebacker corps in the league.
Chiefs left tackle Eric Fisher was pushed around like a ragdollagainst the Panthers. K.C.'s decimated line needs to see last year's top overall pick flip the switch. He'll be tested against Vikings rookie pass rusher Anthony Barr, who recorded a sack for the second week in a row against the Cardinals.
Jadeveon Clowneywon't go for the Texans (neither will Arian Foster), per NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport. The No. 1 overall pick has played just 29 total snaps over Houston's first two preseason tilts. However, what little we've seen from the J.J. Watt and Clowney duo suggests downright chaos for opponents.
Montee Ballpracticed this week while "slowly, slowly" getting his weight back up after his appendectomy. If he can't go Saturday, we'll get another peek at Ronnie Hillman vs. C.J. Anderson in Denver's backfield. Behind them, Juwan Thompson and Kapri Bibbsappear to be in a fight for Denver's final backfield slot.