• GREEN BAY at INDIANAPOLIS (Friday, ESPN America, 2:00 AM CET): 

The defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers will visit the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium, the site of Super Bowl XLVI. Green Bay opens
The regular season on Thursday, September 8 at Lambeau Field in the spotlight Kickoff 2011 game and hopes to end the year by raising the Lombardi Trophy at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Packers quarterback AARON RODGERS has looked sharp this preseason, completing 15 of 20 passes for 171 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions. Last week against Arizona, he completed nine of his 12 passes for 97 yards and a touchdown to wide receiver GREG JENNINGS.
Wide receiver CHASTIN WEST had five catches for 134 yards, including a 97-yard touchdown for Green Bay.
“I’m very happy for Chastin,” says Rodgers about West, who spent last year on the Packers’ practice squad. “It’s nice when you’ve got a guy like him making those big-time plays.”
Last week, the Colts’ defense forced a pair of fumbles, registered four sacks and had an interception against Washington.
“We were able to get pressure on the quarterback,” says Indianapolis head coach JIM CALDWELL.
Now, the Colts begin preparation for the defending Super Bowl champions.
“We’ve got a week where we’re really going to focus in on our preparation exactly like a regular-season ballgame,” says Caldwell. “We’ll prepare for our opponent. We’ll take a look at all the details. I think we’ll see some improvement. We’re putting together a good football team here.”

  • NEW ENGLAND at DETROIT (Saturday, ESPN America, 2:00 AM CET): 

Two of the most impressive teams so far during the 2011 preseason will meet on Saturday night at Detroit’s Ford Field. Both teams are undefeated and lead the league in point differential (NE +52, Det. +33).

Seeing his first action of the preseason, quarterback TOM BRADY completed 11 of 19 passes for 118 yards and two touchdowns in one half of work in the Patriots’ 31-14 win at Tampa Bay.
“I’m glad we put some points on the board,” says Brady. “But obviously, there are a lot of things we can do better.”
New England running back BEN JARVUS GREEN-ELLIS added two touchdowns on the ground.
“We accomplished a few things,” says head coach BILL BELICHICK. “One thing we wanted to do was get off to a good start.”
The Lions improved to 2-0 with a 30-28 win at Cleveland last week. Quarterback MATTHEW STAFFORD completed six of 10 passes for 85 yards and a touchdown. He leads the NFC this preseason with a 138.7 passer rating, completing 12 of 17 passes for 156 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions.
“We’ve done a good job moving the ball and getting points on the board,” says Lions wide receiver NATE BURLESON, who has a touchdown reception in each of the team’s games. “For us, it’s really just taking what we’ve got in practice and translating that to gameday.”

  • NEW ORLEANS at OAKLAND (Sunday, ESPN America, 2:00 AM CET): 

For the second consecutive week, the Saints got contributions from two talented rookies. First-round running back MARK INGRAM (No. 28 overall) out of Alabama rushed for a touchdown for the second consecutive week. 

“I’m just trying to get better every day,” says Ingram. “I’m just trying to help the team get better.”
Undrafted rookie free agent JOSEPH MORGAN from Walsh had a 56-yard TD catch, his second preseason score. In Week 1, Morgan had a 78-yard punt-return touchdown.
“He’s a talented guy,” says quarterback DREW BREES of Morgan. “I’m excited for him.”
Raiders first-year head coach HUE JACKSON seeks his first career victory and hopes to notch it on national TV in primetime.
“We’re still knocking some rust off,” says defensive tackle RICHARD SEYMOUR. “It is good to get out here and work with our teammates, but we still have a lot of work to do.”
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 (All times local)

Thursday, August 25

Saturday, August 27

Washington at Baltimore 31:34

NY Jets at NY Giants 17:3

Carolina at Cincinnati 14:24

Atlanta at Pittsburgh 16:34

Cleveland at Philadelphia 13:24

Miami at Tampa Bay 13:17


Dallas at Minnesota 23:17

Friday, August 26

Houston at San Francisco 30:7

Green Bay at Indianapolis 24:21

Chicago at Tennessee 13:14

St. Louis at Kansas City 14:10

Seattle at Denver 20:23


San Diego at Arizona 34:31 

Saturday, August 27


New England at Detroit 10:34

Sunday, August 28

Jacksonville at Buffalo 32:35

New Orleans at Oakland 40:20

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