NFL Preseason Schedule 2013: Breaking Down Top Games to Watch in Week 3

August 20, 2013   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Traditionally, the third week of NFL preseason action is the most valuable. Starters on both sides of the ball tend to play into the second half as part of the most complete tune-up for the regular season before taking it easy in the exhibition finale.
Although many teams will still limit their game plans to avoid giving away any new wrinkles before the opener, it's still the closest thing fans get to the real deal before Week 1. Not to mention it's a sign the games that actually count are right around the corner.
With that in mind, let's examine the top matchups on tap for the best week of the preseason, which gets underway on Thursday night. For a complete list of Week 3 preseason contests, check out the league's official site.
New England Patriots at Detroit Lions (Thursday at 7:30 p.m. ET)
The scoreboard operator should get quite a workout during this game. The Patriots offense has shown no signs of slowing down despite a revamped receiving corps, wh...

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