Five 2018 NFL preseason games actually worth watching

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The NFL released its preseason schedule Wednesday and there are actually a few games with some intrigue.

Sure, those first four games really don’t matter as a lot of the best players in the league elect to sit out to avoid additional wear and tear on their bodies, but there are going to be a lot of young quarterbacks looking to make their mark as well as veterans in new zip codes who want to give a preview of what’s to come.

Here are five games you should definitely not miss come August.

49ers vs. Colts, Week 3 — It’s Jimmy Garoppolo vs. Andrew Luck? Jacoby Brissett? It’s unclear who will be under center in Week 3 of the preseason for the Colts and that is important as well. If Luck is playing that week it is a very good sign for the Colts’ season. If he is not there will be near panic in Indianapolis. Whereas in San Francisco, Garoppolo should be hitting his stride and newly acquired cornerback Richard Sherman should be settling in as well.

Cowboys vs. Texans, Week 4 — This will probably the game you’ll see the most of Dak Prescott and Deshaun Watson at quarterback. Watson, of course, is coming off of a serious knee injury but he should be getting acclimated to the field once again by this point. As for Prescott, you won’t be able to tell much from his preseason performance because he’s so consistent, but the rivalry between Dallas and Texas will make this seem more like a regular-season game than some throwaway.

The owners put on a show of support and understanding. They undermine it exactly the same way others in society undermine it: the time-honored deflection of, “I agree with your point, but not with your method of making it.”

Simply put: The owners can’t pretend they don’t know why players were kneeling, and they can’t keep telling the lie that it was about anything other than the same issues that inspired Kraft to visit a prison and he and his son to write an op-ed.

If Kraft is powerful enough to bring eyeballs to Meek Mill’s sentencing, he’s powerful enough to end the blackballing of Kaepernick and Reid. He and the owners have chosen one, and not the other.

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