The 2014 Week 2 NFL preseason gets underway Thursday night when the Jacksonville Jaguars take on the Chicago Bears from Soldier Field in Chicago. With Week 1 in the history books, teams are already preparing to chop their rosters down to the 54 man limit per squad, which means the next two games are going to be very important for players who may be on the bubble.
According to Bleacher Report on Aug. 13 one of the biggest competitions fans are watching is happening in Cleveland where the battle for the number one quarterback slot is taking place between Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel. Neither quarterback played that well in Week 1 vs. the Detroit Lions, but Week 1 in the preseason can always be taken with a grain of salt when it comes to stats and performances. However it is Week 2 and Week 3 that most fans and coaches look at when it comes to serious preparation for the regular season.
This week will be a big one for "Johnny Football" as many fans and Browns head coach Mike Pettine believe that Manziel has a shot at being the starting QB once the regular season opens in September.
CBS Sports reports Pettine, speaking on ESPN Radio's Mike & Mike Wednesday, acknowledged Manziel has "been impressive" and said he's "slightly ahead" of where the Browns expected him to be.
"He's been impressive. He's probably slightly ahead of the learning curve where we figured he would've been," Pettine said. "I think a big part of it for him is it's essentially him getting the playbook and it has been for a while. And I think he's finally starting to settle down with it."
One thing is for sure when it comes to Manziel, he draws attention - a lot of it! Last week's game between the Lions and Browns was the highest-rated NFL preseason game of all time. Like him or hate him it is obvious fans want to see Johnny play. The Browns will close out the Week 2 schedule on Monday night vs. RG3 and the Washington Redskins. You can bet that may break the record just set last week for the most watched preseason game!
Here is a look at the Week 2 schedule and current Las Vegas odds for each game.
Thursday, Aug. 14
- Jacksonville at Chicago (-4) 8:00 p.m. ET
Friday, Aug. 15
- Detroit at Oakland (-3) 10:00 p.m. ET
- Philadelphia at New England (-3) 7:30 p.m. ET
- Tennessee at New Orleans (-3.5) 8:00 p.m. ET
- San Diego at Seattle (-6) 10:00 p.m. ET
Saturday, Aug. 16
- Green Bay at St. Louis (-3) 4:00 p.m. ET
- NY Giants at Indianapolis (-1) 7:00 p.m. ET
- NY Jets at Cincinnati (-3) 7:00 p.m. ET
- Baltimore at Dallas (-1) 7:00 p.m. ET
- Buffalo at Pittsburgh (-2) 7:30 p.m. ET
- Miami at Tampa Bay (-2) 7:30 p.m. ET
- Atlanta at Houston (-3) 8:00 p.m. ET
- Arizona at Minnesota (-3) 8:30 p.m. ET
Sunday, Aug 17
- Denver at San Francisco (-3) 4:00 p.m. ET
- Kansas City at Carolina (-3) 8:00 p.m. ET
Monday, Aug 18
- Cleveland at Washington (-2) 8:00 p.m. ET