The Green Bay Packers and the NFL call the third preseason game the 'dress rehearsal.'
That is less often the case these days because of the new CBA.
Rules for practices and cutdown dates have changed dramatically.
The game against the Seattle Seahawks at the now-larger Lambeau Field on Friday night made that pretty clear.
Seattle remains undefeated in the preseason (3-0) by virtue of the 17-10 win in front of 80,750 ecstatic fans.
There was talk, largely from the Green Bay Packer faithful, about last year's interception/victory that wasn't when the replacement refs breathed their last during the nationally televised game.
Packer head coach Mike McCarthy is all about looking ahead.
It would appear, for the most part, he likes what he sees.
The defense, particularly porous despite winning the NFC North last season, has shown a good deal of improvement.
The much-maligned pass rush was operating at warp speed with Clay Matthews and Brad Jones registering sacks in the first quarter.
And that's against one of the most mobile QBs in the game, former Badger Russell Wilson.
Wilson is settling in nicely in his second year as a starter.
The run defense was considerably less impressive giving up chunks of yards and first downs to Marshawn Lynch and others.
Overall, the man-coverage played by the secondary was able to make plays when it had to. bending in the middle of the field only to tighten up the coverage in the red zone.
As for the offense, Aaron Rodgers played just one series, hitting 4 of 7 passes for 41 yards on 10 plays.
So much for dress rehearsals.
There was another nice hookup between A-Rod and tight end Jermichael Finley.
These two have not only been on the same page, they have been finishing each other's sentences.
That relationship humming along nicely will augur well in the regular season, especially when Randall Cobb, James Jones and Jordy Nelson are added into the mix.
The game turned into a battle royal for clipboard duty as Rodgers' backup between veteran Vince Young and third year bench warmer Graham Harrell.
B.J. Coleman is also in the running, but you have to think last year's number two, Harrell, and the different skill set of Young will ultimately be arm wrestling for supremacy as the penultimate passer in green and gold.
Another question mark -- Mason Crosby and the kicking game -- is starting to become more lucid.
Giorgio Tavecchio was brought in to push the veteran and it seems to have worked.
A tad shaky at the outset, Crosby has nailed the lion's share of his tries and has improved on kickoffs.
It seems unlikely, at this stage, that GM Ted Thompson would bring someone else in.
McCarthy stuck with Crosby throughout a dismal campaign last year and shows no compunction to changes horses now.
Eddie Lacy showed even more explosiveness off the snap and he has Packer Nation salivating at his prospects.
The first thinning of the herd will be on Tuesday and the final 53-man roster comes due on Saturday, August 31.
Defensive lineman Johnny Jolly and fullback John Kuhn, both thought to be on the bubble a while back, may be changing that pencil to ink.
Fifth round pick Johnathan Franklin has struggled more than a little on kick returns, but in his defense he is new to this part of the party.
Franklin appears to be a superb athlete and can grow into the role.
He has just a couple of weeks to show a sizable amount of progress in that short window.
Receiver Jeremy Ross was making strides toward being more in the mix.
Make that past tense. He has had his troubles holding on to the ball and just simply doesn't cut it in the pass-oriented offense in Titletown.
Ross now seems more of a long shot to make this team again.
The Pack wraps up the preseason next Thursday, August 29, when they travel to Kansas City for game against the Chiefs. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.