Sorry for the late preview. I just moved into my new apartment, and Comcast isn't coming until Sunday for internet and cable, so I haven't had internet access.
But you don't need me to tell you what the number one story for tonight's game is. Mark Sanchez, the golden boy himself, is making his starting debut tonight against Rex Ryan's old team, the Baltimore Ravens. A number of signs are pointing to a big performance by the rookie cementing the starting quarterback job.
Ryan initially wanted to name a starter before the third preseason game. A big performance by Sanchez against the vaunted Ravens defense would trump anything Clemens can do, and given how close the two have played in practice, two superior preseason performances could be enough for Ryan to put the rookie in charge. Naming a starter earlier would allow him to get more repetitions with the first team offense and gain more chemistry with the first week of the season less than three weeks away.
Other things to watch are more of the same from the first game, except magnified a little due to the stronger caliber of opponent. Can this offense muster anything against the Ravens defense without Damien Woody? Can the defense stop the Ravens' three-headed running attack without Kris Jenkins? Will Vernon Gholston show up on the stat sheet? Will David Clowney continue his stellar preseason play? Or will Chansi Stuckey or Brad Smith stake their claim for a starting receiver job?
And of course, watch for any players in the third and fourth quarters making plays, trying to make the team. The roster battles at receiver, tight end, safety, and linebacker are all worth noting.