Look, it might only be preseason, but there will officially be football every single week until February. With the first preseason game last night between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Minnesota Vikings being the Hall of Fame game, we got our first chance to see what real football is like again.
And it was glorious!
Both teams kept their major players off the field last night for obvious reasons. That means Adrian Peterson, Ben Roethlisberger, Le'Veon Bell, Antonio Brown, and others were riding the bench as everyone watched the young pups hitting people.
Yet the takeaways from the first game are real. The Steelers, the Ravens AFC North foes, lost the game by a final score of 14-3. There is talk that backup quarterback Landry Jones might be done as a Steeler, which would be a blow for a team that is searching for the player that will eventually take over for Big Ben. The first round Draft pick Bud Dupree was rather mediocre according to Dani Bostick from Behind The Steel Curtain, lacking the explosiveness that they were hoping for. Probably the biggest blow to the Steelers was that kicker Shaun Suisham got injured part way through the game with what is reported as a "serious knee injury."
With the Steelers getting an injury after the first preseason game and some lackluster moments, it shows that their team might not be ready for the regular season. However, it being the first preseason game means that there is still more than enough time to finetune things and get the team back on track for the Ravens' week 5 matchup.
The Ravens see their first real game action this week against the New Orleans Saints on Thursday at 7:30 pm ET. We will be covering that game live on Rabble.tv for those that are interested in hearing real commentary. Hopefully the Ravens can stop the injury train and show a little more explosiveness than the Steelers were able to, to help translate into a better season.