T.G.I.M.! #167

NFL preseason dominates the sports television listings this week.

James LeBeauby James LeBeau

Football is back and with the Olympics in the books, it's time for America's favorite sport to take center stage again as it heads towards it's opening week.

The first week of preseason, which concludes on Monday night, had it's fair share of surprise performances, but none fit that bill than the show Andrew Luck put on against the St. Louis Rams. On his very first pass, Luck threw a 63 yard touchdown. OK, granted it was a screen pass and the running back did a heavy chunk of the lifting but a TD is a TD. Luck then came back on his third drive and led the Colts on another touchdown drive, this time connecting with Andrew Collie for a 23 yard score. Overall, Luck looked magnificent and may be the real deal, something that should have Colts fans salivating over their morning breakfast before they play again this Sunday.

 

Monday

(MLB) Texas at NY Yankees 7 pm ESPN2

(NFL) Dallas at Oakland 8 pm ESPN

 

Tuesday

(POKER) 2012 World Series of Poker 8 pm ESPN

(MLB) Texas at NY Yankees 7:05 pm MLB Network

 

Wednesday

(SOCCER) Mexico vs. United States 7:30 pm ESPN2

(MLB) Texas at NY Yankees 7 pm ESPN

 

Thursday

(GOLF) Wyndham Championship Aug 16-Aug 19 CBS/TGC

(NFL) Cincinnati at Atlanta 8 pm FOX-If you were to make a list consisting of teams looking to prove something this season, then the Bengals and the Falcons may be numbers one and two on that list. For the Falcons, they need to show they can actually advance past the first round in the playoffs, and for the Bengals it's about showing that their good 2011 season wasn't just a fluke. It's way too early to tell if either team can improve, but we'll get an early look tonight.

 

Friday

(LLWS) Little League World Series 8 pm ESPN

(NFL) Detroit at Baltimore 8 pm FOX

(BOXING) Adonis Stevenson vs. Donovan George 10 pm ESPN

 

Saturday

(NASCAR) Nationwide Series at Montreal 7:30 pm ESPN

(NFL) NY Giants at NY Jets 7 pm NFL Network

(NFL) Dallas at San Diego 9 pm NFL Network

 

Sunday

(NASCAR) Pure Michigan 400 1 pm ESPN

(MLB) LA Dodgers at Atlanta 1:35 pm TBS

(NFL) Indianapolis at Pittsburgh 8 pm NBC – It's really hard to rate preseason performances because, well, it's just preseason. But the thing is, any way you look at what Colts QB Andrew Luck did against the Rams, it's impressive. This week, however, will be a better test for the young signal caller as he goes up against one of the best defenses in the game in the Pittsburgh Steelers.

(MLB) Boston at NY Yankees 8 pm ESPN

James LeBeau is a sports contributor for CraveOnline Sports and you can follow him on Twitter @JleBeau76 or subscribe on Facebook.com/CraveOnlineSports.