BBAO: Big night for the Packers

We're Black and Blue All Over:

To the extent that preseason games mean anything, Thursday night will be the biggest of the summer for the Green Bay Packers. They're hosting the defending AFC champion Indianapolis Colts to kick off preseason Week 3 in a game where starters on both sides could play into the third quarter.

Oh, and apparently the affair will be televised on ESPN as well. Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden and Ron Jaworski will be there. (Just don't tell Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.)

As Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com points out, the Packers are expected to rest a number of starters, including linebackers Clay Matthews and Brad Jones. Defensive end Cullen Jenkins, among others, might also sit. But if you ever want to draw any conclusions from what you see in the preseason, Thursday is your night.

We'll have a few more things to say about the game over the course of the day and plan to post some late-night observations. Until then, let's take our morning spin around the NFC North: