The question of things to keep an eye on during this week’s game is pretty much moot, at least for the first half. All reports indicate that the starters are going to get that much playing time, so that’s what to watch. Specifically, I’d like to see Jason Campbell make quick reads, I’d like to see the defensive line get pressure on the quarterback, and I’d like to see the defensive backs keep the Panthers wideouts in check — in other words, I’d like to see the starters perform well.
The other thing I’ll be watching, of course, is the TV production, which I’ve been leading up to all week. Last night, I sat in on the meeting between producer Brad Baker and play-by-play man Mike Patrick in Patrick’s hotel room. The two didn’t cover all that much of interest — mostly logistics, honestly, credentials and timing and stuff like that — but it was enlightening to see how prepared Patrick actually was. Brad had mentioned the level of research in his Q&A the other day, but hearing Patrick outline what he might cover during the game made it eminently clear just how on top of things he was.