NFL Preseason 2011: Indianapolis Colts vs. Green Bay Packers Preview

 Tonight, Friday the 26th, the Colts will host the defending champion Green Bay Packers in the "meaningful" preseason game. Of course, with the Colts, you never really know what's going to happen, especially if Antoine Bethea, Gary Brackett, Austin Collie, and Anthony Gonzalez are sitting.

All four players have missed practice this week, and the Colts likely won't risk anything tonight. However, the game will still have a lot of interesting things to look for, and it's on national TV, so people like me don't have to strain our eyes on small windows on our computers.

Where: Lucas Oil Stadium, 8 p.m. ET

TV: CBS Radio: WTMJ, Statewide

Radio Network and Sirius 94 for Green Bay; AM 1070 WFNI, 97.1 HANK FM and Sirius 88 for Indianapolis. Who to watch for:

Benjamin Ijalana Anthony Castonzo got into the starting lineup last week, but Ijalana is still with the second string. Watch him this week as he fights for a spot at right tackle.

Drake Nevis The defensive line is actually looking like a strength so far, specifically rookie DT Drake Nevis. He's going to fight for a starting spot this year, so watch for him to disrupt Green Bay tonight.

Joe Lefeged The rookie may get the start tonight if Bethea is a no go. He's impressed me so far, so I'll be looking out for him.

Jerry Hughes The virtual rookie needs to show some more development tonight. He's had an ok preseason, not terrible, but not very good either. Look for him to get some pressures tonight, or a sack or two in extended time.

Jerraud Powers The corners struggled during the matchup against the Redskins, specifically Jerraud Powers. He needs to excel this season, so hopefully tonight is a better outcome.

Curtis Painter How is he going to react to being benched? Collins isn't playing tonight, so Painter will get the start. If he plays well in the final two games, the management may choose to keep him as the third quaterback. Look for him to target Reggie Wayne tonight, who will be doing his best to "make him look good." See Kyle Mason's more detailed breakdown of what to watch for for more analysis. Go Colts!

Kyle J. Rodriguez

About Kyle J. Rodriguez

A film and numbers guru, Kyle writes about the NFL and the Indianapolis Colts for Bleacher Report, Draft Mecca and The Football Educator, and is a co-founder and associate editor of Colts Authority. Kyle also is a high school sports reporter for the MLive Media Group in Michigan, covering high school sports across the state.