It is mid-August, and we are mere weeks away from kicking off the 2012 NFL regular season. Thursday's set of games signaled the beginning of the second week of exhibition games; Green Bay faced off against Cleveland, and Cincinnati visited Atlanta.
For many NFL fans, the days seem to slow as the regular season nears. The preseason games lack the "it" factor, but there is reason to tune in.
The diehards out there care about every detail of their respective team, especially depth and who their future starters may be someday.
San Francisco has had some interesting battles heat up since its first game. The Niners have had some change up at linebacker and tight end due to injury, and it's opened some windows for players looking to make the roster. The 49ers released tight end Nate Byham this week, and both starting outside linebackers have since missed time due to minor injuries.
For the winners and losers from San Francisco's second exhibition matchup, continue through the following slides.