|Date||Match Up||Rating||Score||Result||Profit||Lead Time||Analysis|
|08-30-18||Jets -1 v. Eagles||9-10||Loss||-105||17 h 49 m||Show|
The Eagles have looked horrible in preseason, capping off dress rehearsal week by getting shut out by the Browns, 0-5. The first team offense has yet to score a TD in the preseason and that won't happen here either as none will likely play. Nick Foles looked bad last week and he will sit this week. The Jets won their first preseason game vs the Falcons, 17-0, then lost to the Redskins and then lost to the Giants. Still, the Jets have much more talent to play here tonight then the Eagles will display. I'm taking the Jets in this final preseason game.
|08-30-18||Dolphins v. Falcons||34-7||Win||100||17 h 49 m||Show|
The Dolphins are 0-3 in the preseason, but still have something here to play for as a lot of players are vying for that last spot on the team. Backup QB's are at stake here with Brock Osweiller the likely one to take the backup spot. The other areas are the linebackers and offensive line. Players have to make an impact here as both these spots are going to under the gun on Thursday. The Dolphins have a bit more to play for here on Thursday than the Falcons. The Falcons likely won't risk any starters in this one either. This is the last chance for those players on the bubble to make a argument for making the 53-man roster. The Falcons have quite a few players on that bubble with one battle at fullback between Ricky Ortiz and Jalston Fowler. Still, there really isn't reason for the Falcons to have their heart in this one. Take the Dolphins in week 4.
|08-26-18||Cardinals +3 v. Cowboys||27-3||Win||100||103 h 27 m||Show|
The Arizona Cardinals have some pretty good QB rotations in the preseason and as such they are 2-0 in their first two games. Sam Bradford will be the starter, but Josh Rosen is the solid draft choice and both have looked very good. The Cardinals also had four sacks against the Saints, something I expect to see here today against the Cowboys. Dallas is 0-2 in preseason, losing 13-21 at home to the Bengals last week. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones doesn't expect that either Elliot or Dak Prescott will play in week 3 - which is unusual since this is usually dress rehearsal week. It looks like their reasoning is sound though, as the offensive line has suffered some injuries, namely to Frederick and Martin. With a depleted line, the last thing you need is either Elliot or Prescott getting hurt this week. I love the Cardinals here in week three and that's why they are my Preseason Game of the Year.
|08-26-18||Bengals +1.5 v. Bills||26-13||Win||100||16 h 22 m||Show|
This exhibition game means a lot to the Bills QB situation as Josh Allen is in a battle for the starting spot and AJ McCarron and Nathan Peterman. Allen looks to get the start here today and likely will work extensively with the first team. Meanwhile, Cincinnati will have to find a ground game, something they lacked in the Cowboys contest where they got all of seven yards in the first half. The Bills are 1-1 in preseason play after opening with a loss at Carolina before beating Cleveland last week. The Begals are 2-0 in preseason. Despite their seven yards rushing in the first half vs Dallas last week, Cincinnati score 21 points in the second for the win, 21-13. I look for the Bengals first team to put forth effort here in the first half to make atones for their lack in last week's game. The Bills will be more interested in their QB analysis. I'm playing the 2-0 Bengals here on Sunday.
|08-25-18||Falcons v. Jaguars -4||6-17||Win||100||11 h 41 m||Show|
While starters usually see significant action here in week three, the Atlanta Falcons will not play WR Julio Jones nor RB Devanta Freeman as well as many other starters. The Falcons are 0-2 in preseason while the Jaguars are 1-1. The Jags will be looking at their offensive line as they were down to two of five starters a week ago. I expect QB Blake Bortles to have a much better game this week and look for him to make more downfield tosses. With the Falcons holding back a lot of starters in week 3, that leave the Jags open to score and win this one. Play Jacksonville.
|08-25-18||Ravens v. Dolphins||Top||27-10||Win||100||11 h 41 m||Show|
The Ravens have gone 3-0 in preseason and looked good doing so. They played that one extra game in the Hall of Fame game and have since just played good football. The Dolphins, conversely, have not looked good going 0-2 in preseason. The Dolphins first team offense has not found the endzone yet in the preseason, settling for just two field goals. The Ravens defense has looked very good, making five INT's in their three games. It's preseason we know, but the Ravens are head and shoulders better so far than the Dolphins. I'm taking the Ravens here in week three.
|08-25-18||Titans +4 v. Steelers||6-16||Loss||-108||8 h 47 m||Show|
The Titans will expect to see QB Marcus Mariota play at least most of the first half. That's good news for the Titans who have seen Mariotta lead the to two of three scoring drives so far this preseason. On the other side of the ball we haven't seen Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger play yet in preseason. However, he should play some here, but likely not more than a few series. WR Antonio Brown could also see his first action of the preseason here today. In this the third week we usually expect to see the starters for most or all of the first half. I doubt we will see that with the Steelers, but might with the Titans. I like Tennessee here today.
|08-20-18||Ravens v. Colts||Top||20-19||Win||100||16 h 8 m||Show|
The Ravens have two games under their belt because of the Hall of Fame game. Lamar Jackson's development continues to be paramount in the preseason. This fast turf will be to Jackson's speedy liking here on Monday. But, that's not all, the Ravens can play three quality starters in Joe Flacco, Jackson and RG III. That makes the offense all the better here tonight. The Colts played QB Andrew Luck into the 2nd quarter in their first game. He might go a bit further tonight. The Ravens offense tore up the Rams in week two, out-gaining them 403-170. Indy beat Seattle in week one, 19-17. Luck was 6-for-9 for 64 yards and didn't look rusty at all. I like the QB's for the Ravens here tonight, they all have scoring capabilities and we saw how potent that was vs the Rams last week. Play Baltimore.
|08-18-18||Bucs v. Titans -3||30-14||Loss||-107||7 h 16 m||Show|
These teams probably have seen more than enough of each other with a couple of joint practices this week. Tampa Bay won their first preseason game, a 26-24 win over the Dolphins. The question is who will be the starting QB with Jameis Winston suspended for the first three games. Both Ryan Griffin and veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick both looked good in game one. The Titans lost to the Packers in week 1 of the preseason, 17-31. New OC Matt LaFleur and new Head Coach Mike Vrabel had the first team looking good on offense. QB Marcus Mariota only played limited snaps, but still had 71 yards in eight plays. The Titans have won four of their last six at home in the preseason and I have to believe that Vrabel wants to get a win for his team tonight. Play Tennessee.
|08-17-18||Cardinals v. Saints -4||20-15||Loss||-108||7 h 21 m||Show|
Both these clubs won their week 1 preseason games, with the Cardinals beating the LA Chargers and the Saints beating Jacksonville, 24-20. Most of the Cardinals starters played about 12 snaps in week 1. Typically, week 2 will find them playing the first quarter or until halftime. HC Steve Wilks has put a lot on the shoulders of QB Josh Rosen. Rosen needs improvement in week 2, after completing just 6-of-13 passes in week 1 for 41 yards. Tonight he'll get a better chance with the starting line in front of him. Wilks plans on playing Rosen more with the top offensive line tonight. It's not certain how long Saints QB Drew Brees will be in the lineup, but I don't expect long. Backup Tayson Hill looked good last week, completing eight of his nine passes and rushing seven times for 52 yards. RB Mark Ingram will miss the first two games of the regular season with his suspension. However, he can play in the preseason and likely will get more action than normal. He rushed for 23 yards and a TD last week. A lot in this game depends on how Rosen plays and if last week is any indication, he's going to need a lot more work. Play New Orleans.
|08-16-18||Steelers v. Packers -5.5||Top||34-51||Win||100||31 h 20 m||Show|
The Steelers look to be missing quite a few starters as they will sit with nagging injuries. Ben Roethlisberger, Cameron Heyward, Landry Jones, Ramon Foster, Vance McDonald and Antonio Brown to name a few. The Packers had a pretty easy week 1 win over the Titians, 31-17. The Packers have now scored at least 20 points in four of the last five preseason games. In addition, they have won six straight at home in preseason and eight of the last nine. The Packers are laying 5.5 here in preseason which is a lot, but considering how few starters we will see for the Steelers, I'm going to lay this number. Play the Packers.
|08-16-18||Eagles v. Patriots -3||20-37||Win||100||55 h 58 m||Show|
Rematch of the Super Bowl here as the Patriots take on the Eagles. The Patriots play their second straight home game in the preseason, beating Washington in week 1, 26-17. The Patriots trailed 0-17 in the first half before rallying for 26 unanswered points, 16 in the fourth quarter, for the win. The Patriots have a winning record in preseason ever since Robert Kraft purchased the team, with a 54-45 record. Bill Belichick is 40-34 in preseason as the head coach of New England. The Eagles lost their preseason opener at Pittsburgh, 31-14. The Steelers built a 22-14 halftime lead and shut out the Eagles in the 2nd half. Some thing there is a QB controversy in Philly, but Carson Wentz is the No 1 QB right now with Nick Foles second. That means Nate Sudfeld, Joe Callahan and Christian Hackenberg will share the rest of the duties. Wentz likely won't be ready until week 1 of the regular season, that leaves Foles, Sudfeld, Callahan and Hackenburg to rotate duties here in game 2. The Eagles will also be without WR Alshon Jeffery for an extended period of time. Jeffery, one of the top receivers in 2017 will start the season on the PUP list. Patriots likely still have a bad taste in their collective mouths from their Super Bowl beat. I look for them to get a slight bit of revenge here today. Play New England.
|08-11-18||Chargers v. Cardinals -2.5||17-24||Win||100||11 h 56 m||Show|
The Arizona Cardinals look to be in a rebuilding mode this year with the departure of Bruce Arians from last season. In steps Steven Wilks to take over as head coach. What's important with that is that new coaches like to establish winning ways early on. While most veteran coaches don't care about winning preseason games, new coaches tend to want to win because it gives their team confidence in their leadership. Sam Bradford also steps in as the new QB for Arizona, a position that has been a revolving door the last few seasons. The Cardinals also drafted Josh Rosen in the first round and he will likely see lots of action tonight. The Chargers won't play Phillip Rivers much tonight if at all, but look for Geno Smith and Cardale Jones to get most of the signal calling. Both teams will get the starters a few reps, but week one is more about backups and I like the backups of the Cardinals better tonight. Play Arizona.
|08-09-18||Rams v. Ravens -3||7-33||Win||100||5 h 51 m||Show|
The Baltimore Ravens played last week in the Hall of Fame game. The Ravens looked good, but could have lost late to the Bears. Chicago scored a late 4th quarter TD to pull within one point, but missed the 2-point conversion. We got our first look at the new defensive hitting rule, which looks very confusing. On a few occasions, defensive backs were flagged for roughness when the hits looked perfectly legal. This season should be filled with lots of controversy. As for tonight, I'm taking the Ravens. They have that first game under their belt and have worked out a few game kinks. Play Baltimore.
|08-09-18||Bears v. Bengals||27-30||Loss||-109||5 h 31 m||Show|
Week 1 NFL preseason action is always tough to gauge. The Bears played in the Hall of Fame game last week and lost by one point to the Ravens, though they covered the spread. They had a chance to win outright late, but missed on a 2-point conversion. The Bengals play their first game of the preseason tonight. Many schools of thoughts give the edge to the team with the first game under their belt, like the Bears. The Bengals offense will be pretty bland tonight. I'm taking the Bears as they do have that first game of experience in hand. Play Chicago.
|08-31-17||Seahawks -1.5 v. Raiders||17-13||Win||100||25 h 40 m||Show|
|08-31-17||Chargers v. 49ers -3||13-23||Win||100||24 h 29 m||Show|
|08-27-17||49ers v. Vikings -4||31-32||Loss||-115||49 h 24 m||Show|
|08-26-17||Texans +3 v. Saints||0-13||Loss||-105||32 h 53 m||Show|
|08-26-17||Browns v. Bucs -4.5||Top||13-9||Loss||-110||25 h 43 m||Show|
|08-26-17||Bills v. Ravens -3.5||9-13||Win||100||24 h 14 m||Show|
|08-25-17||Patriots v. Lions +3.5||30-28||Win||100||7 h 59 m||Show|
|08-24-17||Panthers -1.5 v. Jaguars||24-23||Loss||-105||4 h 36 m||Show|
|08-21-17||Giants -1.5 v. Browns||6-10||Loss||-110||9 h 59 m||Show|
|08-20-17||Falcons +2 v. Steelers||13-17||Loss||-115||140 h 9 m||Show|
|08-19-17||Broncos v. 49ers -2.5||33-14||Loss||-115||25 h 56 m||Show|
|08-18-17||Vikings v. Seahawks -3||13-20||Win||100||28 h 53 m||Show|
|08-12-17||Cowboys v. Rams +3||10-13||Win||100||9 h 49 m||Show|
|08-11-17||49ers +4.5 v. Chiefs||27-17||Win||100||5 h 38 m||Show|
|08-11-17||Steelers v. Giants -3||Top||20-12||Loss||-115||95 h 36 m||Show|
|08-10-17||Saints v. Browns -2.5||14-20||Win||100||72 h 35 m||Show|
|08-10-17||Vikings v. Bills||17-10||Win||100||71 h 34 m||Show|
|09-01-16||Texans -3 v. Cowboys||28-17||Win||100||52 h 26 m||Show|
|08-28-16||Chargers v. Vikings -4.5||10-23||Win||100||23 h 20 m||Show|
|08-26-16||Steelers v. Saints -3||27-14||Loss||-103||7 h 27 m||Show|
|08-26-16||Patriots v. Panthers -3||19-17||Loss||-105||7 h 58 m||Show|
|08-25-16||Cowboys v. Seahawks -5.5||17-27||Win||100||11 h 36 m||Show|
8/25 07:00 PM NFL (253) DALLAS COWBOYS VS (254) SEATTLE SEAHAWKS.
Take: (254) SEATTLE SEAHAWKS
Reason: Dallas heads out on the road and coach Jason Garrett puts less into preseason games than most coaches, a 7-13 ATS mark. WR Dez Bryant has been ruled out with a concussion. He won't risk fragile Tony Romo much against the dominant Seattle defense. The Seahawks are coming off an 18-11 loss to Minnesota in their second preseason game, but expect to see Russell Wilson and the starters on offense to play into the second half. The Seahawks offensive line has no excuse not to excel this week against a weak Dallas D-line with little pass rush. If there has been a surprise of the preseason in Seattle, it's been the play of their interior offensive line. Mark Glowinski and Germain Ifedi have proven to be powerful, aggressive run blockers and stout pass protectors. Play Seattle.
|08-20-16||Chiefs +3 v. Rams||20-21||Win||100||35 h 14 m||Show|
|08-20-16||Saints +3 v. Texans||9-16||Loss||-120||33 h 14 m||Show|
|08-19-16||Dolphins +3.5 v. Cowboys||14-41||Loss||-115||99 h 20 m||Show|
|08-18-16||Raiders +3 v. Packers||12-20||Loss||-110||26 h 36 m||Show|
|08-18-16||Eagles +3.5 v. Steelers||17-0||Win||100||25 h 36 m||Show|
|08-13-16||Cowboys v. Rams -5||24-28||Loss||-108||9 h 33 m||Show|
8/13 05:00 PM NFL (277) DALLAS COWBOYS VS (278) ST. LOUIS RAMS.
|08-11-16||Broncos v. Bears||22-0||Loss||-106||48 h 6 m||Show|
8/11 05:00 PM NFL (261) DENVER BRONCOS VS (262) CHICAGO BEARS.
|08-11-16||Panthers v. Ravens -1||19-22||Win||100||9 h 37 m||Show|
|09-03-15||Philadelphia Eagles -4.5 v. NY Jets||18-24||Loss||-110||70 h 33 m||Show|
|08-30-15||Houston Texans v. New Orleans Saints -3||27-13||Loss||-130||71 h 33 m||Show|
|08-29-15||Philadelphia Eagles -1 v. Green Bay Packers||39-26||Win||100||75 h 29 m||Show|
|08-29-15||Pittsburgh Steelers v. Buffalo Bills -2.5||19-43||Win||100||47 h 36 m||Show|
08/29 04:00 PM EST NFL (257) PITTSBURGH STEELERS VS (258) BUFFALO BILLS
|08-23-15||Dallas Cowboys v. San Francisco 49ers -4||6-23||Win||100||52 h 32 m||Show|
|08-16-15||Indianapolis Colts v. Philadelphia Eagles -4||10-36||Win||100||92 h 27 m||Show|
|08-15-15||San Francisco 49ers v. Houston Texans -2.5||10-23||Win||100||26 h 2 m||Show|
|08-14-15||Denver Broncos v. Seattle Seahawks -4.5||22-20||Loss||-110||54 h 38 m||Show|
|08-13-15||Dallas Cowboys v. San Diego Chargers -3.5||Top||7-17||Win||100||30 h 39 m||Show|
08/13 10:00 PM EST NFL (261) DALLAS COWBOYS VS (262) SAN DIEGO CHARGERS
|08-13-15||NY Jets v. Detroit Lions -3.5||3-23||Win||100||27 h 11 m||Show|
|08-09-15||Pittsburgh Steelers v. Minnesota Vikings -3.5||3-14||Win||100||50 h 50 m||Show|
|08-28-14||Detroit Lions v. Buffalo Bills -4||23-0||Loss||-115||26 h 21 m||Show|
|08-28-14||Atlanta Falcons v. Jacksonville Jaguars -4||Top||24-14||Loss||-107||25 h 23 m||Show|
|08-23-14||Houston Texans +7.5 v. Denver Broncos||18-17||Win||100||32 h 60 m||Show|
|08-23-14||Minnesota Vikings +4 v. Kansas City Chiefs||30-12||Win||100||31 h 2 m||Show|
|08-23-14||Washington Redskins +3 v. Baltimore Ravens||17-23||Loss||-115||31 h 30 m||Show|
|08-22-14||Oakland Raiders +7.5 v. Green Bay Packers||21-31||Loss||-125||50 h 51 m||Show|
|08-22-14||Carolina Panthers +5.5 v. New England Patriots||7-30||Loss||-110||49 h 22 m||Show|
08/22 04:30 PM NFL (255) CAROLINA PANTHERS VS (256) NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
|08-22-14||NY Giants v. NY Jets +1||35-24||Loss||-112||49 h 22 m||Show|
08/22 04:30 PM NFL (257) NEW YORK GIANTS VS (258) NEW YORK JETS
|08-21-14||Pittsburgh Steelers +3.5 v. Philadelphia Eagles||21-31||Loss||-105||27 h 48 m||Show|
|08-17-14||Denver Broncos v. San Francisco 49ers -3||34-0||Loss||-130||49 h 25 m||Show|
|08-16-14||Atlanta Falcons v. Houston Texans -1||Top||7-32||Win||100||122 h 24 m||Show|
8/16 08:00 PM EST NFL (423) ATLANTA FALCONS VS (424) HOUSTON TEXANS
|08-16-14||Buffalo Bills v. Pittsburgh Steelers -1||16-19||Win||100||30 h 38 m||Show|
|08-16-14||Green Bay Packers +3 v. St. Louis Rams||21-7||Win||100||26 h 11 m||Show|
08/16 04:00 PM EST NFL (411) GREEN BAY PACKERS VS (412) ST. LOUIS RAMS
|08-15-14||San Diego Chargers v. Seattle Seahawks -6||14-41||Win||100||9 h 59 m||Show|
|08-15-14||Detroit Lions v. Oakland Raiders -2.5||26-27||Loss||-125||9 h 57 m||Show|
|08-15-14||Tennessee Titans v. New Orleans Saints -3.5||24-31||Win||100||74 h 14 m||Show|
08/15 08:00 PM EST NFL (405) TENNESSEE TITANS VS (406) NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
|08-09-14||Green Bay Packers v. Tennessee Titans -1||16-20||Win||100||27 h 7 m||Show|
08/09 08:00 PM ESt NFL (279) GREEN BAY PACKERS VS (280) TENNESSEE TITANS
|08-09-14||Cleveland Browns +1 v. Detroit Lions||12-13||Push||0||6 h 4 m||Show|
Text Play : CLEVELAND BROWNS.
This is a late Saturday release from Jim where he personally bets big money on these late breaking info plays. No analysis on these games since they are late breaking information Jim has received.
|08-08-14||Buffalo Bills -1.5 v. Carolina Panthers||20-18||Win||100||26 h 1 m||Show|
08/08 07:30 PM EST NFL (265) BUFFALO BILLS VS (266) CAROLINA PANTHERS
|08-07-14||Seattle Seahawks -1.5 v. Denver Broncos||Top||16-21||Loss||-110||35 h 35 m||Show|
8/07 09:00 PM EST NFL (259) SEATTLE SEAHAWKS VS (260) DENVER BRONCOS
Take: (259) NFLX Inner Circle: Seattle.
The money has come in on the defending champs and with good reason. This team is loaded with depth and talent, rolling through the preseason last year, 4-0 SU/ATS. That included a 40-10 blowout win over these Broncos and, yes, Peyton Manning played quite a bit in that game, throwing for 133 yards -- but trailed 33-7 at the half! Manning was 11-16, 163 yards, 1 TD, no picks as Denver had 4 turnovers and Seattle had 129 yards rushing. Last preseason the Seahawks won their games 31-10, 40-10, 17-10, and 22-6. Meanwhile Denver has a veteran team with a lot of (aging) newcomers, so there's no need to risk injury. And their QB rotation after Manning is poor, plus Pete Carroll is 22-10 ATS in August. Play the Seattle Seahawks!
|08-03-14||NY Giants v. Buffalo Bills -1||17-13||Loss||-120||115 h 27 m||Show|
The veteran Giants are favored, but with 5 preseason games and one outstanding quarterback in Eli Manning, they won't look at this as a must win game. The Giants made major changes on the offensive line and there's no use risking Manning much in the opener. Meanwhile, the Buffalo Bills have a young Coach in Doug Marrone who has plenty to prove. Marone rolled the twice to try and shaky things up and you won't recognize much of this team. Youn QB E.J. Manuel (11 TDs, 9 picks in 2013) has plenty to work on in preseason. The Bills offensive line got some sizable additions in the 2014 offseason. Free agent Chris Williams (6-6, 326) and draft choices 6-7 Cyrus Kouandjio (322; 2nd round), Cyril Richardson (6-4, 343; 5th round) and Seantrel Henderson (6-8, 345; 7th round) bring immense size to Buffalo's front line. The Bills offensive backfield is loaded with RBs Fred Jackson (890, 4.3 ypc) and C.J. Spiller (933, 4.6 ypc), the latter despite injuries. RB Bryce Brown adds depth from Eagles, so this ground game looks terrific. Rookie WR Sammy Watkins arrives from Clemson and 27-year old WR Mike Williams from Bucs. He had only 216 yards last year, but 996, 771 and 964 the previous three with Tampa Bay. Meanwhile WR Robert Woods had 587 yards as a rookie and is back. New coaches have more to prove in preseason with their new teams and the Buffalo's defensive scheme is going to change under the new defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz, the former Lions coach, after Mike Pettine left to become head coach of the Browns. The Bills led NFL with 57 sacks as Kyle Williams, Jerry Hughes and Mario Williams all had double digits sacks. The secondary adds CB Corey Graham in free agency and Ross Cockrell (Duke, 4th round) in the draft. With Jairus Byrd now in New Orleans Aaron Williams shifts to free safety. The wrong team opened as the favorite in this Hall of Fame Game, so take the young hungry team. Play the Bills!
|08-24-13||San Diego Chargers v. Arizona Cardinals -4||24-7||Loss||-110||28 h 6 m||Show|
8/24 10:00 PM EST NFL (277) SAN DIEGO CHARGERS VS (278) ARIZONA CARDINALS edit
Take: (278) ARIZONA CARDINALS
Reason: The Chargers have all kinds of problems for new coach Mike McCoy. With the way receivers are leaving the field
|08-19-13||Pittsburgh Steelers +2.5 v. Washington Redskins||13-24||Loss||-105||8 h 21 m||Show|
8/19 8:00 PM EST NFL (431) PITTSBURGH STEELERS VS (432) WASHINGTON REDSKINS
Take: (431) PITTSBURGH STEELERS
Reason: It hasn't been a healthy Washington Redskins camp. The defense won
|08-17-13||Jacksonville Jaguars v. NY Jets -2.5||13-37||Win||100||53 h 29 m||Show|
8/17 7:30 PM NFL (421) JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS VS (422) NEW YORK JETS
Take: (422) NEW YORK JETS
Reason: Yes, there is urgency on any coach off a bad season who survives getting axed despite rumors and that's the situation Rex Ryan is in this August. QB Mark Sanchez will be the starter Saturday night against the Jacksonville Jaguars, with rookie QB Geno Smith fighting for time. Sanchez has created separation in the competition based on his practice performances, so he could use a good performance here against a weak, rebuilding Jacksonville squad. The Jets outgained the Lions last week and their 3 QBs threw for 292 yards, 2 TDs and only 1 pick. Meanwhile the Jaguars have no QB play and limited offensive skill. They had a home game for the new coach against state rival Miami last week.....and lost 27-3! Their 4 BS combined for 163 yards, no TDs and 2 picks. Teammates dropped two passes, including one that ended up getting intercepted. There's far more at stake for the home team and a big win against a patsy won't be that difficult. Play the NY Jets.
|08-16-13||Minnesota Vikings v. Buffalo Bills -3.5||16-20||Win||100||75 h 55 m||Show|
08/16 7:00 PM EST NFL (409) MINNESOTA VIKINGS VS (410) BUFFALO BILLS
Take: (410) BUFFALO BILLS.
Reason: Minnesota laid an egg at home in a loss to Houston and now heads out on the road. Coach Leslie Frazier is 6-7 SU and ATS in the preseason, off 27-13 home loss to Houston. They have new WRs and a poor QB rotation in Christian Ponder, Matt Cassel, McLeod B.-Thompson and rookie James Vandenberg. The secondary is also thin with CB Xavier Rhodes (hamstring) ailing and CB Josh Robinson (hamstring) limited. Meanwhile Buffalo hired former Syracuse coach Doug Marrone as their new head coach, so this is his first game. He is running an attacking, uptempo offense and we saw that in Week 1, a 44-20 win at Indy behind E.J. Manuel and Jeff Tuel, striking for 451 yards! Marquise Goodwin, an Olympic long-jumper with world-class speed, returned two kickoffs for 160 yards including one for a 107-yard TD to tie the score at 13. Look for a big effort by the home team for their new coach against a Vikings team just going through the motions. Play the Bills!
|08-15-13||Atlanta Falcons v. Baltimore Ravens -4.5||23-27||Loss||-110||51 h 17 m||Show|
08/15 7:30 PM EST NFL (403) ATLANTA FALCONS VS (404) BALTIMORE RAVENS
Take: (404) BALTIMORE RAVENS.
Reason: Atlanta was in the NFC Championship game last year and is a favorite to be an NFC powerhouse again. It is a veteran team with nothing to prove, so the preseason goal is to stay healthy. We saw that in Week 1, not showing up in a 34-10 home loss to the Bengals. Since Mike Smith took over in 2008, the Falcons are 7-14 SU in the preseason. Baltimore, on the other hand, had a lot of changes (Eight starters left via free agency) after winning the Super Bowl. They certainly looked strong for fired up coach Harbaugh in the opener, a 44-16 rout at Tampa Bay, so now they come home for the home opener. Coach John Harbaugh has been very good in the preseason in his tenure with the Ravens, a 14-7 SU record in preseason. Atlanta coach Mike Smith is 1-8 SU/ATS in the Falcons
|08-10-13||NY Giants v. Pittsburgh Steelers -2.5||18-13||Loss||-110||75 h 23 m||Show|
08/10 7:30 PM EST NFL (279) NEW YORK GIANTS VS (280) PITTSBURGH STEELERS
Take: (280) PITTSBURGH STEELERS
Reason: The Giants QB rotation drops off after Eli Manning, with David Carr, rookie Ryan Nassib and Curtis Painter. Tom Coughlin is 4-5 SU in Week 1
|08-09-13||Arizona Cardinals +4 v. Green Bay Packers||17-0||Win||100||52 h 54 m||Show|
08/09 8:00 PM EST NFL (269) ARIZONA CARDINALS VS (270) GREEN BAY PACKERS
Take: (269) ARIZONA CARDINALS
Reason: The Cardinals head to Green Bay with a new coach and plenty to prove, while the Packers have nothing to prove and have had a tough camp banged up with injuries. The Cardinals QBs are improved with Carson Palmer, Drew Stanton, Ryan Lindley and Caleb TerBush. HC Bruce Ariens filled in for Chuck Pagano in Indianapolis last year and did a great job on a team with a young team that made the playoffs despite plenty of holes. Green Bay has offensive line concerns so there's no sense in risking the health of QB Aaron Rodgers. So you will see plenty of QBs Graham Harrell, B.J. Coleman and perhaps even Vince Young, whom they signed this week! They lost left tackle Bryan Bulaga for the season, a guy who protects the QBs blind side; WR Jordy Nelson will miss the rest of the preseason after undergoing knee surgery Monday. Along with those two, running back Alex Green (knee), tight end Ryan Taylor (knee) and defensive end Datone Jones (illness) missed practice Tuesday. Wide receiver Randall Cobb (bicep) and defensive tackle Johnny Jolly (cramps) both left practice, so grab the young team with the new coach and something to prove. Play the Cardinals.
|08-08-13||Cincinnati Bengals +3 v. Atlanta Falcons||34-10||Win||100||28 h 55 m||Show|
08/08 8:00 PM EST NFL (257) CINCINNATI BENGALS VS (258) ATLANTA FALCONS
Take: (257) CINCINNATI BENGALS
Reason: A young and up and coming Cincy team with great depth, especially on defense, plays an established Atlanta team that has nothing to prove and only wants to stay healthy. The Bengal QB rotation is above average with Andy Dalton, Josh Johnson and Zac Robinson. This has been one of the top defensive team in the NFL the last two years and they are loaded with defensive talent and depth. The Falcons have Matt Ryan, but he's their franchise and won't play much, which means they will use Dominique Davis, rookie Seth Doege and rookie Sean Renfree. The Falcons have very little offensive position battles going on this offseason, a team that was in the NFC title game in January. Coach Mike Smith doesn
|08-26-12||Carolina Panthers v. NY Jets -1||17-12||Loss||-130||18 h 59 m||Show|
Panthers are on a 2-4 SU/ATS preseason run. WR Steve Smith (foot) is still out. Last week against the Miami Dolphins, the Carolina Panthers' offensive starters ran 21 plays before taking a seat for the night. Head coach Ron Rivera looks to increase that total Sunday night in a nationally televised exhibition against the New York Jets, and said his starters may even play into the second half.
|08-25-12||St Louis Rams +5 v. Dallas Cowboys||19-20||Win||100||26 h 13 m||Show|
08/25 08:00 PM EST NFL (277) ST. LOUIS RAMS VS (278) DALLAS COWBOYS
Take: (277) ST. LOUIS RAMS
Reason: The Rams are much improved with Coach Jeff Fisher, and have a fine QB rotation with Sam Bradford and veteran Kellen Clemens. They come off an impressive 31-17 win over KC. Fisher has said that he likes to use the preseason as a gradual build for his team leading into the regular season. This week against Dallas, Fisher said the playing time will be about the same for the starters, something in the range of 25 snaps. That could mean a larger workload for the starters in the preseason
|08-24-12||Philadelphia Eagles v. Cleveland Browns -4||Top||27-10||Loss||-110||7 h 13 m||Show|
08/24 07:30 PM EST NFL (257) PHILADELPHIA EAGLES VS (258) CLEVELAND BROWNS
Take: (258) NFL High Roller: Browns.
The Eagles lost starting QB Mike Vick on Monday night for the rest of the preseason, and on short rest and could care less about this one. The played Monday night at New England, short week and their second straight road game. Eagles coach Andy Reid approached the second preseason game the way he annually does the third preseason game, so Reid will play very few regulars. Even with the win and cover Monday night, Reid is still 22-31 SU, 23-28-2 ATS in preseason, caring little about winning August games. The Browns are a perfect 2-0 SU/ATS in preaseason despite having not played a home game yet, winning at Detroit and Green Bay. They go with QB Brandon Weeden, but have experienced QBs behind him with Colt McCoy and Seneca Wallace. Pat Shurmur said McCoy and Seneca Wallace are still being evaluated every snap. "We'll make a decision when we have to line them up," said Shurmur. "That's where it is." Look for a huge effort by the home team against the disinterested visitors. Play the Browns.
|08-23-12||Green Bay Packers v. Cincinnati Bengals +3||27-13||Loss||-110||24 h 4 m||Show|
08/23 07:00 PM EST NFL (251) GREEN BAY PACKERS VS (252) CINCINNATI BENGALS
Take: (252) CINCINNATI BENGALS
Reason: The Green Bay Packers have endured a lot of changed in preseason. The running backs are beat up and there are a ton of new faces on what was a bad defense last year. The Green Bay Packers drafted Jerel Worthy and Mike Daniels in the first four rounds, signed veterans Phillip Merling and Daniel Muir off the street and stayed with Mike Neal and Anthony Hargrove despite their multigame suspensions. Training camp is 3
|08-20-12||PHILADELPHIA +1.5 v. New England Patriots||27-17||Win||100||18 h 2 m||Show|
The Philadelphia Eagles' starters will play anywhere from a full half to the three quarters. "I'll just get a feel," coach Andy Reid said. "We'll just see how it all rolls and go from there." Eagles coach Andy Reid is approaching the second preseason game the way he annually does the third preseason game, meaning the Eagles' starters will play into the third quarter. The first-team defense will be tested more than they will be at any other point in the preseason. The Eagles still have not finalized some of their personnel groups, especially on defense. The Eagles have two different nickel groupings, plus a dime group Eagles cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha will practice on Thursday after missing Tuesday's practice with whiplash and a lacerated lip suffered on Monday. Asomugha avoided a major scare when his head collided in safety Nate Allen, but the injury did not keep him out for long. Eagles QB rotation for Monday's game will be Michael Vick, Mike Kafka, Trent Edwards and Nick Foles. Rookie Foles will be the second-string quarterback behind Michael Vick. QB Nick Foles will play the fourth quarter, and possibly longer, depending on when Mike Vick comes out of the game. The Pats play their final three exhibition games played over a 10-day span.
|08-19-12||INDIANAPOLIS +4 v. PITTSBURGH||24-26||Win||100||18 h 36 m||Show|
Andrew Luck looks to be the real deal in Indianapolis this season. And that
|08-17-12||BUFFALO v. MINNESOTA -1||14-36||Win||100||98 h 41 m||Show|
08/17 08:00 PM NFL (411) BUFFALO BILLS VS (412) MINNESOTA VIKINGS
Take: (412) MINNESOTA VIKINGS. The Bills' first-team offense was inconsistent in the opener, and the penalty count (14 for 134 yards) was atrocious in a 7-6 exhibition loss to Washington. Now they go on the road and Chan Gailey has never cared about preseason, with a 4-15 SU, 6-13 ATS August record. The Vikings come home from a road trip at San Francisco have QBs Christian Ponder, mobile Joe Webb and veteran Sage Rosenfels. The defense went without veterans Jared Allen, Kevin Williams and Antoine Winfield (all healthy scratches), but they will play this week. Look for a big bounce back effort by the young coach in front of the home fans. Play the Vikings.
|08-16-12||CINCINNATI v. Atlanta Falcons -4||24-19||Loss||-110||26 h 34 m||Show|
08/16 08:00 PM EST NFL (401) CINCINNATI BENGALS VS (402) ATLANTA FALCONS
Take: (402) ATLANTA FALCONS
Reason: The Bengals have injury problems to deal with. The offensive line is thin as left guard Travelle Wharton is lost for the season after injuring his right knee on the team
|08-10-12||TAMPA BAY +3 v. MIAMI||20-7||Win||100||25 h 43 m||Show|
08/10 07:30 PM EST NFL (263) TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS VS (264) MIAMI DOLPHINS
Take: (263) TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
Reason: The battle for the pride of Florida with new coaches. The Buccaneer QBs have plenty of NFL experience in Josh Freeman, Dan Orlovsky and Brett Raitliff. New coach Greg Schiano comes over from Rutgers, an organized, disciplined leader who did a terrific job in college. They add TE Dallas Clark and WR Vincent Jackson, too. In Week 1 of preseason Tampa Bay is 7-1-1 ATS and faces a Miami team with all kinds of weaknesses for new coach Joe Philbin. He has installed a safe, conservative West Coast offense, but inherits a team with a bad QB rotation Matt Moore, David Garrard, rookie Ryan Tannehill and Pat Devlin. They were 23rd in passing offense last year and lost WR Brandon Marshall. Play the Bucs!
|08-09-12||GREEN BAY +1 v. SAN DIEGO||13-21||Loss||-110||27 h 56 m||Show|
08/09 08:00 PM EST NFL (259) GREEN BAY PACKERS VS (260) SAN DIEGO CHARGERS
Take: (259) GREEN BAY PACKERS
Reason: Packers coach Mike McCarthy is 14-10 ATS in preseason and the defense has a chip on its shoulder -- along with a lot of hungry young players competing for time. The defense hurt their title defense that last season ranked last in the NFL in yards allowed, passing yards allowed and sacks percentage. GM Ted Thompson used his first six picks on defensive players. Moreover, he traded four extra picks to move up three times to do it, led by DE Nick Perry (USC) first round and MSU DT Jerel Worthy. The Chargers won't use QB Philip Rivers much and No. 2 QB Charlie Whitehurst won't play (Knee injury), so you will see Jarrett Lee and Kevin O'Connell. The Chargers still have a long list of minor injuries. Outside linebacker Jarret Johnson pulled himself from Saturday's practice when his hamstring tightened up; Wide receivers Eddie Royal, Richard Goodman, Roscoe Parrish all missed practice. Royal (groin) will be out one to two weeks, likely missing the team's first preseason game Thursday against the Packers. Cornerbacks Antoine Cason and Marcus Gilchrist were sidelined and Left tackle Jared Gaither is hurting. Play the Packers!
|08-05-12||ARIZONA +3 v. NEW ORLEANS||10-17||Loss||-120||49 h 40 m||Show|
8/05 08:00 PM EST NFL (241) ARIZONA CARDINALS VS (242) NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
Take: (241) ARIZONA CARDINALS. Reason: When the Saints are a dog in preseason they are terrific because of all that offense with a 31-19 ATS record. However, they are favored in this game and New Orleans is 17-25 ATS as chalk in August. And they had a terrible offseason with several suspensions to players and coaches, including Sean Payton. They are also working in a new defensive coordinator. QB Drew Brees won't play much, which means you will see more of QBs Chase Daniel, Luke McCown and Sean Canfield -- quite a dropoff from Brees. The Cardinals have excellent depth in the secondary, which is needed against New Orleans, and their is excellent competition on offense with QBs Kevin Kolb and John Skelton battling for the No. 1 job, plus rookie Ryan Lindley has impressed and Richard Bartel started last year. The Cardinals likely will keep three quarterbacks on their 53-man roster, which means Kolb, Skelton and either Lindley or Richard Bartel, who has five seasons in the NFL. Play the Cardinals.
|09-01-11||Cleveland Browns v. Chicago Bears||14-24||Loss||-110||28 h 45 m||Show|
09/01 08:00 PM NFL (123) CLEVELAND BROWNS (124) CHICAGO BEARS
Take: (123) CLEVELAND BROWNS
Reason: Cleveland (1-2 SU/ATS) has a new coach in Pat Shurmur, who is also the offensive coordinator, while Dick Jauron is the new defensive coordinator. Under new coordinator Dick Jauron, the Browns are switching from a 3-4 to 4-3 defense. The offense has looked good in preseason and has a good QB rotation with Colt McCoy and Seneca Wallace. The Browns are throwing the football more and having an offensive-minded head coach calling the plays has been a plus. The Bears (1-2) QB rotation is Jay Cutler, Caleb Hanie, Nathan Enderle and they have been unimpressive the last two games, losing to the NY Giants Monday night, 41-13, and a 14-13 loss at Tennessee. The backups are slated to play most of the game Thursday. Jay Cutler won
|08-27-11||Seattle Seahawks v. Denver Broncos -4.5||Top||20-23||Loss||-110||27 h 16 m||Show|
08/27 09:00 PM EST NFL (277) SEATTLE SEAHAWKS VS (278) DENVER BRONCOS
Take: (278) Preseason Game of the Year: Denver Broncos.
Seattle has a lot of problems under Coach Pete Carroll. With Matt Hassellbeck gone, QB Tarvaris Jackson is the starter, Charlie Whitehurst the backup -- two guys they overpaid for in money and draft picks. They have problems on the offensive line and have not played well: The starters fell behind the Chargers 10-0 at the half, then last week they laid an egg at home in a 20-7 loss to Minnesota. Seattle is 2-4 SU, 2-4 ATS in preseason under Carroll. They run into a Denver (1-1 SU, 2-0 ATS) team that has a new coach in John Fox, the former Carolina coach. New coaches want to play well at home and Denver did last week, winning by 14 points. The QB rotation is experienced/versatile, with QB Kyle Orton the starter and Brady Quinn. The Broncos starting offense and defense will play into the third quarter Saturday against Seattle. This is the second straight home game for Denver and they looked sharp last week, a 24-10 win over Buffalo, leading 24-3 in the third with Quinn and Orton completing 20 of 29 passes for 265 yards, 2 TDs and no picks. The home team holds all the cards against the thin and disorganized visitors. Play the Broncos!
|08-26-11||St Louis Rams -2.5 v. Kansas City Chiefs||Top||14-10||Win||100||51 h 1 m||Show|
08/26 08:00 PM EST NFL (259) ST. LOUIS RAMS VS (260) KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
Take: (259) Pro Football Exclusive High Roller: Rams.
The Rams (2-0 SU/1-1 ATS) have QBs Sam Bradford and veteran A.J. Feeley, playing hard for coach Steve Spagnuolo and new offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, who has brought in the spread attack he ran in Denver and New England. St. Louis beat the Colts, 33-10, then the Titans, 17-16. Running the football and stopping the run are very important to Spagnuolo, who has an old-school mindset when it comes to those facets of the game. He was not pleased that the Rams managed only 44 yards on 21 carries, or 2.1 yards per rushing attempt last week. And given his defensive background, Tennessee's 198 yards rushing on 35 carries - a 5.7-yard average - was particularly galling. When asked what he saw out of the Rams' run defense Saturday, Spagnuolo said with rare sarcasm, "I didn't see very much. I didn't think the tackling was very good, either. It's concerning." So look for a big effort by the angry coach and note that the Rams are 9-1 ATS in preseason against the AFC and Spagnuolo is 8-2 SU/7-3 ATS in preseason. Kansas City (0-2 SU/ATS) has QBs Matt Cassell, Tyler Palko and rookie Ricky Stanzi, playing awful. The Chiefs again spent little time this week preparing for their upcoming exhibition game. That inexperienced showed in a 25-0 home loss to Tampa Bay and a 31-13 loss at Baltimore. The Chiefs had just 137 yards and had trouble blocking for their quarterbacks in the opener, the ran for just 3.5 ypc against the Ravens. Haley said he is preparing for the Chiefs for the regular season, which begins Sept. 11 against Buffalo at Arrowhead Stadium. KC Coach Todd Haley is 1-9 SU, 0-10 ATS in preseason, so grab the motivated visitors. Play the Rams!
|08-25-11||Cleveland Browns +7 v. Philadelphia Eagles||14-24||Loss||-110||27 h 33 m||Show|
08/25 07:30 PM EST NFL (253) CLEVELAND BROWNS VS (254) PHILADELPHIA EAGLES
Take: (253) CLEVELAND BROWNS
Reason: Cleveland (1-1 SU/ATS) has a new coach in Pat Shurmur, who is also the offensive coordinator, while Dick Jauron is the new defensive coordinator. Jauron guided the Eagles secondary as Philadelphia finished third in the NFL with 23 interceptions, so he faces his old team here. Shurmur works with QBs Colt McCoy and Seneca Wallace, a fine preseason rotation. McCoy has been impressive, with a 27-17 preseason victory over Green Bay opener and 10 of 18 last week in a 30-28 home loss to Detroit as the offense had 271 yards. Having an offensive-minded head coach calling the plays has been a plus. The Philly (1-1 SU/ATS) defense has already had two key injuries: Eagles defensive tackle Mike Patterson has been released from a hospital after suffering a seizure last week at practice, while DE Victor Abiamiri blew out his achilles. And their are offensive line concerns: The starting right tackle is on the PUP list, the starting right guard is a rookie and the center is coming back creakily from microfracture surgery. The first two of those are the main blind-side protection elements for a left-handed quarterback. Philly had a 13-6 win over Baltimore, despite running for just 88 yards, 2.8 yards per carry, and a 24-14 loss at Pittsburgh, down 21-0 at the half, so this O-line has some problems. The Eagles have a number of players who are spending a lot more time with the team's training staff than they are with the coaching staff. They include veterans such as offensive tackles Winston Justice and Ryan Harris, defensive end Juqua Parker, defensive tackles Antonio Dixon and Trevor Laws, and safety Marlin Jackson, and younger players such as second-year defensive end Daniel Te'o-Nesheim and rookie linebacker Greg Lloyd. Justice, who started 13 games at right tackle last season, still hasn't recovered sufficiently enough from February knee surgery to practice. Coach Andy Reid historically cares less about preseason with a record of 20-30 SU, 21-29 ATS in August. Philly is 3-13 ATS against the AFC in preseason and Reid is 10-18 ATS as chalk, 9-15 ATS at home in exhibition play, and this Cleveland offense has more than enough to keep this close. Play the Browns!