The NFL Preseason Report


The National Football Preseason schedule is - finally - upon us with a full slate of 16 games on the docket beginning Thursday, August 11th through Monday, August 15th and before we flip the page forward to this year's games we'll take a few moments to reveal how NFL teams fared last summer in the Preseason affairs (and what you might discover might surprise you).

Naturally, cynics will be quick to point out that most NFL teams had an approximately 25-to-30 percent turnover rate from a year ago and thus said cynics will say last year's numbers "don't matter" but we believe there's always handicapping power in the knowledge of past performances - yes, even in these exhibition games - and we'll elaborate a little later in this mid-week edition of Jim Sez.

First, keep the following note in mind:

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Here's how the NFL Preseason Pointspread Standings looked at the end of last summer:

San Francisco 3 0 1 1.000
Arizona 3 1 0 .750
Baltimore 3 1 0 .750
Detroit 3 1 0 .750
Green Bay 3 1 0 .750
Jacksonville 3 1 0 .750
Minnesota 3 1 0 .750
New Orleans 3 1 0 .750
Pittsburgh 3 1 0 .750
St. Louis 3 1 0 .750
Tampa Bay 3 1 0 .750
New England 2 1 1 .667
Oakland 2 1 1 .667
Dallas 3 2 0 .600
Atlanta 2 2 0 .500
Buffalo 2 2 0 .500
Cleveland 2 2 0 .500
NY Jets 2 2 0 .500
Tennessee 2 2 0 .500
Washington 2 2 0 .500
Cincinnati 2 3 0 .400
NY Giants 1 2 1 .333
San Diego 1 2 1 .333
Carolina 1 3 0 .250
Denver 1 3 0 .250
Houston 1 3 0 .250
Indianapolis 1 3 0 .250
Miami 1 3 0 .250
Philadelphia 1 3 0 .250
Seattle 0 3 1 .000
Chicago 0 4 0 .000
Kansas City 0 4 0 .000
Total: 62 62 6  

As you can see, you can't always look to make a comparison from the NFL Preseason to the NFL Regular Season as all three teams that finished without a Preseason pointspread win - that's Seattle, Chicago and Kansas City - each wound up in the NFL Playoffs while the team with the best overall pointspread winning percentage in the Preseason didn't make the post-season (see the San Francisco 49ers).

Meanwhile, check out the fact that the Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers each reeled off 3-1 ATS (against the spread) records in the Preseason en route to making it all the way to Super Bowl XLV and you might be so inclined to believe that teams that look to "establish" a winning feel in the summer time often carry that over into Regular-Season and/or Post-Season play but - when you really cut to the proverbial chase - here's what it is often all about for NFL teams come the Preseason:

Many organizations simply don't care about the NFL Preseason won/loss results as they fine-tune rosters, rest star players and simply look to get their legs under ‘em and included in said mix are the Philadelphia Eagles, the Indianapolis Colts, the San Diego Chargers and the New York Giants. This quartet of teams would have be "whole" going into Week #1 of the NFL Regular Season than to worry about winning these exhibition games while other teams more inclined to push for Preseason wins this year include the likes of the aforementioned SF 49ers (see new head coach Jim Harbaugh), the Detroit Lions (looking to piggyback onto last year's successes than included an NFL-best 12-3-1 ATS mark in Regular-Season play) and a couple of teams with second-year head coaches including the Buffalo Bills (see Chan Gailey) and the Washington Redskins (see boss-man Mike Shanahan) as these latter two sides want to prove to management and their fan bases that improvements have been made to the "product".

Finally, here's a breakdown of how the NFL Preseason 2010 went on a week-by-week basis regarding Favorites versus Underdogs:

Hall of Fame 0 1 0 0-1-0
Week #1 8 8 0 8-9-0
Week #2 7 9 0 15-18-0
Week #3 9 7 0 24-25-0
Week #4 6 7 3 30-32-3

In all, NFL Preseason 2010 Betting Favorites finished 30-32-3 for a .484 winning rate.

If you had wagered $100 on all NFL Preseason favorites, than your net loss would have been $520. Conversely, if you had wagered $100 per play on all NFL Preseason Underdogs a year ago, you would have lost $100 … hey, all the more reason we keep telling you to climb aboard with Jim Hurley's Network as we sift through the Favorites and Dogs and get you lots and lots of Winners!

NOTE: More NFL News & Notes in the next edition of Jim Sez.


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