NFL Preseason Week 1 Report + Over/Under Win Totals


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Jim Sez

THE NFL PRESEASON WEEK 1 REPORT:

WE CHECK OUT THURSDAY’S SIX GAMES

WITH OUR WHAT-TO-WATCH COMMENTS

PLUS: IT’S OUR FIRST LOOK AT

THE NFL’S OVER/UNDER WIN TOTALS

FOR THIS UPCOMING 2013 REGULAR SEASON

By Jim Hurley

Fact: Many NFL teams don’t care a darn as to whether or not they win a single preseason game.

Next Fact: You still can learn plenty about teams/players during these summertime “exhibition games” that will dot the sports calendar from now through late August.

So here’s our little commentary to one and all as per this 2013 NFL preseason … pay attention!

No doubt if you were paying attention in last Sunday’s Hall of Fame Game – a 24-20 Dallas Cowboys win against the 3-point favorite Miami Dolphins – you learned right off the bat that the Fish better upgrade the left tackle position left vacant by the free-agent departure of perennial Pro Bowler Jake Long to St. Louis...otherwise QB Ryan Tannehill is gonna be knocked on his proverbial keister more than a few times this coming campaign.

P.S., you might also have be privy to the fact this here-and-now Cowboys defense has some wonderful team speed – whether it’s good enough to stifle enough opposing offenses this year is still a question to be answered, but by watching the Hall of Fame tilt you surely gained some valuable knowledge.

In this 2013 preseason, I will look to utilize my knowledge and that of my veteran handicappers and bloggers to bring you a bunch of summertime winners:

In fact, there’s plenty of NFL Preseason News/Notes & Previews to bring your way all month long, so keep it right here at “Jim Sez” and make sure to cash in with all the NFL Preseason Sides & Totals Winners with a full card on tap this week/weekend beginning with Thursday’s six games.

And there’s Preseason Week 1 games right through the weekend, so make sure you hook up with America’s #1 Handicapper plus make sure you cash in with loads of Major-League Baseball Winners, too.

Check with us right here online at www.jimhurley.com or via our toll-free at 1-800-323-4453 after 1 p.m. Eastern time for weeknight NFL and MLB action, after 11 a.m. ET for the weekday Baseball games and after 10 a.m. ET for Saturday/Sunday/Holiday Football/Baseball Winners.

NFL PRESEASON WEEK 1 – THE THURSDAY GAMES

BALTIMORE at TAMPA BAY – 7:30 p.m. ET

Nobody will blame the Super Bowl champion Ravens if they take their sweet time getting this 2013 team assembled after all those personnel changes this past off-season, but the focus for us here are the T-Bay Buccaneers, who won’t be rushing back new CB Darrelle Revis. The NFC South club has their fingers crossed that he can be fully ready from his knee surgery in time for the regular-season Week 1 game at the New York Jets on Sept. 8.

Let’s still watch what the Bucs do as pass defenders ‘cause remember last year Tampa Bay ranked dead-last in the league in pass defense while yielding nearly 298 yards a game.

Las Vegas Line: Tampa Bay – 3; O/U 35 ½ Points

CINCINNATI at ATLANTA – 8 p.m. ET

The Bengals are back on HBO’s Hard Knocks, but they also hope to be back in the post-season for a third straight year – remember that both the 2011 and 2012 seasons ended with AFC Wild Card Round losses in Houston – and to invigorate an offense that last year ranked just 22nd overall (that’s 18th rushing and 17th passing), the Cincy gang has brought in TE Tyler Eifert (Notre Dame) and RB Giovani Bernard (North Carolina) to give QB Andy Dalton some added weaponry.

Both rookies made nice plays in an earlier-week scrimmage against these Falcons, so watch for more two tight-end alignments (along with TE Jermaine Gresham) and less three wide-out packages, plus Bernard also could see the field more rather than in third-down only situations.

Las Vegas Line: Atlanta – 3; O/U 37 Points

ST. LOUIS at CLEVELAND – 8 p.m. ET

Let’s face it:

There’s a healthy amount of buzz ‘round the Cleveland Browns these days under rookie head coach Rob Chudzinski, but much of the success (or lack thereof) will depend on the health and well-being of RB Trent Richardson, who doesn’t figure to play here after sitting out some recent practice sessions with a bruised right shin.

So, that gives Chudzinski and Co. an opportunity to check out Chris Ogbonnaya, who was actually listed as the team’s No. 1 fullback in a depth chart released last Sunday. Ogbonnaya could get 8-to-10 carries here and thus cement his status as Richardson’s primary backup at running back too.

Note that last year’s Browns finished a lowly 24th in the NFL in rushing while averaging 99.6 yards a game.

Las Vegas Line: Cleveland – 4; O/U 35 ½ Points

WASHINGTON at TENNESSEE – 8 p.m. ET

It’s been all good news so far for Redskins’ second-year QB Robert Griffin III. who continues to rehab from multiple torn ligaments in his right knee but – as media reports all summer have advised you – RG3 won’t be participating in any of the team’s four preseason games and so that means extra-long looks at the likes of backups Kirk Cousins and Rex Grossman.

Note that Grossman re-signed with the ‘Skins this past offseason after testing the free-agent waters and – whether D.C. fans like it or not – he could well be an important player for this NFC East team should Griffin not be able to answer the bell in time for the regular-season opener against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Las Vegas Line: Tennessee – 1 ½; O/U 35 ½ Points

DENVER at SAN FRANCISCO – 9 p.m. ET

Both of these teams merely need the preseason to fine-tune things after both the Broncos and 49ers had their 2012 post-seasons end with respective high-scoring losses to the aforementioned Ravens.

One thing that the Niners will be checking out all through this preseason is what kind of shape is their pass-catching corps in?

After all, star WR Michael Crabtree – who underwent surgery back on May 22nd to repair his Achilles – currently is on the active/PUP list and it’s been duly noted that second-year WR A.J. Jenkins already has missed a slew of practice sessions because of a balky hamstring.

Let’s see if San Fran head coach Jim Harbaugh keeps things simple here in this preseason opener – you might look for a few screens/flares to RB LaMichael James, who also is expected to handle the club’s punt and kickoff returns duties.

Las Vegas Line: San Francisco – 3; O/U 34 ½ Points

SEATTLE at SAN DIEGO – 10 p.m. ET

The headline on a recent sports web site claimed the Seahawks now have to “roll with the punches” following the announcement that newly-acquired WR/KR Percy Harvin suffered what could well be a season-ending hip injury but the NFC West squad still has plenty of pop – remember last year’s team scored 58, 50 and 42 points during one three-week stretch in December.

If you’re looking for some playmaker to stand out beginning with this preseason, then note WR Golden Tate, who was called “the most impressive player in training camp so far” by a writer from the Seattle Times.

The oft-acrobatic Tate may see just limited time here but he could be a major target for the ‘Hawks one year after nabbing just 45 balls worth 688 yards (15.3 ypc average).

Las Vegas Line: Seattle – 2 ½; O/U 35 ½ Points

Editor’s Note: We’ll provide analysis/insight on the NFL’s eight Preseason Games, including New England at Philadelphia, Houston at Minnesota and Dallas at Oakland in the very next edition of “Jim Sez”.

THE FIRST LOOK AT THE 2013 NFL WIN TOTALS

Here’s our first look this year at the 2013 NFL Regular-Season Win Totals for all 32 teams. Note that all figures below are based on $100 per-play wagers and that means, for example, a $100 play on Oakland to go “over” has you laying $125 to win $100. We will bring you an update on all these prices later in the month … so stay tuned.

TEAM WIN TOTALS

 

TEAM
WINS

Arizona
5.5
over 130
Atlanta
10
under 125
Baltimore
8.5
over 130
Buffalo
Not available

Carolina
7
over 130
Chicago
8.5
over 135
Cincinnati
8.5
over 150
Cleveland
6
over 140
Dallas
8.5
under 120
Denver
11.5
ov/un 115
Detroit
8
under 130
Green Bay
10
over 145
Houston
10
over 130
Indianapolis
8.5
ov/un 115
Jacksonville
5
ov/un 115
Kansas City
7.5
over 120
Miami
8
under 130
Minnesota
7.5
under 130
New England
11
under 175
New Orleans
9.5
over 130
NY Giants
9
under 120
NY Jets
6.5
under 150
Oakland
5.5
under 125
Philadelphia
7.5
under 160
Pittsburgh
9
over 130
San Diego
7.5
under 125
San Francisco
11.5
under 155
Seattle
10.5
over 130
St. Louis
7.5
ov/un 115
Tampa Bay
7.5
over 150
Tennessee
6.5
under 120
Washington
8
over 125

NOTE: More NFL Preseason Previews plus there’s College Football and MLB News/Notes in the coming days.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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