NFL 2016 PreSeason Kicks Off Sunday Night




Hey, Football, welcome back!
Let’s face it, we all could use some football action on the field to take our collective minds off the field where the spring/summer has featured – what else – even more DeflateGate junk (we’ll see New England QB Tom Brady for real in October), a bong-smoking All-America offensive lineman that plummeted in the draft (see Ole Miss OT Laremy Tunsil-to-Miami) and more early retirements, thanks in large part to the whole concussion issue that continues to nag at the league from all sides.

So, we get to eyeball some real live NFL action come Sunday night (8 p.m. ET) when the Green Bay Packers and the Indianapolis Colts spar in the annual Hall of Fame Game in Canton (OH) one day after the likes of Brett Favre, Marvin Harrison, Tony Dungy, Kevin Greene, Orlando Pace, owner Eddie DeBartolo, Kenny Stabler and Dick Stanfel will all get immortalized into the H.O.F.… now, are you ready for some football?

Folks, Jim Hurley and his Network of Handicappers and Bloggers want to welcome you to the start of the 2016 Football Season.

Okay, so it all actually begins this Sunday with the NFL’s annual Hall of Fame Game between the Packers versus the Colts and then there’s another four weeks of money-making NFL Preseason Games that follow while the College Football campaign swings into gear later this month.

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Let’s feed you some key Pointspread Facts/Figures as it pertains to last summer:

First off, in last year’s Hall of Fame Game played on August 9th, 2015, the 3-point favorite Minnesota Vikings bested the Pittsburgh Steelers 14-3 with the game going way "under" the totals price of 36½ points.

Note that this game opened with Minnesota as a 2-point betting choice and it was "bet up" while the opening totals price was 34 points, so the public bet that "up" too but lost as the game fell way "under" the price.

Overall in 2015 NFL Preseason action, Betting Favorites went a dead-even but vig-losing 32-32-0 with one Pick ’Em game tossed into the mix – right now this week’s Packers-Colts game is listed at Pick ’Em with a totals price of 36 points – while totals players a year ago in Preseason play watched the "Overs" go a lackluster 29-35-1 ATS (against the spread) for a .453 winning rate.

Now, let’s get you the 2015 NFL Preseason game-by-game results for Green Bay and Indianapolis:

8-13 at New England +2½ W 22-1
8-23 at Pittsburgh +1 L 19-24
8-29 Philadelphia +6½ L 26-39
9-3 New Oleans -2 W 38-10
8-16 at Philadelphia +5 L 10.36
8-22 Chicago -4 L 11-23
8-29 at St. Louis +2 W 24-14
9-3 Cincinnati -1½ L 6-9

Okay, so as you can see from last year’s Preseason action, the Packers split SU (straight-up) and ATS verdicts last summer with wins/covers at the Patriots and home to the Saints but remember that Preseason Week 4 game features mostly players that didn’t make the cut for the ’15 roster;

On the flip side, the Colts lost 3-of-4 games SU and ATS with the lone win/cover happening in a Preseason Week 3 clash with the host Rams.

Later this week we’ll feed you more Packers-Colts insights and let you know what Indy’s plan is this summer for QB Andrew Luck who last year played in just seven regular-season games while throwing 15 TDs and 12 INTs… will he see more time in these exhibition games so he can fine-tune his skills or will Indy be ultra-cautious and limit his snaps in preseason games? Stay tuned, we’ll let y’all know!


When the New York Yankees woke up Monday morning they stared at a rather ho-hum 52-52 record while sitting in fourth place in the American League East.

Done for? Well, maybe not when you check out the numbers despite a "lost weekend" where the Bombers were swept at lowly Tampa Bay:

The Yanks are seven games back of division leader Baltimore and just 5½ games back of the second wild card club (that’s Boston) but the past week/weekend deals that sent lefty relievers Aroldis Chapman and Andrew Miller packing – to the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians, respectively – basically were "white flag" moments and there could be more coming prior to Monday’s 4 p.m. ET Trade Deadline with OF/DH Carlos Beltran the primary piece of trade bait remaining and C Brian McCann also said to be on the market.

Meanwhile, Yankee fans – for the most part – are up in arms for surrendering this 2016 season here with two full months to go and plenty of time/head-to-head games to do damage in the AL East and wild card chase.

Yes, Yankees’ GM Brian Cashman is flexing his muscles and letting everyone know that his organization’s farm system must be replenished – sorry, we’re not rattling off all the names of players the Yanks just acquired from the Cubs and Indians, you can look that up for yourself! – and no doubt Cashman knows better than most but don’t all teams cherish the thought of being in a pennant/wild card race?

The Yanks – and Cashman – may wind up kicking themselves if/when the likes of Baltimore, Boston and Toronto "come back to the pack" in the next 60-or-so days.

NOTE: More NFL Camp News plus lots more in the next edition of Jim Sez.


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