Jim Sez Saturday Preseason Previews and Indepentents in CFB
NFL PRESEASON WEEK 2:
CHECK OUT OUR SATURDAY GAME COMMENTS ... PLUS THE COLLEGE GRIDIRON NOTEBOOK EXAMINES THE INDEPENDENTS
Who knew that the biggest lesson learned last night in the NFL Preseason is folks really need to keep sharp objects (like scissors) away from New England QB Tom Brady? Egads!
We'll get to the Saturday sked when it comes to Preseason Week 2 but first this reminder:
The 2016 NFL Preseason continues to rock-n-roll with Three (3) games on the Friday Night card plus the Seven (7) games on Saturday featuring Kansas City at Los Angeles, New Orleans at Houston and Baltimore at Indianapolis. The College Football campaign swings into high gear on Friday, August 26th with California vs. Hawaii in Sydney, Australia and then there are a boatload of games the next week/weekend starting Thursday, Sept. 1st.
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NFL PRESEASON WEEK 2 COMMENTS/PREVIEWS
On Saturday, it's ...
CAROLINA (0-1) at TENNESSEE (1-0) - 3 p.m. ET
Here's hoping Panthers' QB Cam Newton can stay off the field and on the sidelines when his team's defense/special teams score ... But, seriously, good shot for Carolina's second-string RB Cameron Artis-Payne to up his carries while RB Jonathan Stewart is "saved" for the regular season.
Current Line: Pick 'Em and 41.5 points
NEW YORK GIANTS (0-1) at BUFFALO (0-1) - 4 p.m. ET, NFL Network
If New York City's tabloids run one more "injury" story about Giants' WR Victor Cruz, we're gonna lose our lunch! Gotta figure Cruz is finished and so that means additional opportunities for WRs Geremy Davis and rookie Sterling Shepard with the latter recovered from last week's groin strain versus Miami.
Current Line: Bills (- 2.5) and 40 points
BALTIMORE (1-0) at INDIANAPOLIS (1-0) - 7 p.m. ET, NFL Network
The Colts say QB Andrew Luck will play here - for just how long is the question - while Indy head coach said Luck and all his starters will play into the third quarter in next week's home game against Philadelphia. Meanwhile, Baltimore QB Joe Flacco says his repaired knee is "not 100 percent" and it's doubtful he plays here eight months removed from reconstructive ACL surgery.
Current Line: Colts (- 3) and 41 points
TAMPA BAY (0-1) at JACKSONVILLE (0-1) - 7:30 p.m. ET
No doubt folks were busy checking out all the NFL Fantasy League shows this week on TV, radio, internet, etc. and still wondering why Bucs-second-year star QB Jameis Winston is not receiving more love - please don't tell us there are 14 or 15 better quarterbacks in this man's league, okay? Count on Winston gunning it in there to WR Mike Evans who has made headlines this summer for all his drops.
Current Line: Jaguars (- 3) and 40.5 points
NEW ORLEANS (0-1) at HOUSTON (1-0) - 8 p.m. ET
Are the Texans really the team to beat in the AFC South this season? No question starting QB Brock Osweiler - owner of a crummy 65.8 passer rating in last weekend's 24-13 win in San Francisco - will go longer than three offensive series here with Tom Savage just named the #2 slinger here and Brandon Weeden #3.
Current Line: Texans (- 2.5) and 41 points
SAN FRANCISCO (0-1) at DENVER (1-0) - 9 p.m. ET
No QB Colin Kaepernick (shoulder) for the visiting SF 49ers here and so more snaps for Blaine Gabbert against the league's numero uno defense; meanwhile, Broncos DL Derek Wolfe (ankle) probably won't play here but that doesn't mean Denver will be meek with its potent pass rush.
Current Line: Broncos (- 5.5) and 40 points
KANSAS CITY (0-1) at LOS ANGELES (1-0) - 9 p.m. ET, NFL Network
Hope you're enjoying the HBO Hard Knocks story of the 2016 LA Rams who returned to the "City of Angels" with an exciting 28-24 non-cover win against Dallas last week as third-string QB Sean Mannion aired three scoring strikes ... might he be the eventual Week One starter over rookie Jared Goff and journeyman Case Keenum? Mannion may be ready to mature and now we'll see how he plays against a cat-quick KC defense.
Current Line: Rams (- 2.5) an 39 points
COLLEGE FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK
Our Jim Sez conference-by-conference look at this upcoming 2016 rolls on without a conference ... note there are Five (5) Independents this year namely Army, BYU, Coastal Carolina, Notre Dame and UMass.
THE BEST - Notre Dame
The ND Fighting Irish enter the season ranked #9 in the coaches poll but they still haven't answered that quarterback question - and now seventh-year head coach Brian Kelly says that both DeShone Kizer and lefty Malik Zaire will play in the season opener at Texas. Could this be a major distraction for a Notre Dame team with eyes on a playoff berth?
A SLEEPER - Coastal Carolina
The Chanticleers will become a full-fledged member of the Sun Belt Conference next year but could be a thrill-a-minute team with kick return specialist/slot receiver Devin Brown. A 10-win season against an FCS schedule is highly possible here.
GAME OF THE YEAR -
Notre Dame at USC (Nov. 26th) will be a real Thanksgiving Weekend treat and could tell the tale whether the Irish are in the playoffs or instead "settling" for a Cotton Bowl date versus Houston or Oklahoma State.
THE NFL PRESEASON WEEKEND NOTEBOOK
One thing about the NFL Preseason games - they sure can be a detriment to backup/second-string players who might feel they're sitting pretty there on the depth charts.
Take Pittsburgh Steelers QB Landry Jones who aired four INTs - including a pick six - in Thursday's ugly 17-0 home loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.
Jones is considered the chief backup to incumbent Ben Roethlisberger what with current reserve QB Bruce Gradkowski out for another few weeks with hamstring woes but could Jones' bomb game the other night prompt the Steelers to look for a new backup (maybe New York Jets' backup Geno Smith finds a new home here, right?) ...
Hey, there's similar conversations going on in Green Bay where there is an icon starter in Aaron Rodgers but mucho questions when it comes to his backups. Second-year slinger Brett Hundley started the other night's 20-12 win/cover against 3-point underdog Oakland but he didn't last long as a second-quarter left ankle injury (or re-injury, if you will) kayoed 'em for the remainder of that exhibition game. Look for the Pack to scour the cut lists soon for a capable veteran to back up Rodgers who has been known to get injured himself. There could be interest in Los Angeles' Sean Mannion or Case Keenum providing the Rams green-light rookie QB Jared Goff to start the season.
In other NFL Preseason Weekend Notes ...
We've told 'ya in the past that the Preseason does matter to certain teams/coaches and on that list should be the likes of the Jacksonville Jaguars and Chicago Bears - the Jags were looking to snag their first Preseason win on Saturday at home against Tampa Bay while the Bears exited Thursday's 23-22 loss-but-cover (thanks to a last-second TD pass that wasn't defended very well by New England) without a Preseason win after two weeks of play.
Just the "winning feeling" should be important for Jacksonville head coach Gus Bradley who probably needs to be at least .500 this year or else he'll get his walking papers while Chicago's second-year head coach John Fox may be a two-time Super Bowl coach (lost with both Carolina and Denver) but the Windy City fans already are moaning about how this team looks although the Bears were patting themselves on the back for gaining 59 yards in their first offensive drive versus the Pats ...
FYI, note that NFL Preseason Betting Favorites entered Friday's three games at 6-15-0 ATS (against the spread) with one pick 'em game - that's a sizzling-hot .714 winning rate for the dogs so far this summer.
NOTE: Lots more Football in the next edition of Jim Sez.
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