Submitted by Jim Hurley on Monday, August 29, 2011 at 12:38 PM
Extra, extra ... read all about it! We know you all are anxiously awaiting our weekly Jim Sez look at the NFL Preseason results and so let's kick off this very busy gridiron week with the up-to-date stats:
NFL Betting Favorites have gone 9-4-1 ATS (against the spread) thus far in this Week 3 menu and so that means NFL Preseason Betting Favorites are a collective 30-15-1 versus the vig -- and we must admit that we can not remember such a lopsided winning rate for Favorites (or Underdogs) through the first three weeks of the exhibition schedule but that's the deal while heading into tonight's Gotham City battle royale between the "visiting" New York Jets and the New York Giants (see Preview below).
In case you're wondering, NFL Preseason Week 3 "Over/Under" players have the following numbers so far while heading into Jets-Giants: Overs are 8-5-1 ATS this week and a collective 23-20-3 since the start of these summertime games.
So there you have it!
Now let us remind you of the following ultra-important information: Jim Hurley and his Network Handicappers and Bloggers get you all the NFL and NCAA Football Winners when you check in with us Game Days either right here at www.jimhurley.com or at our toll-free telephone # of 1-800-323-4453 and note the following check-in times:
Call Mondays-through-Fridays after 1 p.m. ET for all the night-time action and after 11 a.m. ET for all the weekday afternoon Major-League Baseball Winners; Also, check with us after 10 a.m. ET on Saturdays/Sundays/Holidays and keep in mind there is Labor Day Weekend action galore with the College Football kids including Thursday's TV tilt between UNLV at Wisconsin (on ESPN), Friday's TCU at Baylor bash (on ESPN), the full Saturday card that includes blockbuster duels between Oregon vs. LSU and Boise State vs. Georgia and than remember there's Sunday action too (see Marshall-West Virginia on ESPN) and it all wraps up the first week of College Football action with Miami-Maryland in prime-time on ESPN.
Get all the remaining NFL Preseason action tonight and later this week plus don't forget the 2011 NFL Regular Season kicks things off on Thursday, Sept. 8th when the New Orleans Saints at the defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers.
NFL PRESEASON WEEK 3 FINALE --NEW YORK JETS (1-1) at NEW YORK GIANTS (1-1) -- 7 p.m. ET
Okay, so we previewed this Battle of the Big Apple late last week but than Hurricane Irene swept into town and this annual Preseason game was moved up from a Saturday night start to a 2 p.m. ET tilt to this Monday Night Football affair that will fill the void for any/all gridiron fans looking for "action" here.
Let's take a look at a couple of items with the Giants now that we already got into the whole WR Plaxico Burress bit the other day -- yes, the new $3.017 million signee with the J-E-T-S says he's healthy from a recent tweaked back that goes along with his recent sore ankle woes and now we'll see how often NYJ quarterback Mark Sanchez -- who's been super-sharp so far this Preseason in games at Houston and home to Cincinnati -- targets Burress here.
As far as the Giants, it's no secret that the team's secondary has been ravaged this summer with injuries including the season-ending knee injury suffered last Monday night by CB Terrell Thomas and so all eyes will be on Tom Coughlin's new-look defensive backfield that figures to feature Antrel Rolle as both a safety and as a nickel cornerback here. Folks, that could cause some neat head-to-head showdowns between Jets WR Derrick Mason and Rolle and that figures to be a major tete-a-tete deal,
Also, the Giants want to make sure RBs Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw get a batch of rushes each: Note that the burly Jacobs has 9 carries for 64 yards (a 7.1 yards-per-carry average) while Bradshaw has 10 carries for 36 yards (a 3.6 ypc average) and don't be surprised if both backs get 10-or-more carries each here ... and may the best man win the #1 RB job!
One other Giants item here: WR Domenik Hixon has been a real shining star this summer with 6 catches for 62 yards and one TD this summer -- just one year after he blew out a knee on his first-ever appearance on the New Meadowlands Stadium (a/k/a Met Life Stadium) in what was supposed to be a harmless practice. Hixon might not be utilized here as a kick/punt return specialist but he could be an underrated target for Giants QB Eli Manning both here and right into the NFL regular season that begins Sept. 11th in Washington.
NFL PRESEASON WEEK 3 KEY RESULTS
No doubt one of the most entertaining NFL Preseason games in recent memory was played this past Saturday night when the 2 1/2-point favorite Buffalo Bills topped the Jacksonville Jaguars 35-32 and there was some chatter afterwards as to whether the Bills should have opted for a game-tying two-point conversion with 38 seconds left in the fourth quarter (a Tyler Thigpen-to-Paul Hubbard strike) that sent the game into overtime. Maybe the Jags didn't like it but what is Bills head coach Chan Gailey supposed to do ... go for the conventional PAT and than have to onside kick? Gailey decided to go for the tie and then his Bills won in the extra session when PK Rian Lindell boomed a 40-yard field goal with just 3:04 left in overtime.
Gut feeling? Gailey did the right thing and it may pay off in spades now that his Buffalo bunch got a little "taste" of winning here.
Yes, we noticed that Jacksonville rookie QB Blaine Gabbert (6-of-13 passing for 52 yards with one TD and one INT) still was far from prime-time material and so the best way to describe the outing was "inconsistent" and so expect David Garrard (11-of-21 passing for 106 yards) with 0 TDs and 0 INTs to hang onto that starter's role for at least the first seven or eight games this year ...
Meanwhile, in Denver's 23-20 non-cover win against 6 1/2-point underdog Seattle all everyone wanted to talk about after the game was the Broncos' new 1-2 punch of pass rushers DEs Elvis Dumervil and rookie Von Miller (Texas A&M). This dynamic duo combined for five sacks of Seahawks QB Tarvaris Jackson -- two of 'em by Miller and 1.5 by Dumervil -- and that didn't even count how many hurries they put on Seattle's new starting signal-caller.
P.S., Denver's first-team defense held Seattle to 53 yards on 30 offensive plays ...
Finally, on Sunday Nite the New Orleans Saints got back on track with a commanding 40-20 win at 4 1/2-point home underdog Oakland as QB Drew Brees was sharp by completing 15-of-23 passes for 189 yards (no TDs and no INTs) and it sure appears tallish TE Jimmy Graham (5 catches for 73 yards) sure appears to be an integral part of head coach Sean Payton's offense this season Normally, we don't "get into" all this Fantasy League stuff out there but Graham could be one of those great "steals" because the Saints pass-catching tight end might wind up nabbing 75-or-more receptions in the year ahead. Just watch.
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CHECKING OUT SOME OF THE WEEK #1 MONSTER FAVORITES
Hip-hip-hooray ... The 2011 College Football Season swings into action Thursday night in places like Madison, Memphis and Syracuse and we'll have plenty to say about these prime-timers plus lots more in the next edition of Jim Sez but let's take a brief look at some of the monster-sized favorites on the kickoff-opening card:
On Thursday ...
Wisconsin is a 35 1/2-point betting favorite for its season-opening tilt against UNLV and the knee-jerk reaction is to believe that the Badgers' grind-it-out style won't produce enough points to cover this five-TD plus price tag but keep in mind that Wisky never did let anyone "cry uncle" last year -- go ahead and look it up and don't be surprised if #11 Wisconsin looks for "blood" here ...
On Saturday ...
Ohio State is a 33 1/2-point betting favorite for its kickoff game against Akron (on espn2) and heaven knows how new head coach Luke Fickell is gonna handle this game in the post-QB Terrelle Pryor and post-head coach Jim Tressel Era. The Buckeyes open the current campaign at #18 in the current Associated Press poll but could it be O-State's defense that causes this big 10 team to fail to cover this tilt? Keep in mind that Ohio State lost seven defensive starters from last year's Sugar Bowl-winning team and that includes DE Cam Heyward. The Bucckeyes believe this will be a lot like 2005 when a linebacker named James Laurinaitis was plugged in and gave that unit a real boost.
Finally, USC is listed as a solid three-TD betting favorite for its opening-week game against Minnesota (3:30 p.m. ET in an ABC regionally televised game) and keep in mind RB Marc Tyler has been re-instated after getting suspended by second-year boss-man Lane Kiffin last month. If the Troy Boys cover this bloated price tag -- something they could not do last year in the opener at Hawaii -- than the shifty Tyler probably needs 25 touches here. Just sayin'!