Submitted by Jim Hurley on Sunday, August 14, 2011 at 9:06 AM
Want a phrase that'll fit what happened in the NFL Preseason on Saturday night?
Than go ahead and try ';clean sweep' – as in all Five (5) of last night's Betting Favorites won/covered with Cleveland, Carolina, Chicago, St. Louis and Tennessee each notching pointspread wins as chalk sides of between 2 ½ and 6 ½ points.
Here's the breakdown (and note all five Betting Favorites were home teams):
Cleveland (- 2 ½) beat Green Bay 27-17
Carolina (- 2 ½) beat New York Giants 20-10
Chicago (- 2 ½) beat Buffalo 10-3
St. Louis (- 6 ½) beat Indianapolis 33-10
And Tennessee (- 3) beat Minnesota 14-3.
So, we head into the final NFL Preseason Week 1 game – that's the Monday Night Football game on ESPN between the New York Jets at the Houston Texans (the home team is favored by 2 ½ points at press time) – with NFL Betting Favorites a staggeringly successive 11-4 ATS (against the spread) thus far and, in case you were wondering, ';Over' bettors hold a slim 8-7 spread lead right now against the ';Under' bettors.
NFL PRESEASON WEEK 1 – FRIDAY/SATURDAY RE-CAPS
Let's go back the past couple of nights to re-cap some more NFL Preseason Week 1 games …
On Friday, it was …
TAMPA BAY (- 2) 25, KANSAS CITY 0 – The Chiefs went nowhere fast on offense in their Preseason opener but who could have been surprised considering KayCee head coach Todd Haley barely had his players practice in pads and didn't play a single scrimmage in the days leading up to this tilt. Toss in the fact that QB Matt Cassel didn't throw a single pass in limited play and it all added up nothing more than a glorified scrimmage (one reason why the Bucs went from a two-point opening-price underdog to being a game-time 2-point betting favorite).
The Chiefs do need to iron out some offensive line and special teams woes as KC registered a mere 86 yards rushing and 51 yards passing in the shutout loss plus kick return specialist Quenten Lawrence made a bonehead play by bringing out the opening kickoff deep in the end zone before getting tackle at KC's 8-yard line … ugh!
Still, no real need to get alarmed yet as Chiefs fans know last year's club – one that captured the AFC West – recorded a shabby 0-4 ATS (against the spread) mark in the 2010 Preseason.
NEW ORLEANS (- 3) 24, SAN FRANCISCO 3 – Let's not say anyone is in a panic state 'round the San Fran 49ers but this Preseason opener didn't exactly get met with rave reviews. Consider that rookie head coach Jim Harbaugh watched his quarterbacks get sacked six times in the first half alone while starting slinger Alex Smith finished a dismal 2-of-7 passing for 10 yards (while Nevada rookie QB Colin Kaepernick aired a pair of picks) and it all added up to a back-to-the-drawing-board type affair for the NFC West squad.
In the end, San Francisco's overall quarterback rating was 25.6 – not good, folks – and so you're left to wonder whether Harbaugh actually believes he can resurrect the oft-maligned Smith or whether some other veteran QB will come aboard this month and swipe the job. Perhaps current Detroit backup QB Shaun Hill, the one-time former 49er, will be the short-term answer but one thing SF had to like was Kaepernick's ability to make plays with his feet (team-high 47 yards rushing) but it's not likely Harbaugh and Co. want him running for his life at this early stage of his career.
On Saturday, it was …
CLEVELAND (- 2 ½) 27, GREEN BAY 17 – Okay, so there isn't all that much the Super Bowl champion Packers have to bone up on this Preseason (note the Las Vegas folks currently list 'em as the third choice to win it all behind both New England and Philadelphia) but how about the fact that 17 different players caught at least one pass in this road loss and that spread-the-wealth mentality figures to play a huge part in the upcoming 2011 season for Green Bay. The single-most impressive pass of the night by Super Bowl star QB Aaron Rodgers was a 31-yard zinger to wide-out Donald Driver on a 1st-and-20 play in the game's opening quarter.
Meanwhile, how about the fact Cleveland was forced to call a time out just six seconds into the game when the Browns had 12 men on the field to defend Rogers and Company … oops!
ST. LOUIS (- 6 ½) 33, INDIANAPOLIS 10 – Score one, if you will, for the ';squeaky wheel'. We told you in an earlier edition of Jim Sez that St. Loo slinger Sam Bradford had been lobbying to play more than just a few snaps in this Preseason opener and apparently he convinced third-year boss-man Steve Spagnuolo who allowed Bradford to play four series and the former Heisman Trophy winner produced 17 points in his on-field stay. Bradford played 24 snaps in all – Indianapolis QB Peyton Manning instead sat it out after undergoing recent neck surgery – and finished with a stat line of 7-of-12 for 45 yards with one TD (a six-yard scoring toss to rookie TE Lance Kendricks who could be a very valuable target this season).
The Rams – who lost four games last year by 4-or-fewer points – hope that PK Josh Brown can turn the tide in close games this season and Brown's booming 60-yard FG at the end of the first half really blew the roof off the Edward Jones Dome. Note that Brown added a 53-yard FG in the third quarter and so keep an eye peeled on him because he could be a real ';diff-maker' inside the NFC West.
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