Submitted by Jim Hurley on Saturday, August 13, 2011 at 12:31 AM
In a complete reversal from last night, Friday’s NFL Preseason action was short on nailbiters but long on domination.
*Detroit beat Cincinnati 34-3, with a strong 350-205 edge in total yardage. Many are looking at the Lions as a darkhorse in the NFC North in 2011. The fact that three different quarterbacks saw regular season action last year sure helped the team get quality production throughout the evening tonight.
*Washington beat Pittsburgh 16-7 in a game that was much more one-sided statistically. The Redskins won total yardage 452-186. Rex Grossman…after getting razzed all week in the media for his weight gain…sparkled with a 19-26-0-207 performance.
*Tampa Bay beat Kansas City 25-0 in the national TV yawner on FOX. The Bucs won total yardage 353-137. This was Kelso Sturgeon’s 10-star release Friday Night. It cashed just as easily as New England over Jacksonville did on Thursday…and brought the dean of Vegas handicappers to 67% so far in the exhibitions. Be sure to check out Kelso’s latest “Handicapping 101” video on the VSM home page.
*New Orleans beat San Francisco 24-3. The yardage was much closer than the score would suggest. The Saints were helped by a punt return TD.
The only close game of the night was Miami over Atlanta 28-23. Miami was outgained by used a punt return TD to help get them over the top.
We promised to monitor rookie quarterbacks for you this weekend. From Friday action…
Andy Dalton: 11-15-1-69 with a passer rating of 54.6
Ricky Stanzi: 4-8-0-65 with a passer rating of 61.5
Colin Kaepernick: 9-19-2-117 with a passer rating of 27.6
Adam Froman: 6-13-1-45 with a passer rating of 22.9
Dalton out of TCU hopes to be the first string quarterback for Cincinnati once the regular season starts. Stanzi from Iowa had a few good plays for Kansas City. Kaepernick, the scamperer from Nevada-Reno, threw two picks for the 49ers (Alex Smith was an ugly 2-7-0-10 in a week where most established quarterbacks are getting some yardage in the books). Froman out of Louisville was hurt by his pick for the Falcons. Through two nights of action, rookies are off to very rocky starts even though they're mostly facing backup defenders. Something to keep in mind as you handicap Saturday Night's games and all the matchups in Week Two.
We also must congratulate Kelso Sturgeon for his 25-unit NL Game of the Week on the Atlanta Braves (-140) over the Chicago Cubs. Another big play, another blowout for Kelso! The Braves won a 10-4 in a game that was never in doubt (5-1 in the third, 8-1 after five innings). Belated congrats to Kelso for a late Thursday finish…when Arizona rallied deep in the night after publication deadlines to get past Houston for a 25-unit victory.
Jim Hurley’s Network swept the board 2-0 Friday on the diamonds. Atlanta was also a play for Network. Arizona -155 defeated the NY Mets 4-3 to finish off the Friday Night parlay sweep. Mathew Hurley of Network posted a new video Friday afternoon on the VSM home page that we hope you'll check out.
Pennant race notes from Friday Night…
*Both Detroit and Cleveland won in the AL Central.
*Both Texas and the LA Angels won in the AL West.
*Both Milwaukee and St. Louis won in the NL Central.
*Arizona won, while San Francisco lost in the NL West, enabling the resurgent Diamondbacks to grab a two-game lead at the top of the standings. Kirk Gibson’s bunch is now 17-9 its last 26 games. Ian Kennedy won his seventh straight start to move to 15-3 on the season.
*The Yankees lost early to Tampa Bay (a +160 winner for Nick Bogdanovich on a money-making night in the bases). Boston/Seattle finished after publication deadlines.
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