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Submitted by Jim Hurley on Saturday, July 30, 2016 at 9:32 AM

Okay, folks, so now we're just a full week away from the 2016 NFL Preseason opener - a/k/a the annual Hall of Fame Game in Canton (OH) this time between the Indianapolis Colts and the Green Bay Packers - and then four full weeks of Preseason games will follow and so let's spend today's Jim Sez column space on some teams that may be "plays" and some that are "play againsts" this summer ... and we'll also tell you why:

P.S., the Las Vegas numbers-crunchers have this Colts-Packers clash at Pick 'Em with a totals price of 35.5 points.

Meanwhile, we always like to check out teams that are "on the rise" and believe they will be solid plays come the Preseason and among the teams that fit the bill here are the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Oakland Raiders - all of the above have "feel good" stories going on these days and all are expected to make runs to the post-season this year and so our early-bird ideals say the Bucs, Jags and Raiders will "cash" plenty come the Preseason.

On the flip side, we always tend to "go against" veteran teams/coaches that don't believe they have anything to play for in these summer-time exhibition games and among the go-against sides are the Cincinnati Bengals, the defending Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos and the Green Bay Packers - really, what do these three teams have to gain by playing well in the preseason and what gives you the idea they'll be playing all-out in any of these August/September games?

Finally, if you want one more "handicapping tip" then consider betting on head coaches that are feeling some pressure to win this year - normally, it would be a good idea to start the winning in the summer games and so the likes of Buffalo's Rex Ryan and Detroit's Jim Caldwell figure to be solid bets in these preseason games while first-year head coaches Chip Kelly in San Francisco and New York Giants' rookie boss Ben McAdoo may well be in the "something to prove" mode too.


Jim Hurley and his Network of Handicappers and Bloggers are banging outs lots of winners in Major-League Baseball these days and all you need to do is check in either right here online or via our toll-free telephone # of 1-800-323-4453 any time after 1 p.m. Eastern time for the weeknight action, after 11 a.m. ET for weekday games and after 10 a.m. ET for Saturday and Sunday. Plus, the Football Season isn't far off as NFL Preseason action swings into gear on Sunday, August 7th with the NFL Hall of Fame Game between the Indianapolis Colts versus the Green Bay Packers.

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