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Submitted by Jim Hurley on Thursday, August 4, 2016 at 12:00 AM


The NFL’s Preseason sked kicks off Sunday Night with the annual Hall of Fame Game – it’s a fun (and pick ’em) matchup between the Green Bay Packers and Indianapolis Colts – but remember this is only just the beginning of these exhibition games and you can cash big-time if you play it right and listen to us here at the Jim Hurley Network.

In today’s Jim Sez column we’ll dispense some key information as to how we handle and handicap the NFL Preseason – it’s not giving away any "secrets" but rather some interesting points of what’s important when it comes to these games.

So, we get it all started this Sunday evening and then there’s four full weeks of NFL Preseason play that follows but first check out this important reminder:

Folks, Jim Hurley and his Network of Handicappers and Bloggers want to welcome you to the start of the 2016 Football Season.

Okay, so it all actually begins this Sunday with the NFL’s annual Hall of Fame Game between the Packers versus the Colts and then there’s another four weeks of money-making NFL Preseason Games that follow while the College Football campaign swings into gear later this month.

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Let’s delve into some of what we deem important when it comes to handicapping NFL Preseason games – we list some things in no particular order below:

  • Is there a head coach who feels he "needs" to win some preseason games to keep the heat off ’em?

Strange but true, there are head coaches who view the Preseason as "important" even at times "must-win" games and generally they are the gentlemen that are in a something-to-prove mode such as the likes of Buffalo’s Rex Ryan, Jacksonville’s Gus Bradley, San Diego’s Mike McCoy and Detroit’s Jim Caldwell. Good chance that we’ll be eying these coaches/teams in the Preseason and especially if placed in underdog roles. Right now the Jags, Chargers and Lions are all listed as NFL Preseason Week 1 pups.

  • Are there real-life battles for starter or second-string quarterback jobs out there?

Gotta tell you that we have cashed a boatload of bets in Preseasons past when utilizing this theory that basically says it’s wise to wager on teams that that have spirited battles for the #1 and/or #2 QB spots and right now we’re gonna pay special handicapping attention to the Philadelphia Eagles, the Dallas Cowboys (for the #2 spot behind Tony Romo), the San Francisco 49ers and the Arizona Cardinals (for the #2 spot behind Carson Palmer) – again, these teams will be way more appetizing if in the point-grabbing role, OK? Right now the Cowboys are listed as a Preseason Week 1 dog in their game at the Los Angeles Rams.

  • Are we talking about a young on-the-come team that wishes to make "statements" in the Preseason?

Always wise to put your moolah on young teams that showed some degree of life last year and now wish to carry the momentum right into this 2016 season. Look no further than the likes of aforementioned Jacksonville, Oakland and Tampa Bay. Okay, so none of the above sported winning records in 2015 but there was plenty of optimism to go around and snagging a couple (or a few) Preseason wins is important for the organization’s psyche.

  • Finally, always ask the "deeper" teams to respond better in the Preseason just ’cause so many second- and third-stringers play major time in these summer games.

Consider that depth is a major problem throughout the NFL in this salary cap era but there are some teams have lots of high-quality bodies on one side of the ball or the other and that should show up come later in these games (and there’s always a slew of close games in the Preseason with a side note that some 34 out of 65 games were decided by 8 points or less last year) and among the teams we believe have quality depth is Cincinnati, Kansas City and Arizona… in case you’re wondering, we don’t believe there’s much team depth on Baltimore, the New York Giants and Seattle and all of whom will be considered play-against sides when in the favorite’s role.

NOTE: More NFL Preseason news plus lots more in the next edition of Jim Sez.

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