Submitted by Kelso Sturgeon on Monday, August 15, 2016 at 5:04 PM
Did Texans Just Blow $72 Million On A Quarterback Who Looked Awful In 1st NFL Pre-Season Game?
Cowboys Rookie QB Dak Prescott And Giants Defense Send Strong Message NFL Bettors
California 20-Point Favorite Over Hawaii In College Football Opener – Just 10 Days Away
By Kelso Sturgeon
I closed out a subpar Week #1 in the NFL preseason with a win by the underdog Houston Texans (+3) which got it done at the San Francisco 49ers, 24-13, even though their new $72-million quarterback Brock Osweiler smelled up the place. San Francisco starter Blaine Gabbert was just as bad, giving no indication he can lead the 49ers to the promised land – ever. It was just an exhibition game – and the first one at that – but those who believe either of these guys is the answer is whistling by the graveyard.
We will know more about these two teams Saturday when the Texans host the New Orleans Saints and the 49ers journey to Denver to take on the Broncos.
Week #1 is always one of learning and here are some of the things we absorbed.
- The most impressive rookie quarterback of the week was the Dallas Cowboys Dak Prescott (Mississippi State), a fourth-round draft choice who played against the Los Angeles Rams in the manner of a seasoned veteran. Always as tough as iron in his years in Starkville, Prescott showed a calm confidence that led the Cowboys to touchdowns on his first two NFL possession and to a field goal on his third. For the night he was 10-of-12 passing for 139 yards. It was just one preseason game but my eyes told me he is the real deal.
- The battle for who will start at quarterback for the Denver Broncos remains wide-open as both veteran Mark Sanchez and Trevor Siemian, a 7th-round 2015 draft choice out of Northwestern, played impressively. Rookie Paxton Lynch, a first-round draft pick from Memphis, played but he appeared to be a long way from moving up from his third spot on the depth chart.
- No team debuted as badly as did the Chicago Bears, especially on offense. They lost at home to Denver, 22-0, and for the game had but 130 yards of total offense. The offensive line gave up seven sacks while play against a Broncos defense that sat starters Von Miller, DeMarcus Ware, Aqib Talib and Chris Harris. Yes, it was just one meaningless game but it just might be a long season in Chicago.
- The New England Patriots beat the New Orleans Saints, 34-22, and in the process showed their fans there is no reason to worry about second-string quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, a three-year lightly- used veteran out of Eastern Illinois (the same school that gave the NFL Tony Romo of the Dallas Cowboys). Against the Saints, Garoppolo 11-of-18 passes for 168 yards and he did it will receivers Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola and Chris Hagan sitting for this one. He will be more than an adequate replacement for starter Tom Brady who has been suspended for the first four games.
- While the New York Giants lost their opener at home, 27-10, the new-and-improved defense was nothing short of sensational. Playing against the Giants first-string defense, Miami went 3-and-out on its first three possession. The defense, which averaged just 1.4 sacks per game (30th of 32 teams) last season ended the game with four sacks and eight quarterback hits. Dolphins starting signal caller Ryan Tannehill accounted for just eight yards of offense against these guys. On the negative side, New York back-up quarterback Ryan Nassib who started and played three quarters, did little to impress. He completed 7-of-13 passes for 75 yards, did not throw a TD pass, threw two interceptions and fumbled three times. There is no acceptable excuse for the man who backs up Eli Manning, despite the fact he played without a starting offensive line most of the way.
Cal-Hawaii Kick Off College Football Season In Just 10 Days
The college football season begins in just 10 days when the California Golden Bears take on Hawaii’s Rainbow Warriors Friday, August 26, at Atz Stadium (83,500) in faraway Sydney, Australia. The game will be televised national on ESPN, with the starting time set for 10:00 p.m. Eastern time. California opened as a -22½-point favorite but is now listed at -20.
While the Golden Bears are rightfully the solid favorite in this one bettors must consider the fact the team returns but 5 starters on both offense and defense from last year’s 8-5 team and must replace superstar quarterback Jared Goff who went to the NFL’s Los Angeles Rams as this year’s number one draft choice. Replacing him will be graduate transfer Davis Webb who was the 8th all-time leading passer at Texas Tech.
Hawaii begins its season under new head coach Nick Rolovich who takes over Norm Chow who in four seasons managed to all but destroy the program, going 11-39. Few know what to expect or Hawaii.
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GREEN BAY PACKERS (-3) over Oakland Raiders
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