Submitted by Jim Hurley on Monday, August 21, 2017 at 11:16 AM
If you've been looking at how the NFL Preseason Favorites vs. Underdogs have been playing out through the first two full weeks, then you've noticed something ... there's been really no set pattern at all.
In fact, NFL Preseason Week 2 Betting Favorites will enter tonight's New York Giants at Cleveland Browns clash with a 6-6-1 ATS (against the spread) mark with a pair of Pick 'Em games tossed into the mix, so take note that through two-plus weeks of NFL Preseason activity the chalk sides are a dead-even and vig-losing 13-13-2 ATS with Four (4) Pick 'Em's.
Okay, so dig a little bit deeper and you'll discover that the one-and-only NFL team that's won/covered both of its games as betting favorites is the Seattle Seahawks: The 1-point favored 'Hawks clubbed the Los Angeles Chargers 48-17 back on August 13th and then this past Friday night 3.5-ppint home fav Seattle trimmed Minnesota 20-13.
You may also want to know that NFL Preseason Home Teams are a collective 13-17-1 versus the vig with tonight's Giants-Browns game pending. Hmmm.
Remember we have the Side and/or Totals winners of the Giants vs. Browns game today when you check in with us here at the Jim Hurley Network and keep in mind the NFL Preseason Week 3 card will roll on this Thursday-thru-Sunday with national TV tilts such as Kansas City at Seattle (Friday, CBS), the Los Angeles Chargers at Los Angeles Rams (Saturday, CBS), the Fox double-dip on Sunday with Chicago at Tennessee (1 p.m. ET) followed by Cincinnati at Washington (4:30 p.m. ET) and then it's San Francisco at Minnesota (NBC, 8 p.m. ET). Make sure you're with Jim Hurley as he bangs out lots of winners in the NFL Preseason, NCAA Football and Major-League Baseball either right here online or via our toll-free telephone # of 1-800-323-4453. Go ahead and make the 2017 Football Season the best yet!!!
NEW YORK GIANTS (0-1) at CLEVELAND (1-0) - 8 p.m. ET, ESPN
There's been an awful lot of quotes coming from New York Giants' second-year head coach Ben McAdoo in regards to his "dissatisfaction" with his team's offense last year ... yes, an offense that ranked 26th in the NFL in points scored (averaged just 10.4 ppg) and 25th in total offense (330.7 ypg).
So, expect more-than-usual snaps here for veteran QB Eli Manning (might be play the entire first half?) and more-than-usual plays for a starting receiving corps that must prove it's more than simply deluxe playmaker WR Odell Beckham, Jr.
Note that Beckham figures to play deep into the second quarter here (at least that's the Giants' so-called game plan for 'em right now) while McAdoo and Company take some long looks at rookie TE Evan Engram (Ole Miss) who figures to be a real key to the G-men's vertical passing game this year.
On the flip side, the Browns - who snagged a 20-14 home win/cover against New Orleans to open their preseason back on August 10th - are bummin' about the report that key DL Danny Shelton will miss the next three-to-six weeks with a knee injury. No secret that Cleveland's really counting on Shelton one year after the Brownies finished with just 26 total sacks (tied for 30th in the league).
If you're checking out that ever-developing Browns' quarterback battle, then note QB Brock Osweiler starts here for a second straight exhibition game and then rookie DeShone Kizer (Notre Dame) figures to get plugged in one week after he aired a game-winning 45-yard TD bomb to WR Jordan Payton.
Current Line: Giants (-1) and 39 points
In other NFL Preseason Week 2 News/Notes ...
Let's catch you up on the action this past Sunday as the 3.5-point road underdog New Orleans Saints slugged the Los Angeles Chargers 13-7 as the N'Orleans registered three sacks in LA's first four offensive possessions - thus the Bolts were exposed along the O-line where both OTs Russell Okung and Joe Barksdale were held out of game action with ankle and foot injuries, respectively. No QB Drew Brees for the Saints; no QB Philip Rivers for the Chargers and one of the most listless offensive affairs you're ever gonna see (preseason or not).
Earlier in the day 3-point home dog Pittsburgh topped Atlanta 17-13 as rookie RB James Conner - who has overcome Hodgkin's lymphoma and a pretty severe knee injury - banged out 98 rushing yards on 20 totes but even bigger news was the return of WR Martavis Bryant who played his first game in 18 months. Bryant was suspended for all of 2016 for a second violation of the league's substance abuse policy and he was pretty peppy despite the modest stat line of two catches for 20 yards (he also fumbled on an end-around play).
If Bryant is a dynamic playmaker for the Steelers this year and thus takes some heat off super-stud WR Antonio Browns than this Pittsburgh squad could be thinking 12 or 13 regular-season wins (hey, check out the sked as the Steelers easily could be 5-and-oh before heading to Kansas City on October 15th and we wouldn't be shocked if Mike Tomlin's crew sat at 10-2 SU (straight-up) while heading into the final month of regular-season play.
More NFL Preseason Week 2 quick-hitter items ...
The Indianapolis Colts can't be blamed for getting a bit panicky at this stage of the summer 'cause backup QB Scott Tolzien - who might have to start the regular season with Andrew Luck still rehabbing his shoulder - didn't lead Indy to a single first down until early in the second quarter in their 24-19 loss/push at the 5-point favorite Dallas Cowboys. In fact, the Colts didn't score an offensive TD until 57 seconds remained in the game when fourth-string QB Stephen Morris chucked an 18-yard scoring strike ...
And are we headed for a running-back-by-committee look this season for the defending champion New England Patriots?
Hey, we know Hall-of-Fame-to-be head coach Bill Belichick doesn't give a hoot about the preseason scoreboard results but he was paying attention when the quartet of RBs Dion Lewis (7 carries for 34 yards), Brandon Bolden (8 rushes for 33 yards), D.J. Foster (6 carries for 23 yards) and Rex Burkhead (7 rushes, 20 yards) combined for 110 ground yards in the 27-23 loss at Houston this past Saturday night. Sure, it's all about QB Tom Brady when it comes to this Pat attack, but someone's gotta take up the reins from LaGarrette Blount and odds are we'll see a shared rushing game to start off the '17 regular season.
NOTE: Lots more NFL Preseason goodies plus College Football's here too in the next edition of Jim Sez.