Submitted by Jim Hurley on Monday, August 6, 2018 at 12:00 AM
NFL PRESEASON WEEK 1 GOODIES:
MORE THURSDAY NITE QUICK HITTER PREVIEWS …
THE BASEBALL REPORT:
ARE THE RED SOX NOW GOING, GOING, GONE
IN THE AL EAST RACE? …
COLLEGE FOOTBALL CONFERENCE NOTES
Okay, so when we last left you this past weekend we were busy sharing thoughts about a handful of NFL Preseason tilts slated for this Thursday night – remember there’s a dozen games on that night’s docket – and so let’s scoot ‘round the NFL and get you more goodies on a few of the other games on 8-9-2018:
THURSDAY, AUG. 9
TAMPA BAY at MIAMI -- If you check out all the current depth charts in the NFL, you’ll likely not find more candidates listed at the wide receiver positions than what these here-and-now Miami Dolphins are showing: In Thursday’s home game against Sunshine State “rival” Tampa Bay, the Fish figure to spread the wealth in the passing game with newcomers Danny Amendola (New England) and Albert Wilson (Kansas City) getting in on the aerial action from the slot position. Hey, it’s no slam dunk that Amendola wins this job straight-up so let’s stay tuned to how Wilson plays here and check out whether he gets a shot on a reverse play or two.
NEW ORLEANS at JACKSONVILLE – One of the NFL teams that will be drawing loads of attention this summer will be these J’ville Jaguars who must upgrade their rush defense after finishing 21st in the league in that department last year. The Jags have bolstered team depth up front where Florida DT Taven Bryan was a first-round pick that drew some raised eyebrows but injuries to DE Dante Fowler, Jr. (shoulder) and DE Calais Campbell (calf) will force this AFC South squad to turn elsewhere for Preseason Week 1 playing time among defensive linemen.
TENNESSEE at GREEN BAY – Always interesting to see how first-time head coaches handle the preseason as often they feel “forced” to play all-out and bring a winning culture to their respective clubs (see Chicago’s rookie head coach Matt Nagy last week in 17-16 loss-but-cover against Baltimore in the Hall of Fame Game in Canton) and so expect new Titans’ boss-man Mike Vrabel to play “for keeps” here at Lambeau Field. True, Vrabel is taking over a playoff team – remember the Titans beat Kansas City in an AFC Wild Card Game last winter before getting squashed in New England – that doesn’t sport many openings but keep a close eye peeled on the safety position where Johnathan Cyprien last week suffered a season-ending ACL injury. It’s too soon to expect any on-field contributions here from newly-signed S Kenny Vaccaro.
Jim Hurley and his Network of Handicappers and Bloggers will be striking up a big-time winning NFL preseason this month and it all started with last Thursday night’s “under” winner in Baltimore’s 17-16 non-cover win against Chicago in the annual Hall of Fame Game. Jim’s clients cashed as the game went “under” 35 points and there’s lots more winners straight ahead. Plus, don’t forget that Jim Hurley keeps piling up the profits with Major-League Baseball – get all the MLB winners and all the NFL Preseason winners at www.jimhurley.com or via our toll-free telephone # of 1-800-323-4453. Remember: There’s a full card of NFL Preseason games this Thursday-thru-Saturday.
THE BASEBALL REPORT
When Boston Red Sox pinch-runner Tony Renda dashed home with the game-winning run in Sunday’s uber-marathon 5-4, 10-inning win against the New York Yankees and thus completed a four-game series sweep, it more than likely sealed the American League East for the Bosox (79-34) over the Yanks (68-42) who entered Monday’s action now down 9.5 games in the standings … but wait just a minute.
Despite Aaron Boone’s crew getting beaten four in a row at Fenway Park – five in a row including last Wednesday’s 7-5 home loss versus Baltimore – the reality of the situation is the pinstriped team could well turn the beat around faster than you can sing “New York, New York”!
You see, despite the injury to OF Aaron Judge and the recent meltdown of the Yankees’ bullpen, the upcoming schedule is mighty kind to the Bombers who play their next three games at the woeful Chicago White Sox, then come home for a four-game set against the underachieving Texas Rangers and then make up a single game against the visiting New York Mets followed by three in a row in the Bronx against Tampa Bay and Toronto … wait, you don’t think the Yankees can run off a 12-2 streak in these next 14 games? C’mon!
The truth of the matter is the just-completed weekend sweep – that included closer Aroldis Chapman walking the ball park in the bottom of the ninth in Sunday’s clash – shouldn’t suck all the air from the Yankees’ balloon because the sked is so accommodating and, geez, you’d think the Red Sox have to lose a few games these next two weeks. Folks, if the Yanks are “only” 4 or 5 games back of Boston by the 1st of September, we ain’t gonna be all that surprised.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL CONFERENCE NOTES
Coming soon … quick-hitter previews from all the College Football Conferences but let’s spend a few moments here on various news from through a few of the major conferences / leagues:
In the ACC, Clemson is the unabashed favorite to win this league once again but have you noticed that the Tigers have an early-season (Sept. 8th) showdown at Texas A&M? Note that Clemson has covered 10 of its last 15 games against non-ACC competition and that includes regular-season covers against Kent State, Auburn and The Citadel last year …
In the Big 12, TCU is generating a whole lot of summer-time buzz after compiling an 11-3 SU (straight-up) mark last year. The Horned Frogs have their deepest roster – ever – according to one web site story we clicked and 18th-year head coach Gary Patterson could have his club primed for the Sept. 15th home game against an Ohio State program that’s really in a state of flux these days. If the Frogs win that game and then win at rival Texas the following weekend, you might see ‘em in the top five of the polls and thus inching towards a possible playoff berth.
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