Submitted by Jim Hurley on Wednesday, August 8, 2018 at 12:00 AM
NFL PRESEASON WEEK 1 –
HERE’S QUICK-HITTER PREVIEWS
ON HALF OF THURSDAY’S DOZEN GAMES
The heat may be on full blast throughout the U.S.A. but there’s no foolin’ the calendar … it’s Football Season!
The National Football League served up a little appetizer last week with a Hall of Fame Game clash between the Baltimore Ravens and the Chicago Bears but now the Preseason has arrived for good with a full slate of games and we’ll tackle half of the dozen showdowns on the Thursday night calendar in just a moment (the other six Thursday previews come your way in tomorrow’s Jim Sez) but first this key reminder …
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On Thursday, it’s …
CAROLINA at BUFFALO – 7 p.m. ET
The left side of the Bills’ offensive line has an “under construction” sign out front and so let’s see if the visitors show some blitzes here and won’t it be interesting if Buffalo rookie QB Josh Allen has to face some incoming LBs/DBs? Meanwhile, Carolina head coach Ron Rivera hinted that second-year RB Christian McCaffrey will play only one series here after missing practice time the past few days due to an illness.
Current Line: Bills – 3 and 33.5 points
CHICAGO (0-1) at CINCINNATI – 7 p.m. ET
Gotta feeling that the Bengals -- who happened to rank dead last in the league in total offense last year -- will allow starters more time than usual in this summer’s Preseason games but taking a look at new #2 QB Matt Barkley will be important here against a Bears’ bunch still missing rookie LB Roquan Smith … can you please sign the contract already! Note the Chitowners say second-year QB Mitchell Trubisky will play a series or two here after sitting out the aforementioned Hall of Fame Game – Chase Daniel and Tyler Bray will follow his lead.
Current Line: Bengals – 2 and 35.5 points
TAMPA BAY at MIAMI – 7 p.m. ET
The Buccaneers say that ancient QB Ryan Fitzpatrick – who is penciled in to be the team’s starter in the first three regular-season games while Jameis Winston sits out his suspension – will start here even though the Tampa Bay O-line is fraught with injuries. Good move or bad move by head coach Kirk Koetter here? If you’re looking for a story developing in Dolphins’ camp, then let’s see who “wins” the starting running back battle as Frank Gore and Kenyan Drake are listed as “co-starters” but we’ll be surprised if either plays more than a single series here.
Current Line: Dolphins – 1.5 and 33.5 points
CLEVELAND at NEW YORK GIANTS – 7 p.m. ET, NFL Network
We promise not to say a single word here regarding Giants’ WR Odell Beckham, Jr. (except for the fact he won’t play here) but it is worth mentioning that the G-men have some major injury woes in the secondary where there’s a major microscope on CB Eli Apple who was a major distraction last year an even was tossed off the field following a fracas with TE Evan Engram the other day. The Browns – the HBO Hard Knocks subject this month – are planning to let numero uno draft pick QB Baker Mayfield play two quarters (or more!) here but Cleveland must sort through its pass-catching list especially after the earlier-week trade of WR Corey Coleman to Buffalo.
Current Line: Giants – 1 and 34.5 points
PITTSBURGH at PHILADELPHIA – 7 p.m. ET
We won’t be seeing Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles at quarterback for the Eagles here as muscle spasms in his neck has kayoed ‘em for this Keystone State clash while Steelers’ slinger Ben Roethlisberger will sit out while Landry Jones starts at quarterback followed by Josh Dobbs and rookie Mason Rudolph (Oklahoma State) but wondering who’s gonna catch the Pittsburgh passes with WRs Antonio Brown and JuJu Smith-Schuster both hurting. P.S., late news coming from Eagles’ camp is that QB Carson Wentz (knee) might not play a single down in preseason, so get ready for a whole lot of Nate Sudfeld.
Current Line: Eagles – 3 and 33 points
NEW ORLEANS at JACKSONVILLE – 7 p.m. ET
In case you were wondering, the N’Orleans Saints say Mantei Te’o is the team’s starting middle linebacker while former MLB A.J. Klein is now the starting strongside linebacker – last year Te’o backed up Klein who insiders say may lose his grip on a starting job altogether if Demario Davis plays well this summer. If you’re thinking Jaguars’ defense, then check out the team’s depth at cornerback where Pro Bowler Jalen Ramsey will play sparingly here (he missed a handful of practices due to the birth of his daughter) and so that means former Oakland Raiders’ draftee D.J. Hayden gets to show his stuff – the 2013 first-round draftee of the silver and black inked a three-year, $19 million deal with this AFC South club in mid-March.
Current Line: Jacksonville – 2.5 and 34.5 points
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