Submitted by Jim Hurley on Thursday, August 16, 2018 at 12:00 AM
THE NFL PRESEASON WEEK 2 REPORT –
THE LOWDOWN ON TONIGHT’S THREE (3) GAMES …
COLLEGE FOOTBALL UPDATE:
IT’S TIME TO CHECK OUT THE PAC-12
Okay, so we let ‘ya know in yesterday’s Jim Sez column that NFL Preseason Week 1 Betting Favorites wound up going 7-7-2 ATS (against the spread) and thus we enter this full week of exhibition games with NFL Preseason Betting Favs at 7-8-2 ATS overall this summer (remember Chicago’s cover as 2.5-point underdogs versus Baltimore in the Hall of Fame Game back on Aug. 2nd).
Now, what we need to tell you is that NFL Preseason Home Teams are a collective 7-9 versus the vig so far as we delve into tonight’s three games … from Foxboro, D.C. and Lambeau Field.
Last week the Jim Hurley Network cashed with a pair of Thursday Night winners – see Tampa Bay’s 26-24 win at 2.5-point favorite Miami and Green Bay’s 31-17 triumph over 1.5-point pup Tennessee – and now we’re bankin’ on another big night here, so remember …
Jim Hurley and his Network of Handicappers and Bloggers will go on bashing the books plenty this NFL preseason with lots more winners straight ahead as this week’s card starts off with three games on this Thursday night, another Five (5) games on Friday, there’s Seven (7) games on Saturday and then a Monday Night tilt between the Baltimore Ravens at the Indianapolis Colts. Plus, don’t forget that Jim keeps piling up lots of profits with Major-League Baseball winners too – so go ahead and get all the NFL Preseason / MLB winners at www.jimhurley.com or via our exclusive toll-free telephone # of 1-800-323-4453.
NFL PRESEASON WEEK 2
Tonight, it’s …
PHILADELPHIA (0-1) at NEW ENGLAND (1-0) – 7:30 p.m. ET
Ahh, there’s been some juice added to this “Super Bowl rematch” ever since mouthy Eagles’ offensive lineman Lane Johnson trashed “The Patriot Way” and accused both New England owner Robert Kraft and head coach Bill Belichick of “trash-talking” in the days leading up to last season’s Super Bowl 52 upset win by Philly over the Pats. Johnson – who probably won’t play beyond the first quarter here – is ready for a chilly reception from Foxboro fans who likely are keeping fingers crossed there won’t be any/many more injuries here as the Pats have been besieged this summer with all kinds of nicks. Wide receiver Phillip Dorsett – who could be more of a key than you might think in the QB Tom Brady-led Patriots’ offense – needed medical attention after clutching his left leg in Tuesday’s practice. On the flip side, Philadelphia says Super Bowl-winning QB Nick Foles (neck spasms last week) will play here but former starting QB Carson Wentz will not and word is the Eagles just hope that Wentz will be fit for NFL Week 1 play next month.
Current Line: Patriots – 3.5 and 42.5 points
NEW YORK JETS (1-0) at WASHINGTON (0-1) – 8 p.m. ET, ESPN
Are the NY Jets expecting too much / too soon from rookie QB Sam Darnold? The former USC star took 28 snaps in the joint practice with the Washington Redskins on Tuesday (23 snaps came with the starting unit) and all signs point to the J-E-T-S expecting Darnold to start here and start on opening night in Detroit on Sept. 10th. Truth is Darnold – who has dominated Jets’ camp talk so far – has impressed teammates, coaches and opponents alike as evidenced by the kind words uttered by Redskins’ CB Josh Norman but let’s see how the draft’s #3 overall pick holds up against some off-the-corner blitzes here and do keep in mind the Jets’ offensive line is in a state of flux … no LT Kelvin Beachum (foot) here, for example. The ‘Skins, meanwhile, went from a 3-point betting favorite to open this affair down to a 1-point fav and no doubt the air came out of the team’s sails when rookie RB Derrius Guice went down with a season-ending knee injury in last week’s 26-17 loss at New England. New #1 starter RB Rob Kelley (four carries for six yards last week) looks as if he’ll need to fend off Samaje Perine, so keep an eye on who enjoys the better outing here.
Current Line: Redskins – 1 and 38.5 points
PITTSBURGH (1-0) at GREEN BAY (1-0) – 8 p.m. ET
The big news heading into this clash is the head injury / possible concussion suffered in Tuesday’s team practice as Steelers’ QB Ben Roethlisberger was hit and then hit his head on the grass field at Latrobe Memorial Stadium – almost no chance of “Big Ben” playing here and thus one major reason why the Las Vegas line move of the host GB Packers going from a 2.5-point betting favorite all the way to a 5.5-point fav. Roethlisberger – according to many folks – was enjoying his “best training camp” but he’s on hold now and that means more QB Landry Jones, more Josh Hobbs and more Oklahoma State rookie Mason Rudolph (see a combined 275 passing yards and 2 TDs in last week’s 31-14 victory at 3-point fav Philadelphia by those three slingers).
Current Line: Packers – 5.5 and 43 points
COLLEGE FOOTBALL CONFERENCE REPORTS – THE PAC 12
Gonna spend the next couple of weeks getting you quick-hitter comments from ‘round the NCAA Football universe and our conference-by-conference updates continue here with the Pac-12:
THE CONTENDERS – Washington, Stanford and USC are the teams most discussed when it comes to naming the likely Pac-12 champ this year though we believe the UW Huskies have the best shot of ‘em all thanks to a loaded roster and that includes the return of QB Jake Browning (2,719 yards passing with 19 TDs). P.S., Washington is home to Stanford on Nov. 3rd but must play tricky road games at Utah, UCLA and Washington State. Keep in mind the Pac-12 didn’t have a team in the College Football Playoff last year for the second time in the past four years.
THE DARK HORSE – Arizona. There’s a new sheriff in town as head coach Kevin Sumlin (fired at Texas A&M after six seasons) takes over for the dysfunctional Rich Rodriguez and there’s plenty of pop on this attack starring do-it-all QB Khalil Tate (see 1,411 yards rushing and 14 passing TDs). If ‘Zona can just split those mid-season back-to-back road games at Utah and at UCLA then it might be good enough for a Pac-12 South Division crown.
BEST PLAYER – Stanford RB Bryce Love is the Heisman Trophy favorite heading into this 2018 campaign after rushing for 2,118 yards and 19 TDs last season (and that was with a bum ankle for the final few weeks). Another 2,000-yard rushing campaign here could mean a shiny Heisman plus a date in the Pac-12 Championship Game in December.
CIRCLE THE DATE – Oct. 13, Washington at Oregon. Ahh, you thought we’d say the aforementioned Huskies-Cardinal bash on the first weekend in November but if Chris Petersen’s squad can’t navigate this tilt in Eugene then all title hopes may be dashed.
NOTE: More NFL Preseason Week 2 previews / goodies in the next edition of Jim Sez.