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Submitted by Jim Hurley on Saturday, July 13, 2019 at 12:00 AM


Okay, so here's the reality, folks:

We're now just 17 or 18 days away from the start of the 2019 NFL Preseason with the Hall of Fame Game in Canton set for Thursday, August 1st between the Denver Broncos and the Atlanta Falcons … and be sure there will be plenty of "bettable" preseason games on this summertime gridiron docket.

If you've read all the opinions over the years, you know that many folks like to wager on teams with new head coaches / new coaching staffs in these exhibition games - you know, there's supposedly a something-to-prove mentality and all - but here we're gonna list three things we like to check out before offering up our preseason selections:

1 - Look for teams that have a high-quality second-string quarterback because (more often than not) it is these backups who are gonna get the lion's share of snaps in the preseason tilts;

2 - Seek out the NFL teams that sport depth on defense - that way you know second- and third-string DL's, LB's and DB's will play hard on every play and decent defensive depth ensures that solid players will make things tough from the first quarter thru the fourth quarters for opposing offenses;

3 - Last but not least, look for underdog sides that underachieved last year in regular-season play with the hopes that they'll make preseason play a priority - in short, there's gonna be some NFL teams that hated the "effort level" in 2018 and so now's the time to set the record straight heading into '19.

Obviously, we are not committing to any specific preseason plays right here / right now but let's just say the Pittsburgh Steelers, Jacksonville Jaguars and the Carolina Panthers all figure to be on our Jim Hurley "radar" at some point in these preseason tilts for one - or more - of the reasons listed up above.

Jim Hurley and his Network of Handicappers and Bloggers keep winning big with MLB action each and every day. Get all the winners here at 1-800-323-4453 and remember that the NFL Hall of Fame Game is set for Thursday, August 1st as the Denver Broncos battle the Atlanta Falcons to kick off the 2019 NFL Preseason.

Note: Catch more NFL Preseason News / Notes plus Baseball and NCAA Football too in the coming editions of Jim Sez.

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