Submitted by Jim Hurley on Friday, August 2, 2019 at 12:00 AM
NFL HALL OF FAME GAME WRAPUP –
BRONCOS SCORE LATE TD,
BEAT FALCONS 14-10 AND
JIM HURLEY NABS EASY “UNDER” WINNER!!! …
BASEBALL’S BIG WEEKEND SERIES –
IT’S A BLAST IN THE BOOGIETOWN
AS RED SOX, YANKEES COLLIDE AGAIN
The National Football League is celebrating its 100th year here in 2019 … so, why not get the gridiron party started right?
Last night’s 14-10 comeback win in the NFL Hall of Fame Game by the Denver Broncos against the 2.5-point underdog Atlanta Falcons was – unfortunately – chock full of dropped passes, penalties and botched plays made by a slew of backups for both teams but Jim Hurley’s Network cashed with an easy “under” winner as these clubs went way under 35 points … cha-ching!
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NFL HALL OF FAME GAME –
BRONCOS 14, FALCONS 10 – Biggest on-the-field news to come out of this prime-time clash from Canton last night was that Atlanta might have a real quarterback controversy when it comes to Matt Ryan’s top backup this year:
Of course, that all depends on whether or not second-year slinger Kurt Benkert (19-of-34 passing for 185 yards and one TD strike that capped an uber-efficient 61-yard scoring drive) is okay after suffering a big toe injury in the second half. The injury forced career underachiever QB Matt Schaub (4-of-14 passing for 10 yards with one INT) back into this exhibition game and he promptly aired that interception that set up Denver’s go-ahead / game-winning touchdown play as WR Juwann Winfree nabbed a 15-yard TD reception thrown by Boise State rookie QB Brett Rypien.
If Benkert can play this summer, he could unseat Schaub for the job although count us among the folks that believe Dan Quinn’s club will be eyeballing other on-the-market signal-callers this merry month of August.
On the flip side, the Broncos loved what they saw from RB Khalfani Muhammad (see 74 yards from scrimmage and some real bursts once he touched the ball) but rookie QB Drew Lock (34 yards passing on 11 attempts) was a dud in his debut. It was a SU (straight-up) and ATS (against the spread) win in his – hey, finally – head-coaching debut for Denver boss Vic Fangio (kidney stone and all!) as defense ruled the roost in this Hall of Fame Game clash.
THE MLB REPORT
Here’s the biggest / best series on this weekend’s Major-League Baseball docket …
In the American League, it’s …
BOSTON (59-51) at NEW YORK YANKEES (68-39) – Fri, Sat (day / night doubleheader) & Sun Nite
Last week nearly turned into a full-fledged “Boston Massacre” as the Red Sox clobbered the Yankees 19-3, 10-5 and 9-5 before Aaron Boone’s gang righted the ship with a hang-on-for-dear-life 9-6 win last Sunday night – can the defending World Series champs chip into this still-bloated 10.5-game lead? The Yankees are keeping fingers crossed that SS Didi Gregorious (wrist) won’t miss any time here.
Series Price: Red Sox + 115; Yankees – 135
In the National League, it’s …
MILWAUKEE (57-53) at CHICAGO CUBS (57-51) – Fri, Sat & Sun
The quagmire that is the NL Central – three teams separated by two full games with St. Louis (58-50) entering the weekend up .009 over the Cubbies – ratchets up here at Wrigley Field where this series winner could simply be decided by whether or not Brewers’ closer Josh Hader surrenders yet another home run. The visitors rank a lowly 19th in the bigs in team ERA (4.64) and let’s see if Milwaukee’s starting pitchers can give Craig Counsell’s crew five-plus innings here.
Series Price: Brewers + 150; Cubs – 170
WASHINGTON (57-51) at ARIZONA (54-55) – Fri, Sat & Sun
Fact of the matter is the Nationals have been treading water lately – see that 5-5 record in their last 10 games – and the bullpen’s come back to bite ‘em lately as LHP Sean Doolittle surrendered the game-winning dinger to Atlanta 3B Josh Donaldson in the top of the tenth inning this past Wednesday in the nation’s capital. The D-Backs dumped RHP Zack Greinke at the last moment of the trade deadline but we should get a look at RHP Mike Leake (near no-hitter a couple of weeks ago) who came over from Seattle the other day. Check the Sunday “probables”.
Series Price: Nationals – 140; Diamondbacks + 120
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