NFL Preseason Week One
The 2019 National Football League Preseason Week 1 swings into action with an uber-busy 11 games on Thursday night followed by a pair of tilts on Friday and then three more games come Sunday and - well, you know the drill by now - most of these exhibition affairs have very short price tags as 14 of the 16 games right now sport betting lines of 3.5 points or less.
So, it's our job to comb through all the pertinent information to get you Side & Totals winner this month of August and we're ready / willing / able to strike it rich with a batch of NFL Preseason winners.
Now, let's go 'round the league and get you some quick-hitter comments on many of the NFL Preseason Week 1 games as it pertains to the Las Vegas pointspread ...
NFL PRESEASON WEEK 1
Thursday, August 8
NEW YORK JETS at NEW YORK GIANTS - 7 p.m. ET, NFL Network
The Jets opened as 2-point betting favorites here and it's dropped a tick to J-E-T-S minus a point-and-a-half: Brand-new coaching staff for the "road" favs here as Adam Gase now runs the show with defensive coordinator Gregg Williams sure to toss a few blitzes towards Giants' rookie QB Daniel Jones. Remember that three different NYG wide receivers were either injured or suspended in the first 48 hours of practice this summer. Hey, the Jints aren't gonna overwork RB Saquon Barkly this summer no matter what.
NEW ENGLAND at DETROIT - 7:30 p.m. ET
You've seen the number tumble here as the Patriots opened as a full field-goal betting favorite and it's been shaved down to New England minus a point: Newly-inked legendary QB Tom Brady likely won't play a single down here but it'll be interesting to see what direction the Lions' offense goes now that Darrell Bevell has taken over the play-calling reigns in Motown. Note the totals price has risen from 36.5 points to 38.5 points and we could see lots of deep throws here on both ends while former Pats' star DL Trey Flowers remains sidelined for the Lions with a bum shoulder ... that's one less pass rusher to worry about here.
HOUSTON at GREEN BAY - 8 p.m. ET
Has there been a more scrutinized veteran this summer than Packers' QB Aaron Rodgers? The soon-to-be 36-year-old is getting to know first-year head coach Matt LaFleur and now there's chatter that Rodgers will gets some summertime game snaps after he played just one offensive series in the preseason in 2018. Rodgers doesn't figure to dress here but it's other Green Bay offensive starters who figure to be missing from this Week 1 lineup that concerns this NFC North crew: TE Jimmy Graham suffered a lower leg injury last Tuesday in practice and RB Jamaal Williams (hamstring) is out too and that allows for more carries by rookie RB Dexter Williams (Notre Dame). Note the Texans were a 3-point dog to open and it's now down to Packers minus a deuce.
Friday, August 9
MINNESOTA at NEW ORLEANS - 8 p.m.
There's a major battle brewing in N'Orleans where All-Pro C Max Unger announced his retirement this past off season, so second-round pick Erik McCoy (Texas A&M), Nick Easton and Cameron Tom all are fighting for snaps this summer ... and that could pose problems for this rhythmic Saints' offense (note N'Orleans opened as 3-point betting favorites here and it's down a touch to - 2.5 points).
Saturday, August 10
LOS ANGELES RAMS at OAKLAND - 8 p.m.
Guess you can see by this Las Vegas pointspread - Raiders favored by 4 points (it opened at - 3) - that the defending NFC champion Rams don't plan on playing all that many of their regulars here while the Raiders would like some summertime wins to get 'em in the right frame of mind: No WR Antonio Brown (foot) here for the silver-and-black but Oakland head coach Jon Gruden would like to see some step-up in play from the defensive front that finished 30th in the NFL in rush defense a year ago. First-round draft pick DL Clelin Ferrell (Clemson) was the fourth overall pick in this 2019 draft, so he'll draw lots of attention here. P.S., Ferrell better be a hit 'cause there's still lots of howling about not drafting Houston DL Ed Oliver or pass rusher Josh Allen (Kentucky).
THE BASEBALL REPORT
Here's the plain-and-simple facts: The Boston Red Sox are "deadsville":
The defending World Series champs have dropped eight in a row heading into tonight's series-opening home game against the woeful Kansas City Royals - as the Bosox come off a dreadful four-game weekend sweep at the hands of the New York Yankees. Forget the American League East as the Sox are 14.5 games back of the Bombers but check out the wild card chase ... Boston's a whopping 6.5 games back of Tampa Bay for that second wild card berth. Ugh!
Now, check out some other important figures:
The Red Sox (59-55) are $-1,648 this year if you've been wagering a "buck" a game on 'em and only Kansas City and Detroit are worse investments in the junior circuit these days. For those folks that kept betting on Boston this past week when they were busy being swept at home by Tampa Bay three in a row and then four straight in The Bronx, you may wish to see your loan officer sometime this week! Final stat on the Red Sox here: They actually sport a run differential of + 56 and yet they're one of the worst bets in the bigs this year. Go figure.