NFL Preseason Picks: Notes, Tips, QB Rotations Thursday Night

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Thursday, August 9, 2012

Redskins vs. Bills

Out for the Redskins include RB Tim Hightower, WR Anthony Armstrong, FB Darrel Young, and LG Kory Lichtensteiger. Evan Royster starts at RB for the Skins. Starters will get 12-20 snaps. This includes Robert Griffin Jr, the rookie sensation at QB. Rex Grossman takes over for RG3 and will finish the half with the second team. Kirk Cousins at QB and the third team will take over in the second half.

For Buffalo, the starters will play 15-18 plays. This includes the debut of prized offseason acquisition DE Mario Williams. Cordy Glenn starts at LT for Buffalo, one of two rookies starting. Glenn is starting in place of the injured Erik Pears.

Ryan Fitzpatrick is entrenched as the No. 1 QB, but a battle for second sees Tyler Thigpen and Vince Young contesting.

Steelers vs. Eagles

WR Mike Wallace is a holdout. He is the Steelers best deep threat catching 72 passes for 1193 yards last year.

Handicappers will walk the fine line analyzing whether the tragic death of Eagles head coach Andy Reid’s son Garrett will be a distraction or an emotional rallying cry. Reid has expressed a desire to return to the sidelines for the Thursday night game. 

Philadelphia has been practicing together since February with players-only workouts. The underachieving Eagles appeared overwhelmed with new schemes, especially on defense, but have had time to work out all kinks.

Philadelphia is very week at QB after Mike Vick. Because of injuries to tackles Max Starks and Willie Colon, the Steelers will start two rookies on the offensive line. Ben Roethlisberger and the starters will see a series or two as starting QB for the Steelers. He will be breaking a new offense with new offensive coordinator Todd Haley.

Ravens vs. Falcons

Baltimore is expected to play starters into the second quarter, much longer than the Falcons. After Joe Flacco, the Ravens QB rotation will be Tyrod Taylor, Curtis Painter and Chester Stewart. Atlanta will have their familiar rotation of Matt Ryan followed by Chris Redman and John Parker Wilson.

Baltimore does not have a lot of starting position battles. Third round draft pick Bernard Pierce is out for Baltimore. He was expected to contend for the No. 2 RB spot behind Ray Rice. Also out for the Ravens is NFL Defensive Player of the Year Terrell Suggs. Also out are C Matt Birk and TE Dennis Pitta. Top pick Courtney Upshaw missed seven straight practices before returning Wednesday. He is doubtful Thursday.

Atlanta also has few position battles. They’ve lost five straight preseason games straight up. This season, they are breaking in new systems on both offense and defense as Mike Nolan takes over as defensive coordinator and Dirk Koetter on offense.

Saints vs. Patriots

New Orleans has a game under their belt, but is also dealing with the short week having played Sunday night. New England is minus four key OL from last year leaving Nate Solder as the only healthy veteran protecting all-world Tom Brady.

The teams had two joint practices with the Saints dominating on both sides of the ball in day one. Day two saw them go lighter, but Tom Brady was much sharper.

Saints a bit thinned at WR as Adrian Arrington and Nick Toon are both likely to miss. The Pats have a QB for the backup as Ryan Mallett tries to unseat Brian Hoyer.

New Orleans will be without CB Jabari Greer. Saints Jimmy Graham, arguably their second best offensive player, is questionable after hurting his back. RB Mark Ingram will play little if at all.

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Packers vs. Chargers

Green Bay’s first six picks in the draft were on defense and will see a major presence in this one. On the other hand, the Packers offense is set though tonight they will be without Pro Bowl WR Greg Jennings (67 receptions last year, 9 TDs) and LT Marshall Newhouse.

San Diego won’t have much QB depth in this game. Starter Philip Rivers isn’t likely to play much and backup Charlie Whitehurst is out. Look for nobody Kevin O’Connell and undrafted rookie Jarrett Lee to get long looks.

The Chargers were very aggressive in the free agent market, signing a half dozen impact players. They have a new defensive coordinator in John Pagano.

Broncos vs. Bears

One of the most anticipated debuts in preseason history takes place when Payton Manning dons the uniform of the Broncos. He is expected to play QB for about two series then give way to former Bears backup Caleb Hanie. Second round draft pick Brock Osweiler has looked great in camp and is expected to get a lot of time.

Denver has a big competition at RB behind starter Willis McGahee. The Broncos will not have starting S Quinton Carter. Denver will be without two projected starters on defense and two key replacements.

Chicago greatly strengthened their WR corps in the offseason. Not the least is former Bronco Brandon Marshall, who had some of his best seasons with current Bears starting QB Jay Cutler.  Superstar LB Brian Urlacher is out for the Bears.

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Grandmaster Sports Handicapper Joe Duffy got his start in the sports handicapping industry with the Dial Sports (Communications Team) audiotext network. It was owned by sportswriter, broadcaster and handicapping pioneer Mickey Charles. Dial Sports was the sister company of the popular Sports Network Wire Service. Upon graduating California University of PA, where he was a play-by-play announcer on student radio station WVCS (now WCAL) and cable channel 29 (now CUTV), he became a full-time sports announcer and handicapper for the Sportsline scorephone network. He learned from NFL legends coach Hank Stram and broadcasting icon Ray Scott the ins and outs of the sports betting world. His Amazing Cadillac Club became the most successful 900-number in sports betting history. He left to become the first General Manager of the Freescoreboard scorephone network broadcast all over North America. His articles have appeared on several dozen websites and hard copy publications. He is now CEO of OffshoreInsiders.com, the top sports betting site in the world. Email: contact@joeduffy.net

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