NFL Inside Info For Bettors: NFL Preseason Week 1

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Rams will give a lot of time to bottom of the roster in second half, especially on special teams. That is interesting to note as many teams are known to go for it on fourth down a lot more in preseason.

Rams starting QB Nick Foles is expected to play a couple of series, but will be vanilla as Raiders HC Jack Del Rio is a defensive guy and aggressive on defense. They also have three new starters on OL.

Young OL will play three or four series in the second half.

Oakland WR and No. 4 pick overall Amani Cooper has lived up to hype in practice. Rams defense is considered among the deepest in the league. dolphins bills


Bears starters on offense and defense will only see 12-15 snaps. Chicago is expected to go more smash-mouth this year. Miami starters will play a full quarter at the most. Expect some starters, such as left guard Dallas Thomas, right guard Billy Turner, and perhaps kicker Caleb Sturgis, to get extended looks.


Pokes likely to start FA rookie Gus Johnson at RB. John Randle and Darren McFadden. Dallas also ravaged by injuries at DT. Jack Crawford, who’s usually a defensive end, moving inside. Dez Bryant WR, is also out for Pokes.


Packers may play everyone who travels. Jimmy Garoppolo to start, with Ryan Lindley, serving as the primary backup. The team is expected to be without starting tackles Nate Solder and Sebastian Vollmer on Thursday night, as well as starting center Bryan Stork. Meanwhile, rookies Shaq Mason and Tre’ Jackson — both fourth-round draft picks — have been the starting guards through 11 training camp practices.


Ravens starters will play very little, but rookies and backups will get plenty of chances to shine.


Lions rebuilt OL. Jets Geno Smith out after being sucker punched. Big distraction. He was having a good camp and slated to start Thursday. Ryan Fitzpatrick, who played for OC Chan Gailey in Buffalo, will be expected take over as the Jets’ starter in the meantime. Rookie Bryce Petty is also on the roster.


Pettine said the Browns starters, with Josh McCown the QB, figure to play about a quarter in the preseason opener. Assuming QB Jonny Manziel is cleared to play, he’d likely figure with the second group. Thad Lewis is batting Conner Shaw for No. 3. Shaw has shown improved arm strength.

Redskins, Robert Griffin III will play about one quarter with the offensive starters. Defensive starters are also expected to play a quarter. Minor injuries have limited practice time of Skins DBs. Tackle Joe Thomas is questionable for Browns. Washington thinned at TE because of injuries. Fourth-round draft choice Jamison Crowder has been impressive at WR but is out.



Bills QB rotation: Matt Cassel, Tyrod Taylor, then former starter E.J. Manuel. Cassel has taken majority of the first-team snaps all camp.


Bengals QB A.J. McCarron is questionable. He is battling for No. 2 spot with Josh Johnson. Johnson and fourth-string quarterback Keith Wenning after Andy Dalton plays a series or two. Cincinnati has been sloppy on offense in practice. The teams scrimmaged together and the consensus was both defenses played better than the offenses.

Eli Manning and the first unit for the Giants will not play long as Ryan Nassib the backup and third-stringer Ricky Stanzi will get a lot of time. The Giants are in their second year under offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo, who has implemented an up-tempo style Nassib believes fits his style.


Both first rounder QB Marcus Mariotta and second-round receiver Dorial Green-Beckham are having great camps for Tits. DGB will start with first team.

Falcons have a new head coach in Dan Quinn.


Pittsburgh has game under their belt. All healthy starters will go. As for the quarterbacks, Tomlin predicted Ben Roethlisberger will get 10-12 snaps. He also said Landry Jones will play, Tyler Murphy will play, and Tajh Boyd will get mop-up duty.


Peyton Manning and several vets will sit out for Denver. Running back C.J. Anderson and the young offensive lineman will play at least 10 to 12 plays together in the preseason opener at Seattle.



Vikings played in HOF game. As has been the case since 2011, star RB Adrian Peterson is not expected to play in the preseason, much less in this game. Vikings starting QB Teddy Bridgewater will likely “double the 10 snaps” he got in the opener.


Jeremy Maclin and Albert Wilson, both starting WR for Chiefs are questionable. This leaves KC very young and thin at that position. KC starters will play the first quarter. Andy Reid said the second team will play the second quarter and half the third, with the third team taking the final 1 1/2 quarters. No. 3 QB Tyler Bray is out.

Returning from an injury, Arizona QB Carson Palmer will play one series. The Birds will be minus two key RBs: starter Andre Ellington rookie David Johnson.


Brian Hoyer, Ryan Mallett and Tom Savage will all play at QB for Texans, but no starter has been determined. RB Arian Foster hurt. All RBs expected to play. San Francisco shuffled OL.

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About the Author

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, the top sports betting site in the world. Email:

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