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The NFL preseason will get into full swing Thursday night time with seven video games on the schedule, together with the defending Tremendous Bowl champion New England Patriots who will host the visiting Jacksonville Jaguars. We’ve got betting notes for all 14 groups in motion tonight.
Washington Redskins at Baltimore Ravens (-1, 37)
The Redskins shall be lacking some key members of their offensive unit as TE Jordan Reed, WR Josh Doctson, WR Jamison Crowder, and WR Kendal Thompson will all sit out Thursday with accidents. Operating again Rob Kelley is coping with a minor neck pressure and, though he has not formally been dominated out, can also be unlikely to play. If quarterback Kirk Cousins does set foot on the sector it’s going to solely be for a collection or two. The Skins know what they’ve in backup Colt McCoy so the majority of the motion is predicted to go to No. three quarterback Nate Sudfeld.
Ravens beginning quarterback Joe Flacco is nursing a again damage and won’t play Thursday night time. The group is saying the ailment is comparatively minor and he must be able to play in Week 1 of the common season, however he’s unlikely to go well with up in any respect in the course of the preseason. Ryan Mallett will deal with the beginning quarterback duties through the preseason and can probably play into the second quarter Thursday because the group works to get him as many starter reps as attainable, simply in case Flacco’s damage lingers into the common season.
Atlanta Falcons at Miami Dolphins (+1, 36)
We get to see our first glimpse of the Steve Sarkisian version of the Falcons’ offense Thursday night time in Miami. Now don’t anticipate too many modifications contemplating the Falcons led the NFL in scoring (by a big margin) with 540 complete factors. Groups often play their playing cards fairly near the chest within the preseason, however we should always get some perception into a few of the new wrinkles Sarkisian will convey to the Atlanta assault. Sadly Julio Jones gained’t be part of that assault. The star wideout had a bunion eliminated this offseason and the Falcons gained’t be pushing him into recreation motion till no less than Week three.
There was lots of speak out of Dolphins camp this week concerning the arrival of quarterback Jay Cutler and the way his arm has seemed fairly good. Nevertheless, it’s unlikely that he’ll go well with up for Thursday’s recreation. Meaning search for incumbent backup Matt Moore to do all he can to show he ought to nonetheless get an opportunity for this Dolphins group. Operating again Jay Ajayi and lineman Laremy Tunsil are each anticipated to overlook Thursday’s contest.
New Orleans Saints at Cleveland Browns (-three, 38)
Beginning quarterback Drew Brees and newly acquired celebrity operating again Adrian Peterson will each sit out Thursday’s recreation in Cleveland. The New Orleans offense shouldn’t be a problem this season as they ranked second within the NFL in scoring offense final season and first in passing offense. They’ll, nevertheless, put an emphasis on the defensive aspect of the ball in the course of the preseason.
Browns head coach Hue Jackson named Brock Osweiler the beginning quarterback for preseason Week 1, however made no ensures shifting ahead. Jackson additionally publicly said his want to win this preseason. “I need to win all of them if I can. We have to exit and play good in entrance of our followers and go win.” Osweiler will play two or three collection’ and rookie DeShone Kizer is predicted to play the complete second half. Rookie defensive finish Myles Garrett and fellow rookie defender Jabrill Peppers are each trying to make a serious influence in Thursday’s contest.
Minnesota Vikings at Buffalo Payments (+2, 36.5)
Rookie operating again Dalvin Prepare dinner has already been named the Vikings starter, in response to their first official depth chart and he would be the featured again on Thursday. Offseason acquisition and former Raider Latavius Murray has been dominated out for this recreation. Anticipate to see Prepare dinner play for a few quarter within the Vikings first recreation.
Payments followers will get a little bit of a deal with of their preseason opener, as head coach Sean McDermott advised reporters that the staff’s starters will play “a few quarter, give or take.” That’s rather more than the common collection or two most NFL starters play in a preseason opener. That features extensive receiver Sammy Watkins.
Jacksonville Jaguars at New England Patriots (-three.5, forty.5)
The Branden Albert stuff in Jacksonville is simply plain bizarre, however the Jaguars have inquiries to reply at offensive line, particularly if they’re really altering their offensive philosophy in 2017. We should always get a bit of little bit of a glimpse of this Thursday night time as first spherical decide Leonard Fournette is about to make his NFL debut. Nevertheless it all comes right down to Blake Bortles for the Jags, examine to see if his footwork seems in any respect improved of their preseason opener. If not, it might be one other lengthy season in Jacksonville.
Inform me for those who guessed this, the Patriots don’t care concerning the preseason. Studies heading into this recreation are that various key starters gained’t play in any respect; together with Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski, Brandin Cooks, Julian Edelman and Mike Gillislee. Meaning Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett will cut up nearly all of the snaps Thursday. Each have beginning expertise because of the Brady suspension, however each want a robust displaying after a tough begin to camp. Hold an eye fixed out for a way the Pats use new tight finish Dwayne Allen on this recreation.
Denver Broncos at Chicago Bears (+1, 35.5)
Denver travels to Chicago for his or her preseason opener to tackle an Bears staff led by former Broncos’ head coach John Fox. The Broncos are robust at each place on the soccer area, besides crucial one – quarterback. Denver has to determine whether or not they’re going to enter the season with Trevor Siemian or Paxton Lynch as their starter. Reviews are that neither participant has carried out properly at camp and each will see vital reps Thursday night time.
All three quarterbacks on the Bears’ roster are newcomers to the group and they’ll all see a while on the sector with a purpose to get extra acquainted with Dowell Loggains’ offensive system. Mike Glennon will possible play two or three collection’ adopted by some mixture of Mark Sanchez (listed as No. 2 on the group’s depth chart) and first spherical draft decide Mitchell Trubisky for the rest of the soccer recreation.
Philadelphia Eagles at Inexperienced Bay Packers (-1, 38.5)
The Eagles’ beginning offense is predicted to play one or two collection towards the Packers in Inexperienced Bay on Thursday night time. That “beginning offense” will embrace quarterback Carson Wentz however will probably not embrace newly acquired broad receiver Alshon Jeffery who’s nursing a sore shoulder. After Wentz is completed the remainder of the sport will possible be shared by Matt McGloin and Dane Evans. The Eagles are in search of huge issues from rookie first spherical decide Derek Barnett at defensive finish and anticipate him to get into the backfield a number of occasions on this recreation.
Packers’ beginning quarterback Aaron Rodgers won’t play Thursday night time towards the Eagles and the throwing duties shall be shared by Brett Hundley, Joe Callahan, and undrafted rookie free agent Taysom Hill…in that order. Rodgers shall be joined on the sidelines by large receiver Jordy Nelson, who tore his ACL in a Packers’ preseason recreation again in 2015 – no have to tempt destiny there.