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New York Jets vs. Philadelphia Eagles Preseason Point Spread & Pick: August 28th 2014

JETS VS. EAGLES PRESEASON SPREAD PICKThe New York Jets (2013: 8-8 SU, 9-6-1 ATS; 2014: 2-1 SU, 1-1-1 ATS) lost at home to their rival the New York Giants last week, 35-24 but did start out 10-7. The Philadelphia Eagles (2013: 10-7 SU, 8-9 ATS; 2014: 1-2 SU, 1-2 ATS) got off the schnide last week, with a 31-21 win over Pittsburgh as their defense held the Steelers scoreless in the first half. On Thursday, the Eagles host the Jets from Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia at 7pmET.

Preseason Point Spread: Philadelphia opened as a 3.5-point betting odds favorite and moved to 2.5 in most books. The total opened at 46.5 and moved to 44 in most books.

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Geno Smith won’t play this week against the Eagles after having a pretty good preseason. That’s what Rex Ryan and his staff needed, which was improvement from their second-year quarterback.

Smith completed 23-of-33 for 268 yards with one touchdown and one interception in preseason. Last week, he completed 9-of-14 for 137 yards and one touchdown, directing the Jets to 10 points in six possessions.

Running back Chris Ivory led the Jets with 50 yards, while Chris Johnson added 42 on nine carries. Eric Decker caught a two-year touchdown reception from Michael Vick in the third quarter.

Vick threw for 35 yards, but threw just five passes. He’s expected to see some action in the final preseason game, before giving way to Matt Simms.

The Jets have a big issue in the secondary, where Dimitri Patterson was suspended for this game after not showing up for last week’s game. Former safety Antonio Allen suffered a concussion last week so he’ll likely miss the final game and Dee Milliner (high ankle sprain) is questionable for the regular season opener. Rookie Dexter McDougle is out for the season as last week, the Jets used fourth-year veteran Darrin Walls and journeyman LaQuan Lewis at cornerback.

The Eagles will face former starter Michael Vick, who was replaced by Nick Foles last season. Foles will not play in this game after kind of a shaky preseason.

Foles threw for 179 yards last week (19-of-29) in extensive action against the Steelers, with one touchdown and one interception. He led the NFL last year with a 119.2 passer rating, the third-highest single-season mark in league history.

The Eagles will start Matt Barkley, who is the third string quarterback and is trying to beat out G.J. Kinne. Mark Sanchez, who completed 7-of-9 for 85 yards last week, has had an excellent preseason and is the number two quarterback.

The Eagles’ defense stepped up last week, allowing just 58 yards rushing to Pittsburgh on 17 carries. They had previously allowed 70 points in their first two games and that’s still a concern going into the first regular season game. But they made some strides by shutting Pittsburgh, who scored 14 points in the fourth quarter, when the Eagles’ backups were in.

St. Louis Rams vs. Miami Dolphins Preseason Point Spread & Pick: August 28th 2014

RAMS VS. DOLPHINS PRESEASON SPREAD PICKThe St. Louis Rams (2013: 7-9 SU, 7-9 ATS, 2014: 1-2 SU, 1-2 ATS) beat Cleveland 33-14 last week, but lost their starting quarterback Sam Bradford for the season – again. The Miami Dolphins (2013: 8-8 SU, 9-7 ATS; 2014: 2-1 SU, 2-1 ATS) came back to beat Dallas in the fourth quarter, but didn’t start the game out well. On Thursday, the Rams visit Sun Life Stadium in Miami to take on the Dolphins at 7pmET.

Preseason Point Spread: Miami opened as a 6-point betting odds favorite and moved to 3 in most books. The total opened at 39.5 and moved to 39.

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The Rams lost quarterback Sam Bradford for the second straight season to a torn ACL. This time, it occurred in the third preseason game, which was similar to when Trent Green did the same thing in 1999. He left the offense in the hands of Kurt Warner, who led them to a Super Bowl.

Last season, when Bradford was injured, the Rams were 4-5 with Kellen Clemens at quarterback. Shaun Hill becomes the starter, after a long career as a backup. In 12 NFL seasons, Hill has played just 34 games with 26 starts, but has completed 61.9 percent of his passes for 6,381 yards, 41 touchdowns, 23 interceptions and an 85.9 passer rating.

As showed last week in their 33-14 win over the Browns, the Rams showed they have some talent. They ran for 142 yards on 34 carries as Trey Watts led them with 36 yards and a score. Former third-string quarterback Austin Davis completed 14 of 22 for 198 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. Hill threw just six passes for 45 yards and probably will see limited action if any, on Thursday against Miami.

On defense, the Rams have a chance to be special this season. Last season, they allowed just 345 yards per game (15th) and 102.9 yards per game on the ground (9th). They should be even better this year thanks to one of the best defensive lines in the game. They drafted Aaron Donald from Pittsburgh, an undersized defensive lineman who can get to the passer from the interior. With Chris Long and Robert Quinn on the edges, the Rams will have one of the best pass-rushing defensive lines in the game.

The Dolphins finally got a preseason win with their 25-20 victory over Dallas last week. Running back Orleans Darkwa led the Dolphins with 70 yards on six carries, including a one-year run with 1:45 left to win the game.

Quarterback Ryan Tannehill stumbled, completing 13-of-21 for 119 yards and an interception, while backup Matt Moore went 12-of-19 for 172 yards with a touchdown and interception.

Veteran wide receiver Mike Wallace hauled in six passes for 67 yards for Miami.

Tannehill overthrew Wallace on a deep ball and threw an interception at the Dallas 5-yard line, trying to hit a double-covered Brian Hartline.

Miami running back Knowshon Moreno also made his debut, rushing for 64 yards on 19 carries, after sitting out the first two games due to coming off knee surgery. Moreno should help a defense that ranked 26th in the NFL last season at just 90 yards per game.

However, Miami’s first team put up just three points in the first half against Dallas’ first-string team, widely considered one of the worst units in the league.

Defensively, the Dolphins allowed 359.4 yards per game (21st) and 234.5 yards per game in the air (16th) last year. The addition of cornerback Cortland Finnegan should help to team with Brent Grimes at the other corner spot. Last week, they allowed the Cowboys to pass for just 157 yards and rush for 94 on 25 carries.

Indianapolis Colts vs. Cincinnati Bengals Preseason Point Spread & Pick: August 28th 2014

COLTS VS. BENGALS PRESEASON SPREAD PICKThe Cincinnati Bengals (2013: 11-6 SU, 10-6-1 ATS, 2014: 1-2 SU, 1-1-1 ATS) are going to be one of the favorites to win the AFC. That won’t matter much on Thursday night when they play their reserves. The Indianapolis Colts (2013: 12-6 SU, 11-7 ATS; 2014: 0-3 SU, 0-2-1 ATS) had some struggles on offense and defense against the Saints last week, falling 23-17 at home. They’ll have a chance to end the preseason on a good note when they travel to Cincinnati to meet the Bengals on Thursday night at 7pmET from Paul Brown Stadium.

Preseason Point Spread: Cincinnati opened as a 3.5-point betting odds favorite and moved to 2.5 in most books. The total opened at 43 and moved to 42 in most books.

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The Colts struggled against the Saints last week, especially on the defensive end as they didn’t cover or tackle well.

Drew Brees threw for two touchdown passes as the Colts allowed the Saints to accumulate nearly 360 yards of total offense.

Offensively, quarterback Andrew Luck threw for 103 yards on 10 of 18 passing, but also threw an interception. He did hit tight end Colby Fleener for a 21-yard pass in the first quarter.

Luck has completed 26-of-41 passes for 245 yards with two touchdowns and one interception in preseason. He also has a passer rating of 85.9 and has directed the starting offense on six scoring drives in 11 series.

The Colts still have a battle for the third quarterback as Chandler Harnish has played well but might end up on the practice squad, just as he did last year.as sharp, tossing for 89 yards and on e touchdown, completing 12-of-18 passes. He led three scoring drives and threw one touchdown pass.

The Bengals were impressive on the defensive end last week in the 19-13 win over Arizona. They forced a pick-six as Terence Newman returned a Carson Palmer pass 54 yards for a score. The offense was solid against a very good defense, although they settled for just two field goals in the first half.

Andy Dalton completed 13 of 21 for 157 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions. Rookie running back Jeremy Hill continued to impress with 48 yards on 12 carries and two catches for 10 yards.

A.J. Green caught five passes for 79 yards to give him 10 for 184 yards for the preseason.

The Bengals have a competition for the third running back spot as Rex Burkhead, BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Cedric Peerman are also competing for the final two spots. All three were injured and may not play this week. Burkhead has a knee injury, while Green-Ellis and Peerman had a hip issue.

On defense, the Bengals allowed just 305.5 yards per game last season to rank fifth in the league. Cornerback Leon Hall is coming off torn Achilles and Terence Newman is 35. They addressed that need by drafting Darqueze Dennard in the first round from Michigan State. They gave up just 82 yards rushing on 19 carries against Arizona.

Buffalo Bills vs. Detroit Lions Preseason Point Spread & Pick: August 28th 2014

BILLS VS. LIONS PRESEASON SPREAD PICKThe Buffalo Bills (2013: 6-10 SU, 8-8 ATS, 2014: 1-3 SU, 1-3 ATS) lost their fourth preseason game to Tampa Bay at home, 27-14 as they struggled on both sides of the ball. Detroit (2013: 7-9 SU, 6-10 ATS; 2014: 2-1 SU, 1-1-1 ATS) hasn’t looked much better as they put up just 13 points in a one-point win over Jacksonville last week. The Lions travel to Ralph Wilson Stadium in Buffalo to take on the Bills on Thursday night at 7pmET.

Preseason Point Spread: Buffalo opened as a -3-point betting odds favorite and moved to 4.5 in most books. The total opened at 42 and moved to 41.

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Detroit Quarterback Matthew Stafford completed 21 of 30 for 204 yards with two touchdowns and one interception this preseason. He threw that one interception in last week’s game against Jacksonville at home, but did not throw a touchdown pass.

New head coach Jim Caldwell could play him briefly in their final against Buffalo though he was with Baltimore last year when Stafford played two series in last year’s finale against Buffalo. Jim Schwartz was the coach at the time and Stafford ended up throwing an interception.

The Lions certainly need to curb their mistakes. They had 15 penalties for 131 yards last Friday.

The offensive highlight came when Reggie Bush rmoped for an 86-yard touchdown run, as the Lions ended up with 178 yards on 27 carries.

The defense allowed 245 passing yards but held the Jaguars without a touchown in the first half.

Defensively, Detroit allowed 23.5 points per game (15th) and just 99.8 yards per game (6th) against the run. However, they struggled against the pass, allowing 246.9 (32rd) yards per game in the air.

The Bills scored no points in the first half against Tampa Bay last week and ended up losing, 27-14.

Starting quarterback E.J. Manuel has completed just 47 of 75 for 461 yards with one touchdown, two picks and a 73.3 passer rating. He did throw his only touchdown pass in the preseason against the Bucs in the third quarter (14-yard touchdown pass to Mike Williams). The Bills had gone 18 preseason possessions without getting into the red zone before that touchdown pass against the Tampa Bay reserves.

The first-team offense gained 82 yards, made six first downs and committed three turnovers in first half, with Manuel getting sacked twice.

The Bills have had some terrible performances from their backup quarterbacks. Thad Lewis and Jeff Tuel were a combined 46 of 78 for 404 yards with two touchdowns and four interceptions with a 59.9 passer rating. So Buffalo went out and signed Jordan Palmer to back up Manuel and released Lewis.

Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Atlanta Falcons Preseason Point Spread & Pick: August 28th 2014

JAGUARS VS. FALCONS PRESEASON PICK POINT SPREADAtlanta (2013: 4-12 SU, 7-9 ATS, 2014: 1-2 SU, 1-2 ATS) goes into their final preseason game on a good note, even though they lost to Tennessee at home, 24-17. Jacksonville (2013: 4-12 SU, 5-10-1 ATS; 2014: 1-2 SU, 3-0 ATS) has played pretty well this preseason but would like to score more points. Atlanta takes on Jacksonville from EverBank Field on Thursday at 6pmET.

Preseason Point Spread: Jacksonville opened as a 2.5-point betting odds favorite and moved to 4 most books. The total opened at 41 and moved to 39.5 in most books.

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Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan needed a good performance last week and delivered. It’s not that the Falcons though Ryan is on the decline. They just needed a positive performance going into the regular season as Ryan is not expected to play in Week 4 of the preseason.

Ryan hit a healthy Julio Jones for a 52-yard touchdown pass and found Devin Hester for a 31-yard score. Hester has two receiving touchdowns in the preseason and has been one of the team’s biggest surprises. Here’s a player known for his great speed and return ability that was pondering retirement not too long ago. Maybe he just needed a new quarterback and situation.

After Ryan, the Falcons lack a competent backup. Sean Renfree is battling T.J. Yates for that second-string quarterback and both should see a lot of time in Game 4. Renfree has shown more than Yates as he completed 5 of 7 for 9 yards in the last game and 7-of-10 for 49 yards in Game 2. Yates has struggled with turnovers and accuracy all preseason.

Defensively, Atlanta has to get better as they allowed 136 rushing yards per game (31st) last season. They gave up 138 yards on 33 attempts against Houston, which about their average, while allowing 185 yards in the air.

The defense lost star linebacker Sean Weatherspoon to a ruptured Achilles tendon in the offseason. Joplo Bartu and veteran Tim Dobbins are in the mix to replace him but they are significant downgrades.

Jacksonville is going with Chad Henne as the starting quarterback even though rookie Blake Bortles has outperformed him. However, Bortles has played mainly against second and third-stringers.

Bortles has completed 28-of-45 passes for 435 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions in preseason.

Henne has completed 25-of-38 for 230 yards with one touchdown and no picks. He has completed just two passes of at least 20 yards.

Henne completed 9 of 14 for just 70 yards last week against Detroit as the first-team offense scored just six points in the first half. They wound up losing the game, 13-12 and scored just one touchdown overall.

Expected Bortles to play a ton, and Henne to play one or two series at the most. Essentially, this is a redshirt season for Bortles, but how long will head coach Gus Bradley stick with Henne.

The Jaguars’ defense held Detroit to 190 passing yards, but allowed them to rush for 178 yards on 27 carries. The previous week, they held Tampa Bay to 249 yards of total offense and forced two turnovers, including a 68-yard pick six from Winston Guy in the first quarter. The defense allowed 28.1 points (28th) and 131.8 yards per game on the ground (29th) last year.

Cincinnati Bengals vs. Arizona Cardinals Preseason Point Spread & Pick: August 24th 2014

BENGALS VS. CARDINALS PRESEASON PICKThe Cincinnati Bengals (2013: 11-6 SU, 10-6-1 ATS, 2014: 0-2 SU, 0-1-1 ATS) is looking for their first preseason win, but they have looked pretty good in the first quarter of games. Arizona (2013: 10-6 SU, 10-5-1 ATS; 2014: 1-1 SU, 2-0 ATS) has put up some points as well though they did lose to Minnesota on the road last week, 30-28. The Bengals visit University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona to meet the Cardinals on Sunday at 8pmET.

Preseason Point Spread: Arizona opened as a 3-point betting odds favorite and moved to 2.5 in most books. The total opened at 44 and moved to 43 in most books.

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Carson Palmer was selected as the first overall pick in the 2003 NFL Draft for Cincinnati. Andy Dalton now leads the Bengals, while Palmer is playing for Arizona.

The Bengals have a chance to do something special this year, though it starts with winning a playoff game, which Dalton has never done. He was exceptional last week for the Bengals against the Jets, completed 8-for-8 for 144 yards and a touchdown. In the drives, he guided his team to two touchdowns and a field goal.

Cincinnati played without backup quarterback Jason Campbell, who had an elbow bruise but is expected to play this week. Matt Scott (8-for-22, 54 yards, 1 INT) and Tyler Wilson (7-of-13 for 39 yards) both struggled in extensive action.

The Bengals would like to take a longer look at LSU running back Jeremy Hill while speedy Giovani Bernard could see a little less time. Hill has nine carries for 52 yards (5.8 yards per carry) in the first two preseason games.

On defense, the Bengals allowed just 305.5 yards per game last season to rank fifth in the league. Cornerback Leon Hall is coming off torn Achilles and Terence Newman is 35. They addressed that need by drafting Darqueze Dennard in the first round from Michigan State.

The Arizona Cardinals went from dominating Houston to a 32-0 romp in the first game to losing to Minnesota, 30-28. The Cardinals had a 28-24 lead with 1:07 left when Minnesota rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater moved the ball from their own 17-yard line to a touchdown with six seconds left.

Drew Stanton came in and completed 6-of-8 for 81 yards and a touchdown, while Ryan Lindley added 8-for-16 for 64 yards. Lindley and rookie Logan Thomas have been battling it out for the third quarterback spot in this game. However, with Carson Palmer expected to got at least a half and with Stanton taking over, they probably won’t get in or at least will have a very quick night.

Thomas has been battling with Ryan Lindley for the third quarterback spot. Lindley is expected to play most of the second half.

On offense, the Cardinals need to protect quarterback Palmer, who was sacked 41 times last year. The offense averaged 346.4 yards per game (12th), but just 96.3 yards per game on the ground (23rd). Second-year running back Andre Ellington takes over the starting role with Rashard Mendenhall retiring.

The good news is that wide receiver Michael Floyd (groin) is expected to return. Floyd has moved into the role as the top target, even over Larry Fitzgerald, who might be playing his last year with the Cardinals.

Floyd caught eight passes as a rookie but last year, recorded 1,041 receiving yards.

Defensively, the loss of Daryl Washington (suspension) and DT Darnell Dockett (ACL) hurt along with the move of Karlos Dansby to free agency. as the Cardinals allowed just 84.4 yards rushing per game (1st) to lead the NFL and allowed just 317.4 yards per game (6th) overall. They not only have to replace Washington but also Karlos Dansby, who left in free agency. The run defense may falter some but their pass defense should improve with the addition of CB Antonio Cromartie, the veteran who adds size next to Patrick Peterson.

San Francisco 49ers vs. San Diego Chargers Preseason Point Spread & Pick: August 24th 2014

49ERS VS. CHARGERS POINT SPREAD PICK PRESEASONThe San Francisco 49ers (2013: 14-5 SU, 12-6-1 ATS; 2014: 0-2 SU, 0-2 ATS) have been outscored 57-3 in their first two preseason games.San Diego (2013: 10-8 SU, 11-6-1 ATS; 2014: 1-1 SU, 1-1 ATS) stepped into a rough situation on the road, when the met a hungry team in Seattle last week and were destroyed, 41-14. San Diego travels north to Levi’s Stadium to take on the 49ers on Sunday at 4pmET from San Francisco.

Preseason Point Spread: San Francisco opened up as a 5.5-point betting odds favorite and moved to 6 in most books. The total opened at 41 and moved to 42.

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San Diego beat up on Dallas in the first week and then were destroyed in Seattle last week, 41-14. But let’s keep a few things in mind: it’s preseason and Phillip Rivers played just one series.

Rivers completed 2-of-4 passes for 20 yards, while backup quarterback Kellen Clemens finished 14-of-21 for 149 yards and two touchdowns. Second-year receiver Keenan Allen caught a 13-yard touchdown pass in defeat.

Last week, the Chargers put up 395 total yards against a terrible Dallas defense, but they’ll have a much tougher test against Richard Sherman and the Seahawks.

At backup quarterback, Kellen Clemens played well last week, going 5-for-5 for 134 yards and one touchdown.

The offensive starters will be challenged by a quality defense that has struggled some in preseason. They are expected to play into the third quarter.

On defense, they get first-round corner Jason Verrett back as he’ll play his first game coming off of shoulder surgery in March.

Defensively, the Chargers struggled with tackling last week against Seattle. They allowed Seattle to run for 243 yard son 37 carries last week.

San Francisco hasn’t really shown up in preseason so far. Last week, they laid an egg at home, falling to Denver, 34-0 in the first game played at new Levi’s Stadium.

The Niners played Frank Gore for the first time this preseason and he responded with just 12 yards on two carries. The leading passer was third-string quarterback Mcleod Bethel-Thompson, who threw for 79 yards, including a 48-yard touchdown pass to tight end Kevin Greene.

Backup quarterback Blaine Gabbert has struggled, completing just 11-for-25 passing for 60 yards with two interceptions and no touchdowns in two games in preseason. Gabbert had previously started 27 of the 28 NFL games in which he’s played.

But he’s not the only quarterback struggling as Josh Johnson has two lost fumbles and Bethel-Thompson has been picked off twice.

Colin Kaepernick completed 5 of 9 for 39 yards, while Bruce Ellington grabbed four receptions for 24 yards.

San Francisco’s defense finished fifth last season, allowing 316.9 yards per game and were 4th against the run (95.9 yards per game). The rush defense should be hurt by the injury (biceps) to Glenn Dorsey and the pass defense loses safety Donte Whitner and CB Carlos Rogers.

Houston Texans vs. Denver Broncos Preseason Point Spread & Pick: August 23rd 2014

TEXANS VS. BRONCOS PRESEASON PICK POINT SPREADThe Houston Texans (2013: 2-14 SU, 4-12 ATS; 2014: 1-1 SU, 1-1 ATS) came back from a 32-0 loss to beat Atlanta, 32-7 last week. Denver (2013: 15-4 SU, 11-7-1 ATS; 2014: 2-0 SU, 2-0 ATS) has looked like a Super Bowl contender again after they dismantled San Francisco last week, 34-0. On Saturday, Houston travels to Sports Authority Field in Denver to take on the Broncos at 9pmET.

Preseason Point Spread: Denver opened up as a 6.5-point betting odds favorite and moved to 7 in most books. The total opened at 44 and moved to 46.

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Houston gave up 32 points last week, then scored 32 to rout Atlanta by 25. Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick played well, tossing for 97 yards (9-of-12) with one touchdown and more importantly, did not throw an interception.

Running back Jonathan Grimes led Houston’s rushes with 42 yards on nine carries.

Fitzpatrick has been with five teams in nine years and has committed 81 turnovers over the last four seasons.

The Texans scored touchdowns on offense, defense and special teams for the first time ever in a preseason game.

Rookie Tom Savage completed 4 of 5 for only eight yards, while Case Keenum completed 6 of 12 for 81 yards with an interception.

The running game averaged just 108.9 yards per game with Arian Foster on the decline. They did sign Andre Brown to take Ben Tate’s place, but he’s had durability issues. Foster hasn’t played in the first two preseason games.

The defense has one of the best players in the game in DE J.J. Watt and OLB Jadeveon Clowney, who underwent hernia surgery in June, is going to be a pass rushing monster. Clowney played the run well in the first game and had his first sack last week.

They allowed just 248 total yards to the Falcons last week. Obviously Denver will provide a huge test.

Denver played close to flawless football last week in San Francisco. They spoiled the opening of Levi’s Stadium with a 34-0 rout.

Peyton Manning completed 12-of-14 passes for 102 yards and a touchdown. He’s now 22-of-27 for 180 yards in two preseason games.

Backup Brock Osweiler completed 10-of-13 for 105 yards, including a 33-yard touchdown pass to Cody Latimer, their second-round pick.

Even third-stringer Zac Dysert played well, completed 8 of 11 for 63 yards and a touchdown pass.

Manning and the offense led the NFL in points per game at 37.9, total offense (304.2) and passing yards per game (340.2 yards per game) last season. The running back situation is a little cloudy as Montee Ball will start this season but is coming off an appendectomy and hasn’t played in preseason. The Broncos will have a battle for second-string running back with Knowshon Moreno gone to Miami in free agency.

The defense has to improve as they allowed 356 yard (19th) per game and the pass defense (254.4 yards) was the biggest problem. They improved that part of the game with the additions of DE DeMarcus Ware, S T.J. Ward and CB Aqib Talib.

St. Louis Rams vs. Cleveland Browns Preseason Point Spread & Pick: August 23rd 2014

RAMS VS. BROWNS PRESEASON PICK POINT SPREADThe St. Louis Rams (2013: 7-9 SU, 7-9 ATS, 2014: 0-2 SU, 0-2 ATS) are looking for their first win in preseason and will need to get one on the road. The Cleveland Browns (2013: 4-12 SU, 6-10 ATS, 2014: 0-2 SU, 0-2 ATS) have lost two games by one point apiece. On Saturday, the Rams travels to Cleveland Browns Stadium to take on the Browns at 8pmET.

Preseason Point Spread: Cleveland opened as a 2.5-point betting odds favorite and remained therein most books. The total opened at 41 and moved to 43.

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Starting quarterback Sam Bradford played well last week against Green Bay in his first start since tearing his ACL last October. Bradford completed 9-of-12 passes for 101 yards and a touchdown, including a 41-yard strike to Brian Quick.

The Rams couldn’t run the ball as they rushed for 78 yards on 27 carries. Rookie Tre Mason had 30 yards on 12 carries for the Rams. They lost running back Isaiah Pead to a season-ending knee injury. That opens the door for Mason and Zac Stacy.

Backup Shaun Hill threw just four passes and completed one for 14 yards. They got a longer look at Austin Davis and rookie Garrett Gilbert, who threw for just 72 yards combined.

The good news is that left tackle Jake Long (knee), defensive tackle Michael Brockers (ankle) and guard Rodger Saffold (stinger) are all expected to play.

Offensively, the Rams averaged 21.8 points per game and put up just 304.8 yards per game (30th). The passing offense was also brutal (195.3 yards per game) with Bradford missing more than half of the season. The addition of WR Kenny Britt should help as they also need young Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey to improve. However, Bailey will miss the first four games due to a suspension.

On defense, the Rams have a chance to be special this season. Last season, they allowed just 345 yards per game (15th) and 102.9 yards per game on the ground (9th). They should be even better this year thanks to one of the best defensive lines in the game. They drafted Aaron Donald from Pittsburgh, an undersized defensive lineman who can get to the passer from the interior. With Chris Long and Robert Quinn on the edges, the Rams will have one of the best pass-rushing defensive lines in the game.

Cleveland lost to Washington, 24-23 last week, in a game that featured 22 penalties and four Washington turnovers. The best quarterback for Cleveland was fourth-string rookie Connor Shaw, who threw a 45-yard last-second, desperation pass that Emmanuel Ogbuehi caught in the end zone.

Cleveland went for the two-point conversion and failed, to give Washington the win.

The Browns’ quarterbacks struggled as Johnny Manziel completed just 7 of 16 for 65 yards but did throw an eight-yard touchdown pass to running back Dion Lewis. Starting running back Ben Tate did run for 51 yards on 10 carries.

Brian Hoyer completed 6-of-14 passes for 92 yards in the opener, but was just 2-of-6 for 16 yards against Washington. Hoyer was named starting quarterback by head coach Mike Pettine earlier this week.

Hoyer had his moments before a knee injury last season. The offense averaged 339.4 yards per game and 252.9 yards per game passing as wide receiver Josh Gordon and tight end Jordan Cameron turned out be big-time playmakers. Cameron will be a big factor this season, while Gordon is expected to be suspended for a lengthy period of time this season. He missed practice earlier in the week but came back on Saturday.

Cleveland will have to rely on their defense this year and it’s a strong one. The Browns allowed 332.4 yards per game (9th) and just 221.1 yards per game in the air. The Browns even added to their pass defense by drafting cornerback Justin Gilbert from Oklahoma State to play next to Pro Bowler Joe Haden. They did allow 312 yards passing last week but that was mainly from the backup defense.

Minnesota Vikings vs. Kansas City Chiefs Preseason Point Spread & Pick: August 23rd 2014

VIKINGS VS. CHIEFS PRESEASON POINT SPREAD PICKMinnesota (2013: 5-10-1 SU, 9-7 ATS; 2014: 2-0 SU, 1-1 ATS) is hoping to find a consistent quarterback and that could happen against a pretty good defense. Kansas City (2013: 11-6 SU, 9-8 ATS; 2014 :1-1 SU, 0-1-1 ATS) struggled against Carolina last week and hopes to impose their will at home. On Saturday night, Kansas City hosts Minnesota from Arrowhead Stadium at 8pmET.

Preseason Point Spread: Kansas City opened up as a 4-point betting odds favorite and moved to 3.5 in most books. The total opened at 44 and moved to 45.5.

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Matt Cassel will probably open the season as the starting quarterback for Minnesota over rookie Teddy Bridgewater. Cassel completed 16-of-20 for 177 yards and one TD in their 30-28 win over Arizona at home last week. Bridgewater played his best game thus far, completing 12-of-16 for 153 yards and one touchdown.

Cassel connected with tight end Kyle Rudolph, who should have a big year in Norv Turner’s offense. This is a team that has a lot of talent and just an average quarterback can direct them to some success. Adrian Peterson, Greg Jennings and Cordarelle Patterson are talented playmakers.

Minnesota averaged 344.3 yards per game and rushed for 130.1 yards per game last year, so running wasn’t a major problem.

The passing game and defense need to improve. That defense allowed 397.6 yards per game (31st) and 287.2 yards per game in the air (31st). The Vikings did add nose tackle Linval Joseph, DL Cory Wooton and two corners in Derek Cox and Captain Munnerlyn. Rookie OLB Anthony Barr was considered a reach at nine but he’s has great size and raw talent at 6-5, 255.

Kansas City lost at Carolina last week, 28-16. The Chiefs defense opened the game with three straight three-and-outs and sacked Cam Newton twice.

But they were playing without running back Jamaal Charles, who suffered a bruised foot from moving out of his dorm at training camp. The Chiefs still managed to run for 105 yards on 25 carreies.

Defensively, they struggled on run defense as they allowed 129 yards on 32 attempts as Carolina running back Jonathan Stewart ran for two touchdowns.

The Panthers were up 14-6 at the half and then the Chiefs scored 10 straight points. Rookie quarterback Aaron Murray hit speedy tight end Travis Kelce for a 43-yard touchdown pass. That was it for the Chiefs as the Panthers scored the next 14 to win the game.

Alex Smith completed 14 of 22 for 127 yards to lead the Chiefs. while Murray completed 5 of 9 for 81 yards with one TD and one pick in his first appearance. The Chiefs had the ball for 32:12 compared to 27:48 for the Panthers. The Chiefs also didn’t help themselves with 13 penalties for 131 yards.

On defense, the Chiefs are concerned about the secondary where Sean Smith is back as the starting cornerback, replacing Ron Parker. The Chiefs are missing safety Eric Berry, who has been out due to a sore heel. Undrafted rookie Daniel Sorensen has been taking his place in the starting lineup.

Last season, Kansas City took advantage of a 2-14 schedule to win 11 games. They also had a +18 turnover differential and led the league with 11 return touchdowns.