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Friday, August 27, 2010

NFL Preseason Predictions: August 28, 2010

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  • Tennessee Titans vs Carolina Panthers - TIT +3
At this point in time it's uncertain whether or not Steve Smith or Jonathan Stewart will play this weekend, but they have practiced all week.   While those players are definitely difference makers, it won't matter much in this game.   The Panthers have holes and roster battles all over the map.   Clausen is going to be battling a painful toe injury all season which might be a good built-in excuse for his poor play.  For the Titans, things are looking a little bit brighter.  Justin Gage should return from injury this week and Fisher is impressed with his rookie class thus far.  They will likely stay cautious with Chris Johnson, but that won't be a problem.  Look for Collins to get more time behind Young as the TIT get more prepared for the regular season.  Prediction: Bank TEN +3. 

  • New York Giants vs Baltimore Ravens - BAL -0.5
The Ravens have had one of the best defenses over the last decade and so far out of the gates there is nothing to suggest otherwise again this season.   It is only preseason, and they are serious questions in the secondary, but they still have enough pieces in place to make life miserable in the NFL.  That trend will continue when the limping NYG come to town.   Sorgi has already been ruled out and Eli will play, but not the usual workload of a typical third week preseason game.   Good luck to Bomar, he will need it.  On the other side, QB duties are expected to be split with Flacco in the first half and Bulger for most of the second.  Coach Harbaugh emphasized that they have prepared for this game like they would for the regular season.  The G-men will just try to keep it respectable.  Prediction: Bank BAL -0.5. 


  • Cincinnati Bengals vs Buffalo Bills - CIN -3
Ocho Cinco was fined 25k this week for violating the NFL's social media policy.  Thankfully, he keeps most of his shenanigans off the field because this week he'll need to improve his rapport with Palmer.  With the additions of T.O. and Gresham, there will be mismatches somewhere on the field.  Palmer said teams are still rolling double coverage over to Ocho, so expect more things from T.O. in this game.  Beyond Evans, the Bills are a complete work in progress at receiver.  This is not good news for their QB rotation. There is not a lot to like about the Bills this year and the same can be said for this game.  Prediction: Bank CIN -3.

  • San Francisco 49ers vs Oakland Raiders - SF +1
SF continued their solid run defense against the Vikings, but had trouble getting the running game going for themselves.  That is to be expected with Gore on the bench.  RB Dixon did too much dancing and had difficulties picking up the blitzes.  Look for that to change against a much less formidable OAK team. WR Ginn has looked good in his new uniform so look for him to continue that this week.  For the Raiders, McFadden might return to the lineup to compete with Bush, but they will have trouble vs the 49ers run defense. OAK isn't going to blitz much so Alex Smith should have more opportunities to make plays.  Prediction: Bank SF +1.

  • Arizona Cardinals vs Chicago Bears - CHI -3
Anyone who has watched ARI this preseason know that Leinart is playing on borrowed time.  Anderson has not been much better.  In fact, there is not a lot to get excited about if you are a Cardinals fan.  They have openly admitted that TEN's blitzes game them problems.  The O-line also had problems opening up holes for Hightower and Wells.  Meanwhile, on the other side of the ball Cutler has not been given as much power to call audibles and that should cut down on the INT totals.   Forte is looking better now that he's healthy.  CHI is having trouble getting off the field on 3rd and longs, but that will change against the lowly Cardinals. UPDATE: Leinart has been benched and will now be the 2nd stringer behind Anderson.  This changes nothing for this bet though.  Carry on as usual.  Prediction: Bank CHI -3.
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