The Money Down: August 14


The term “Money Down” in football is another name for third down. This is the down that needs to be converted if teams want to succeed. For those that like to bet on football, information is the Money Down. The right information can make the difference in winning or losing.

Leading up to the start of the regular season I will deliver a daily article appropriately titled “The Money Down”. It will include everything from injuries, stats, trends and the latest happenings around the league.

Dallas Cowboys: First Rule of Fight Club
The Dallas Cowboys and the Oakland Raiders were involved in a brawl during a practice and to make matters worse, a fan got involved.

This does not too much to improve the reputation of Raider fans.

New Orleans Saints: Brees in Bubble Wrap

The Saints are being very careful with the progression of quarterback Drew Brees as he recovers from an oblique injury. It does not appear like Brees will be able to play in the second preseason game even though head coach Sean Payton has not disclosed his status.

Brees will be ready for the start of the regular season, but if he site the entire preseason it will be interesting to see if it takes him a few games to adjust to full speed play.

Washington Redskins: RG3 Outplayed by Cousins?

The recent talk around the water cooler at Redskins camp is that Kirk Cousins is actually outplaying Robert Griffin III.

This is all just talk. RG3 is the starter and will be the starter. He is just adjusting to a new offense.

This type of scheme works better with Cousins which is why he has had an easier time adapting. RG3 is an attacking, deep threat kind of player and Gruden is dealing with this.

In the first preseason game against the Patriots, Gruden kept it vanilla so RG3 could get the basics of the offense. This will take some time and there is no need to panic in Washington.
Detroit Lions: Nothing Special About The Kickers
The Lions kicking candidates Nate Freese and Giorgio Tavecchio are getting tested in camp as coach Caldwell surrounded the kickers with yelling players providing distractions that the players may encounter during the regular season.

The pressure combined with the distance led both Freese and Tavecchio to have less-than-perfect days during that situation. Tavecchio went 3 of 5 during the period, hitting from 36, 45 and 54 yards while missing from 62 and 67. Freese, meanwhile, went 2 of 5, connecting from 45 and 54 yards and missing from the other three distances. This could be a problem for the Lions when the season starts.

Baltimore Ravens: No Respect for O

The Baltimore Ravens made some upgrades on the offensive side of the ball. The Ravens signed wide receiver Steve Smith and traded for center Jeremy Zuttah. Plus, tight end Dennis Pitta and left guard Kelechi Osemele are healthy this season. Yet they are still projected as one of the worst in the league if you believe Pro Football Focus.

New offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak might have something to say about that. Under Kubiak, the Texans ranked in the top 10 in offense in six of his past eight seasons. Don’t write the Ravens off just yet.
Cleveland Browns: Touchdown Drought
It may just be the preseason, but the Browns offense is already struggling to get into the end zone. The Browns had gone a complete game and a complete scrimmage without a touchdown before scoring two yesterday. The receivers (without Josh Gordon) are having trouble holding onto the ball.
There were at least five drops, with as many as six. And they were spread among the entire group, which when Gordon is not on the field looks more and more lacking.

The problems are often overlooked since all of the focus is still on Johnny Football. Manziel went 12-20 with a touchdown, unofficially. In three days of practice since the game, he’s 34-for-68. That puts him at 50 percent for the week after he finished last week over 60 percent.
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Cole Ryan

Cole started off as a part time handicapper and a full time computer programmer. After developing a computer program that consistently provided winners in NFL, NBA, MLB, and college sports Cole went into full time handicapping. The computer program and his knack for winners made him a rising star in the handicapping world. His complex computer program based on algorithms and analytical calculations have led to a 60% ATS rate.

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