The Money Down: August 22
- Updated: August 22, 2014
Miami Dolphins: High Flyin’ Fins
In week three of the preseason teams like to see good things from the starters, but for the Dolphins they are looking for one in thing in particular; points. The players know that this is the game they want to showcase an offense that can put up big numbers.
Miami Dolphins season preview: New-look offense http://t.co/iNQIgwdNow
— Miami Dolphins News (@MDolphinsNews) August 22, 2014
“It doesn’t really count, but it matters,” quarterback Ryan Tannehill said. “It matters to us and the progression we make as a team as far as getting better. It’s our last chance before we play for real.”
Coach Joe Philbin has a general idea of what he considers a productive NFL offense.
“I’ve always kind of started with 25 (points per game),” he said. “That gets you to 400 points for the season if my math is correct. That’s always a barometer. “I think, if you study the league for a long time, you would say, if you score 400 points a year, you would have a reasonably productive offense.”
The Dolphins, who totaled 317 points last season, haven’t scored 400 points in a season since 1986, early in the Dan Marino Era, when they scored 430 points. Last season, 11 NFL teams scored more than 400 points. They will look forward to airing the ball out against an opponent with a suspect defense.
Dallas Cowboys: Bettors Betting against Boys
They have a great chance to do well since they face the Dallas Cowboys this week. This is a team that is looking very bad on defense and decimated by injuries.
Out for Dallas Cowboys defense: CB Sterling Moore, S Matt Johnson, LB DeVonte Holloman, DT Henry Melton, DT Terrell McClain.
— Brandon George (@DMN_George) August 19, 2014
The football bettors are taking note of this bad defense and flocking to bet the over in the game against the Dolphins as well as week one of the regular season.
NFL:Dallas' defense in state of flux & still deficient.Bettors driving up total in Cowboys NFLX & regular season wk 1 http://t.co/BOqsFo5Zoe
— Fairway Jay (@FairwayJay) August 19, 2014
The third preseason game is the most regular-season game-like, and the Cowboys should get Brandon Carr on the field for the first time, but Morris Claiborne (shoulder), Henry Melton (groin) and Terrell McClain (ankle) are questionable at best. But watch the Cowboys in week four of the preseason. While most teams rest their players, the Cowboys could play starters on defense.
Houston Texans: Jadeveon Clowney Mystery Injury
Jadeveon Clowney has looked great in the preseason but he is suffering from an injury and the Texans are keeping quiet on their first overall draft pick and his status.
DEVELOPING: Texans rookie Jadeveon Clowney leaves joint practice with Denver after colliding helmets with Broncos TE Jacob Tamme.
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) August 20, 2014
With that type of injury, it could be assumed that it is a concussion, but there is nothing coming of the Texans camp.
O'Brien offering no specifics on what forced Clowney to the sidelines during Wed practice and kept him out today
— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) August 21, 2014
The one thing we do know is that it has kept him off the field for today and his status for this weekend is still uncertain.
NFL Preseason Betting Trends: Eight Trends in a Box
Here is a look at eight trends that stand out for the games this weekend.
8. The Saints are 2-6 ATS in the last eight road games
7. The Texans are 4-13 ATS in their last 17 games overall
6. The Bengals are 2-6-1 ATS in their last 9 road games
5. The Browns are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games
4. The Dolphins are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall
3. The Over is 5-2 in Cowboys last 7 games overall
2. The Broncos are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games against a team from the AFC
1. The Colts are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Bucs Barter For Bulk
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have great skill players on offense but they will need to protect the quarterback. They took great strides to do just that with a recent trade.
— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@TBBuccaneers) August 21, 2014
Since Carl Nicks left the team at the start of training camp due to a toe injury, the Bucs have been experimenting with a variety of players at guard. Oniel Cousins and Patrick Omameh currently are at the top of the depth chart. But Johnson, who also can play center, adds some depth. This gives the Bucs the bulk they need up front and is one of the reasons they could be a surprise team this year as mentioned in the Gridiron Gambling Report.
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