Plus Odds To Good To Pass When Betting NFL Preseason Games This Thursday

Joe Catalano

Wednesday, August 17, 2016 7:01 PM UTC

Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016 7:01 PM UTC

NFL is definitely back as we hit week 2 in the preseason and players looking to make an impression with some of their coaches. Here are your coveted NFL Picks of the Day for Thursday.

Atlanta Falcons vs Cleveland Browns

Perfect Spot For the Dirty Birds
Backup quarterback, Matt Schaub, is coming off of a huge week 1 in which he was 10 for 15 for 179 yards. This is the perfect player to win preseason games as he's good enough to start on some other NFL teams and Matt Ryan won't see a lot of action as the Falcons attempt to keep Ryan healthy for week 1 of the regular season. Expect to see more of Schaub as he's proven to be reliable in the past.

Last week, superstars such Devonta Freeman and Julio Jones saw very little action but did play. As the season draws nearer, I expect to see more of Freeman and Jones while still seeing players such as 4th-year wide receiver, Aldrick Robinson. Robinson was a major surprise last week as he led the Falcons with 3 catches for 118 yards.

Expect the ball to be spread out a bit more and for the running game to play a larger role in Atlanta's offense. Devonta Freeman had just 5 carries for 9 yards last week and this Falcons offense revolves around Freeman as the star running back. He need's to be going into the regular season, which is a few weeks away, on a positive note.


Will RGIII Play Well?
Robert Griffin III get's a 2nd life with the Cleveland Browns and this appears to be a good situation for him. A lot was expected from Griffin III in Washington, but when Jay Gruden took over as head coach, it was clear the Kirk Cousins was his man. Now that "Johnny Football" has worn out his welcome in Cleveland, this is a great spot for RGIII as the Browns drafted a top-flight receiver in Corey Coleman for Griffin III to hook up with.

Coleman was ranked as the best receiver coming out of the NFL Draft and in week 1, he didn't play. He's back in practice and we could see a bit of Coleman in this game. If not, RGIII has a tight end, Gary Barnidge, who was a surprising star at tight end last season and Terrelle Pryor also had a solid week 1 in which he caught for 57 yards. Nonetheless, this is Griffin's chance to show the coaches that he is a legitimate starting quarterback and just like Matt Schaub, his play will be a key to this game.

The Browns managed just 11 points last week against the Packers in a game that Aaron Rodgers didn't even play in. Atlanta is the far superior squad and getting points is a gift.


Free NFL Pick: Atlanta Falcons +2 1/2 -106 
Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

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Oakland Raiders vs Green Bay Packers

Aaron Rodgers "Likely" To Sit Out 
Even though he wouldn't see much action if he played, quarterback, Aaron Rodgers' mere presence in any game has an effect on the way that his team play's as he's the leader. He didn't play last week and the Packers won 17-11 as they hosted the Cleveland Browns. This week, the challenge is greater as the Packers are playing an up and coming Oakland team who defeated the Arizona Cardinals , 31-10 last week.


3-Headed Quarterback
We all know that the starting quarterback position belongs to Derek Carr, but in the preseason, the Raiders go three quarterbacks deep with Carr, rookie Connor Cook, and Matt McGloin. Last week, Cook received a lot of snaps and played well, completing 7 of his 11 attempts for 71 yards. Matt McGloin, who was a fierce competitor at Penn State after the scandal, also played well with 2 touchdown passes. The quarterback position should do Raiders' preseason bettors well as anyone of these guys could start a game in the NFL Regular Season and be effective at any given time.

Last week, George Atkinson III led the way at running back with 5 carries for 97 yards and 2 touchdowns. Don't expect to see this type of production out of Atkinson III this week. Look for a lot more of 1000 yard rusher, Latavius Murray and 5th round rookie, DeAndre Washington. Washington was also effective last week. While Murray should receive more carries, the Raiders won't overuse him for a "meaningless win".

Michael Crabtree could be a player that will be targeted a lot. He's had a lot to prove since leaving the San Francisco 49'ers 2 years ago. Crabtree had a solid 922 yards and 9 TD's receiving last year with the help of Derek Carr. This coming after 2 disastrous seasons and being disregarded. A player with a lot to prove is a player that's expendable and will usually produce such as Crabtree. 


Slimmer Trimmer Eddie Lacy
The Packers are playing for the regular season as they really went the direction of defense in the NFL Draft, but in order for this team to be successful, Eddie Lacy needs to play that way that he did the first 2 years of his career.

Last season, he was out of shape and it showed in his production. Lacy has worked to get in better shape and this could ultimately put the Packers over the top come playoff time, but for now, look for Lacy to see the football, in preparation for the regular season. Last week, he had 4 carries for 24 yards. Although his production could increase this week,  I don't see the outcome being any different as Oakland is the hungry team right now and week 1 clearly proved this point. Oakland is the pick.


Free NFL Pick: Oakland Raiders +3 -109 
Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

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