NFL Betting: NFC Preseason Week 1 Recap

Swinging Johnson

Monday, August 12, 2013 1:40 PM GMT

Monday, Aug. 12, 2013 1:40 PM GMT

The opening week of the NFL season is in the books but what transpired that may give us an edge in our NFL picks going forward?

NFC East

Dallas Cowboys - The Boyz forced only 16 turnovers last season but this preseason is already signaling a new era as Dallas has four in their first two preseason games. Sean Lee is back after recovering from a toe injury that sidelined him for the final 10 games last season and he has made an immediate impact.

NY Giants - Manning to Cruz - together again. Both offensive stalwarts were in perfect harmony as Peyton's little brother lofted a dandy to a striding Victor Cruz for a 57-yard strike.

Philadelphia Eagles - Andy Reid's long reign in Philly is over and the up-tempo offense of Chip Kelly has arrived. Unfortunately his debut was a loss to the Patriots. More importantly, the starting QB job is still very much in the air as Vick and Noles were fairly even in round one.

Washington Redskins - If you were amongst those who shook your head in disbelief when the 'Skins drafted Kirk Cousins in the 4th round of the 2012 draft, you my friend, are not alone. But after watching him in four games last year and in the first exhibition game, I'm convinced he's the best backup in the NFL. Can you say trade bait?

NFC North

Chicago Bears - Same old story in Chi-Town, defensive line looks solid while the offensive line looks like a liquid. Cutler better utilize his talented running back Matt Forte more often because his O-line is going to get him killed in the pocket.

Detroit Lions - The nomadic Reggie Bush is now in a Lions uniform and had a nifty run in limited action against the Jets while Detroit's first-round pick (5th overall) defensive end Ezekiel Ansah snagged an interception and looked like a readymade NFL defensive lineman.

Green Bay Packers - Not much to report other than they were shutout 17-0 by the Cardinals. The offensive tackles had a few issues and backup Graham Harrell may be losing his grip on the backup job with poor play and the arrival of Vince Young in camp.

Minnesota Vikings - The Vikes bowed to the Texans 27-13 at home but rookie first-rounder Cordarrelle Patterson had a sweet kickoff return that he almost took to the house and added four catches for 54 yards. He could be a monster for our upcoming NFL picks in the props dept.

NFC South

Atlanta Falcons - Nobody will remember that the Falcons got blown out 34-10 in the preseason opener but Falcon fans will be bemoaning the loss of starting right tackle Mike Johnson who was lost for the season in Tuesday's practice with both an ankle and leg injury. Will this affect the NFL odds regarding the Falcons at all?

Carolina Panthers - The Panthers scored a 24-17 victory over the Bears and sophomore cornerback Josh Norman didn't hurt himself by collecting two interceptions.

New Orleans Saints - The Bounty Hunter Sean Payton is back roaming the sidelines and third-year man Preston Parker hauled in two TD's. Fifth-round pick Kenny Stills may be another weapon for Drew Brees this year if he continues to scorch the earth with his blazing routes.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Darrelle Revis is still nursing a bum knee but when he gets back into the lineup and puts that brand new Bucs jersey on, this defense might get interesting.

NFC West

Arizona Cardinals - New Cardinals field marshal Carson Palmer looked like a definite upgrade over Arizona's musical chairs at quarterback last season. Fitzy should benefit big time.

San Francisco 49'ers - Second-round pick Vance McDonald looked like the consummate tight end in his debut but first-rounder A.J. Jenkins had issues holding on to the ball in Frisco's 10-6 loss to Denver.

Seattle Seahawks - Tavaris Jackson was rock solid in Seattle's 31-10 win over the Chargers. The backup job is still up for grabs but Jackson has leapt out in front of rival Brady Quinn

St. Louis Rams - The biggest issue for the Rams last week was not losing to the Browns, though a loss to Cleveland hurts anytime of the year, but rather that the injury prone right tackle Rodger Saffold dislocated his shoulder and will be on the shelf for much of the preseason.

Don't forget about the chain of events that unfolded in the AFC and what we can learn from them~

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