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NFL Preseason Week 1 Early Games

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Last week's results: Fearless Rick: 0-1; Coin: 0-1

Thursday, August 8

(7:00 pm) Indianapolis Colts at Buffalo Bills (even, 34 1/2) - With a healthy Andrew Luck, the Colts are seeking a return to the playoffs after making it as a wild card in 2018. The Bills are an improving lot. Despite their 6-10 record from last year, they drafted well enough so that QB Josh Allen could be looking at a break-out season. Buffalo's defense was top-notch last year and should be solid, especially in the secondary.

Coin Flip: Indianapolis

Prediction: Bills 20 Colts 10

(7:00 pm) New York Jets (-1 1/2, 33 1/2) at New York Giants - After going 4-12 in 2018, the Jets look to improve with the addition of Le'Veon Bell at running back and QB Sam Darold in his sophomore season. The Jets defense was 4th worse in the league (441 points allowed) last season, so look for lots of rotation when the Giants have the ball.

The Giants were not much better, finishing up at 5-11. Rookie QBs Daniel Jones and Alex Tanney will get long looks here though neither appear capable of upending Eli Manning for the starting role. About as ugly as it can get, this one may be close.

Coin Flip: NY Giants

Prediction: Jets 13 Giants 10

(7:30 pm) Jacksonville Jaguars at Baltimore Ravens (-4, 33) - There are good reasons for the Ravens to be favored here. They're home, they won the AFC North last season (10-6), they have a solid defense and the Jags are one of the weakest offenses in the league, their 245 points scored was second only to Arizona (225) last year. Jacksonville's hopes lie with Nick Foles at QB, though Tanner Lee will see plenty of playing time.

Coin Flip: Baltimore

Prediction: Ravens 17 Jaguars 6

(7:30 pm) Washington Redskins at Cleveland Browns (-1 1/2, 35) - Cleveland QB Baker Mayfield is likely to make a brief appearance here, which is good news for the Browns. The human highlight reel of 2018 is expected to lead the Browns to their first playoff appearance since 2002. The Browns haven't won a playoff game since 1994, when they were the original Browns.

Mayfield has a big task ahead but this game won't matter. Still, the Browns will have the full-throated support of their rabid fans, which will aid in their victory over the Redskins.

Washington will have a full-blown QB controversy this season as Colt McCoy, Case Keenum, Dwayne Haskins, and Alex Smith will all vie for the starting job.

Coin Flip: Cleveland

Prediction: Browns 23 Redskins 16

(7:30 pm) New England Patriots (-1 1/2, 38) at Detroit Lions - Defending champs come back fully loaded, and nobody is even considering that this may be Tom Brady's last season. Tom Terrific won't see much action here, expecting Jarrett Stidham and Danny Etling to get most of the snaps.

We will see how well backups Tom Savage and Connor Cook do against the New England defense, though thats a tall order for backup QBs. This looks like one of the more boring games on the schedule unless the Lions commit multiple turnovers.

Coin Flip: New England

Prediction: Patriots 13 Lions 10

(7:30 pm) Atlanta Falcons at Miami Dolphins (-2 1/2, 36) - The Falcons blew many opportunities in their 14-10 loss to Denver in the Hall of Fame game, mostly because unprepared Matt Schaub was going through the motions after replacing injured Kurt Benkert. It was Schaub's interception in the fourth quarter that set up Denver's winning score. If he's healthy, expect Benkert to see at least a half of playing time.

Miami went 7-9 in 2018 and hopes to improve to a playoff caliber team, though whether they plan on doing that with Ryan Fitzpatrick or Josh Rosen at QB remains a big question. Fitzpatrick is a steady, old hand, but Rosen appears to be the future, which is why Maimi plucked him from the Cardinals.

No Julio Jones for the Falcons spells trouble.

Coin Flip: Atlanta

Prediction: Dolphins 21 Falcons 14

(7:30 pm) Tennessee Titans at Philadelphia Eagles (-3 1/2, 37) - The early moments of this game should feature two of the league's more dynamic young QBs in Marcus Mariota for the Titans and Carson Wentz for the Eagles. After that, it's going to be largely an evaluation game, but both teams have plenty of talent and are eyeing the playoffs in 2019 (Philly made it last season, Tennessee did not) after matching 9-7 records.

Ryan Tannehill will take most of the snaps for the Titans and he's probably good enough to register a score or two. The Titans could have the best defense in the AFC this season, adding some talent via the draft.

Coin Flip: Philadelphia

Prediction: Titans 20 Eagles 18

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