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NFL Preseason Week 1 Takeaways: Daniel Jones Hype Train, Ravens ATS, Kyler Murray and More

1.The Daniel Jones Hype Train 

For all the grief he took from the moment he was drafted to the numerous and perhaps overblown reports tweeted of his camp performances, Jones did a lot to talk many a Giants off the proverbial ledge as the rookie went 5-5 for 67 yards and a 12 yard touchdown in pre season week one. That touchdown pass capped an impressive first drive which consisted of eight plays, for 73 yards. This will only spur more and more speculation on when the 6th overall pick will unseat Eli Manning.

2. Baltimore Preseason Success ATS

John Harbaugh is a ridiculous 30-15 ATS in his career as the head coach of the Baltimore Ravens. It really is interesting to dissect the differences in head coaches approaches to preseason game as there are a numerous variety demonstrated by these coaches in the way they approach these exhibitions. The Ravens played an extra preseason game last season, appearing in the annual Hall of Fame Game, but the extra work did not seem to mind the Ravens as they went 5-0 outscoring opponents 127-72.

The Cardinals are riding a 4-0

The Broncos are 7-1 ATS in their last 8

The Ravens are 7-1 ATS

3. Kyler Murray Is Going To Be A Problem

The first player selected in the 2019 NFL Draft displayed a brief look at the mobility and arm talent possessed by Kyler Murray in a 17-13 win over the LA Chargers Thursday. The Rookie went 6-7 for 44 yards. It almost does remind you of last year when we saw Patrick Mahomes emerge as an elite passer and rusher and it appears as though Murray may have a similar skill set at his disposal. He will certainly receive more snaps in week two and it will be interesting to see how teams try to defend him and how he deals with the more exotic looks that will surely come his way when the regular season beings, but so far so good in Arizona.

4. Myles Garrett Loves Not Having Gregg Williams

Myles Garrett played just a single series for Cleveland as is customary throughout the NFL in week 1 preseason action however he certainly made the most of it. The Washington line, which ranks in the top half of the leagues offensive lines according to PFF, were called for four holding calls during the series as Garretts speed and strength appeared to be too much to handle. The Pro Bowler his coming off a season where he racked up 44 tackles including 33 solo tackles and 13.5 sacks last season, coming up just a half sack short of tying a 35 year old single season franchise record set by Reggie Camp.

 

5. Browns Fans Want Super Bowl Or Bust

It was hard to miss the noise and excitement surrounding the 2019 Cleveland Browns. From big free agency acquisitions, to young drafted talent, and a deep, talented roster. There is plenty of reason to be optimistic in Cleveland, how optimistic though is up for debate. Cleveland is many sportsbooks greatest Super Bowl liability. Yes, you read that right, the team that has won just eight games the last three seasons and is now entering its second season after going 0-16 has a season win total of 9-9.5 and will cripple books if the unthinkable were to happen. Don’t get me wrong, Cleveland fans should be optimistic about their teams future but they should try and keep it with in reason which is proving to be easier said then done with the personalities this team has.

A jack of all trades, Christian got his start in the gambling industry using a model to predict players performance in daily fantasy sports. Eventually, he used that same model to cross over into NFL handicapping, specifically the prop market and honed his craft enough to cross over from player projections into every aspect of sports Handicapping. He then made the full time move to Las Vegas to become a professional sports handicapper, utilizing his knowledge of all sports including NFL, NCAA, NBA, UFC, and MLB. He's currently the resident #DFS expert on The Sports Gambling Podcast as well as managing editor.

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