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    Friday's Preseason Notes


    Atlanta at N.Y. Jets (NFL Network, 7:30 p.m. ET)

    The Atlanta Falcons will be searching for the final piece of the offensive line charged with protecting Matt Ryan when they open their preseason schedule.

    Meanwhile, many expect the three-man quarterback competition of the New York Jets to last the entire summer. It's been reported that head coach Todd Bowles is in no hurry to make his decision on whether it will be Josh McCown, Teddy Bridgewater or Sam Darnold under center as the starter in the team's regular-season opener.

    The coach said he has an idea of how the Jets will use their quarterbacks in the preseason opener against Atlanta on Friday, but wants to discuss it with his staff before revealing the plan. In fact, there's no guarantee that McCown will even play against the Falcons.

    Falcons

    Head Coach: Dan Quinn
    Quarterback Rotation: Matt Ryan, Matt Schaub, Garrett Grayson, Kurt Benkert (Rookie – Virginia)

    Jets

    Head Coach: Todd Bowles
    Quarterback Rotation: Josh McCown, Teddy Bridgewater, Sam Darnold (Rookie - USC)

    Preseason Coaching Stats

    Dan Quinn, Atlanta: 5-7 SU, 4-8 ATS, 5-7 O/U
    Todd Bowles, New York: 6-6 SU, 7-5 ATS, 4-8 O/U



    Preseason Results - Last Two Years

    Atlanta

    2017 (0-4 SU, 0-4 ATS, 1-3 O/U)


    Atlanta (-1, 36) 20 at Miami 23
    Atlanta (+3, 39) 13 at Pittsburgh 17
    Atlanta (-3.5, 42.5) 14 vs. Arizona 24
    Atlanta (-3, 37) 7 vs. Jacksonville 13

    2016 (3-1 SU, 2-2 ATS, 1-3 O/U)

    Atlanta (-3, 37) 23 vs. Washingtonm 17
    Atlanta (-1, 38.5) 24 at Cleveland 13
    Atlanta (PK, 41.5) 6 at Miami 17
    Atlanta (-3.5, 37.5) 17 vs. Jacksonville 15

    New York Jets

    2017 (2-2 SU, 3-1 ATS, 1-3 O/U)


    New York (+2.5, 37) 7 vs. Tennessee 3
    New York (-4.5, 37) 6 at Detroit 16
    New York (+4.5, 36) 31 at N.Y. Giants 32
    New York (-1.5, 36) 16 vs. Philadelphia 10

    2016 (1-3 SU, 1-3 ATS, 1-3 O/U)

    New York (-3, 36.5) 17 vs. Jacksonville 13
    New York (-3, 38.5) 18 at Washington 22
    New York (PK, 42.5) 20 vs. N.Y. Giants 21
    New York (-3.5, 37) 6 at Philadelphia 14



    Detroit at Oakland (NFL Network, 10:30 p.m. ET)

    The Oakland Raiders and Detroit Lions have practiced together a couple times this week before for their preseason opener Friday at the Oakland Coliseum. The practice was conducted in a controlled environment after Raiders coach Jon Gruden met with first-year Detroit coach Matt Patricia in the offseason.

    Patricia declined to say how much quarterback Matthew Stafford and the rest of the Lions starters will play on Friday. Although he won't be on the field very long, Stafford is relishing playing in a game after mostly practicing against Detroit's defense before the two workouts with Oakland.

    Gruden will be making his return to the Coliseum sidelines for the first time in 17 years. He's produced solid numbers in the preseason during his previous stops in Oakland and Tampa Bay. Quarterback Derek Carr and the rest of Oakland's starters will only play a series or two, with the majority of playing time being doled out to the rookies and fringe players on the roster according to reports.

    Lions

    Head Coach: Matt Patricia
    Quarterback Rotation: Matthew Stafford, Matt Cassel, Jake Rudock

    Raiders

    Head Coach: John Gruden
    Quarterback Rotation: Derek Carr, EJ Manuel, Connor Cook

    Preseason Coaching Stats

    Matt Patricia, Detroit: First Year
    John Gruden, Oakland: 30-16 SU, 25-19-2 ATS, 22-24 O/U



    Preseason Results - Last Two Years

    Detroit

    2017 (2-2 SU, 3-1 ATS, 2-2 O/U)


    Detroit (PK, 35.5) 24 at Indianapolis 10
    Detroit (-4.5, 37) 16 vs. N.Y. Jets 6
    Detroit (+3.5, 43.5) 28 vs. New England 30
    Detroit (+3.5, 35.5) 17 at Buffalo 27

    2016 (2-2 SU, 2-2 ATS, 2-2 O/U)

    Detroit (-3, 35.5) 30 at Pittsburgh 17
    Detroit (PK, 41.5) 14 vs. Cincinnati 30
    Detroit (-2.5, 42.5) 9 at Baltimore 30
    Detroit (-3, 37.5) 31 vs. Buffalo 0

    Oakland

    2017 (0-4 SU, 0-4 ATS, 2-2 O/U)


    Oakland (-3.5, 40) 10 at Arizona 20
    Oakland (-3, 41.5) 21 vs. L.A. Rams 24
    Oakland (-3, 42) 20 at Dallas 24
    Oakland (+2.5, 41) 13 vs. Seattle 17

    2016 (1-3 SU, 1-3 ATS, 3-1 O/U)

    Oakland (-2.5, 37.5) 31 at Arizona 10
    Oakland (-3, 42.5) 12 at Green Bay 20
    Oakland (-3, 40.5) 14 vs. Tennessee 27
    Oakland (-1.5, 38) 21 vs. Seattle 23

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    Penalties plaguing the Jets, and Friday's NFL preseason odds and analysis


    There are just two NFL preseason games on the board Friday night and we dive into the must-know news and notes for handicapping the NFL odds around this pair of tune-up tilts:

    Full Falcons

    Atlanta head coach Dan Quinn told the media he plans to roll out his full QB depth chart for Friday’s preseason opener against the Jets, including No. 1 quarterback Matt Ryan. Last year, Ryan had a quick but effective series in Week 1 of the exhibition slate, going 3 for 3 for 32 yards and a passing touchdown in a loss to Miami. The former MVP is projected to see the same workload Friday.

    Behind Ryan is veteran Matt Schaub, who also played limited first-half snaps in last year’s exhibition opener, Garrett Grayson, and undrafted rookie Kurt Benkert. Quinn really wants to get his rookies some run, so expect Benkert to get the bulk of the snaps in the second half. The Virginia product has a pro-ready arm but his accuracy and consistency are in question. The total for Friday’s game in New York opened at 36.5 but has dropped to 35 points.

    Flags flying

    Penalties have plagued the Jets training camp so far, sending plenty of players to the deck for their push-up punishment. Beat reporters have been blown away by the number of tune-up whistles heading into Friday’s preseason opener versus Atlanta.

    "That's something we'll talk about and have to clean up," defensive lineman Leonard Williams told the media. "It's something we need to work on and be consistent about. It's something that comes with practice."

    New York was called for 119 accepted penalties in 2017 – ninth most in the NFL – equaling 1,035 yards against. Most of those calls came early in the season, and Bowles was able to crack down on calls in the second half of the season.

    The Jets opened as 1-point favorites but have been pushed to -3.5.

    Gruden back in Silver and Black

    Friday night marks the return of Jon Gruden to the sidelines of the Oakland Raiders after returning as head coach this summer. Gruden loves the little guy and is planning to give his third and fourth-string guys plenty of opportunity to prove themselves in the preseason. Oakland is a 3-point favorite hosting the Detroit Lions Friday.

    That means the starters will more than likely sit this game out Friday, leaving plenty of position battles to be settled. One of the tightest fights is for backup quarterback, between Connor Cook and E.J. Manuel. Cook had a great week of joint practice versus the Lions and is listed ahead of Manuel on the depth chart, meaning he will likely start and see the bulk of first half snaps.
    Lions’ share of work

    The Detroit Lions are also debuting a new head coach in former New England Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia. The Lions have undergone a culture change with that championship pedigree holding the clipboard.

    One of the biggest shifts in how Detroit does business is the workload being put on players in camp. According to reporters, Lions practices are running 45 minutes longer than they did last season under former head coach Jim Caldwell. That extra conditioning might be the deciding edge with teams usually not in "game shape" entering the preseason schedule.

    There’s been emphasis on the line work, both offense and defense, and Detroit will look to push the Raiders around in the trenches Friday night. Patricia wants to find a better balance on offense after Detroit ran the ball just 37.04 percent of the time in 2017 – second fewest in the NFL. Bettors should brace for some hard-nosed, downhill running from the Lions Friday, keeping the clock ticking and adding value to the Under 36.5 points.

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