2006 Season NFL Football Past Picks
August 19, 2006
This pick was released to clients on July 30, 2012 at 7:57PM ET.
New York at Washington
Saturday 08/19 08:00 PM Eastern
3 units on New York +3 (-110) (risk 3 to return 5.73) RESULT: win
2 units on Game Total OVER 34 -110 (risk 2 to return 3.82) RESULT: win
Both of these teams are off weak opening performances. They both managed just 3 points. Joe Gibbs, like his star running back Clinton Portis, is probably already wishing the preseason was over. Portis hurt himself and later derided the NFL for having 4 preseason games. Without Portis, Washington can't move the ball very well (managed 30 yards rushing last game). New York knows they need to play starters and get some good production going. Despite getting just 3 points, the Jets Quarterbacks looked good. Chad Pennington was 9 of 14 and rookie Kellen Clemens was 10 of 14. I expect more production from the Jets who need to take this game seriously. After a 4-win season, with all the concern over their starting QB position, starting off 0-2 with another bad offensive performance would be horrible in New York as the media and fans would start in and not let up. Jets players and coaches know this. Washington's situation isn't as dire as many are predicting them to win the tough NFC East. Another loss for them isn't nearly as bad. New York is more motivated here and that's what the preseason is all about. Throw in the fact that Joe Gibbs is now 4-6 in preseason games since his return and we have a live motivated underdog in the Jets. This total is set low thanks to the six total points scored by these teams last week. Great opportunity for the OVER as both teams should open up and score more. Both offenses have been trying extra hard this week because despite it being a preseason game, no one likes to go out and lay an egg. Take the OVER here too.