New England Patriots wide receiver Lil'Jordan Humphrey during an NFL preseason football game against the New York Giants at Gillette Stadium, Thursday, Aug. 11, 2022 in Foxborough, Mass. (Winslow Townson/AP Images for Panini)
KEY DATA: With offensive coordinator Mike Kafka making his play-calling debut, look for Giants first-year coach Brian Daboll to play his starters. New England’s first-teamers saw two series in the first game of last preseason, and the Patriots have replaced OC Josh McDaniels.
INSIGHT: Early data shows the public loving the Giants ML (-136), with 80% of the handle backing New York.
It's playoff time! Whose prediction on the FedEx St. Jude and an NFL Future will be Sharpest?
Outright: John Rahm (+2000)
"Rahm was starting tournaments at +600 outright this time last year and still has the upside of the world's best golfer."
NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year: George Pickens (+2500)
"Pickens has WR1 upside and appears to be 100% healthy (Following knee surgery)."
Top 10: Tony Finau (+225)
"Finau is sizzling, and TPC southwind is a fader's paradise."
NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year: Aidan Hutchinson (+575)
"The hometown legend with the roaring motor will help the Lions actually win something."
Top 5: Sungjae IM (+625)
"He's a great iron player and his game is trending."
NFL Worst Regular Season Record (NFL Specials): Jets (+900)
"Zach wilson is spending more time chasing cougars than practicing>"
New Orleans Saints quarterback Jameis Winston (2) takes a selfie with fans before an NFL preseason football game against the Los Angeles Chargers, Friday, Aug. 26, 2022, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Tyler Kaufman)
Safe Move: Bills (+325) — Defense ranked No. 1 in opponent yards per play in 2021 with NFL MVP favorite Josh Allen entering Year 5 in Buffalo.
Value Play: Bengals (+1100) — Cincinnati reached the Super Bowl despite ranking No. 31 in sack percentage, but the franchise made significant upgrades to its O-line.
Longshot: Raiders (+2200) — Derek Carr threw for a career-high 4,804 yards last season and reunites with college teammate Davante Adams. The two connected on 24 TDs at Fresno State in 2013.
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The Giants and Ravens Both to Win on Thursday: +170 -> +210
Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, lines a putt on the fifth green during the final round of the Tour Championship golf tournament at East Lake Golf Club, Sunday, Aug. 28, 2022, in Atlanta. McIlroy made the birdie. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
WHY WE’LL WATCH: To watch the top 15 players in the world jockey for position in the first (of three) FedEx Cup playoff events. And to see if 20-year-old Joohyung “Tom” Kim can stay flammable.
COURSE INFO: TPC Southwind is known for its tight fairways and sticky rough. With water on 11 holes, even the top guns will be challenged to avoid bogeys – and doubles.
THE FAVS: Rory McIlroy (+1000) is well ahead of Scottie Scheffler (+1500), Patrick Cantlay (+1600) and champion golfer of the year Cam Smith (+1700). Justin Thomas (+2000) has thrived at TPC Southwind.
INSIGHT: More than 16% of our Outright handle is on Scheffler.
BOOST: The Teddy Name a Bet: Scheffler (Masters), JT (PGA C’Ship), Matt Fitzpatrick (Brookline) or Cam Smith (St. Andrews) to win. +375 -> +460
BIG PICTURE: Scheffler is a +200 fav to win the FedEx Cup, followed by McIlroy (+450). Cam Young (+3000) is an intriguing longshot.
Minnesota Twins center fielder Gilberto Celestino lines up for play during the first inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2022, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Abbie Parr)
Twins (+125): Is this the year Minnesota ends its streak of 18 straight playoff game losses?
White Sox (+165): Even if Tony La Russa occasionally enjoys a mid-game snooze, don’t sleep on the preseason division favorites down the stretch.
Guardians (+250): Cleveland still has 14 games to play against the two clubs mentioned above, and starting pitcher Aaron Civale (wrist) has rejoined the team.
Tigers (+100000): Buying a lottery ticket would yield better results.
Royals (+100000): Might as well ask the next person you see for $1 million
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