Fantasy Football, Betting Lessons from Friday’s Two Preseason Games: The Jets Might Have Two QBs

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Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Sam Darnold

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Let’s take a look at key takeaways for each team that played Friday.

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Atlanta Falcons 0, New York Jets 17

  • Closing Spread: Jets -4
  • Closing Over/Under: 37.5

Atlanta Falcons

Last season the Falcons ranked third in yards per play but 15th in points per game. On Friday night the team continued to display impressive inefficiency: In the first half, quarterbacks Matt Ryan and Matt Schaub completed every single pass they threw — and the team still failed to score. It’s just Week 1 of the preseason, but offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian needs to start turning production into points.

New York Jets

Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater completed seven of eight passes for 85 yards and threw his first touchdown since 2015. No. 3 pick Sam Darnold averaged just 5.3 yards per attempt but flashed during a 64-yard two-minute drive ended with a 14-yard touchdown strike. It’d be shocking if Bridgewater or 39-year-old ‘starter’ Josh McCown, keep Darnold on the bench for long.

Detroit Lions 10, Oakland Raiders 16

  • Closing Spread: Raiders -3
  • Closing Over/Under: 37.5

Detroit Lions

Running backs LeGarrette Blount and Ameer Abdullah combined for nine first-quarter carries, but second-round pick Kerryon Johnson stole the show, playing plenty of first-half snaps and providing the night’s marquee highlight with a 57-yard run that was ultimately called back on a holding penalty. He finished with 67 yards on seven carries and four receptions.

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Oakland Raiders

Third-year quarterback Connor Cook averaged a robust 7.4 yards per attempt and led three first-half scoring drives in relief of Derek Carr. Although Carr’s career performance hasn’t lived up to his current compensation, he’s certainly better than Cook. If new head coach Jon Gruden can coax that type of competent performance out of Carr’s backup, he might be able to work his magic on the starter.

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