Cokin’s Corner, Tuesday 8/22/17

  • August 22, 2017

The college grind continues, with the play count on games for both this weekend and next now up to five. I actually just added that fifth game moments ago. Long way to go before the results can be tallied, but for what it’s worth, I am really starting to like the makeup of this initial 2017 college football card.

Meanwhile, it’s not like I’m ignoring MLB or this week’s NFL exhibition slate. In fact, I’ll use the one pro side I’ve played thus far for today’s free selection.

PATRIOTS at LIONS

Take: PATRIOTS -1

This is pretty simple for me. Bill Belichick has done virtually no game planning for either of the first two preseason games. That figures to change this week at Detroit. It might not be the same as a regular season game in terms of the prep work and game planning. But it’s as close as the Pats will get to the real deal.

The Lions have looked very good defensively in beating the Colts and Jets, but they’re going to get more of a challenge here. Everyone gets up to play the champs, even in a game that doesn’t count. So I’m sure the Lions and their fans will be excited to challenge the Patriots on Saturday evening.

But if the Patriots are approaching this as their dress rehearsal, that’s the side I want to be on, especially with the line being as palatable as it is. I’ll spot the one here and will back New England.

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