Cokin’s Corner, Wednesday 8/9/17

  • August 9, 2017

I’m probably going to be putting the editorializing on hold for a few days. Most of my time is being spent dissecting each college football team, and to be honest, trying to come up with subject matter on anything else and then writing about it is kind of counterproductive. But I’ll still have the daily recaps and free plays for everyone to peruse.

My Tuesday was enjoyable, with winners on the Padres and Diamondbacks. So the week is off to a very nice start. I’m in action on tonight’s NFLx game, I’ve made one CFL play for this week and I already chose one baseball side for Wednesday.

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Today’s free play is on one of the weekend’s NFL preseason skirmishes. This is not on my card yet, but it’s a definite lean at the very least.

LIONS at COLTS

TAKE: COLTS PK

The Indianapolis Cplts would love to put 2016 in the rear view mirror as quickly as possible. That’s going to be easier said than done as this team has some clear issues heading into the new campaign.

Obviously, things are not off to a sensational start with Andrew Luck’s status at least a little bit on doubt for the start of the regular season. However, that might actually be a positive of sorts as far as the exhibition portion of the campaign is concerned.

I like playing quarterback edges early in the preseason, and as strange as it sounds, I give the edge here to Indianapolis. Matthew Stafford is clearly the best QB available for this game, but he sure won’t be on the field much, if at all, for this weekend’s game. That means a good dose of Jake Rudock and rookie Brad Kaaya under center on Sunday.

As for the Colts, they’ll definitely be starting Scott Tolzien. Tolzien might not be the guy you want to back come September, but I have no problem doing so in August. I also like Stephen Morris, who was actually quite good last summer in what was fairly extensive preseason duty. I’ll assume rookie Phillip Walker might get some snaps in late in the game.

The other aspect that has my attention is that the Colts would at least like to set a positive tone with their defense, which was a complete horror show last season. Meaningless exhibition or not, it at least sounds like head coach Chuck Pagano is putting some stress on getting better results even this early. And if that’s the case, I sure can’t blame him. That Colts unit really needs to build some confidence as quickly as possible after last year’s disaster.

I haven’t pulled the trigger yet on this game, but I’ll be looking to likely play the Colts to come out on top this Sunday.