|Written by Jerry Santiago|
NFL football handicapping will see what could be a significant change in Indianapolis on the sports betting board as long time head coaching great Tony Dungy has retired. NFL football gambling had long respected Dungy going back to his days as the head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Jim Caldwell will coach the Colts this sports betting season.
Under Dungy the Colts never made the NFL football preseason much of a priority and they were one of the worst values on the sports betting board for exhibition action. Since Caldwell served in that time as assistant head coach to Dungy and the Colts are a veteran NFL betting commodity there is little reason to expect that to change for the upcoming NFL football preseason.
Jim Sorgi, a 5 year pro out of Wisconsin figures to see a lot of playing time as quarterback during the NFL football preseason as regular starter Peyton Manning rarely gets many snaps in exhibition play. Sorgi threw only 30 passes last year in NFL football regular season action so he will get plenty of work “just in case.”
The Colts are a veteran team and will play a lot of additional backups along with Sorgi. Lance Hart and Mike Ball should see plenty of action this NFL football preseason as running backs as last year’s leading ball carrier, Joseph Addai, will likely get a lot of rest for the NFL football regular season. First round draft pick Donald Brown out of Connecticut should also get a number of preseason carries.
One area of play in which Caldwell is going to want to see improvement is on defense and that will be a point of emphasis for the Colts in the NFL football preseason. One area that the Colts will want to develop is their young but talented corps of linebackers. Phillip Wheeler, a second year man, should get plenty of snaps at linebacker in exhibition action this summer. Second round draft pick Fili Moala from USC and third round draft pick Jerraud Powers will also get a lot of time on defense.
Bet on the MLBGamblers might feel compelled to place their baseball bets on San Francisco. Rival evaluators who scouted the Giants’ offensive work during spring training all left thinking the same thing; pitchers from opposing teams will have to dig deep. Similar to the Kansas City Royals of the previous two years, the Giants are not known for striking out too often.