The Miami Dolphins vs. Philadelphia Eagles NFL preseason betting game will cap off a week of brotherly love between the two franchises.
- Date: Thursday, 24th August
- Time: 7:05 PM
- Venue: Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Sportsbook Online NFL Preseason Odds:
Dolphins +3 (+105) 42½ (-110)
Eagles -3 (-125) 42½ (-110)
Make way for Jay
Quarterback Jay Cutler made his debut in Thursday’s 7-31 loss to the Ravens. cutler played two series and went 3-of-6 passing for 24 yards, hitting with receiver DeVante Parker on a 16-yard timing route for a first down. “He was good,” head coach Adam Gase said. “We kind of got the tempo going and got comfortable. He had a couple really nice moves in the pocket, pushing up and making a couple guys miss.” He also took hit from Ravens defensive end Za’Darius Smith. “I landed right on my right shoulder and didn’t feel anything,” Cutler said. The home fans gave their new starting QB an ovation, but not everyone is exactly thrilled.
Dude, you just broke Professor Frink’s sarcasm detector! Cutler is expected to play much more on Thursday on the ever-crucial third preseason game. according to the signal-caller becoming acquainted with the characteristics of such diverse players as receiver Jarvis Landry, tight end Julius Thomas, running back Jay Ajayi, and receivers Kenny Stills and DeVante Parker is his most important task. While the chemistry between himself and Parker has been brewing for a while, Ajayi – who saw some NFL preseason betting action for the first time since being released from concussion protocol – thinks Cutler can help him improve as a pass-catcher, given the QB’s penchant for throwing to running backs.
With friends like these
Eagles wide receiver Alshon Jeffery played with Cutler for five seasons on the Chicago Bears, during which they developed an “unspoken understanding,” per ESPN’s Tim McManus. And Cutler for one hasn’t forgotten his erstwhile teammate. The quarterback described his new teammate DeVante Parker as “a faster Alshon Jeffery.” An assessment on which Miami wide receivers coach Mike Groh seems to agree.
Eagles WR coach Mike Groh on Alshon Jeffery:
— Jeff Skversky 6abc (@JeffSkversky) August 19, 2017
“Whatever Jay says, just go with it,” Jeffery said. “I haven’t watched [as] much of [Parker] as when he came out of the draft, but I’m a fan of his. As long as he’s making plays and catching that ball, that’s all that matters.” As for Groh’s evaluation, Jeffery concurred with it “not at all.” Regardless of which he is putting in the time together with quarterback Carson Wentz; both remained on the field at the end of Sunday’s practice to get some extra reps with tight end Zach Ertz. Wentz and the Eagles’ offense got off to a excruciatingly slow start in Thursday’s 20-16 win over the Bills – due in part to the fact that they were without their usual starting O-Line. Though even that can mask the fact that former Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount has been struggling. And while Blount tends to save his A game for the regular season, worn on the NFL preseason betting circles is that the veteran is not a lock to make the roster and could actually end up getting cut.