Big Al's Daily Angle: CFB, NFL, MLB and NBA Preview

by Alec McMordie

Week 3 of the NFL season kicks off tonight with the Miami Dolphins traveling to Jacksonville to play the Jaguars. Both teams are looking to rebound from losses to divisional rivals on Sunday.

Miami has lost their first two games of the season after losing at home to Buffalo by 31-28 score. That setback came after losing at New England in Week 1 by a 21-11 score. Which version of Ryan Fitzpatrick will show up for this game? Fitzmagic completed 31 of 47 passes against the stout Bills defense for 328 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. But in his opening game against the Patriots, Fitzpatrick threw for only 191 yards while throwing three interceptions.

Jacksonville followed up a 27-20 upset victory at home against Indianapolis with a narrow 33-30 loss at Tennessee as a 7-point underdog last week. The Jaguars outgained the Titans by a 480 to 354 yardage margin but were held back by a -2 turnover margin from two interceptions from Gardner Minshew. Yet the second-year quarterback has been one of the surprises of the league with a 75.3% completion percentage after his first two games with 512 passing yards along with six touchdown passes. Minshew may be without one of his favorite targets in wide receiver D.J. Chark who is questionable with a chest injury.

BetAnySports has the Jaguars as a 3-point favorite with the total set at 49. NFL Network has the telecast with kickoff scheduled for 8:20 PM  ET.

ESPN broadcasts their first game on a Thursday night this college football season with the UAB Blazers traveling to Mobile to play the South Alabama Jaguars for this in-state rivalry in the “Battle for the Belt.” Both these teams had the benefit of a bye week to rebound from a loss. These two teams also will be starting a different quarterback from who began their seasons atop their depth charts. 

UAB has become a regular fixture for Thursday night football after opening the season with a 45-35 victory over Central Arkansas on September 3rd before losing the next Thursday at Miami (FL) by a 31-14 score as a 15.5-point underdog. The Blazers kept that game competitive through the first half with the Hurricanes only up 14-7 at halftime before the superior athletes of Miami pulled away.

South Alabama opened their season on September 3rd as well with a 32-21 upset victory at Southern Mississippi as an 11.5-point underdog. The Jaguars then llost two Saturdays ago on September 12th by a 27-24 score at home to Tulane where they were also 11.5-point underdogs. That result was a disappointment for head coach Steve Campbell with South Alabama blowing a 24-6 lead in the second half. BetAnySports has UAB as a 6.5-point favorite with the total set at 46.5. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 PM ET.

The NBA playoffs continue in the Western Conference finals with Game 4 of the Los Angeles Lakers/Denver Nuggets series. Denver avoided digging themselves into an 0-3 hole on Tuesday with a 114-106 upset victory over the Lakers as a 5.5-point favorite.

The Lakers are 6-point favorites at BetAnySports with the total set at 49. Tipoff is scheduled for just after 9 PM ET on TNT.

MLB has eleven games on the slate for Thursday. The card begins at 1:35 PM ET with the Chicago Cubs playing in Pittsburgh against the Pirates.

FS1 will be televising the Detroit Tigers at Kansas City at 8:05 PM ET. Michael Fulmer takes the ball for the Tigers to be countered by Kurt Bubic for the Royals. BetAnySports has Kansas City as a money-line favorite priced at -168 with an over/under of 9.5.

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