Lions spank Pats 40-9, Thurs NFLX Preview, MLB News and Notes, Coaches pick Murray over Manziel, Stadler leads at Barclays + Thursday Recap: Friday, August 23, 2013

Detroit drills New England, Panther defense shines

I last night’s NFL preseason action, the New England Patriot’s traveled to Ford’s Field in Detroit for their dress rehearsal and got mauled by the Lions 40-9. Detroit led 16-3 at half and dominated in the second half battle of reserves. The Pats scored a window dressing touchdown with 32 seconds left to sent the Over (46) bettors home happy. Mather Stafford was 12-25 for 166 yards and a score. Reggie Bush had five catches for 105 yards. Tom Brady was 16-24 and 185 yards with a pick in his half of work.

It’s pretty hard to scored 34 points without an offensive touchdown but that’s exactly what happened in the Carolina Panther’s 34-27 win over Baltimore. Carolina has a punt return, two interception returns and a fumble return for 28 points. Cam Newton was 10-19 for 99 yards and played deep into the third quarter. Joe Flacco was 16-24 for 185 yards and a touchdown but also threw two costly picks and gave up a fumble deep in his own territory after a sack.

Seahawks/Packers and Bears/Raiders are Friday NFLX spotlight

Just two games on tonight’s NFL schedule. Seattle straps it up at Green Bay in the early 8:00 PM EST start. The number hasn’t changed off the opener, Green Bay -2 1/2 with the total 43. Gorgeous weather in Wisconsin …. watch and win ob CBS.

In the 10:00 PM EST finale, the Bears are up a full point to -4 1/2 over Oakland …. the total holding steady at 38 1/2. There is no rain in the forecast with winds 8-15 and the game time temperature is predicted to be 69.

MLB News and Notes

Ryan Braun released a rambling 749 word statement detailing his use of performance enhancing drugs. Many feel that th satement, released by the club, falls very short of what Braun needed to do to rehabilitate his reputation. Many feel that the move was just outright chickenshit. You can read the statement by clicking here.

Murray gets early coaches nod as SEC first-team QB

Apparently the coaches in the SEC have been watching the off-season antics of returning Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel. The Texas A&M signal caller was only voted second on the coach’s preseason All-SEC team behind Georgia’s Aaron Murray. A.J. McCarron, the returning quarterback on the defending national champion Alabama Crimson Tide, was voted third team.

Kevin Stadler leads after 18 holes at Barclays

Kevin Stadler is the early leader after one round of The Barclays in Jersey City, New Jersey. The Barclays id the first event in the chase for the Fed Ex Cup. Stadler, Craig “The Walrus” Stadler’s son, shot a 7-under 64. Tiger Woods was three back after a 67. Other notables were Jason Day (66), Matt Kuchar (66) and Luke Donald (67). Phil Mickelson was even at 71 and even through 11 holes after an early start on Friday.

Free Play

(MLB) Kansas City (Chen) +108 Washington (G. Gonzalez) (Friday, August 23, 8:05 PM EST)