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All I can say after watching some of these NFL Preseason games is I really hope the zebras do a better job when the real season begins.

This week is dress rehearsal for the NFL as most teams will be playing the starters much longer. We will look at some past trends and take some shots. Next week we get college football starting on Thursday, Sept. 3.

Pro Football – Friday, Aug. 28

Patriots at Panthers: Despite being dress rehearsal week the Pats, even with Tom Brady, have gone just 1-6 in their last seven Game 3’s. PANTHERS.

Titans at Chiefs: Kansas City was the hot team last week, bet from +1 to -3.5 in some spots. If you got the +1 or PK you got the money with KC as they beat the Seahawks 14-13 in what was a “hi-diddle diddle caught in the middle” for some books. We will be betting against KC again this week as they have gone 0-6 in the last six Week 3 home preseason games. Worse yet, they are 1-11 SU and ATS playing on Fridays. TITANS.

Pro Football – Saturday, Aug. 29

Steelers at Bills: Big Ben looking real good so far with his limited play. We will see a lot more of him in this game, and Pitt has gone 7-1 ATS in the last eight meeting in this series. The Bills have gone 0-8 both SU and ATS the last eight times playing in their second home game of preseason. The Steelers have gone Over the total in five straight preseason Week 3’s. STEELERS/OVER.

Falcons at Dolphins: The visitor in this series has gone 4-1 SU and ATS. The fish have gone just 2-8 vs. the NFC. We will be fishing here with the birds. FALCONS.

Vikings at Cowboys: This will be the Vikings’ fourth game as they opened things up in the Hall of Famer in Canton. They have won all three so far, including their last two at home, looking very good. Taking any points in this game will be a great bargain as the Cows have gone 1-8 SU in Week 3 the last nine years. VIKINGS.

Browns at Buccaneers: Tampa sent Browns QB Josh McCown out of town. Do you think he will be fired up for this game! Cleveland comes into this dress rehearsal rested and ready as they last played on Thursday, Aug. 20, while Tampa played Monday Night. The “dawgs” in more ways than one get the cash. BROWNS.

Redskins at Ravens: Must take the Blackbirds here under a TD as they have gone 5-0 the last five vs. the NFC, 4-0 SU and 3-1 ATS in this series with the Skins. RAVENS.

49ers at Broncos: This game will be worth betting and sticking around your favorite sportsbook to watch. The 49ers look for some revenge from last year’s preseason drubbing at the hands of the Broncos, 34-0. 

They also were mutilated by Denver in regular season last year, 42-17. The dog in this series has gone a perfect 7-0 ATS the last seven meetings in preseason. The 49ers also come off a nice win last weekend vs. the Cows. 49ERS.

Pro Football – Sunday, Aug. 30

Texans at Saints: New Orleans let one get away last week and our money also went out the window. We will not be chasing but count us in on betting again on the Saints this weekend. New Orleans has gone 7-1 both SU and ATS in their eight Week 3 dress rehearsal games. We look for New Orleans to “brees” to the easy win. SAINTS.

Next week it will all start to hit the fan. All the books will be on fire with parlay cards and those cards give us little guys a shot at a nice score for a $10 bill.

Remember, every week you must get out and make a 10 team parlay for that “saw buck.”

As I always say, “ you just may be walking around lucky and not even know it!”

A Del Mar return?

As we try and beat the books in the dog days of summer this is the perfect time to getaway from the heat and make a trek to Del Mar.

Friends just returning from Del Mar report half of Las Vegas was in attendance to see Beholder’s sterling history-making victory in the $1,000,000 Pacific Classic this past Saturday and American Pharoah’s sizzling workout on Sunday morning.

They also mentioned the centrally located Doubletree by Hilton where they had the pleasure of staying for the first time. Awesome staff, great pool, and perfect location, they gushed.

If football is kind, I’m hoping for a first-time trip to Del Mar one weekend when racing resumes Oct. 29-Nov. 29. You can bet this bettor will be making a great bet staying at the Doubletree, just a hop, skip and jump away from the track.

Richard Saber, a former director of race and sports at the famed Stardust book, is GT’s horse racing and sports handicapper. Follow Richard on Twitter @SabesBet. Email: [email protected].

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