This week we’ll see a lot more time for pro football starters

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It’s a good thing football is right around the corner as the Nevada books are set to take a big hit regarding horses.

It appears common ground could not be reached on signing a new contract for pari-mutuel horse betting. The clock is ticking. The books have already geared up to book the horses on their own.

It is not good for the books or us horse players who always seem to get the short end of the straw. We will no longer be able to bet the 50-cent pick five, pick fours, pick six or superfectas.

The books taking Golden Gate, which recently opened, have already made the adjustment. Some spots are not even booking Golden Gate. There’s still a few days left, but it just does not look good.

Bring on those parlay cards!

As for baseball, it looked like the Pirates were going to fold but they come up with a gigantic win Sunday, taking a 19-inning marathon over the Cards as they keep pushing for that wild card playoff spot.

The AL East has the Yanks continuing to hold a safe five game lead over the Rays and the O’s. The AL Central has become a real humdinger between the “pale hose” and the Tigers. The Rangers hold a comfortable margin in the AL West.

In the NL East, the Nationals look to hold off the Braves. The Reds increased their lead over second place Pittsburgh in the Central. The Giants and Dodgers continue their battle for the NL West.

In preseason NFL this week we will see a lot more time for the starters. Here are some trends I will be playing.

Thursday, Aug. 23

Packers at Bengals: Cincy has gone 5-1 ATS when playing at home vs. an opponent off a double digit loss. Plus, the Pack have played little or no defense so far. Bengals/OVER.

Jaguars at Ravens: Jacksonville has gone 5-1 ATS in their last six Week 3 preseason games. Jaguars.

Friday, August 24

Falcons at Dolphins: Miami has played four straight Week 3 preseason games below the posted total. UNDER.

Chargers at Vikings: San Diego has exceeded the total in five of its last six preseason games. Vikings are 9-1 ATS in their last 10 preseason games as the chalk. Vikings/OVER.

Bears at Giants: The G-Men have gone below the total in eight of their last nine Week 3’s. UNDER.

Seahawks at Chiefs: KC has gone 0-5 ATS in its last five Week 3’s. The Chiefs have also gone below the posted total in the last seven Week 3’s and are 2-15 ATS in the last 17 preseason games. Seahawks/UNDER.

Saturday, Aug. 25

Texans at Saints: New Orleans is 5-0 ATS in the last five Week 3 preseason games and 5-1 above the total in the last six. Saints/OVER.

Rams at Cowboys: Dallas is 0-7 ATS against an opponent off a double digit preseason win. Rams.

Sunday, Aug. 26

49ers at Broncos: With HC Jim Harbaugh the 49ers have played five straight preseason games below the total. UNDER.

Panthers at Jets: Jets have gone 7-1 below the total in their last eight Week 3’s and 10-3 off back-to-back losses. Jets/UNDER.

We have a full slate of college football next week. Finally, parlay cards will hit your favorite sports book. Get your GT early as I will be sending out the college plays in next week’s issue. 

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