Week 3 charm?

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With the regular NFL season just two weeks away, the big news this past week was the return of the 69-year-old Brett Favre, who was a little late for training camp as his rascal broke down rolling into Minnesota.

This will probably be the last year for Favre (but you never know) as he will no longer be able to get a knee replacement, as Obama-Care does not cover that for people 69 and up. We will cover the Brett Favre saga as little as possible but he is demanding a new rascal before season’s end.

We have two more weeks of the preseason and just one more week until the regular college football season starts; let’s take a look at this week’s games.

Thursday, Aug. 26

Rams at Patriots: Pats seem to be playing with a purpose and this is usually the last week that the starters will get a lot of playing time. Rams just cannot score enough points to stick with the Pats at home. PATRIOTS

Colts at Packers: The Colts usually come to play in week three so look for Manning to get some much needed snaps. Colts have gone 6-2 ATS the last eight years in week three. The Packers won 29-24 last week and now they have played over the total in 10 of their last 11 preseason games. COLTS AND OVER

Friday, Aug. 27

Falcons at Dolphins: Atlanta has covered its last three preseason road games as a dog. FALCONS

Redskins at Jets: The Mike Shanahan-led Skins were a no show last week at home losing to the Ravens 23-3 and the Jets pulled out a tough one 9-3; just can’t find a side I like in this one.

Eagles at Chiefs: Philly is 0-6 ATS in their last six preseason games and even though KC is not very good we will side with them in this spot. CHIEFS

Chargers at Saints: The Chargers have been a good preseason dog and this game looks like it could turn out to be a real close game. CHARGERS

Saturday, Aug. 28

Browns at Lions: This game should be on prime time, since this one is early afternoon I will most likely take a flyer and bet the under. UNDER

Bengals at Bills: Another early afternoon game that I will need to make a play on while I am punishing myself betting Del Mar, I will side with the Cincy if I can take a few points. BENGALS PLUS ONLY

Jaguars at Buccaneers: Jags could just as easily be 2-0 instead of 0-2 as they lost 28-27 and 27-26 in their first two games. JAGS

Giants at Ravens: Raven defense looks to be playing with a purpose as is the entire Raven team. The Giants have some key injuries and really don’t know what kind of starting lineup they will field. At home against the Steelers last week they opened as a -2½ point favorite but the Steelers ended up as a -6½ point favorite and won by seven. RAVENS AND UNDER THE TOTAL

Cowboys at Texans: This is a big game for Houston and this will be the fourth game for the “boys” who really have not been scoring that many points, 17-16-16 in first three games. Look for the Texans to get big win at home. TEXANS

Seahawks at Vikings: First year HC Pete Carroll looks to have Seattle playing, don’t know how many snaps Brett will take but you can be sure of one thing and that is the Seattle defense will be gunning for him just as the 49er defense was after him this past Sunday. I do like Tarvaris Jackson the back up for Favre, but I will most likely pass this one and just watch and learn but if the points go to high I will take the Seahawks.

Titans at Panthers: The Panthers are 0-6 ATS in their last six Preseason games. TITANS

Cardinals at Bears: Chicago got crushed in their first two preseason games and Lovie Smith is not a happy camper. Bears have gone 11-3 over last 14 preseason games. BEARS AND OVER

49ERS at Raiders: Niners put in a big effort at home on national TV this past Sunday getting a big win against the Vikings; they may have a little hangover after that win. The Raiders have gone 5-1 over the total in their last six preseason games. RAIDERS AND OVER

Sunday, Aug. 29

Steelers at Bronco: We will all be taking a little shot in this game. So far Pittsburgh has been playing like a playoff team (forget about Big Ben) and now get a shot at the Broncos who have been playing like this is only preseason.

When GamingToday comes out on Tuesday, one of the first columns I read is Vaccaro’s View, usually on the front page and I do have a lot of respect for Jimmy V and we have been friends for over 30 years.

After reading last week’s column I went out and made a future bet on the Steelers but after reading his view, instead of making my usual $20 bet on Pittsburgh to win the Super Bowl I laid down a C-note and I also made a parlay on North Carolina + 1½ and under the total of 41; but I only made that one for $20 and I hope, too, that after I collect that parlay maybe I can take Jimmy V to lunch at Ferraro’s.


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