NFL preseason action kicks up a notch

Aug 18, 2009 5:10 PM
Getting Rich with Saber by Richard Saber |

Teams get better with each game

There were some real good games last week, starting with the Hall Of Fame game. The Titans took a safety as time ran out making the final score +3, at the same time affecting thousands of dollars in sports wagers.

I could get into some of the other games but we will just move on with our plays for this week and remember there are just three more weeks until college football kicks off; and let me warn you bettors out there, I have some really good plays coming up for the first week of September.

NFL PRESEASON

Thursday, Aug. 20

Bengals +5 at Patriots 4:30 p.m.: This is one of those games that will come down to which team wants it most and that team is the Bengals. They have always been a good dog in preseason under Marvin Lewis. BENGALS

Eagles +3 at Colts 5 p.m. FOX: This should be a real good game for national television, especially with Michael Vick signed by Philadelphia last week. I would favor the Eagles with the points in this game even off of their game with the Patriots last week. EAGLES +

Friday, August 21

Titans +3 at Dallas 5 p.m. FOX: Another good game in preseason for the national audience but this one looks like a no-brainer, even though the Titans play their third game in just 12 days. I’ll side with them and take the points. There has been no better dog in preseason than Tennessee under coach Fisher the past four years. TENNESSEE

Chiefs +4½ at Vikings 5 p.m.: A new head coach takes his Chiefs on the road for the first time and they will be walking into a hornets nest in Minnesota; lay the points in this game as the Vikings roll. VIKINGS

Falcons +2.5 at Rams 5 p.m.: This is a very good spot for the Rams as they catch the Falcons in the second of back-to-back road games. RAMS

Saturday, Aug.22

Buccaneers at Jaguars 4:30 p.m.: The Jags are in a short week off their Monday night game but they catch the Bucs in a good spot here as TB and their new head coach are on the road once again. JAGUARS are the play.

Steelers at Redskins 4:30 p.m.: Pittsburgh comes off of their Super Bowl rematch with Arizona and may not be in a good mood in this game; look for their defense to control the tempo and shut down the ’Skins. UNDER THE TOTAL

Panther NL at Dolphins 4:30 p.m.: The Panthers are in the second of back-to-back road games while the fish are home once again. Tony Sparano will have his team ready for a good effort. DOLPHINS

Lions +3 at Browns 4:30 p.m.: There is no reason to believe that both teams won’t be offensive minded in this game; look for some scoring by both teams early and late. OVER THE TOTAL

Bills +3 at Packers 5 p.m.: This will be the Bills’ third game. They just may be a little tired on defense, and the Packers have notoriously been an over team in preseason in the past. OVER THE TOTAL

Saints +3 at Texans 5 p.m.: Saints in second of back-to-back road games and this one may not be pretty; look for both teams to score, but the Texans will score more. TEXANS + OVER THE TOTAL

Giants NL at Bears 5 p.m.: This looks like a game you can take a good shot with. Lovie Smith just may want to showcase his new QB Cutler in front of the all loving Bears fans. Lay the points and GO Bears! BEARS

Raiders +3 at 49ers 5:15 p.m.: The Raiders have not been good on the road in preseason the last few years, and Singletary will have his team motivated as always. Lay the points. 49ERS

Chargers +2.5 at Cardinals 7 p.m.: This looks like a great game to take a little shot against the home team. The Cards are off their Super Bowl rematch with the Steelers and the Chargers have gone 3-0 as a dog and 3-1 ATS on the road the last two years in preseason under Turner. CHARGERS

Broncos +3 at Seahawks 7:30 p.m.: Head man Mora will have Seattle ready for a big game for the home town fans as he takes his new team home for the first time. Mora had a very good record in preseason when at Atlanta. SEAHAWKS

Monday, Aug. 24

Jets +3 at Ravens 5 p.m. ESPN: I will be betting this game early when the lines first come out as this game can only go up. Second year coach John Harbaugh and his team have visions of the Super Bowl spinning around in their heads, and beating the Steelers and winning the AFC North. There will be 69,000-plus at M & T Bank Stadium and they will be in an uproar when the steady Joe Flacco takes the field. Bet this game early and lay the points. RAVENS

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