This week’s NFL exhibition games with favorite and total in parentheses.
Thursday, Aug. 8
Jets-Steelers: The Jets plan on using Chad Pennington at QB. Steelers (4Â½, 31) bring their D to the table. Jets 19-13.
Friday, Aug. 9
Jags-Falcons: The Falcons (3Â½, 33) will showcase Michael Vick, then bench him after three series. Jags 16-13.
Bengals-Bills: Drew Bledsoe makes his first appearance in a Buffalo (2Â½, 33) uniform. Won’t play enough. Bengals 20-19.
Lions-Ravens: The Ravens’ (3, 33) non-existent offense shows up, while Detroit’s Joey Harrington and Mike McMahon battle at QB. Lions 13-10.
Raiders-Cowboys: Over-age Raiders try to keep their expensive players in hiding. Cowboys (3, 34) want it. Cowboys 16-10.
Saturday, Aug. 10
Packers-Eagles: Great for a regular season game. Eagles (3, 34) do the dressing, GB still in storage. Eagles 20-19.
Pats-Giants: The Giants (NL) with a game in hand may have an edge. Patriots well set on their lineup. Pats 17-13.
Rams-Titans: The Rams (1Â½, 37) don’t do anything but offense. Titans make amends for Super Bowl from 2001. Titans 23-17.
Skins-Panthers: Washington’s (7, 37) first team beat 49ers third and fourth team. May have different scenario. Panthers 16-13.
Texans-Saints: Houston (NL) in second encounter. Saints in no mood to lose to upstart Texans. Just a guess. Saints 23-12.
Broncos-Bears: Chicago (1Â½, 34Â½) in new digs will exploit newfound prowess. Broncos have many problems. Bears 20-12.
Browns-Vikes: Should be the offensive game of week. Vikes (3Â½, 37) don’t have much defense, but should win. Vikings 23-18.
Chiefs-Niners: Second game for Niners (3Â½, 36Â½). Chiefs have high hopes with Trent Green. Chiefs 17-10.
Colts-Seahawks: The Colts offense comes to play, but for how long? Seattle (3, 37) disappoints home folks. Colts 20-18.
Cards-Chargers: The Flutie-Brees QB battle brings out the San Diego (3, 34Â½) offense. Chargers 23-7.
Monday, Aug. 12
Dolphins-Bucs: Game at Tampa Bay (3Â½, 32Â½) may be for bragging rights of Florida. Sorry, Jags. Bucs 17-16.