Del Mar far prettierthan eating pigskin

Aug 5, 2003 4:49 AM

Well it’s back to reality after some beautiful (though not profitable) days in beautiful Del Mar. Now it’s football, so lets see if we can produce some winners with all this information I have been digesting. The home teams are in CAPS.

Thursday, Aug. 7

PATS —2½ vs. Giants (34): Pats well coached and have been very good in preseason. Should have an improved "D." PATS / UNDER.

Bucs +3 at DOLPHINS (32½): Miami 1-4-1 last 6 at home favorite in preseason. No love lost here. Take BUCS in a close game.

Friday, Aug. 8

RAIDERS —3 vs Rams (38): St. Louis 0-4 ATS in preseason last year. Facing lots of question marks. Raiders getting old so better beat them early. Oakland 6-0 ATS in last six home preseason matchups. RAIDERS look real good at —3. $$$

Saturday, Aug. 9

LIONS —1½ vs Steelers (35): Coach Cowher likes to win in preseason but only 25-24 SU. Detroit’s new coach Mariucci (10-17 SU) may want an early win to build some sort of confidence. Both teams should come out firing. OVER is the play.

Colts +3 against BEARS (35): Dungy is 50/50 in preseason (14-14-1), but just can’t back Kordell and Mr. Concussion Chandler. Would pass on this one but, if you must bet, a weak nod to the COLTS.

Jaguars +3 at VIKINGS (38): Jags brand new coach Del Rio, lacks NFL experience and would love a W in the opener. His players really like him. Vikes 0-2 last year as home favorite in preseason. Take JAGS.

Browns +3½ at TITANS (35½): Both good in past preseasons, especially as underdogs. Brownies were 3-1 on the road, 4-0 as a dog and stoked for a big season. BROWNS $$$.

FALCONS —3½ vs Packers (39): Coach Reeves has his charges ready as his lofty 11-2 SU and ATS record indicates. Pack defense is very shaky and QB Favre has many lapses, Packers playing second game in five days will be overwhelmed. FALCONS (BEST BET).

RAVENS —2½ vs Bills (34½): Buffalo 0-4 SU and ATS last year in preseason. Billick’s preseason teams are 11-4 SU and ATS in last 15. Both play good D. RAVENS / UNDER.

Skins —1½ at PANTHERS (37): Spurrier 4-1 SU in his inaugural year. Loves to win and will run it up if able. Fox in first season last year with Carolina was 1-3 SU. Play SKINS / OVER.

Broncos —3 at TEXANS (34½): Denver 12-6 ATS as a 3 or more favorite. Texans 1-4 last year in preseason and should struggle again. BRONCOS.

49ers +3 at CHIEFS (38½): New HC Erickson and entire new staff want to put a victory on the board. Should get it with KC coming back off just five days rest. 49ERS.

SEAHAWKS —3½ vs Chargers (36): Marty likes to play everyone and has no interest in winning early preseason games. Seattle much improved over last year, especially on defense. Look for that unit to stop the Chargers cold. SEAHAWKS.

Cowboys —3 at CARDS (32): I actually laid 1 in this game but now it’s up to 3. Still favor the new Parcells Era in Dallas. Don’t think E. Smith will have much impact with Cards this early. COWBOYS $$$.

Sunday, Aug. 10

JETS —5 vs Bengals (35½): Coach Edwards 7-1 ATS preseason record speaks for itself. Bengals have more question marks than the Mysterians. Lay the —5 and go to the bank. JETS $$$.

Monday, Aug. 11

Eagles +1½ at SAINTS (35½): Saints 1-4 as favorite in last five during preseason. Philly too deep at QB and defense should hold New Orleans down. Take SAINTS.

Preseason record: 0-2.