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NFL: Need to Know Preseason Saturday Tips



 

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Dallas and San Diego meet in an NFL Network telecast Saturday night, and neither would mind meeting on a neutral field again in early February in Florida, for a much larger prize.



2008-08-08

Dallas and San Diego meet in an NFL Network telecast Saturday night, and neither would mind meeting on a neutral field again in early February in Florida, for a much larger prize. The Chargers are three-point home favorites with total at 35.5 and are searching for a center, with Nick Hardwick possibly until October. Antonio Gates is going through training drills, however appears weeks away from practicing with the team. San Diego is 1-6 ATS in opening preseason games the last seven seasons.

Dallas had to rebuild coaching staff when Tony Sparano left for Miami, taking three other assistances with him. As usual, the Cowboys made off-season news signing Adam (the performer formerly known as Pacman) Jones and made a somewhat controversial selection in the draft, in taking running back Felix Jones. Beyond this, all the major components are in place for another Super Bowl run, with the ‘Boys being 5-18 ATS the first two weeks of the preseason.

Denver looks to rebound after unsatisfying 7-9 season (5-11 ATS) and travels to Houston who has visions of playoff possibilities swimming in their heads after first .500 campaign. The Broncos want back in the playoffs, meaning Jay Cutler has to be more consistent. Biggest news in camp is the booming kicks of Matt Prater will be on the hot seat all season replacing the Broncos' all-time leading scorer, Jason Elam. Prater has wowed coaches, who needed good news, as rookie running back Ryan Torian appeared to be perfect fit for Denver run scheme, broke a bone in his left elbow and is out three months. Sportsbook.com has Denver catching three points and they are 5-1 ATS as road dogs.

One of Houston’s biggest off-season moves was keeping linebacker coach Johnny Holland. When Mike Sherman left for Texas A&M job, most figured Holland would join him, however Holland stayed as he has assembled a solid group of mid-line defenders, led by DeMeco Ryans. For the Texans, it’s all about staying healthy, keeping Andre Johnson and Ahman Green on the field. Coach Gary Kubiak does have depth at running back and a good group of starting players, but like most teams that are building, the reserves are marginal. The Texas are 1-2-1 ATS as home favorites the last four seasons and are 6-2 Over the previous two years.

Other notable information has Washington and Indianapolis playing a second game already. The Redskins were sharp in initial outing under new coach Jim Zorn; with rookie quarterback Colt Brennan the star. Washington is 1-9 ATS at home games off one or more straight Overs and is down to 3.5-point favorite against Buffalo. The Colts saw August record fall to 3-11 ATS in last 14 outings, yet have proven to play with greater urgency after losing by 10 or more points with 10-1 ATS mark in next contest. Carolina will play host to Indy and is 4.5-point pick.

Betting action on Jacksonville has seen them fall from six-point favorites to 3.5, despite being 14-6 ATS the last five years. A possible explanation is the new coach theory in the preseason. New coaches have generally performed well trying to build new programs and Atlanta has Mike Smith at the helm making debut. New head masters are 2-0 SU and ATS to start 2008.


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