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Washington Redskins vs. Carolina Panthers   
Play: Washington Redskins     

Skins seem have to brought into new HC Jim Zorn's west coast offense. We will take the points and continue to ride the Zorn express into the cash lane...Find out why they call Sean "MONEY." Sean has a best bet winner going in the NFL Saturday night..

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Boston Red Sox -155

St. Louis Cardinals -145

New York Mets -250

Florida Marlins +150

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Selection: Cincinnati Reds +150

Today the Cincinnati Reds will be on the road as they take on the Colorado Rockies. We will side with the Cincinnati Reds! One reason why we will side with the Cincinnati Reds is because they will be sending to the mound the much better starting pitcher. This says it all... The Cincinnati Reds Starting Pitcher (Edinson Volquez) has a 2.89 ERA in his last 3 starts, while Colorado Rockies Starting Pitcher (Aaron Cook) has a 6.61 ERA in his last 3 starts. As you can see, the Cincinnati Reds will be sending to the mound the much better starting pitcher. In this case, the value is clearly with the underdog (Cincinnati Reds). Take the Cincinnati Reds!

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Play: Jacksonville / Tampa Over

The Jaguars are 3-0 O/U when facing the Buckineers. In week 3 of the preseason, they and there opponents are averaging 37 PPG.Tampa Bay is averaging 45.66 combined with their opponents in week 3.In the lst 3 years, Jacksonville and Tampa when facing each other are averaging 44.66 PPG.The over should be easy.

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The Redskins got a win in their last game 13-10 while the Panther lost their last game 24-13. In preseason 2008 the Redskins are 2-0 while the Panthers are 1-1. The Redskins were 4-0 in their last four 2007 regular season games. And the Panthers were 3-7 in their last 10 2007 regular season games. Look for a solid offense game from the Redskins and a subpar defensive game from the Panthers. PLAY: WASHINGTON REDSKINS

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Jacksonville at TAMPA BAY +2' 

I am going to take the points with the Buccaneers in this one, as they’re playing at home in Week 3 of the preseason, they’ve looked pretty decent considering they’ve been sans the services of veteran quarterback Jeff Garcia. And whether or not Garcia and receiver Joey Galloway play this week – they’re both considered questionable for this week – I see Tampa having a big game tonight against a storied defense. After all, Tampa Bay has received solid quarterback play through the first two weeks while its offensive line has been stupendous.

And with a surplus of signal-callers on the roster, you know Tampa coach Jon Gruden isn’t in a position to keep them all, so this is definitely an audition for one of the cuts for a backup job elsewhere. The reality of it is Gruden is a defensive-minded guy, so no matter who is under center, Gruden will be able to get his offense through Jack Del Rio’s stop unit, especially after seeing how Jacksonville looked in last week’s 19-14 loss to Miami, as the Jaguars were shut out for the first three quarters of that contest.

Take the points with Tampa Bay tonight, as the Bucs win once again to stay undefeated in preseason action.

2♦ BUCCANEERS


Tampa Bay at CHICAGO -145 

I know the success Tampa Bay has had with ace Scott Kazmir aboard the mound, but the White Sox are playing so well right now, I just can’t imagine them blowing a chance to terrorize another foe in a matinee game at US Cellular Field. It’s not like we don’t have our own solid hurler toeing the slab for us. Javier Vazquez has won two straight starts, lasting eight frames in each, while he’s given up just one earned run in both combined.

He did lose his last start against the Rays, back on May 31, when Kazmir opposed him at Tropicana Field. Both pitched well enough to win, but it was the Tampa southpaw getting the W. This time around we bank on the home guy, as he gets his first home start against this team since June of last year, and we all know he shines on the South Side. The White Sox are 15-6 in the right-hander’s last 21 home starts, while they’re on an 8-2 run when he pitches on five days rest. Lay the chalk in this one.

2♦ WHITE SOX

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Minnesota at L.A. ANGELS -140 

Minnesota has come into Anaheim and taken the first two games of this four-game set. I don't know if the Angels have become complacent or if their pitching just isn't there right now, but they got drubbed on Friday 9-0.

We think they'll find their form on Saturday behind the pitching of Jon Garland (11-8, 4.33 ERA). The Angels have lost seven of their last nine but they are still 15-6 at home, 23-10 against winning teams and they are 19-9 in their last 28 meetings with the Twins in Anaheim.

Garland has gone at least six innings in each of his last four, but Tampa Bay roughed him up last time out as he allowed five runs on six hits in six innings of a 6-4 loss. He beat these Twins back on April 1 as he scattered one run on six hits in eight innings of a 9-1 win.

Minnesota's Nick Blackburn (9-7, 3.71) is on the hill and he is just 3-4 with a 4.48 ERA in 13 road starts and the Twins have lost eight of those 13.

The Angels will get to him quickly tonight as they get an easy winner. Play Los Angeles.

3♦ L.A. ANGELS


Washington +3 at CAROLINA 

Washington has won three straight this preseason and rallied for a 13-10 win over the Jets last week to ruin the debut of New York's Brett Favre. Tonight they'll head to Carolina and get the job done against the Panthers.

The Redskins will have the starters play through the first half including QB Jason Campbell who will get his longest stint of the preseason, playing the entire first half. Todd Collins will come in for the third quarter and then rookie Colt Brennan, who has looked good and bad this preseason, will get some time in the fourth quarter.

The Panthers will almost certainly be carefull with QB Jake Delhomme who is their meal ticket. He will start and likely won't go past midway through the second quarter. Then it's a parade of no-names in Matt Moore, Brett Basanez and Lester Ricard. There's no confidence in any of those QBs.

Washington coach Jim Zorn has got this team focused. And even without RB Clinton Portis in the lineup, they can still move the ball up and down the field. Let's go ahead and play them to make it four straight preseason wins. Play the Redskins.

4♦ WASHINGTON

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Washington at CAROLINA

After scoring 30 points in the Hall of Fame game on August 3rd, the Redskins have scored 30 combined points in their last pair of preeason contests.

Carolina scored just 13 points last week in their loss at Philadelphia, and you kind of get the feeling that this game is going to be a low-scoring, defensive affair.

The G-Man will look for the UNDER to be the way to go in this game, as Washington has now played UNDER in 5 of their last 6 preseason games, while Carolina has held LOW in 4 of their past 5 preseason home dates.

With the starters going a bit deeper in this game, expect the defenses to also amp it up just a little with the regulars seeing more time.

Ground possession game in this one, and the LOW is the way to go!

5♦ UNDER

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Cleveland at DETROIT -3 

NFL action this Saturday afternoon, and we will lay the points with the Detroit Lions.

Detroit has looked sharp thus far this summer, winning both of their games straight up, and against the spread.

Cleveland comes to the Motor City off a misleading 37-34 final at the Giants. In that game, the Brownies fell behind 30-3 before mounting their comeback.

While we don't expect the Lions to roar to a 30-3 lead, 383 total yards of offense in last week's win at Cincinnati does bode well for getting things started today at home.

Detroit's defense has allowed just 20 points in their 2 wins, so expect the Lions to limit what the Browns will be doing in this game.

Last year, Detroit was a 23-20 winner over Cleveland as the 3-point underdog. Today we like the Lions to make it 2 in a row in the preseason over the Browns, as the Lions take this one by a touchdown minimum.

Play on Detroit.

2♦ DETROIT

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NFL PRESEASON

Cleveland (0-2 SU and ATS) at Detroit (2-0 SU and ATS)

The Browns try to put one in the win column when they travel to Ford Field in Detroit for their annual preseason matchup with the Lions.

Cleveland committed a slew of errors in falling behind the Giants 30-3 on Monday night and were unable to dig out of the hole in losing 37-34 on the road in a pick-em contest. Cleveland, which has given up 61 points in two games, is still 9-5 ATS since Crennel took over in 2005, including 5-2 SU and ATS on the road, 7-2 ATS as an underdog and 4-0 ATS (3-1 SU) in Week 3. Also, since 2004, the Browns are 4-1 ATS following a straight-up preseason defeat.

Detroit looked impressive in Sunday’s 27-10 upset win at Cincinnati as a 3½-point road underdog, with the offense rolling up 383 total yards. The Lions are off to a 2-0 start for the second straight summer, but they remain in preseason ATS slumps of 5-12-1 overall and 1-6-1 as a favorite. Also, Detroit has gotten crushed in Week 3 the last four preseasons, losing all four games by the combined score of 112-32.

Browns’ starting QB Derek Anderson suffered a mild concussion in Monday’s 37-34 loss to the Giants and will be sitting this one out. Head coach Romeo Crennel said Anderson will play in Thursday’s matchup with the Bears if he’s cleared by the medical staff. Cleveland backup QB Brady Quinn (7-for-12 for 124 yards and a TD against the Giants) will get the start tonight and play into the third quarter before giving way to Ken Dorsey (9-of-11 for 143 yards and a TD).

Detroit QB Jon Kitna has been sharp in limited action this preseason, completing 90 percent of his throws for 182 yards and two TDs. He’ll play the first half tonight and give way to Dan Orlovsky (218 yards passing this preseason) who will play the entire second half with third-stringer Drew Stanton sidelined with a thumb injury. The Lions signed former N.Y. Yankees’ prospect Drew Henson on Friday to be the third-stringer with Stanton out at least a month, but Henson will not get any action tonight.

These teams have been preseason rivals for years, with Cleveland winning four of the last six clashes (3-3 ATS). However, last year in Ohio, Detroit stole a 23-20 Week 2 victory, cashing as a three-point underdog.

Although Monday’s game at New York flew over the total, the under is still 5-2 in the Browns’ last seven preseason road games. However, the over is 4-2 in Detroit’s last six August contests.

ATS ADVANTAGE:CLEVELAND


N.Y. Giants (1-1, 1-0-1 ATS) vs. N.Y. Jets (1-1 SU and ATS)

The Super Bowl champs will try to make it two in a row in front of the home fans when they play their annual preseason contest against the in-house rival Jets in the Meadowlands in New Jersey.

These teams meet in the Meadowlands every preseason in Week 3, with the Jets winning six of the last eight meetings (5-3 ATS). Last year, the Jets rolled 20-12 as a three-point favorite, but the Giants got revenge in the regular season, winning 35-24 as a 3½-point chalk.

After mustering up just 10 points in a Week 1 loss in Detroit, the Giants came home Monday and enjoyed a scoring frenzy, opening up a 30-3 lead en route to a 37-34 win. The Giants, who outrushed Cleveland 201-67, are still just 2-3-1 ATS in August since the start of last year after going 7-0 ATS in their previous seven preseason contests.

Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning was efficient with his passing on Monday when he completed 4-of-7 passes for 52 yards and two TDs. He’ll play the entire first half tonight before giving way to David Carr (7-of-14 for 53 yards against Cleveland) who will play the second half. Carr has won the battle to be Manning’s backup, getting all the reps with the second unit this week with Anthony Wright sidelined for this game with a back strain.

The Giants’ stable of receivers returned to practice this week as Amani Tooomer, Steve Smith and Mario Manningham all came back off injury and will likely see limited time in tonight’s game.

Brett Favre led the Jets into the end zone in his first series with the team a week ago, but they managed just a fourth-quarter field goal thereafter in losing 13-10 to the Redskins as a 2½-point home favorite. Despite the setback, Eric Mangini’s squad is still on a 12-6 SU roll in August (10-8 ATS), including 4-2 SU and ATS in the last six. The Jets are also 4-1 ATS in their last five preseason games following an outright defeat.

Favre, who went 5-for-6 for 48 yards and a touchdown against the Redskins, will get some extended time on the field tonight, going with the starters into the third quarter. The battle to be his backup is tightening between Brett Ratliff and Kellen Clemens. Ratliff is 27-for-39 for 400 yards and two TDs this August while Clemens had QB’d seven possessions and has yet to lead the Jets to any points. Expect to see Ratliff for most of the second half tonight with Clemens getting just mop-up time late in the game.

The under is 7-0 in the last seven preseason meetings between these rivals and 3-1 in the Jets’ last four August contests overall.

ATS ADVANTAGE: UNDER


Washington (3-0 SU and ATS) at Carolina (1-1, 0-2 ATS)

The Redskins have been perfect this preseason and hope that continues tonight when they take on the Panthers inside Bank of America Stadium.

Carolina saw 13-0 fourth-quarter lead disappear in the blink of an eye last week at Philadelphia, giving up 24 points in the final stanza to lose 24-13 as a three-point road underdog. The Panthers have failed to cash in five straight exhibition games (0-3 ATS at home), and they had a four-game Week 3 winning streak (3-1 ATS) snapped in last year’s 24-7 preseason home loss to New England.

The Redskins rallied for a 13-10 victory at the Jets last week to remain perfect in the preseason under first-year coach Jim Zorn. It’s been a surprising turnaround, considering Washington went 2-9 SU and ATS in preseason play from 2005-07 under former coach Joe Gibbs. However, despite winning last week, the Redskins are still only 3-8 in their last 11 true exhibition road games (4-7 ATS).

As with most teams, most of Washington’s starters will get their longest look of the preseason tonight, including QB Jason Campbell, who is expected to go the entire first half. Campbell will hand off to veteran Todd Collins, with rookie Colt Brennan probably mopping up.

Carolina coach John Fox said his healthy first-teamers will see extended action in this contest, but he once again wasn’t specific on his QB plans. Jake Delhomme almost certainly will start under center, with Matt Moore coming off the bench and Brett Basanez and/or Lester Ricard possibly finishing up.

The last time the Redskins and Panthers clashed in the summer was the opening week of 2005, with Carolina rolling 28-10 as a 3½-point home favorite. Since then, however, the Panthers are mired in a 3-9 ATS funk (1-5 ATS at home).

The under is 5-1 in Washington’s last six in August and 4-1 Carolina’s last five preseason home games.

ATS ADVANTAGE: UNDER


New Orleans (1-1 SU and ATS) at Cincinnati (1-1 SU and ATS)

The Saints offense hopes to keep clicking when it takes the field against the Bengals inside Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati.

After a solid 24-10 win in Arizona in Week 1, New Orleans returned to the Superdome last week and gave up 405 yards in a 31-27 loss to the Texans as a three-point home favorite. The Saints have won and covered three straight road games in August, but they’re 1-8 ATS in their last nine summer outings as a favorite, including five consecutive non-covers dating to 2005.

The first-team New Orleans’ offense scored on four of five first-half possessions last week with QB Drew Brees completing 12 of 17 passes for 147 yards and two TDs, but the defense gave up 220 total yards in the first two quarters.

Brees will lead the offense for the first half tonight and will get some chances to throw to newly acquired TE Jeremy Shockey. Veteran Mark Brunell will play most of the second half with rookie Tyler Palko getting some fourth-quarter action.

Cincinnati’s much-maligned defense has surrendered exactly 383 total yards in the first two games. Although it didn’t matter in a Week 1 win at Green Bay, the Bengals were unable to overcome the poor defensive play in last Saturday’s 27-10 home loss to Detroit as a 3½-point home chalk. Cincinnati is now break-even through 22 preseason games under coach Marvin Lewis, going 12-10 ATS, including 7-4 at home (6-5 ATS).

Bengals’ QB Carson Palmer (6-for-13 for 50 yards and an INT against the Lions) will play the entire first half tonight as he tries to get in a rhythm after completing just 50 percent of his passes for 83 yards in the first two August contests. Ryan Fitzpatrick (11-for-14 for 111 yards and a TD against Detroit) will play the third quarter and Jeff Rowe (125 yards in two preseason games) will be under center in the fourth quarter.

In Week 3 action, the Bengals are 1-4 SU and ATS the last three years in Week 3 action, while New Orleans is 2-3 SU and ATS, including last year’s 30-7 rout at Kansas City as a two-point road underdog.

In a Week 2 preseason meeting last year in New Orleans, the Saints rolled 27-19 as a 3½-point home favorite.

The under is 6-3 in the Saints’ last nine exhibition battles, but the over is 5-1 in Cincy’s last six.

ATS ADVANTAGE: NEW ORLEANS


Jacksonville (1-1 SU and ATS) at Tampa Bay (2-0 SU and ATS)

The Buccaneers, possibly with starting QB Jeff Garcia back in the fold, look to duplicate Sunday’s dominating effort against New England when they entertain the Jaguars.

Tampa Bay embarrassed the Patriots on Sunday night, rolling up a 295-184 edge in total offense (170-56 on the ground) and a 15-minute edge in time of possession en route to a 27-10 victory as a three-point home favorite. The Bucs are now 15-8 SU and 14-7-2 ATS in the last five-plus preseasons, including 5-1 SU and ATS going back to last year. They’ve also been tremendous at home in August since coach Jon Gruden arrived (10-3 SU, 8-4-1 ATS).

Jacksonville managed just 42 rushing yards (while allowing 123) in last week’s 19-14 home loss to the Dolphins as a 3½-point chalk. Since coach Jack Del Rio took over the Jags in 2003, the team has dominated summer games, going 15-7 (13-9 ATS), including 6-4 on the road (7-3 ATS).

The Jags have won and covered back-to-back Week 3 games the past two preseasons, including a 29-18 rout of Tampa Bay as a three-point home choice in 2006. In fact, these instate rivals have squared off against each other each of the past six summers, with Jacksonville going 4-0 SU in the last four and 5-0 ATS in the last five.

Garcia sat out the last two weeks with an injury, and although he took most of the reps in practice this week, Gruden said he’d wait to name a starter – as well as the rest of his QB rotation – until game time. Gruden did acknowledge that he expects the rest of his starting units to play as much as a half tonight. In addition to Garcia, the other quarterbacks on the Bucs’ roster are Luke McCown (who started in Week 1), Brian Griese (last week’s starter), Chris Simms and rookie Josh Johnson.

Del Rio has kept his game plan close to the vest the entire preseason, but expect QB David Garrard and the rest of the first-stringers to play into the third quarter. Cleo Lemon figures to replace Garrard under center, though he was outperformed by No. 3 QB Todd Bouman last week.

The Jags have topped the total in 10 of their last 14 exhibition affairs, including five of the last six on the road. Also, the over is 4-1 in Tampa’s last five in August, and the over is 4-0 in the last four meetings between these teams (3-0 in the preseason).

ATS ADVANTAGE: TAMPA BAY


Kansas City (1-1 SU and ATS) at Miami (1-1 SU and ATS)

With their first win of the Tony Sparano era under their belt, the Dolphins return home to South Beach to host the Chiefs.

Newly acquired Miami quarterback Chad Pennington (5-for-6, 55 yards) had an impressive debut at Jacksonville last week, leading a touchdown drive as the Dolphins prevailed 19-14 as a three-point road underdog. Miami is still just 10-13 SU and 9-12-2 ATS in preseason action since 2003, including 5-6 (4-6-1 ATS) at home.

The Chiefs had advantages of 345-215 in total offense and 22-13 in first downs last week against Arizona, but it wasn’t enough to avoid a 27-17 loss as a 1½-point home chalk. Kansas City is now 3-11 SU and ATS in its last 14 exhibition contests, though it did stop an eight-game SU and ATS road losing skid with a victory in Week 1 in Chicago.

Kansas City is 1-4 SU and ATS in the Week 3 dress rehearsal the last five years, including a 30-7 drubbing at the hands of the Saints in 2007. Meanwhile, Miami is 1-3 (0-3-1 ATS) in Week 3 the last four summers.

Sparano said that his “core guys” will be on the field at least until the middle of the third quarter against K.C. and that Pennington is “going to play a good amount,” but added that the veteran QB may hit the bench earlier than the rest of the starters. Rookie Chad Henne will replace Pennington, with John Beck and Josh McCown – both of whom were atop the depth chart when camp began – likely sitting out for the second straight week.

Chiefs coach Herm Edwards said QB Brodie Croyle and the rest of the starting offensive and defensive units will go into the third quarter in this contest. Tyler Thigpen will follow Croyle, with veteran Damon Huard probably remaining on the sidelines for the second week in a row.

Last August, Miami went to Kansas City and scored an 11-10 upset victory as a three-point road underdog. That game stayed under the total, but the over is 5-1 in Miami’s last six preseason home games.

ATS ADVANTAGE: MIAMI


Pittsburgh (1-1 SU and ATS) at Minnesota (1-1 SU and ATS)

The Vikings likely will be without starting quarterback Tavaris Jackson tonight when they host the Steelers at the Metrodome.

Jackson got knocked out of last week’s 23-15 win at Baltimore with a knee injury, and coaches indicated that even though Jackson is improving, they likely will not risk putting him on the field. Despite Jackson’s injury, Minnesota, which suffered an ugly Week 1 home loss to Seattle, looked much better in upsetting the Ravens as a 1½-point road underdog.

The Vikings continue to be tough to figure out in the preseason since Brad Childress took over as coach in 2006, going 5-4-1 SU and 5-5 ATS, including 2-3 SU and ATS at home. However, they are 4-1 ATS as a preseason ‘dog under Childress and 4-1 SU (3-2 ATS) in preseason play in Week 3 the last five years, but the one defeat came last year at Seattle (30-13 as a seven-point underdog).

Pittsburgh went north of the border to Canada last Thursday to face Buffalo and came away with a 24-21 loss as a one-point favorite, despite outgaining the Bills 370-266. With the defeat, the Steelers fell to 5-2 (4-3 SU) in the preseason under second-year coach Mike Tomlin, but they’ve won both true road games (1-1 ATS) since Tomlin came on board.

If Jackson can’t go under center, veteran QB Gus Frerotte will lead the first-string offense, with Minnesota’s starters likely to go into the third quarter. Rookie John David Booty and veteran reserve Brooks Bollinger would finish up at quarterback.

Tomlin said the majority of his healthy starters will play at least the first half in this one, including QB Ben Roethlisberger. It’s unknown what the rest of the quarterback rotation would be, with the options being recently signed veteran Byron Leftwich and rookies Dennis Dixon and Mike Potts.

In an exhibition clash in Pittsburgh in 2006, the Vikings earned a 17-10 victory as a 2½-point underdog.

The under is 9-2 in Pittsburgh’s last 11 preseason games, including 5-1 in the last six on the highway. On the flip side, the Vikings have topped the total in nine of their last 14 exhibition contests dating to 2005, including the last five in a row.

ATS ADVANTAGE: NONE

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Baltimore (1-1 SU and ATS) at St. Louis (1-1, 0-2 ATS)

The Ravens go for their second road win of the summer when they visit the Edward Jones Dome to battle the Rams.

A week after a surprising win at the Patriots in coach John Harbaugh’s debut, the Ravens came home and spotted the Vikings a 20-7 halftime lead, falling 23-15 as a 1½-point home favorite. Baltimore has been a picture of mediocrity in the preseason the last five-plus years, going 10-11 SU and ATS overall, 5-5 SU and ATS on the road and 4-4 ATS as an underdog.

With San Diego’s key players sitting out the entire game, St. Louis stumbled to an uninspiring 7-6 victory over the Chargers a week ago, failing to cash as a 3½-point home chalk. The defense, which got torched for 495 yards and 34 points at Tennessee in Week 1, gave up just two field goals and 203 total yards to San Diego, but QB Marc Bulger was picked off twice.

The Rams are just 4-6 SU and 2-8 ATS in August since coach Scott Linehan took over prior to the 2006 season, including 1-4 ATS at home and 1-4 ATS as a favorite. They’ve also lost two straight Week 3 games both SU and ATS.

Harbaugh has named Troy Smith the starter for tonight’s game, though he has yet to decide who the team’s No. 1 quarterback will be once the regular season begins. Harbaugh said Smith will “play as much as we need to have him play.” Meanwhile, veteran Kyle Boller, who is battling Smith for the first-sting job and has committed three turnovers in the preseason, may not see the field in this one, meaning rookie Joe Flacco will likely be the second quarterback on the field.

Linehan was mum on playing time for his starters tonight, but expect Bulger and the first-string offense to play at least the first half. Bulger’s backups are veteran Trent Green, Bruce Gradkowski and Brock Berlin. Star running back Stephen Jackson, who ended a lengthy holdout this week, will not play tonight.

The under is 4-2 in the Rams’ last six preseason games and 9-4 in Baltimore’s last 13

ATS ADVANTAGE: UNDER


Arizona (1-1 SU and ATS) at Oakland (1-1 SU, 2-0 ATS)

With their revamped rushing offense looking in midseason form, the Raiders return to McAfee Coliseum to host the Cardinals, who are on the road for the second consecutive week.

Oakland followed up an impressive 18-6 home win over the 49ers with a 17-16 loss at Tennessee last Friday, but still covered as a 3½-point road underdog. The Raiders, who have churned out 248 and 224 rushing yards in the first two weeks, are 7-4 SU and 8-3 ATS since the start of the 2006 preseason, including 5-0 SU and ATS at home, 4-0 ATS as a favorite and 2-0 SU and ATS in Week 3.

Arizona bounced back from a 24-10 home loss to New Orleans and upended the Chiefs 27-17 as a 1½-point road ‘dog last Saturday, scoring 21 second-half points to snap a five-game preseason losing streak since coach Ken Whisenhunt came on board prior to last season. Although the Cardinals just 3-4 ATS under Whisenhunt, they’re now 10-4 ATS as a preseason pup since 2003, and they’ve cashed in five straight Week 3 preseason contests.

With the exception of first-string running back Justin Fargas (limited action), the Raiders’ starters are expected to play the entire first half and perhaps into the third quarter, coach Lane Kiffin said. Once QB JaMarcus Russell departs, he’ll hand the ball to backup Andrew Walter. Veteran Marques Tuiasosopo and/or rookie Sam Keller may see action late.

Matt Leinart gets the starting nod for Arizona under center, but backup Kurt Warner, who is pushing Leinart for the starting job, is slated to take over in the second quarter and get reps with the first-string offense. Third-stringer Brian St. Pierre and rookie Anthony Morelli would finish up.

Oakland held off the Cardinals 27-23 as a two-point home favorite last August, improving to 5-1 SU (3-3 ATS) in preseason action against Arizona since 1999.

The over is 6-2 in Arizona’s last eight preseason games (3-1 on the road). Conversely, the under is 4-1 in the last five preseason meetings between these teams, 12-3 in the Raiders’ last 15 August affairs overall and 8-1 in the Raiders’ last nine at home.

ATS ADVANTAGE: OAKLAND and UNDER


AMERICAN LEAGUE

Minnesota (74-54) at L.A. Angels (77-50)

The Twins and Angels continue their four-game weekend series in southern California, with veteran Jon Garland (11-8, 4.33 ERA) scheduled to take the mound for the hosts opposite Nick Blackburn (9-7, 3.71).

The Twins have taken the first two in this series and have won four straight overall, including Friday’s 9-0 drubbing of the Angels, and 12 of their last 15. They’re also on additional hot streaks of 8-1 against the A.L. West, 7-3 on the road, 4-1 versus righty starters and 6-1 when playing on Saturday.

The Angels, in an uncharacteristic rut, have now lost seven of their last nine games. However, they still sport positive runs of 15-6 at home, 23-10 against winning teams, 15-7 against right-handed starters and 5-1 on Saturdays. Also, Los Angeles is 7-3 in the last 10 battles against Minnesota and 19-9 in the last 28 meetings in Anaheim.

Garland has gone at least six innings in each of his last four starts, but he got roughed up in his most recent outing at Tampa Bay, allowing five runs (four earned) on six hits in six innings, losing 6-4. That ended a string of three straight quality starts for the right-hander.

Garland is 4-5 with a 4.05 ERA in 14 starts at Angels Stadium this season and 8-8 with a 4.40 ERA in 27 career appearances (24 starts) against the Twins. One of the victories came in Minnesota way back on April 1, as he scattered a run on six hits in eight innings of a 9-1 victory.

Blackburn has delivered a quality outing in seven of his last nine trips to the hill, including Monday at home against Oakland when he yielded three runs on six hits in eight innings, but lost, 3-2. Blackburn is 3-4 with a 4.48 ERA in 13 road starts, eight of which Minnesota has lost. Also, in his one career start against the Angels back on April 2, the right-hander was a tough-luck loser in a 1-0 game, giving up just five hits and the one run over seven innings.

In this rivalry, the under is 5-2-1 in the last eight matchups and 18-9-3 in the last 30 meetings in L.A. The under is also 5-3 in the Angels’ last seven overall, 16-6-2 in their last 24 on Saturdays and 9-1-1 in Garland’s last 11 home outings. However, for the Twins, the over is on streaks of 6-2 on the road, 5-2 when Blackburn works on the road, 17-5 versus the A.L. West and 6-1 on Saturdays.

ATS ADVANTAGE: L.A. ANGELS

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New Orleans has proven to be a dicey favorite in preseason action, failing to cover in eight of its last nine in that role, including the last five in a row after last week’s home loss to the Texans. But that should tell you what I think of the Bengals right now. They’re a complete mess, both on the field and in the infirmary, with top wide receivers Chad Johnson and T.J. Houshmandzadeh both sitting this one out. In addition, starting tailback Rudi Johnson also will not play, leaving the Bengals – who managed just 10 points against the pathetic Lions at home last week – without three of their four most important weapons.

That’s huge, because the only way Cincinnati wins this game – a game in which the healthy starters for each team will likely be on the field into the third quarter – is to outscore the Saints, who have put up 24 and 27 points the first two weeks while averaging 357 total yards per game. The main catalyst, not surprisingly, has been QB Drew Brees, who has been nearly flawless in completing 18 of 24 passes for 187 yards, three TDs and no picks. Backup QBs Mark Brunell and Tyler Palko have also been very efficient. And when you consider that Cincinnati has surrendered 534 passing yards in its first two games, Brees and Co. figure to have a field day tonight.

Throw in the fact that New Orleans is on a 3-0 SU and ATS roll on the highway in preseason play, and it’s easy to understand why they’re laying a few points tonight. Saints cover with ease.

5♦ NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

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Washington at CAROLINA

Most NFL preseason games are far from being mortal locks and this is in that category as well as either team could prevail but to get Washington as the dog is more than enough for me and clearly the right side

Jim Zorn has proven so far that he wants his team to win these meaningless games. The 'Skins are a perfect 3-0 after beating up the AFC's Colts, Bills and Jets and despite not exactly being an offensive juggernaut are up against a Carolina team that pretty much has zero blowout potential which is always dicey when being installed as the favorite.

Jake Delhomme is back from that Tommy John surgery but so what!?!?! The guy had that very solid Super Bowl season but that's seriously about it. I do not trust the Quarterback at all nor do I Matt Moore or the mediocre at the very very best Carolina running game..

Washington will give you Jason Campbell and Todd Collins today for sure and possibly Colt Brennan and or Derek Devine as well. We're not talking Joe Montana or John Elway but the first two are solid NFL starters and with this game being the one where the first team plays more than we are looking at pretty much a solid QB at all times. Then throw in the fact that Clinton Portis should be good to go and the talented Washington defense and we have the superior team today, even if on the road.

I can totally see Washington improve to 4-0 today and therefore will make a small play on them.

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Both these teams come into tonight’s game having performed fairly well in the preseason over the last few years. The Bucs are 10-3 SU and 8-4-1 ATS in the preseason since Jon Gruden took over the team in 2002.

The Jaguars come into this game 15-7 SU and 13-9 ATS in the preseason since Jack Del Rio took over in 2003, including 6-4 SU and 7-3 ATS on the road.

But the most important stat about tonight’s game is what these teams have done against each other in the preseason. Over the last six seasons these teams have played each other every single preseason. Over the last few years the Jaguars are on a 4-0 SU run and are on a 5-0 ATS run.

Jacksonville will add to those current records and get over on the Bucs tonight.

3♦ JAGUARS

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Atlanta Braves vs. St. Louis Cardinals
Selection: Atlanta/St. Louis Over 9

The Atlanta Braves will use starting pitcher Jorge Campillo. Jorge Campillo has been struggling as of late. In fact, Jorge Campillo has a 7.50 ERA in his last 3 starts. We see Jorge Campillo giving up a lot of runs once again today.

The St. Louis Cardinals will use starting pitcher Kyle Lohse. Kyle Lohse has also been struggling as of late. In fact, Kyle Lohse has a 5.71 ERA in his last 3 starts. We also see Kyle Lohse giving up many runs once again today.

The Over is 18-5-3 in the last 26 meetings between these teams, and we expect to see another high-scoring game today!

Take the Atlanta Braves/St. Louis Cardinals Over 9

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The Red Sox look to build on their 9-4 record as a road favorite between -125 and -150 behind starter Jon Lester, who is 9-1 with a 2.89 ERA in his last 14 starts.  Boston is the pick (-140) according to Dunkel, which has the Red Sox favored by 1.  Dunkel Pick: Boston (-140).  Here are all of today's games.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 23

Game 901-902: Washington at Chicago Cubs
Dunkel Ratings: Washington (Perez) 14.300; Cubs (Dempster) 16.036
Dunkel Line: Chicago Cubs by 1 1/2; 8 1/2
Vegas Line: Chicago Cubs (-350); No Run Line
Dunkel Pick: Chicago Cubs (-350); N/A

Game 903-904: Atlanta at St. Louis
Dunkel Ratings: Atlanta (Campillo) 14.726; St. Louis (Lohse) 14.601
Dunkel Line: Atlanta by 1/2; 10 1/2
Vegas Line: St. Louis (-145); 9
Dunkel Pick: Atlanta (+135); Over

Game 905-906: San Diego at San Francisco
Dunkel Ratings: San Diego (Hayhurst) 14.185; San Francisco (Zito) 15.261
Dunkel Line: San Francisco by 1; 8
Vegas Line: San Francisco (-150); 8 1/2
Dunkel Pick: San Francisco (-150); Under

Game 907-908: LA Dodgers at Philadelphia
Dunkel Ratings: LA Dodgers (Kershaw) 14.616; Philadelphia (Hamels) 16.035
Dunkel Line: Philadelphia by 1 1/2; 7 1/2
Vegas Line: Philadelphia (-180); 8 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Philadelphia (-180); Under

Game 909-910: Pittsburgh at Milwaukee
Dunkel Ratings: Pittsburgh (Gorzelanny) 13.861; Milwaukee (Suppan) 16.221
Dunkel Line: Milwaukee by 2 1/2; 10
Vegas Line: Milwaukee (-260); 8 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Milwaukee (-260); Over

Game 911-912: Houston at NY Mets
Dunkel Ratings: Houston (Backe) 14.823; NY Mets (Maine) 16.401
Dunkel Line: NY Mets by 1 1/2; 7 1/2
Vegas Line: NY Mets (-250); 9
Dunkel Pick: NY Mets (-250); Under

Game 913-914: Cincinnati at Colorado
Dunkel Ratings: Cincinnati (Volquez) 15.492; Colorado (Cook) 14.693
Dunkel Line: Cincinnati by 1; 9
Vegas Line: Colorado (-170); 9 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Cincinnati (+160); Under

Game 915-916: Florida at Arizona
Dunkel Ratings: Florida (Volstad) 15.412; Arizona (Petit) 16.776
Dunkel Line: Arizona by 1 1/2; 10 1/2
Vegas Line: Arizona (-175); 10
Dunkel Pick: Arizona (-175); Over

Game 917-918: Boston at Toronto
Dunkel Ratings: Boston (Lester) 16.459; Toronto (Litsch) 15.547
Dunkel Line: Boston by 1; 9 1/2
Vegas Line: Boston (-140); 9
Dunkel Pick: Boston (-140); Over

Game 919-920: NY Yankees at Baltimore
Dunkel Ratings: NY Yankees (Pavano) 16.443; Baltimore (Guthrie) 16.147
Dunkel Line: NY Yankees by 1/2; 12
Vegas Line: Baltimore (-145); 10 1/2
Dunkel Pick: NY Yankees (+135); Over

Game 921-922: Tampa Bay at Chicago White Sox
Dunkel Ratings: Tampa Bay (Kazmir) 17.044; White Sox (Vazquez) 15.824
Dunkel Line: Tampa Bay by 1; 8 1/2
Vegas Line: Chicago White Sox (-150); 9
Dunkel Pick: Tampa Bay (+140); Under

Game 923-924: Detroit at Kansas City
Dunkel Ratings: Detroit (Miner) 13.543; Kansas City (Davies) 14.060
Dunkel Line: Kansas City by 1/2; 11 1/2
Vegas Line: Detroit (-155); 11
Dunkel Pick: Kansas City (+145); Over

Game 925-926: Cleveland at Texas
Dunkel Ratings: Cleveland (Sowers) 16.206; Texas (McCarthy) 14.669
Dunkel Line: Cleveland by 1 1/2; 13
Vegas Line: Texas (-130); 12
Dunkel Pick: Cleveland (+120); Over

Game 927-928: Minnesota at LA Angels
Dunkel Ratings: Minnesota (Blackburn) 16.941; LA Angels (Garland) 15.594
Dunkel Line: Minnesota by 1 1/2; 8
Vegas Line: LA Angels (-140); 9
Dunkel Pick: Minnesota (+130); Under

Game 929-930: Oakland at Seattle
Dunkel Ratings: Oakland (Eveland) 15.026; Seattle (Washburn) 14.087
Dunkel Line: Oakland by 1; 9
Vegas Line: Seattle (-135); 8 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Oakland (+125); Over

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Boston Red Sox at Toronto Blue Jays

Both of these pitchers have struggled of late and I look for that to carry over into today's game. Josh Beckett was horrible in his last start giving up eight earned runs in just 2.1 innings. Beckett has been shaky in his career against Toronto as well going 3-5 with a 5.95 ERA in 10 career starts versus the Blue Jays. Beckett has been even worse against the Blue Jays this season as he is 0-2 with a 16.71 in two starts. Beckett has given up 13 earned runs in just seven innings pitched in those starts. Jesse Litsch toes the rubber for the Blue Jays in today's game. Litsch is 0-2 with a 5.65 ERA in his last three starts overall. Litsch has a 4.57 ERA and 1.51 WHIP in four career starts versus the Red Sox. Look for both offenses to light up the scoreboard in this one as it sails well over the total.

Play on: Over

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