NFL: Sunday Game Notes and Previews

NFL: Sunday Game Notes and Previews

San Francisco 49ers vs. New Orleans Saints

Oddsmakers currently have the Saints listed as 5-point favorites versus the 49ers, while the game's total is sitting at 48½.

The 49ers defeated Detroit 31-13 as a 5-point favorite on Sunday. The combined score fell UNDER the posted over/under total (47).

J.T. O'Sullivan passed for 189 yards with a pair of touchdowns for San Francisco, while Frank Gore rushed for 130 yards on 27 carries with a touchdown in the win.

The Saints lost to Denver 34-32 as a 5.5-point underdog in Week 3. The combined score went OVER the posted over/under total (52).

Drew Brees passed for 421 yards with a touchdown for New Orleans, while Bush rushed for 73 yards with a touchdown on 18 carries and caught 11 passes for 75 yards with a touchdown.

Current streak:
San Francisco has won 2 straight games.
New Orleans has lost 2 straight games.

Team records:
San Francisco: 2-1 SU, 2-1 ATS
New Orleans: 1-2 SU, 2-1 ATS

San Francisco most recently:
When playing in September are 5-5
When playing on turf are 5-5
After outgaining opponent are 7-3
When playing outside the division are 3-7

New Orleans most recently:
When playing in September are 4-6
When playing on turf are 6-4
After outgaining opponent are 3-7
When playing outside the division are 4-6

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of San Francisco's last 8 games when playing on the road against New Orleans
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of San Francisco's last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of San Francisco's last 7 games when playing New Orleans
San Francisco is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of New Orleans's last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of New Orleans's last 5 games at home
New Orleans is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against San Francisco
New Orleans is 9-2 ATS in its last 11 games when playing San Francisco

Next up:
San Francisco home to New England, Sunday, October 5
New Orleans home to Minnesota, Monday, October 6


Minnesota Vikings vs. Tennessee Titans

Oddsmakers currently have the Titans listed as 3-point favorites versus the Vikings, while the game's total is sitting at 36.

The Vikings defeated Carolina 20-10 as a 3-point favorite in Week 3. The combined score fell UNDER the posted over/under total (37.5).

Gus Frerotte passed for 204 yards with a touchdown and an interception for Minnesota, while Antoine Winfield returned a fumble 19 yards for a touchdown.

The Titans defeated Houston 31-12 as a 5-point favorite in Week 3. The combined score went OVER the posted over/under total (40).

LenDale White recorded a pair of rushing touchdowns for Tennessee, while Kerry Collins passed for 189 yards with a touchdown and an interception in the win.

Current streak:
Tennessee has won 3 straight games.

Team records:
Minnesota: 1-2 SU, 1-2 ATS
Tennessee: 3-0 SU, 3-0 ATS

Minnesota most recently:
When playing in September are 4-6
When playing on grass are 2-8
After outgaining opponent are 4-6
When playing outside the division are 5-5

Tennessee most recently:
When playing in September are 5-5
When playing on grass are 6-4
After outgaining opponent are 5-5
When playing outside the division are 5-5

A few trends to consider:
Minnesota is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Tennessee
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Minnesota's last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Minnesota's last 10 games on the road
Minnesota is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Tennessee
Tennessee is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Tennessee's last 6 games
Tennessee is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
Tennessee is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games

Next up:
Minnesota at New Orleans, Monday, October 6
Tennessee at Baltimore, Sunday, October 5


Green Bay Packers vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Odds aren't yet posted for this game, so check back later for the opening line and total.

The Packers lost to Dallas 27-16 as a 3-point underdog in Week 3. The combined score fell UNDER the posted over/under total (51).

Aaron Rodgers threw for 290 yards with a TD run for Green Bay, while Greg Jennings hauled in eight passes for 115 yards.

The Buccaneers defeated Chicago 27-24 in overtime as a 3-point underdog in Week 3. The combined score went OVER the posted over/under total (35).

Brian Griese passed for 407 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions for Tampa Bay and Antonio Bryant caught 10 passes for 138 yards.

Current streak:
Tampa Bay has won 2 straight games.

Team records:
Green Bay: 2-1 SU, 2-1 ATS
Tampa Bay: 2-1 SU, 2-1 ATS

Green Bay most recently:
When playing in September are 7-3
When playing on grass are 7-3
After being outgained are 7-3
When playing outside the division are 7-3

Tampa Bay most recently:
When playing in September are 5-5
When playing on grass are 5-5
After outgaining opponent are 5-5
When playing outside the division are 4-6

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Green Bay's last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Green Bay's last 7 games when playing Tampa Bay
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Green Bay's last 6 games on the road
Green Bay is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Tampa Bay's last 7 games when playing Green Bay
Tampa Bay is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Green Bay
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Tampa Bay's last 5 games when playing at home against Green Bay
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Tampa Bay's last 9 games

Next up:
Green Bay home to Atlanta, Sunday, October 5
Tampa Bay at Denver, Sunday, October 5


Cleveland Browns vs. Cincinnati Bengals

Oddsmakers currently have the Bengals listed as 3½-point favorites versus the Browns, while the game's total is sitting at 45.

The Browns lost to Baltimore 28-10 as a 2.5-point underdog in Week 3. The combined score fell UNDER the posted over/under total (37).

Derek Anderson threw for 125 yards with a touchdown and three interceptions for Cleveland and Braylon Edwards caught three passes for 27 yards.

The Bengals lost to the Giants 26-23 in overtime as a 13-point underdog in Week 3. The combined score went OVER the posted over/under total (42.5).

Carson Palmer passed for 286 yards with a touchdown for Cincinnati, while Chris Perry rushed for 74 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries.

Current streak:
Cleveland has lost 3 straight games.
Cincinnati has lost 3 straight games.

Team records:
Cleveland: 0-3 SU, 1-2 ATS
Cincinnati: 0-3 SU, 1-2 ATS

Cleveland most recently:
When playing in September are 2-8
When playing on turf are 4-6
After being outgained are 6-4
When playing within the division are 3-7

Cincinnati most recently:
When playing in September are 5-5
When playing on turf are 4-6
After being outgained are 4-6
When playing within the division are 5-5

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Cleveland's last 9 games
Cleveland is 13-5 ATS in its last 18 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Cleveland's last 9 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Cleveland's last 6 games when playing Cincinnati
Cincinnati is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing Cleveland
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Cincinnati's last 6 games at home
Cincinnati is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Cleveland
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Cincinnati's last 9 games

Next up:
Cleveland home to NY Giants, Monday, October 13
Cincinnati at Dallas, Sunday, October 5


Houston Texans vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

Oddsmakers currently have the Jaguars listed as 7-point favorites versus the Texans, while the game's total is sitting at 43.

The Texans lost to Tennessee 31-12 as a 5-point underdog in Week 3 The combined score went OVER the posted over/under total (40).

Matt Schaub threw for 188 yards with three interceptions for Houston and Steve Slaton rushed for 116 yards on 16 carries with a touchdown.

The Jaguars defeated Indianapolis 23-21 as a 4-point underdog in Week 3. The combined score went OVER the posted over/under total (42).

Fred Taylor rushed for 121 yards on 26 carries for Jacksonville, while Maurice Jones-Drew racked up 107 rushing yards and a touchdown on 10 carries.

Current streak:
Houston has lost 2 straight games.

Team records:
Houston: 0-2 SU, 0-2 ATS
Jacksonville: 1-2 SU, 1-2 ATS

Houston most recently:
When playing in September are 2-8
When playing on grass are 5-5
After being outgained are 4-6
When playing within the division are 3-7

Jacksonville most recently:
When playing in September are 6-4
When playing on grass are 7-3
After outgaining opponent are 7-3
When playing within the division are 4-6

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Houston's last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Houston's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Houston's last 5 games when playing on the road against Jacksonville
Houston is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games when playing Jacksonville
Jacksonville is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 12 of Jacksonville's last 15 games
Jacksonville is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Jacksonville's last 5 games at home

Next up:
Houston home to Indianapolis, Sunday, October 5
Jacksonville home to Pittsburgh, Sunday, October 5


Denver Broncos vs. Kansas City Chiefs

Oddsmakers currently have the Broncos listed as 10-point favorites versus the Chiefs, while the game's total is sitting at 47.

The Broncos defeated New Orleans 34-32 as a 5.5-point underdog in Week 3. The combined score went OVER the posted over/under total (52).

Jay Culter passed for 263 yards with a pair of touchdowns and an interception for Denver, while Brandon Marshall caught six passes for 155 yards with a touchdown in the win.

The Chiefs lost to Atlanta 38-14 as a 6.5-point underdog in Week 3. The combined score went OVER the posted over/under total (37).

Larry Johnson rushed for 121 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries for Kansas City, while Tyler Thigpen passed for 128 yards with a touchdown and three interceptions.

Current streak:
Denver has won 3 straight games.
Kansas City has lost 3 straight games.

Team records:
Denver: 3-0 SU, 1-1-1 ATS
Kansas City: 0-3 SU, 1-2 ATS

Denver most recently:
When playing in September are 7-3
When playing on grass are 6-4
After being outgained are 4-6
When playing within the division are 5-5

Kansas City most recently:
When playing in September are 2-8
When playing on grass are 2-8
After being outgained are 2-8
When playing within the division are 4-6

A few trends to consider:
Denver is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Denver's last 12 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Denver's last 8 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Denver's last 7 games when playing on the road against Kansas City
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Kansas City's last 5 games
Kansas City is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Denver
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Kansas City's last 7 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Kansas City's last 7 games when playing at home against Denver

Next up:
Denver home to Tampa Bay, Sunday, October 5
Kansas City at Carolina, Sunday, October 5


Atlanta Falcons vs. Carolina Panthers

Oddsmakers currently have the Panthers listed as 7-point favorites versus the Falcons, while the game's total is sitting at 39½.

The Falcons defeated 38-14 as a 6.5-point favorite in Week 3. The combined score went OVER the posted over/under total (37).

Michael Turner rushed for 104 yards and three touchdowns on 23 carries for Atlanta, while Matt Ryan threw for 192 yards with a touchdown in the win.

The Panthers lost to Minnesota 20-10 as a 3-point underdog in Week 3. The combined score fell UNDER the posted over/under total (37.5).

Jake Delhomme was sacked five time with passing for 191 yards for Carolina and Jonathan Stewart rushed for 15 yards in seven carries with a touchdown.

Team records:
Atlanta: 2-1 SU, 2-1 ATS
Carolina: 2-1 SU, 1-1-1 ATS

Atlanta most recently:
When playing in September are 5-5
When playing on grass are 4-6
After outgaining opponent are 3-7
When playing within the division are 2-8

Carolina most recently:
When playing in September are 5-5
When playing on grass are 5-5
After being outgained are 5-5
When playing within the division are 7-3

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Atlanta's last 5 games when playing on the road against Carolina
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Atlanta's last 10 games
Atlanta is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Atlanta's last 14 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Carolina's last 5 games when playing at home against Atlanta
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Carolina's last 8 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Carolina's last 10 games when playing Atlanta
The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Carolina's last 16 games

Next up:
Atlanta at Green Bay, Sunday, October 5
Carolina home to Kansas City, Sunday, October 5


Arizona Cardinals vs. New York Jets

Oddsmakers currently have the Jets listed as 1-point favorites versus the Cardinals, while the game's total is sitting at 45.

The Cardinals lost to Washington 24-17 as a 3-point underdog in Week 3. The combined score fell UNDER the posted over/under total (43.5).

Kurt Warner pasted for 192 yards with two touchdowns and an interception for Arizona, while Larry Fitzgerald hauled in seven passes for 109 yards with a touchdown.

Brett Favre was 30-for-42 for 271 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions for New York in its 48-29 loss to San Diego in Week 3 action on Monday night.

San Diego covered as 9-point home favorites as the teams played over the 42-point total posted by oddsmakers.

Current streak:
New York has lost 2 straight games.

Team records:
Arizona: 2-1 SU, 2-1 ATS
New York: 1-2 SU, 1-2 ATS

Arizona most recently:
When playing in September are 5-5
When playing on turf are 3-7
After being outgained are 6-4
When playing outside the division are 5-5

New York most recently:
When playing in September are 4-6
When playing on turf are 2-8
After being outgained are 2-8
When playing outside the division are 2-8

A few trends to consider:
Arizona is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Arizona's last 11 games
The total has gone OVER in 10 of Arizona's last 14 games on the road
Arizona is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of the NY Jets last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of the NY Jets last 7 games at home
NY Jets are 2-5 SU in their last 7 games at home
NY Jets are 4-12 SU in their last 16 games

Next up:
Arizona home to Buffalo, Sunday, October 5
NY Jets home to Cincinnati, Sunday, October 12


San Diego Chargers vs. Oakland Raiders

Oddsmakers currently have the Chargers listed as 8-point favorites versus the Raiders, while the game's total is sitting at 45½.

Philip Rivers went 19-for-25 for 250 yards with three touchdowns and an interception, as the Chargers pounded the Jets 48-29 in Week 3 action on Monday night.

San Diego covered as 9-point home favorites as the teams played over the 42-point total posted by oddsmakers.

The Raiders lost to Buffalo 24-23 as a 10-point underdog in Week 3. The combined score went OVER the posted over/under total (37.5).

JaMarcus Russell completed 9-of-19 passes for 156 yards with a touchdown pass and a TD run for Oakland, while Johnnie Lee Higgins hauled in only one pass, but it was a 84-yard touchdown.

Team records:
San Diego: 1-2 SU, 1-1-1 ATS
Oakland: 1-2 SU, 2-1 ATS

San Diego most recently:
When playing in September are 5-5
When playing on grass are 8-2
After outgaining opponent are 9-1
When playing within the division are 8-2

Oakland most recently:
When playing in September are 3-7
When playing on grass are 3-7
After being outgained are 3-7
When playing within the division are 3-7

A few trends to consider:
San Diego is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Oakland
San Diego is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Oakland
San Diego is 9-1 ATS in its last 10 games when playing Oakland
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of San Diego's last 7 games when playing Oakland
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Oakland's last 7 games when playing San Diego
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Oakland's last 5 games
Oakland is 8-16 ATS in its last 24 games
Oakland is 2-10 ATS in its last 12 games at home

Next up:
San Diego at Miami, Sunday, October 5
Oakland at New Orleans, Sunday, October 12


Buffalo Bills vs. St. Louis Rams

Oddsmakers currently have the Bills listed as 8½-point favorites versus the Rams, while the game's total is sitting at 43.

The Bills edged Oakland 24-23 as a 10-point favorite in Week 3. The combined score went OVER the posted over/under total (37.5).

Trent Edwards passed for 279 yards with a touchdown and an interception for Buffalo, while Marshawn Lynch rushed for 83 yards with a pair of touchdowns on 23 carries.

The Rams lost to Seattle 37-13 as an 8-point underdog in Week 3. The combined score went OVER the posted over/under total (44.5).

Marc Bulger passed for 172 yards with a touchdown for St. Louis and Stephen Jackson rushed for 66 yards on 23 carries.

Current streak:
Buffalo has won 3 straight games.
St. Louis has lost 3 straight games.

Team records:
Buffalo: 3-0 SU, 2-1 ATS
St. Louis: 0-3 SU, 0-3 ATS

Buffalo most recently:
When playing in September are 5-5
When playing on turf are 7-3
After outgaining opponent are 8-2
When playing outside the division are 6-4

St. Louis most recently:
When playing in September are 2-8
When playing on turf are 2-8
After being outgained are 1-9
When playing outside the division are 2-8

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Buffalo's last 5 games when playing St. Louis
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Buffalo's last 7 games on the road
Buffalo is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing St. Louis
Buffalo is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing St. Louis
The total has gone OVER in 5 of St. Louis's last 5 games when playing Buffalo
The total has gone OVER in 4 of St. Louis's last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of St. Louis's last 7 games at home
St. Louis is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Buffalo

Next up:
Buffalo at Arizona, Sunday, October 5
St. Louis at Washington, Sunday, October 12

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Washington Redskins vs. Dallas Cowboys

Oddsmakers currently have the Cowboys listed as 10½-point favorites versus the Redskins, while the game's total is sitting at 46½.

The Redskins defeated Arizona 24-17 as a 3-point favorite in Week 3. The combined score fell UNDER the posted over/under total (43.5).

Jason Campbell passed for 193 yards with a pair of touchdowns for Washington, while Clinton Portis rushed for 68 yards with a touchdown on 21 carries in the win.

The Cowboys defeated Green Bay 27-16 as a 3-point favorite in Week 3. The combined score fell UNDER the posted over/under total (51).

Tony Romo passed for 260 yards with a touchdown and an interception for Dallas and Marion Barber rushed for 142 yards with a touchdown on 28 carries in the win.

Current streak:
Washington has won 2 straight games.
Dallas has won 3 straight games.

Team records:
Washington: 2-1 SU, 2-1 ATS
Dallas: 3-0 SU, 2-1 ATS

Washington most recently:
When playing in September are 6-4
When playing on turf are 4-6
After outgaining opponent are 5-5
When playing within the division are 3-7

Dallas most recently:
When playing in September are 9-1
When playing on turf are 7-3
After outgaining opponent are 8-2
When playing within the division are 6-4

A few trends to consider:
Washington is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Dallas
Washington is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
Washington is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games
Washington is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing Dallas
Dallas is 11-1 SU in its last 12 games when playing at home against Washington
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Dallas's last 7 games
Dallas is 16-4 SU in its last 20 games
Dallas is 16-5 SU in its last 21 games when playing Washington

Next up:
Washington at Philadelphia, Sunday, October 5
Dallas home to Cincinnati, Sunday, October 5


Philadelphia Eagles vs. Chicago Bears

Oddsmakers currently have the Eagles listed as 3-point favorites versus the Bears, while the game's total is sitting at 40.

The Eagles defeated Pittsburgh 15-6 as a 3.5-point favorite in Week 3. The combined score fell UNDER the posted over/under total (45).

Donovan McNabb passed for 196 yards with a touchdown and an interception for Philadelphia, while Correll Buckhalter rushed for 43 yards on 10 carries and caught six passes for 44 yards with a touchdown.

The Bears lost to Tampa Bay 27-24 in overtime as a 3-point favorite in Week 3. The combined score went OVER the posted over/under total (35).

Kyle Orton had 268 passing yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions for Chicago, while Brandon Lloyd had six receptions for 124 yards and a touchdown.

Current streak:
Chicago has lost 2 straight games.

Team records:
Philadelphia: 2-1 SU, 3-0 ATS
Chicago: 1-2 SU, 1-1-1 ATS

Philadelphia most recently:
When playing in September are 5-5
When playing on grass are 6-4
After outgaining opponent are 4-6
When playing outside the division are 7-3

Chicago most recently:
When playing in September are 5-5
When playing on grass are 5-5
After being outgained are 5-5
When playing outside the division are 5-5

A few trends to consider:
Philadelphia is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Philadelphia is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
Philadelphia is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Philadelphia's last 6 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Chicago's last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Chicago's last 5 games when playing Philadelphia
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Chicago's last 8 games when playing at home against Philadelphia
Chicago is 8-4 ATS in its last 12 games when playing Philadelphia

Next up:
Philadelphia home to Washington, Sunday, October 5
Chicago at Detroit, Sunday, October 5

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Early Tip Sheet
By Brad Young

**49ers at Saints**

-Caesars Palace installed New Orleans as a five-point home ‘chalk’ over San Francisco, with the total set at 48. FOX Sports will provide coverage of this contest beginning at 1:00 p.m. ET.
   
-San Francisco (2-1 straight up and against the spread) is riding a modest two-game winning streak after throttling Detroit last weekend as a five-point home favorite, 31-13. The combined 44 points failed to topple the 47-point closing total, helping the ‘under’ improve to 2-1.

-The 49ers controlled the contest in first downs (25-14), rushing yards (182-116), passing yards (188-124), turnovers forced (2-0) and time of possession (35:54-24:06). Quarterback J.T. O’Sullivan was 16-of-23 passing for 188 yards with two touchdowns, while running back Frank Gore had 27 carries for 130 yards and a score.

-New Orleans (1-2 SU, 2-1 ATS) has dropped back-to-back outings after Sunday’s setback to Denver as a 5 ½-point road underdog, 34-32. The combined 66 points eclipsed the 51-point closing total, helping the ‘over’ improve to 3-0.

-The Saints dropped the contest despite leading the Broncos in first downs (27-20), passing yards (414-264), turnovers forced (2-1) and time of possession (32:48-27:12). Quarterback Drew Brees completed 39-of-48 yards with a touchdown. Running back Reggie Bush had 18 carries for 73 yards and a score, while catching 11 passes for 75 yards and a touchdown.

-New Orleans is 3-0 SU and 2-1 ATS the previous three meetings with San Francisco after prevailing last year as a 2½-point road favorite, 31-10. The combined 41 points slithered ‘over’ the 40½-point closing total.

-San Francisco wide receiver Bryant Johnson (hamstring), safety Michael Lewis (elbow) and safety Dashon Goldson (shoulder) are ‘questionable’ against the Saints, while offensive tackle Jonas Jennings (shoulder) is expected to miss.

-New Orleans offensive tackle Jammal Brown (hip) and linebacker Scott Fujita (knee) are ‘probable’ versus the 49ers, while center Jonathan Goodwin (hamstring), cornerback Randall Gay (hamstring), wide receiver David Patten (groin), tight end Mark Campbell (hamstring), defensive tackle Antwan Lake (groin) and running back Aaron Stecker (hamstring) are ‘questionable.’

**Falcons at Panthers**

-Caesars Palace opened Carolina as a seven-point home favorite over Atlanta, with the total set at 39. FOX Sports begins its coverage of this NFC South matchup at 1:00 p.m. ET.

-Atlanta (2-1 SU and ATS) pummeled Kansas City last weekend as a six-point home ‘chalk,’ 38-14. The combined 52 points eclipsed the 36 ½-point closing total, helping the ‘over’ improve to 2-1.

-Rookie quarterback Matt Ryan completed 12-of-18 passes for 192 yards with a touchdown, while wideout Roddy White caught five passes for 119 yards with a score. Running back Michael Turner also enjoyed a solid effort by rushing 23 times for 104 yards and three touchdowns.

-Carolina (2-1 SU, 1-1 ATS) suffered its first setback after falling to Minnesota last weekend as a three-point road favorite, 20-10. The combined 30 points failed to topple the 37½-point closing total.

-The Panthers were limited to just 47 yards rushing while also trailing the Vikings in turnovers forced (2-1) and time of possession (34:18-25:42). Quarterback Jake Delhomme was 17-of-29 passing for 191 yards, while wideout Steve Smith caught four passes for 70 yards. Running back DeAngelo Williams paced the anemic ground game with just 27 yards on 10 carries.

-The road team won both games in this series last year SU and ATS. Carolina prevailed as a four-point road ‘chalk,’ 27-20, while Atlanta triumphed as a 3½-point road underdog, 20-13. The ‘under’ has gone 3-1 the last four games between these teams.

-Atlanta offensive tackle Sam Baker (dizziness) and center Alex Stepanovich (back) are ‘questionable’ versus the Panthers, while wide receiver Laurent Robinson (knee) is expected to miss.

-Carolina linebacker Na’il Diggs (shoulder), defensive end Tyler Brayton (ankle) and guard Travelle Wharton (knee) are ‘probable’ against the Falcons, while wide receiver Ryne Robinson (knee) is ‘questionable.’

-Sunday’s forecast for Charlotte, North Carolina calls for scattered thunderstorms with a 30 percent chance of rain. The high is listed at 81 degrees, with a low of 62.

**Vikings at Titans**

-Caesars Palace lists Tennessee as a three-point home ‘chalk’ over Minnesota, with the total set at 36. FOX Sports starts its coverage of this game at 1:00 p.m. ET.

-Minnesota (1-2 SU and ATS) upended Carolina last weekend as a three-point home underdog, 20-10, while the combined 30 points went ‘under’ the 37½-point closing total. The ‘under’ has cashed the past two games for the Vikings.

-Quarterback Gus Frerotte completed 16-of-28 passes for 204 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Running back Adrian Peterson had 17 carries for 77 yards, while wide receiver Bernard Berrian caught three passes for 79 yards.

-Tennessee (3-0 SU and ATS) ran over AFC South foe Houston last weekend as a 4½-point home favorite, 31-12. The combined 43 points went ‘over’ the 40-point closing total, ending consecutive ‘under’ outings for the Titans.

-Quarterback Kerry Collins completed 13-of-25 passes for 185 yards with a touchdown and an interception, while Chris Johnson had 16 carries for 74 yards.

-Minnesota and Tennessee haven’t met since 2004 when the Vikings prevailed as a six-point home ‘chalk,’ 20-3. The combined 23 points never seriously threatened the 53 ½-point closing total.

-Minnesota wide receiver Sidney Rice (knee) and linebacker Vinny Ciurciu (knee) are ‘probable’ against the Titans.

-Tennessee wide receiver Justin Gage (groin) is ‘probable’ versus the Vikings, while wide receiver Justin McCareins (groin), cornerback Nick Harper (quad) and defensive end Jacob Ford (sternum) are ‘questionable.’ Quarterback Vince Young will miss the next 2-4 weeks due to a knee injury.

-Sunday’s forecast for Nashville, Tennessee calls for sunny skies, with a high of 83 degrees and a low of 58.

**Packers at Buccaneers**


-Caesars Palace opened Tampa Bay as a one-point home favorite over Green Bay, with the total listed at 43. FOX Sports will provide coverage of this contest beginning at 1:00 p.m. ET.

-Green Bay (2-1 SU and ATS) fell to Dallas last weekend as a three-point home underdog, 27-16. The combined 43 points went ‘under’ the 51-point closing total, ending back-to-back ‘over’ outings.

-Aaron Rodgers was 22-of-39 passing for 290 yards in the setback, while his favorite target was wideout Greg Jennings who caught eight passes for 115 yards. Running back Ryan Grant paced a lackluster ground game with 13 carries for 54 yards.

-Tampa Bay (2-1 SU and ATS) needed overtime to topple Chicago last weekend as a three-point road ‘chalk,’ 27-24. The combined 51 points eclipsed the 35 ½-point closing total, helping the ‘over’ improve to 2-1.

-The Bucs finished the contest with advantages in first downs (28-21) and passing yards (407-247), while trailing in turnovers forced (4-2) and time of possession (39:17-31:22). Quarterback Brian Griese completed 38-of-67 passes for 407 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions, while wideout Antonio Bryant stepped up with 10 receptions for 138 yards. The ground game managed just 47 yards on 17 carries, led by Warrick Dunn’s five carries for 31 yards.

-These two teams haven’t met since 2005 when the Bucs prevailed as a three-point road favorite, 17-16. The combined 33 points went ‘under’ the 37-point closing total.

-Green Bay safety Nick Collins (back) and offensive guard Josh Sitton (knee) are ‘probable’ versus the Bucs, while fullback Korey Hall (knee), wide receiver James Jones (knee) and strong safety Atari Bigby (hamstring) are ‘doubtful.’

-Tampa Bay cornerback Aquib Talib (hamstring) is ‘probable’ against the Packers, while place kicker Matt Bryant (personal) and defensive lineman Ryan Sims (hamstring) are ‘questionable.’ Offensive guard Davin Joseph (foot), fullback B.J. Askew (hamstring) and wide receiver Joey Galloway (foot) are ‘doubtful.’

-Sunday’s forecast for Tampa Bay, Florida calls for partly cloudy skies with a 10 percent chance of rain, with a high of 89 degrees and a low of 73.

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Early Tip Sheet Part II
By Josh Jacobs

It’s Week 4, the NFL season continues to march forward and four more 1:00 p.m. EDT contests can only add to the financial opportunity that this Sunday brings with it.

An Ohio showdown between Cleveland (0-3 straight up, 1-2 against the spread) and Cincinnati (0-3 SU, 1-2 ATS) will get things started on the right foot, or so bettors hope. Two intrastate rivals without a win between them sounds like a disaster in the making but you can bet someone’s going to show up with the hopes of turning the season around ASAP.

The Browns have struggled inside of Paul Brown Stadium with a 1-3 ATS record in their last four on the road, only falling deeper down the rabbit hole with a 2-5 ATS slide in the last seven against the Bengals.

Based on last week’s performances there’s no questioning the hunger that Cincinnati displayed in an overtime loss against the Giants, 26-23. The Bengals QB Carson Palmer, although still struggling to find wide out Chad Johnson (or maybe it’s the other way around), connected 27-of-39 passes for 286 yards with one score. The main problem wasn’t with Palmer’s accuracy it was with the offensive line protecting him.

Palmer was sacked six times by the Giants’ fired up defensive squad, and as a result, Friday team reports pointed to the Bengals’ signal caller experiencing carryover soreness in his throwing elbow from last week.

On the other hand, Cleveland is in the midst of a QB quarrel. Patience is wearing thin with Derek Anderson’s (405 passing yards, two TDs with five INTs) inability to run the offense compared to last season’s high flying dramatics. Expect head coach Romeo Crennel to have Anderson on a short leash with signal caller Brady Quinn waiting on the sideline.

Comparable on most fronts, Cleveland is ranked as the worst team in the league with 194 YPG on offense versus Cincinnati’s 30th ranked position with 238.7 YPG recorded.

The Browns are 7-2 ATS in their last nine versus the AFC, while the Bengals are a lonely 1-11 ATS in their last 12 Week 4 games.

It’s worth noting that Cleveland WR Braylon Edwards, a major contributor to last year’s explosive offense, is yet to find the inside of the end zone, while Cinci’s “Ocho Cinco”, Chad Johnson has 88 receiving yards without a score of his own.

Most books have installed the Bengals as 3½-point home favorites, while a 44½ “over/under” is currently dominating the board.

Denver (-9½, 36½) at Kansas City

Teams traveling in completely opposite directions will meet at Arrowhead Stadium at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday. Lead by field general Jay Cutler (914 passing yards, eight TDs), the Broncos have been sharks in the air attack. Denver is ranked first in the league with 38 PPG and second in the NFL with 301.7 YPG passing.

But with the good comes the bad and Denver has suffered in the defensive department. The Broncos have fallen victim to giving up 28 PPG, thanks in part to allowing the opposition going air for 315.7 YPG, plus 106 YPG on the ground. Both San Diego and New Orleans combined to post 70 total points in two weeks of play against Denver.

The Broncos are 1-3 ATS in their last four in Kansas City.

The Chiefs have more then a few problems to overcome. This is a defense giving up 26 PPG, are one of five teams yet to grab an interception on the season and have been able to reach other team’s QBs for a non-effective two sacks.

Then there are Kansas City’s QB problems. After Tyler Thigpen's starting debut was one to forget (throwing three interceptions), coach Herm Edwards decided to turn the starting duties over to Damon Huard. Could this be the spot that Huard takes advantage of a soft Denver secondary?

The home team has gone 11-3-1 ATS in the last 15 head-to-head meetings, while the Chiefs are a poor 1-7 ATS in the last eight played on grass.

Houston (+7, 43) at Jacksonville

The sixth winless team in the NFL, Houston is hoping to finally put a hurricane, an unplanned bye week and a slow developing offense behind. The Texans are coming off a 31-12 beating by Tennessee, mainly due to signal caller Matt Schuab’s three interceptions and a third down efficiency of three-for-15 (the team went for six fourth down conversions, only making two successfully).

After two tough losses coming from the hands of Tennessee and Buffalo, Jacksonville was able to upset a stagnated Indianapolis team with the use of RBs Fred Taylor and Maurice Jones-Drew. Both backs pushed past the 100-yard rushing envelope, combining for a game total of 228 yards on the ground.

If there’s still a major concern for the Jaguars it's QB David Garrard’s predictable play. The East Carolina slinger has been disappointing to his team and backers by throwing at least one pick in each of the three games played, while averaging just 182.3 YPG threw the air.

The Texans may be 9-3 ATS in their last 12 clashes with the Jaguars, but 3-9 ATS record in their last 12 versus AFC teams becomes counterintuitive as a backer.

The ‘over’ has been golden for Jacksonville, going 11-2-2 in its last 15 overall and 8-2-2 in its last 12 versus the AFC.

Arizona (+1, 44½) at N.Y. Jets

While no predictions will be made here, the question to ask yourself is how can a Jets’ defense giving up a 97.6 QB rating and snatching up only two picks reverse the effects of Arizona’s QB Kurt Warner finding comfort in WRs Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin?

The answer could be as simple as, New York won’t be able to fend off a red hot Cardinals offense led by veteran field general, Warner. It was only last week that Washington gift wrapped Arizona’s first loss of the season by stopping RB Edgrin James for 93 yards with no scores. The Cards’ Warner did find Fitzgerald and Boldin for a score apiece but a pick thrown and a fumble lost were two mistakes that can’t be repeated.

The Jets opened up their Week 3 Monday Night contest against the Chargers matching score for score. However, that strategy soon seemed destined for failure after New York’s slinger Brett Favre found Chargers’ cornerback Antonio Cromartie for a 52-yard interception return for a TD.

If the Jets want the slimmest chance at walking away with a win then they must step up a running game netting 85.7 YPG. Helping to rank New York 26th worst in the ground attack category is RB Thomas Jones and a seasonal total of 208 yards gained with only one TD to show.

The Jets have been a nightmare at home with a 2-6-1 ATS record in the last nine, but since 1996, “Gang Green” is a perfect 3-0 SU and 2-1 ATS versus Arizona in a total of three matchups.

The ‘over’ is 8-3 in the Cardinals last 11 overall and 37-15 in their last 52 road games.

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Late-Game Tip Sheet
By Judd Hall

There are just three games to get action on for bettors in the four o’clock slate, with the Cowboys hosting Washington in a classic NFC East showdown. Let’s break down the matchups…

Redskins at Cowboys

Las Vegas Sports Consultants opened the line for this game with the Cowboys as eight-point home favorites with a total of 46½. Gamblers have pounced on that number, inflating Dallas to a 10 ½-point favorite while the total remains the same. The Redskins are coming in at plus 400 (risk $100 to win $400) for an outright win.

Dallas has not covered the spread in its last four home tilts against NFC East rivals, including a 21-17 defeat against the Giants in the division playoffs last season.

Washington has gone 2-2 SU versus divisional foes, which is so-so. Yet the ‘Skins have posted a fantastic 3-1 mark against the number in those contests. They also saw the ‘under’ go 3-1 in that span.

The Redskins’ chances at victory this Sunday ride on the right arm of quarterback Jason Campbell. Auburn’s former signal caller is completing 65.6 percent of his passes for 647 yards and four touchdowns this season. Yet he’s not been a great away from FedEx Field, connecting on just 58 percent of his throws for an average of 221 yards with seven scores and seven interceptions since 2007. It shouldn’t surprise you that Washington is 2-5 SU in Campbell’s last seven road games.

The Cowboys are 1-5 ATS in their last six matches against Washington.

Dallas was concerned about tight end Jason Whitten (shoulder), but he’s participated in full practices all week. Whitten is currently listed as “probable.”

The ‘Skins will be without defensive end Jason Taylor (calf) this Sunday after having emergency surgery. There is no timetable on when he’ll return to the lineup.

Chargers at Raiders

LVSC opened San Diego as an eight-point road “chalk” with a total of 45½. The public has sided a little with the Raiders as they are now 7½-point home pups. Bettors can take Oakland to win outright at plus 290.

The Chargers have been adept at covering the spread away from home recently as they’re 5-4 SU but 6-2-1ATS since last season. That number includes their win at Indianapolis in the divisional round and the loss at New England in the AFC Championship.

Oakland has posted a 2-1 record ATS the spread, but somehow that doesn’t save Lane Kiffin’s job.

This contest is a “make or break” moment for Norv Turner’s team. San Diego has held the lead deep into each of its contest this year, but winning just one won’t cut it. Much of the Chargers’ problem is on the defensive side of the ball. They rank among the worst in the NFL in scoring defense (31.3 PPG), total defense (394.0 YPG) and have given up the most passing first downs (49) of any club.

Thank God they’re facing a Raiders’ team that isn’t clicking on offense just yet. Oakland is 21st in the league with 303.0 YPG on offense, but the second worst passing game by gaining 130.3 YPG through the air.

Oakland has not fared well as a home dog recently, going 4-11 SU and 6-9 ATS since 2005. The Raiders have seen the ‘under’ go 9-6 in that stretch.

The Chargers have won and covered the last three games they were listed as road favorites. San Diego has also seen the ‘over’ go 7-3-1 in matches that had them favored away from home.

Bills at Rams

Most sportsbooks have Buffalo listed as an eight-point road “chalk” with the total coming in at 42 ½. The Rams can be backed to pull the upset at 3/1.

St. Louis appears to have given up Marc Bulger as quarterback. Scott Linehan has opted to go with Trent Green, who is making his second run as the starter with the Rams.

It doesn’t happen much with the Bills that they’re listed as road favorites. But they do win games as we can see from a 11-5 SU and 7-6-3 ATS mark when favored away from Ralph Wilson Stadium.

The Rams are one of the easier fades when it comes to being home ‘dogs. That’s because they’re 1-8 SU and 3-6 ATS since the start of last year as an underdog at the Edward Jones Dome. The ‘over’ is 7-2 during that same stretch.

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Where the action is: Sunday’s key line moves
By ASHTON GREWAL

San Francisco 49ers at New Orleans Saints: -6½ to -4½

The 49ers are off to a surprising 2-1 start and it appears the betting public is hopping on the Mike Martz/J.T. O’Sullivan bandwagon.

Pete Korner, founder of the Sports Club in Las Vegas (a line consulting group), says he actually recommended -8 to his clients.

“We didn’t know about the [Jeremy] Shockey injury when we released our line on Sunday night,” Korner says. “I can understand the support for the 49ers; they’ve got a much better offense but I worry about them on the road.”

Korner points out that New Orleans narrowly lost to Denver last weekend and could easily be hosting the Niners at 2-1 rather than 1-2. Martin Gramatica missed a 43-yard field goal attempt with 1:55 left in the fourth quarter in last weekend’s 34-32 loss to the Broncos.

Atlanta Falcons at Carolina Panthers: -7 to -6½

Atlanta backers have dropped this pointspread below the key touchdown number. The Falcons – a team many picked to be the worst in football – are off to a head-turning start.

Korner says his group recommended –8½ thinking the public would be on the favorite in this matchup.

“This is another situation where we were worried about the road team,” Korner explains. “The difference in Atlanta’s play at home and on the road has been night and day.”

In two games at home, the Falcons have outscored their opponents (Detroit and Kansas City) 72-35. Their lone road date was a 24-9 loss at Tampa Bay.

San Diego Chargers at Oakland Raiders: +7 to +9

Monday’s convincing win over the Jets has reassured bettors of San Diego’s elite status in the NFL. Norv Turner’s team has a world-class offense (36.7 points per game), even with a gimpy LaDainian Tomlinson.

The Sports Club originally had the Chargers favored by just under touchdown, but Korner says he adjusted the line to +7 ½ after all the coaching-change talk in Oakland.

“The Raiders are in complete turmoil,” he said. “They played pretty well against the Bills but the Chargers are a popular pick. We’ll need Oakland in this one.”

Sharp action note

Randy Scott, sportsbook manager at betED, reported on late Friday night that he was receiving serious sharp action on the Kansas City Chiefs at +10.

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Chiefs +10 vs. Broncos
The only organization in America that's had a worse September than the Chiefs is Dow Jones. Not only has Kansas City lost all three of its games, it has gotten outscored 78-32, including double-digit blowout losses to the lowly Falcons and Raiders. So what makes me think that the Chiefs can hang with the undefeated Broncos this week? One reason: My 12-year-old nephew and 10 of his buddies could march down the field and score on Denver's sieve-like defense. The Broncos are coming off two home games in which they surrendered 38 and 31 points, and escaped with two wins by a combined three points. So how can you trust such a porous defense to go on the road, in a hostile venue, against a rival, and cover double digits? I can't. And since the Chiefs are wisely going back to veteran QB Damon Huard in this game and former All-Pro RB Larry Johnson got on track last week at Atlanta with 121 rushing yards, I fully expect Kansas City to put up some points in this one.

Also, the home team has won nine of the last 10 meetings in this rivalry; the host is 11-3-1 against the spread (ATS) in the past 15 clashes; and Kansas City is an incredible 18-4-1 ATS in its last 23 games as a home underdog against AFC West foes. Bottom line: You may not have made any money this week supporting one floundering organization (Wall Street), but you can certainly make some on the Chiefs. Take the points.

49ers +5½ at Saints
Three things you can count on every September: The New York Mets will choke away a playoff berth, FOX will unveil a new reality show entitled, Yes, I Have No Dignity, and the Saints' "much-improved defense" will be exposed as being not improved at all. To that latter point: A week after letting Jason Campbell and the pedestrian Redskins' offense put up 29 points and 455 total yards, New Orleans went to Denver last week and got torched for 34 points and 369 yards. So, in a nutshell, the same rule applies here as in the Denver-Kansas City contest: It's difficult to cover a big pointspread when you can't stop an opponent from scoring. And make no mistake, this 49ers offense can put points on the board, having rolled up 33 and 31 on the Seahawks and Lions, respectively, the last two weeks. In fact, San Francisco quarterback J.T. O'Sullivan has a higher passer rating (104.6) than that of Saints QB Drew Brees (103.9).

Speaking of Brees, sure, he's at the controls of an explosive weapon, but right now it's a weapon missing too many bullets. His top wide receiver, Marques Colston went down with a thumb injury in Week 1 and is still several weeks away from returning. Then this week, tight end Jeremy Shockey had hernia surgery and he's down for more than a month. Memo to Reggie Bush: Might want to check your health insurance coverage; you know how these things tend to happen in threes. New Orleans is 4-11 ATS in its last 15 games as a favorite in the Superdome, and they're laying too many points here.

Cardinals +2 at Jets
My sources informed me that Brett Favre sent a text message to Packers GM Ted Thompson this week that read as follows: "Hey Ted – Uh, any chance that $25 million please-stay-retired offer is still on the table?" Seriously, how do you think ol' No. 4 is feeling right now about his decision to un-retire and hitch his Hall-of-Fame wagon to the moribund Jets? His receivers can't get open, his offensive line provides about as much protection as a punctured condom, and his defense couldn't play dead in a western. (I think my 82-year-old grandmother could've gotten free in the Jets' secondary and scored a touchdown Monday night in San Diego - and she uses a walker to get around!) And if that's not bad enough, there's Favre's new coach, Eric "The Weenie" Mangini, who brilliantly decided to try an onside kick Monday after narrowing the deficit against the Chargers to 17-14. If they handed out Ph.D.s for surrendering momentum, "Mangenious" would have to build a new mantel.

So now the Jets, with a gimpy Favre (ankle injury) and playing on a short week after a miserable 3,000-mile flight home from San Diego, have to face an improving Cardinals team that prudently chose to remain on the East Coast after last week's tough 24-17 loss at Washington rather than go back home to Arizona and travel all the way back to New Jersey. Besides, do you think after watching Philip Rivers and his arsenal of weapons shred the Jets' defense Monday that Arizona's trio of Warner, Fitzgerald and Boldin are drooling over the fact that it's their turn to put up big numbers? Finally, remember that it was just two weeks ago that the Jets lost convincingly at home to Matt Cassel and the Patriots – the same Patriots who lost by 25 points at home to Miami last week. Throw in the fact that the Jets are 2-6-1 ATS in their last nine home games, and this one's a no-brainer.

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