Wednesday, September 1, 2010

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  • New York Jets vs Philadelphia Eagles - PHI PK, OVER 34
After the first week of the preseason a small buzz began to swell around the possibilities of Michael Vick.   Then came week 2 and everyone was reminded why no team offered to make him their starting quarterback.  Vick will have another chance to show people his stuff as he will play the entire first half when the NYJ come to town on Thursday.   Rex Ryan has already said that he only plans to dress 36 players and that Sanchez will be calling in some plays. With a solidified QB rotation and only a few players climbing a mountain for a roster spot, the Jets couldn't be more disinterested in this game. Rex Ryan might be at the airport before the final whistle blows.  For the Eagles, Kafka showed the coaches he's got a little game by doing his best John Elway impersonation against the Chiefs and Reid will use the second half to coach him up in his last game action of the season.   PHI also have a fierce competition at WR as the depth battle it out on Thursday.       Prediction: Bank PHI PK and OVER 34.

  • Carolina Panthers vs Pittsburgh Steelers - UNDER 37
In 42 possessions this preseason, CAR offense has yet to score a touchdown.  CAR has also allowed the least amount of yards in the preseason.  Like most coaches, Fox will want to rest the starters and avoid injuries.   Tomlin might play his starters a series or two, but they are coming off a short week.  Things aren't exactly looking bright in Pittsburgh as they have the Big Ben drama looming over them this week and both of the replacement QB's have looked less than impressive.  At least Polamalu's hair is insured for 100 million dollars.  Normally I would side with PIT in this situation, but the only strong play is the UNDER.   Prediction: Bank UNDER 37.

  • Seattle Seahawks vs Oakland Raiders - SEA +3.5
Coach Tom Cable doesn't expect much in his final preseason game as he has yet to win a final preseason game since he's been calling the shots.   This week he said his top two priorities will be tackling and finishing blocks.  It's no wonder this is on the agenda as they have been pathetic on special teams.  They’re averaging 3.6 yards per punt return while allowing 17.2.  For SEA, Carrol is a little bit more of an unknown.   Whitehurst will see a lot of action, but while he has had his moments, he has also been intercepted four times in three games.  Thankfully for him and the rest of the team, they get to close things out vs the Raiders.   Take the generous 3 and half points and run with the lesser of the two evils.   Prediction: Bank SEA +3.5.