User ID
Password
  Forgot User ID
or Register Today!
VegasInsider.com
Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us on Google+ VI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Golf
Auto Racing
Horses
More
Betting Tools

 
Thursday's Preseason Action

New Sportsbook.ag customers: Make your 1st bet, get your 2nd bet free, 100%, winnings paid in cash.
Join Now

Already have an account? Click here to view new Exclusive Rewards!

Preseason betting recap: After favorites struggling to cover in Week 1, posting a 6-11 straight-up and against the spread record, the 'chalk' bounced back in Week 2. Favorites last week won 13 of 16 games, while covering 11 times, as the Ravens and Bears were the only two teams that failed to cash in a victory.

The 'over' is hitting at nearly a 60% clip with a 19-13-1 mark through the first 33 games of the preseason. That number tapered off following a 12-5 record in the first week (including the Hall-of-Fame game) as the 'over' hit in just seven of 16 contests last week.

Tonight's action:

Patriots at Lions - 7:30 PM EST - Click here for winners

New England: 2-0 SU, 2-0 ATS
Detroit: 1-1 SU, 1-1 ATS

Advertisement
The Patriots' offense has stepped up in two preseason games by scoring 31 points against the Eagles and 25 points in last week's victory over the Buccaneers. New England has easily cashed the 'over' in both wins, now hitting the 'over' in four of its last five preseason games dating back to last August.

The Lions took care of the Jets with ease in the preseason opener, but Detroit barely competed in last Thursday's 24-6 defeat at Cleveland as 1 ½-point road underdogs. Detroit is 1-1 to the 'over' in the preseason, while the Lions have split their last six exhibition games since the start of the 2012 preseason.

New England has struggled in the third game of the preseason, posting a 1-4 SU and 0-5 ATS mark since 2008. Meanwhile, Detroit has thrived in Week 3, winning and covering four of five times in this same stretch with the lone loss coming last August at Oakland as three-point road favorites.

Quarterback Rotations:
New England: T. Brady, R. Mallett, T. Tebow
Detroit: M. Stafford, S. Hill, K. Moore

Expert Handicapper Analysis: Doc's Sports - The Lions are just a juggernaut in the preseason and you can pretty much just play them blind. Jim Schwartz is 13-5 straight-up and 12-6 ATS. They did not perform very well last week against Cleveland so I look for a big bounce back performance in this game.

Panthers at Ravens - 8:00 PM EST - Click here for winners

Carolina: 1-1 SU, 1-1 ATS
Baltimore: 2-0 SU, 1-1 ATS

Baltimore has won each of its two preseason contests, beating Tampa Bay and Atlanta. The victory over the Falcons last week wasn't easy, as the Ravens overcame a 23-7 to stun Atlanta, 27-23 as 4 ½-point favorites. Tyrod Taylor led the second-team to two touchdowns in the fourth quarter, while the go-ahead score came on an Asa Jackson punt return for a touchdown.

Carolina took care of Chicago in its preseason opener, 24-17, but the Panthers' offense struggled in last week's 14-9 defeat at Philadelphia. The Panthers were limited to three field goals, while the defense yielded 166 rushing yards to the Eagles, as Philadelphia cashed as three-point home favorites.

Under John Harbaugh, the Ravens own a 4-1 SU and 3-2 ATS record in the third game of the preseason. Baltimore has won four consecutive "dress rehersal" contests, including each of the last three at home. Since Week 2 of the 2011 preseason, the Ravens have cashed the 'over' in six of the last eight exhibition games.

In Ron Rivera's short tenure as coach of the Panthers, Carolina has split the pair of Week 3 games in the preseason. Last season, the Panthers cashed outright as three-point road underdogs in a 17-12 triumph over the Jets, while Carolina has compiled a 4-1 ATS record the last five exhibition games.

Quarterback Rotations:
Carolina: C. Newton, D. Anderson, J. Clausen
Baltimore: J. Flacco, T. Taylor

Expert Handicapper Analysis: Marc Lawrence - When the Ravens host the Panthers, Baltimore will take the field knowing that defending Super Bowl champions are 1-10-1 ATS in the preseason when playing with an undefeated record against an opponent off a loss, including 0-9-1 ATS since 1983, when as a dog or favorite of less than 10 points.

You can reach Kevin Rogers via e-mail at rogers@vegasinsider.com

Kevin Rogers can be followed on Twitter at virogers.

  
HEADLINES
Mejia: NFC Preseason Wrap
Mejia: AFC Preseason Wrap
Lawrence: Trends to Watch - September
Lawrence: 2014 NFC Season Preview
Marshall: Ravens rising up
Lawrence: 2014 AFC Season Preview
ASA: NFC North Notebook
ASA: NFC South Notebook
Marshall: Philadelphia Hype
MORE HEADLINES
 
Why Buy Picks From VegasInsider.com
NFL Pro Football Handicapper Sports Picks Records
NFL Hot Streaks
4-0 L4, 10-2 L12, 13-4 This Year
8-1 Last 9 NFL Run
7-1 L8 Guarantees, +950 This Year
6-0 Guaranteed Play Streak
6-1 L7 G-Plays, 11-5 L16 Picks
5-2 Guaranteed Play Record
MLB Pro Baseball Expert Sports Picks - MLB Playoffs
2014 NFL SEASON PICK RECORDS
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
Antony Dinero + 950
James Manos + 850
Bruce Marshall + 630
Last Week's Leaders
Handicapper Money
No Games Last Week  
   
   
Percentage Leaders
Handicapper Pct
James Manos 76 %
Scott Pritchard 70 %
ASA 67 %
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Antony Dinero + 651
Scott Pritchard + 490
The Gold Sheet + 281
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
Antony Dinero + 873
Hank Goldberg + 600
ASA + 200
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
John Fisher + 270
Antony Dinero + 228
ASA + 200
MORE PICK RECORDS
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!