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Cam Newton, Panthers Host Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jacksonville Jaguars (1-1) and Carolina Panthers (0-2) are set to square off in Week 3 of the National Football League regular season. Sunday’s kickoff is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. (ET) at Bank of America Stadium and will be televised on CBS.

Oddsmakers are starting to believe in the talents of Carolina rookie quarterback Cam Newton, sending the winless team out as 3 ½-point home favorites, while the total has already been bet up from 40 to 42. It’s quite a significant step up in the betting odds for a franchise that has tallied a 2-16 SU record since the start of the 2010 campaign.

The Panthers were 6 ½-point road underdogs against the Arizona Cardinals and 10 ½-point home underdogs in Week 2 versus the Green Bay Packers. Carolina posted a 1-2 ATS mark as a home favorite last year, losing the first two contests in straight-up fashion before coming away with a 19-12 win over the Cardinals as a 2 ½-point favorite in Week 15.

Newton continues to be a national headline, ranking second in the league with 854 passing yards in his first two weeks. The results are truly shocking due to the signal caller’s 42.1 percent completion percentage in four preseason games.

The problem now lies in trying to get a running game going that is ranked 29th in the league, averaging just 72.5 yards per game. Jonathan Stewart and DeAngelo Williams were a perceived strength coming into the season, but the talented duo has been kept under wraps.

Carolina managed to rush for 71 yards in its 30-23 loss to the Packers, but the backfield tandem contributed only 18 yards on 11 carries.

Bettors will find that the Panthers are 1-8 ATS in their last nine September games and the ‘over’ is 5-4 in those contests.

Jacksonville was never really in its 32-9 loss to the New York Jets as 9-point road underdogs, failing to score a point after a 55-yard field goal from Josh Scobee with 3:02 left in the first quarter.

The Jaguars spent a considerable amount of time during the offseason tightening up their pass defense, which ranks 14th in the league, surrendering 215.5 passing yards a game. It represents nearly a 35-yard improvement from last year’s results (250.2), but will face its most difficult test of the early 2011 campaign this week.

Offensively, the big question remains the quarterback position, as Luke McCown was pulled after throwing four interceptions against the Jets. He had not thrown more than two in his previous eight starts in the NFL.

The door is now wide open for Blaine Gabbert, the No. 10 pick in this year’s draft, as he completed five of six passes.

Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew continues to be the focal point offensively, gaining 88 yards on 18 carries against one of the best defensive units in the league. The 26-year-old is averaging 92.5 yards per game, good enough to rank eighth in the league and signals that he’s fully recovered from last year’s knee injury that sidelined him in the final two weeks.

Jacksonville has covered three of the last four meetings and the ‘over’ is 6-1 in its last seven games when playing as a road underdog of 3½ to 7 points.

The early forecast for Charlotte this Sunday looks fine with afternoon highs in the mid-70s and only a 10 percent chance of rain.

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09/19/2011 04:56 PM

Houston Texans At Saints In NFL Shootout

In what should be one of the higher scoring matchups on the NFL Week 3 betting lines, the Houston Texans will take on the New Orleans Saints. Sunday afternoon's kickoff from the Louisiana Superdome is set for 1:00 p.m. (ET), and there will be regional television coverage on CBS.

If you're a fan of a good old fashioned gunslinger-style shootout, this is the duel for you. These two teams are combining for nearly 800 yards of offense and just over 60 points per game ove the first two weeks of the schedule, and we know that both haven't even scratched the surface of their potential quite yet.

Houston's defense is ranked No. 1 in the NFL right now at 271.0 YPG and 10.0 PPG, but we know that a lot of this is thanks to the fact that the Indianapolis Colts and Miami Dolphins aren't exactly offensive powerhouses. That being said, this unit has improved dramatically since defensive coordinator Wade Phillips has taken over.

Both Johnathan Joseph and Brian Cushing missed a lot of time in last week's 23-13 win over the Dolphins, and though Cushing hasn't appeared on the team's injury report as of Monday, Joseph is already considered questionable with an ankle injury.

Should Joseph not be able to go, the secondary will be shifted around quite a bit. Rashad Carmichael has an ailing shoulder, and Jason Allen was torn apart by Brandon Marshall on the outside last week. Kareem Jackson, the team's first round draft choice from two years ago, has fallen out of favor and wasn't even in the starting lineup last week at Miami.

Glover Quin, who just moved to safety in the offseason, might have to shift back to the outside at cornerback in this game or play more man coverage when the Saints spread the field.

Offensively, everyone in the Lone Star State is holding its breath about the status of Arian Foster. He started against the Dolphins, but he didn't make it through the first half after apparently re-aggravating his hamstring injury. He is questionable for Week 3.

In his place though, former Auburn Tiger Ben Tate has had a pair of 100+ yard rushing games, and he has proven to be more than a capable backup.

Derrick Ward could be back in the fold at New Orleans after sitting out against Miami with an ankle injury. It is unlikely that Kevin Walter suits up after missing Week 2 with a collarbone injury, which means more reps for Jacoby Jones on the outside opposite of Andre Johnson.

Drew Brees and the New Orleans offense haven't missed a beat despites top receiver Marques Colston out last week against the Chicago Bears. Colston won't be playing for another few weeks, but both Devery Henderson and Robert Meachem have a pair of TD receptions, while Jimmy Graham and Darren Sproles already have over 100 yards receiving between them on the year.

Though Brees has thrown for 689 yards and six scores in two games, there is still a real concern about how good the Saints ground game really is. Houston was vulnerable last week to rookie Daniel Thomas right up the gut against its relatively weak defensive front three, but there is a question whether either Mark Ingram or Pierre Thomas has the ability to take advantage of that.

Ingram is only averaging 3.4 YPC this year, while Thomas only has 72 yards on 14 carries. New Orleans has had just one run of more than 12 yards the first two weeks, and the ground game has only been good for 99.5 YPG.

Not surprisingly, this is the highest 'total' on the board on the Don Best odds screen. The number has been set at 53½. New Orleans has opened up as a four-point choice of the oddsmakers as of Monday morning.

These two teams have only met twice before in the regular season, though they are regular mates in the preseason. The Texans won 23-10 at Reliant Stadium in 2007, while the Saints claimed a 33-10 triumph in only meeting between these two squads at the Superdome in 2003.

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09/19/2011 10:12 PM

Surprising Buffalo Bills Host Tom Brady, Patriots

The Patriots have won and covered their last seven games vs. the Bills.
The Buffalo Bills have been one of the surprise early teams in the NFL. They get a giant test on Sunday when their AFC East rival New England Patriots come to town.

CBS will broadcast at 1:00 p.m. (ET) from Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park.

The Don Best odds screen has Buffalo as big 9-point home ‘dogs, while the total has already jumped a point to 51 ½. The ‘over’ is 22-8-1 in the first two weeks, pending the Giants and Rams Monday night final.

The Bills (2-0 straight up, 1-1 against the spread) opened with a 41-7 win at Kansas City. The Chiefs seem poised for a nosedive after a playoff run last year, but it was still a great road win for Buffalo. Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick had 208 passing yards, four TDs and no interceptions.

The former journeyman was equally impressive versus Oakland in Week 2, a 38-35 win as 3 ½-point home favorites. He had 264 yards passing and three more TDs, including a 6-yarder to receiver David Nelson with 14 seconds left. The Bills scored five touchdowns in five second-half possessions after trailing 21-3 at halftime.

The 73 combined points scored easily went ‘over’ the 40 ½-point total. The ‘over’ is 2-0 for Buffalo after the ‘under’ ended last year at 7-2 in the final nine (5-0 at home).

Buffalo’s top-ranked scoring offense (39.5 PPG) is very balanced with Fred Jackson (229 total yards) leading the NFL in rushing. He will keep the Patriots defense honest, while Fitzpatrick attacks their secondary which has allowed 762 passing yards in two games (31st in the NFL).

Coach Chan Gailey is thrilled to be 2-0, but has to be concerned about his own ‘D.’ It allowed Jason Campbell to throw for 323 yards last week and Oakland thought it had the game-winning drive with 3:41 left. It did a much better job against Matt Cassel (119 passing yards) the week before.

The Bills have been showing multiple looks on defense. Having veteran linebackers like Shawne Merriman, Chris Kelsay, Nick Barnett, Andra Davis and Kirk Morrison help the effort, but the run defense is still allowing 119.5 YPG (ranked 21st) and 5.0 yards per carry (ranked 28th).

New England (2-0 SU and ATS) followed up a 38-24 win at Miami with a 35-21 home win over San Diego. Winning the turnover margin 4-0 was the big key. Tom Brady had 423 yards passing and his 940 two-game total is the second highest in league history.

Brady helped engineer a final touchdown drive with 1:54 left. That put the 6 ½ pointspread out of reach and also pushed the score above the 53 ½-point total. The ‘over’ is 2-0 this season and an incredible 18-3 in New England’s last 21 games.

The Patriots continue to use a no-huddle offense for large periods. It doesn’t allow the other team to substitute and lets Brady identify mismatches. Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez are a great one-two punch at tight end, but the latter is likely out this week with a sprained MCL.

Hernandez’s injury likely means more touches for receivers Wes Welker and Deion Branch, who are dangerous on short patterns. Chad Ochocinco (45 yards last week) should also start to get more than the 17-18 snaps he’s been averaging.

Running backs BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Danny Woodhead are not elite and are mostly used as a change-of-pace for the passing game. Look for Brady to have another 40-plus pass attempts this week.

The Patriots pass defense could easily be in trouble again Sunday. Devin McCourty is not the shutdown corner he was last season and safety Patrick Chung along with cornerbacks Ras-I Dowling and Kyle Arrington all got injured last game. Check the Don Best injury report for the latest on those three.

The front seven is still adjusting to the new 4-3 and while it can bring pressure, it needs to sack Fitzpatrick when it has the chance and not allow him to dump off underneath like San Diego’s Philip Rivers (15 completions to his running backs for 135 yards).

New England won in Buffalo last December, 34-3 as 9-point favorites. The team ran for 217 yards and picked off Fitzpatrick three times.

The Patriots are 7-0 SU and ATS the last seven meetings in Buffalo, with the average score 30.6-7.6. The ‘under’ is 4-1 in the last five games in Buffalo.

Weather should be very nice, especially for Buffalo, mostly sunny and in the 60s.

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09/19/2011 10:15 PM

Week 3 Openers

September 19, 2011

Perceptions change in a heartbeat when following the NFL season as opinions are varied from week to week. That's no exception following two games with underrated clubs like Buffalo starting at 2-0 while Kansas City and Seattle have looked awful at 0-2. Looking ahead to Week 3 lines, we'll compare several of the changes made by oddsmakers after the M Resort released openers for every regular season game back in July.

Lions at Vikings

July opener: Minnesota -2
Sunday opener: Detroit -3 ½

These two NFC North rivals are going in opposite directions after the Lions have begun 2-0 with two convincing victories. The Vikings were on their way to a victory over Tampa Bay after building a 17-0 lead at halftime, but the Bucs reeled off 24 unanswered points to stun Minnesota. Detroit is listed as a road favorite for the first time since 2008, but the stunning stat is the 0-7 SU/ATS mark since 1997 when laying points on the highway. In fact, the last time the Lions covered as a road favorite was under Wayne Fontes in 1996 at Tampa Bay.

Broncos at Titans

July opener: Tennessee -4 ½
Sunday opener: Tennessee -7

The Titans pulled off a shocker in Week 2 by knocking off the Ravens, 26- 13 as 5 ½-point home underdogs. Tennessee goes for a 2-1 start as Denver invades LP Field coming off a two-point victory over Cincinnati. Former Vegas oddsmaker and current VegasInsider.com handicapper Micah Roberts explains the shift from the original pointspread in July, "Before the season started, you might have thought there was value with Denver getting +4 ½ at Tennessee, but that all changed with two good defensive performances by the Titans and two sluggish games by the Broncos. The Titans win over the Ravens appears to be more about the Steelers hangover and playing flat."

Jaguars at Panthers

July opener: Jacksonville -2 ½
Sunday opener: Carolina -3 ½

One of the bigger swings from the summer numbers comes in this interconference matchup with the two clubs that entered the league in 1995. The Jaguars' quarterback situation is in flux after Luke McCown threw four interceptions in Sunday's blowout loss at the Jets. Now, head coach Jack Del Rio has to decide between McCown and rookie Blaine Gabbert, who completed five of six passes for 52 yards. On the other side, this past April's top pick Cam Newton has impressed with two games throwing for over 400 yards, but the Panthers are 0-2 out of the chute.

Chiefs at Chargers

July opener: San Diego -6
Sunday opener: San Diego -14 ½

Kansas City was expected to crash down to Earth this season, but certainly not in this fashion. The Chiefs have been outscored 89-10 in losses to the Bills and Lions, while losing star running back Jamaal Charles for the remainder of the season to a torn ACL on Sunday. The Chargers return home after getting sliced up by Tom Brady and the Patriots, 35-21 as 6 ½-point 'dogs, as San Diego owns a 6-3 ATS record the last nine instances as a nine-point home favorite or more.

Roberts provides an interesting spin on San Diego, "The only question is why the line isn't higher than 14 ½. For all the greatness most of us feel the Chargers have, there is that X factor that doesn't show up in statistics which is playing to the level of their opponents. They should have lost to the Vikings and were overmatched at New England. They look like the same sad group as 2010, but without Darren Sproles."

Steelers at Colts

July opener: Indianapolis - 1 ½
Sunday opener: Pittsburgh -10 ½

This line has moved for obvious reasons with Peyton Manning out and the Colts' offense turning into a complete train-wreck. Indianapolis has scored just two touchdowns in the first two weeks of the season, while facing a Pittsburgh offense that tossed a shutout over hapless Seattle. The Steelers are 0-3 ATS the last three times when laying at least 9 ½ points away from Heinz Field, including two SU losses at Cleveland and Kansas City in 2009.

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09/20/2011 07:12 PM

Week 3 Preview: Lions at Vikings

DETROIT LIONS (2-0)

at MINNESOTA VIKINGS (0-2)


Kickoff: Sunday, 1:00 p.m. EDT
Line: Detroit -3.5, Total: 44.5

Although Detroit hasn’t won in Minnesota in 13 years, the Lions are the favorite as they travel to the Metrodome on Sunday.

The Lions haven’t left Minnesota with a win since 1997. They’ll need to do it on Sunday if they’re going to prove themselves as a true playoff contender. Detroit did finish its 2010 season with a 20-13 win over the Vikings at home, a game in which it shut down Adrian Peterson (14 carries, 31 yards) and outgained Minnesota 357-214. The Lions will be able to concentrate on stopping Peterson, as the Vikes passing game has shown no signs of life with Donovan McNabb under center. After 39 passing yards in San Diego Week 1, McNabb threw for a middling 228 against a weak Tampa secondary in last week’s loss. Expect DETROIT, which has outscored its two opponents 75-23 this year, to continue rolling with its seventh straight victory.

The FoxSheets provides a three-star trend backing the Lions:

DETROIT is 12-2 ATS (85.7%, +9.8 Units) in all games where the total is between 42.5 and 49 points over the last 2 seasons. The average score was DETROIT 23.1, OPPONENT 19.0 - (Rating = 3*).

Matthew Stafford is the biggest reason the Lions are leading the NFC in scoring. He has thrown for 599 yards, 7 TD and 2 INT this year. Three players already have over 100 receiving yards, including Calvin Johnson who has four touchdowns. Johnson has been hampered by an ankle injury, but has been playing through the pain. TE Brandon Pettigrew suffered a shoulder injury in last week’s win, but he will also suit up on Sunday. The ground game has been adequate with 215 yards, but the team’s top three ball carriers (Jahvid Best, Jerome Harrison and Keiland Williams) have averaged 3.2 yards per carry combined. The Lions lead the NFL with a +6 turnover margin and rank seventh in the league in total defense (291 YPG).

For Minnesota to get its first victory, the team will rely on Adrian Peterson, who leads the NFC with 218 rushing yards. Despite being shut down the last time he faced Detroit, Peterson has 814 rushing yards and 7 TD in eight career games against the Lions, with six of those being Vikings wins. Despite McNabb’s struggles this year, he has thoroughly enjoyed playing Detroit. In three career games against the Lions, McNabb has completed 68.4% of his passes for 947 yards, 7 TD and 1 INT. The Vikings could be without CB Chris Cook, who exited in the second quarter of last game with a groin injury. The team’s primary nickelback is listed as questionable.

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09/20/2011 07:16 PM

Week 3 Preview: Patriots at Bills

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (2-0)

at BUFFALO BILLS (2-0)


Kickoff: Sunday, 1:00 p.m. EDT
Line: New England -9.5, Total: 51.5

The Patriots look to defeat Buffalo for the 16th straight time when they travel to Ralph Wilson Stadium for Sunday’s AFC East matchup.

Usually this game is a mismatch on paper, but the Bills have flashed quite an impressive offense in their two wins, scoring a league-best 79 points. Nobody has moved the ball like New England this year, as the Patriots already have 1,126 total yards, which are 174 more than any other team in the NFL. Although the Bills haven’t beaten the Patriots since the 2003 season opener, they have kept their September matchups close, going 3-1 ATS with one-possession losses in the three covers. The Pats defense is flawed, ranked second-to-last in yardage (479 YPG), so the Bills should keep the final margin within reach with another big day from their offense.

The FoxSheets provides a three-star trend supporting BUFFALO as the pick:

BUFFALO is 29-9 ATS (76.3%, +19.1 Units) after a win by 3 or less points since 1992. The average score was BUFFALO 23.1, OPPONENT 19.1 - (Rating = 3*).

New England QB Tom Brady has been out of this world this season, completing 72% of his passes for 940 yards, 7 TD and 1 INT (off a deflection). Four Patriots already have at least 165 receiving yards, with three of those players tallying at least two touchdowns. One of those receivers is TE Aaron Hernandez, who is expected to miss Sunday’s game with a knee injury. That should mean more targets for TE Rob Gronkowski who is averaging 17.2 yards per catch with three touchdowns. The Patriots have done a nice job running the football as BenJarvus Green-Ellis has 104 yards (4.3 YPC) and two scores.

The Bills have enough talent in their secondary to possibly contain Tom Brady, but allowing 323 passing yards to Jason Campbell and the Raiders last week, without a single sack, is a bad sign. Like Brady, Buffalo QB Ryan Fitzpatrick also has 7 TD and 1 INT this year. He has not played well against New England though, with 3 TD and 6 INT in three career meetings. Second-year WR David Nelson emerged as the go-to receiver against Oakland, catching 10 passes for 83 yards and the game-winning touchdown. With Roscoe Parrish (ankle) placed on IR Tuesday, Nelson will continue to be targeted often as the team’s best slot receiver. Last year’s No. 1 wideout, Steve Johnson has not been 100 percent because of a bothersome groin injury, but he is expected to play Sunday. But not to be overlooked is RB Fred Jackson who leads the NFL with 229 rushing yards. Jackson is averaging 6.5 yards per carry, as he already has four 20-yard gains this season. The running game could suffer a bit without OT Kraig Urbek, who is out 2-to-4 weeks after sustaining a knee injury last week.

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09/20/2011 07:23 PM

Vick In Doubt For Eagles Against NY Giants

The Eagles have won and covered their last six meetings with New York.
The health status of Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick is the big question heading into Sunday’s home game against the New York Giants.

The contest is currently off the board on the Don Best odds screen. Fox will broadcast this NFC East rivalry at 1:00 p.m. (ET) from Lincoln Financial Field.

Vick is listed as questionable after suffering a ‘slight concussion’ in the 35-31 loss at Atlanta on Sunday night. The injury is also giving coach Andy Reid a headache as backups Vince Young and Mike Kafka are a big downgrade.

Kafka was thought to be third-string once Young was signed in the offseason. However, the second-year product from Northwestern is more familiar with the offense and Young (hamstring injury) hasn’t dressed or even practiced much the last two weeks.

Kafka was 7-of-9 for 72 yards in relief of Vick last week. He drove Philly down to the Atlanta 22-yard line late in the fourth quarter, but was stopped on a fourth-down try when Jeremy Maclin dropped a catchable ball.

The Eagles (1-1 straight up, 1-1 against the spread) will be making their home debut after also playing at St. Louis (31-13 win) in the opening week. The ‘over’ is 2-0 in the first two games, but that was with the dangerous Vick mostly leading the charge.

Reid will not abandon his normal offensive philosophy. He’ll still want to get the ball to receivers Maclin and DeSean Jackson, and running back LeSean McCoy should only see a small uptick on his 16.5 average carries.

Philadelphia’s defense is 13th in the NFL in total yards (326.5 YPG) and has nine sacks (ranked second). However, it allowed Atlanta to rally with two TDs in the fourth quarter. A 61-yard scamper from Michael Turner was the big blow on the go-ahead drive.

This is the first home game for defensive free agent additions Nnamdi Asomugha, Cullen Jenkins and Jason Babin. They have all played well, with the linebackers the real weakness of the defense, especially with rookie Casey Matthews in the middle.

The Eagles went just 4-4 SU (3-5 ATS) at home in the regular season last year. They then walked off losers there in the playoffs, 21-16 to Green Bay as 1-point favorites.

The Giants (1-1 SU and ATS) are playing on a short week, beating St. Louis 28-16 as 7-point home favorites on Monday Night Football. St. Louis had more total yards (367-300), but had to settle for three short field goals and also had a fumble returned for a touchdown.

Quarterback Eli Manning only needed to throw for 200 yards against St. Louis after having 268 in the 28-14 opening loss at Washington. He has two TDs versus two picks on the year and a below average 80.5 quarterback rating.

The inconsistent Manning may have fewer weapons on Sunday with receivers Mario Manningham (concussion) and Domenik Hixon (knee) questionable. That could leave Hakeem Nicks and backup Victor Cruz on the outside against the elite Eagles’ cornerbacks.

Coach Tom Coughlin will have to feature the running back tandem of Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs. Bradshaw and tight end Jake Ballard should also get some throws matched up against the Eagles linebackers. Getting back receiving tight end Travis Beckum would help, but he’s also questionable (hamstring injury).

The Giants defense suffered numerous injuries in the preseason and allowed both Rex Grossman (305) and Sam Bradford (331) to go over 300 passing yards. Facing Kafka would alleviate some of that concern and the unit wouldn’t have to worry about him scrambling like Vick.

The Giants were 2 ½-point road betting favorites in the Washington loss after going 5-3 SU and 4-4 ATS away last year.

The Eagles have dominated this heated rivalry of late, going 6-0 SU and ATS. They picked off Manning three times in a 27-17 home win in November. The December game in the Big Apple was an improbable 31-10 fourth-quarter comeback, winning 38-31.

Weather is expected to be rainy this week, but clear up for Sunday and be in the 70s to boot.

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09/20/2011 07:26 PM

Winless Miami Dolphins Visit Cleveland Browns

The Miami Dolphins will head to the road in search of their first victory of the season when they visit the Cleveland Browns on Sunday. The Dolphins lost their first two games at home to a pair of unbeaten teams while the Browns are hoping to build off their first win of the year at Indianapolis last week.

Game time is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. (ET) with television coverage provided by CBS.

Cleveland opened as a 1-point favorite according to the Don Best odds screen, but early betting has already moved the line as much as two points for the home team to -3. The total opened at 40 and has jumped as high as 41 so far.

The Browns (1-1) lost their season opener at home to Cincinnati 27-17 but rebounded last Sunday with a 27-19 victory at Indianapolis. They covered as 1-point road favorites and saw the total go ‘over’ 39 ½ points.

Cleveland put together a much more balanced offensive effort against the Colts, as running back Peyton Hillis rushed for 94 yards on 27 carries and scored two touchdowns while quarterback Colt McCoy passed for 211 yards and one touchdown without an interception.

McCoy had thrown 40 times against the Bengals and completed 19, but he was much more efficient vs. Indy with 32 attempts and 22 completions. Hillis carried the ball 17 times for 57 yards in the opener and was held out of the end zone.

The Dolphins (0-2) struggled offensively in a 23-13 home loss to Houston last Sunday after showing positive signs despite falling to New England 38-24 the previous week. Miami QB Chad Henne reverted back to his inconsistent and inaccurate form against the Texans, completing just 12-of-30 passes for 170 yards with one touchdown and one interception.

Henne had completed 30-of-49 passes for a career-high 416 yards with two passing touchdowns and another on the ground in the season opener.

The only real positive for the Dolphins in the defeat to Houston was the play of rookie RB Daniel Thomas, who picked up 107 yards rushing on 18 carries. Starting RB Reggie Bush had a disappointing performance with six carries for 18 yards and one catch for three yards.

Miami is an underdog for the third time in as many games and has lost the last three meetings with Cleveland both straight up and against the spread. The Browns edged the Dolphins on the road last year 13-10 as 5 ½-point underdogs behind former QB Jake Delhomme, who threw a touchdown pass to Benjamin Watson while kicker Phil Dawson added three field goals, including the game-winner as time expired.

Henne also helped the opposition by throwing three interceptions, although he was without leading receiver Brandon Marshall due to a hamstring injury.

Scattered showers could cross through the Cleveland area on Sunday with the high temperature expected to reach 67 degrees.

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09/20/2011 07:30 PM

New York Jets Trek West To Battle Oakland Raiders

The New York Jets hope to stay undefeated as they travel cross-country to play the Oakland Raiders in their first road game of the season.

CBS will televise the matchup, which has a scheduled kickoff of 4:05 p.m. (ET). The Don Best odds screen currently lists the Jets as a 3 ½-point road favorite.

New York (2-0) followed up a shaky season opener against Dallas with a dominant performance over the Jacksonville Jaguars last week. The Jets easily covered as an 8 ½-point favorite in the 32-3 win as the defense completely shut Luke McCown and the Jags' passing game down while forcing four interceptions.

The 2-0 record has to have the Jets feeling good, but the offense has left a bit to be desired. Mark Sanchez has thrown three interceptions in two games, and starting running back Shonn Greene has rushed for only 75 yards on 26 carries.

They will get an interesting road test this week against a Raiders squad that appears to be a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde type of team following the first two weeks of the 2011 campaign.

Oakland (1-1) threw conventional wisdom out of the window last week. A team known for its struggles on offense, especially in the passing game, had 323 passing yards and two passing touchdowns in a week where their three starting wide receivers and their starting tight end didn’t play.

But even stranger things happened on the defensive side. After a dominating effort in the first half that saw the Raiders take a 21-3 lead into the locker room, the wheels fell off completely as the defense gave up 35 points in the second half to lose 38-35.

Oakland did cover as a 3½-point underdog to improve to 2-0 against the spread.

After starting the season with two games on the road, Oakland returns home to face one of the toughest teams in the NFL. The Raiders will need their best effort on both sides of the ball, and they’ll need it for all four quarters.

Recent trends for both teams suggest that the total has a great chance of going ‘over’ in this game. Eleven of New York’s last 12 road games and six of Oakland’s last seven home games have gone ‘over’ the posted total.

The total for this contest has been set at 41.

The Jets are 13-4 SU in their last 17 road games, but just 3-8 SU the last 11 trips to Oakland. That said, they’ve only played twice in Oakland since 2003, and cruised to a 38-0 victory the last time they came to town (2009) as the defense forced four turnovers.

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09/20/2011 07:33 PM

Bengals Host 49ers In NFL Betting Action

This Sunday from Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, the Bengals (1-1) will host the San Francisco 49ers (1-1) in an interconferece NFL matchup. The game can be found in some markets on FOX beginning at 1:00 p.m. (ET).

Opening numbers on the Don Best odds screen saw Cincinnati a mere 1-point favorite but that number has already been bet up to 2½. The total has moved as well, starting out at 40 and moving up to 41.

San Francisco fell victim last week to one of the best stories of this young season. Though they were up 24-14 in the fourth quarter, Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo came back in the game after suffering a cracked rib and punctured lung and eventually led Dallas to a 27-24 overtime win.

Despite the loss, the Bay Area is still happy with their rookie head coach Jim Harbaugh. Harbaugh was the only new coach to lead his team to a victory in Week 1.

What 49er fans may not be pleased with is the same old story at QB in Alex Smith. While Romo was out of the game in the third quarter, Smith and the San Fran offense failed to capitalize on the opportunity in their first three possessions of the period. They went three-and-out twice, and Smith threw an interception just three plays following a Dallas INT from backup QB Jon Kitna.

While the No. 1 overall selection in the 2005 NFL Draft has proven time and again he is not the answer, don’t expect to see rookie QB Colin Kaepernick. It would sure be an interesting storyline, however, considering who was picked just one spot ahead of him in the second round of this year’s draft.

Andy Dalton has made both starts for Cincinnati and has played very, very well. Through his first two weeks of NFL action, Dalton has thrown three TDs and zero picks. Not only that, but he has posted a QB rating over 100 in both games.

His fellow rookie teammate, wide receiver A.J. Green out of Georgia, shined in the 24-22 loss to the Denver Broncos in Week 2. Green caught 10 balls for 124 yards and a TD. That wasn’t just any TD; it was a sideline, toe-tapping beauty. This connection could become deadly.

This Bengals offense can run smoothly even with a couple of rookies playing key roles. They were hit with the loss of their nice slot receiver Jordan Shipley (knee injury) for the season, however.

San Francisco really needs to get running back Frank Gore going. With a healthy dose of 42 carries over the first two weeks, Gore is averaging a lackluster 2.5 yards per rush. He will get a chance against a Cincy ‘D’ that surrendered 101 yards to Broncos RB Willis McGahee.

With receivers Michael Crabtree (foot) and Braylon Edwards (knee) in question for Sunday, Gore’s performance becomes even more critical.

It’s tough to really give an edge to either defense. The Bengals have surrendered fewer points, total yards, and passing yards than San Fran, but the Niners lead the NFL in fewest rushing yards allowed.

Cincinnati has won its last four September games; San Francisco has gone 1-4 against the spread over the last five road games.

Early weather reports call for a chance of rain in Cincinnati this Sunday with temperatures around 65 degrees at game time

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