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Ness Notes for August 25

You have to love the NFL, the regular season or the preseason! The Dolphins outscored the Panthers last night by 323 yards to 145, gaining 20 FDs to Carolina’s nine (the Panthers were only 2-for-14). However, the final score was Carolina 19-10, a win and a ‘cover’ for the Panthers!

My bye game for Friday is Oak A’s over Tex Rangers at 8:35 ET. It’s a Las Vegas Insider Friday as I look to extend my current streak of 7-1 (87.5%) in MLB (since August 5) and look to post three straight Las Vegas Insider wins in NFLX (won with the Cardinals in the Week 1 and 30-3 with the Pats in week 2) with my LONE Las Vegas Insider in week 3 of the NFLX. Plus, check back for more MLB.

How did the Panthers win? First, the Dolphins had a 32-yard TD pass nullified by a penalty and then, on that same drive, they saw Ronnie Brown stopped on a fourth-and-one play at the goal line. An excellent outfield tackle ended another Miami drive deep into Carolina territory, forcing a 23-yard Mare FG. Then, on the ensuing kickoff, Carolina’s DeAngelo Williams returned it for a 98-yard TD! Soccer is back!

Week 3 continues with five more games tonight, highlighted by the Giants and Jets at the Meadowlands (8:00 ET) and the Steelers visiting the Eagles in Philadelphia at 8:00 ET on ESPN. Carolina’s win last night brings the team’s record to 3-0 (2-1 ATS), joining the Oakland Raiders (who played in the HOF game) as the only 3-0 teams in the NFL this preseason (Raiders also are 3-0 ATS).

Four other teams, Cincinnati, Dallas, Houston and the NY Giants join Carolina and Oakland as teams still undefeated this preseason. These six teams have combined to go 14-0 SU and 13-1 ATS. ATS’ only loss came in Week 1 when the Panthers beat the Bills 14-13 as three-point favorites.

The Giants and Cowboys share five-game preseason winning streaks (both are also 5-0 ATS), the longest active preseason winning streak among NFL teams. The Giants play the Jets tonight and are favored by 4 1/2 points with a total of 36. The Cowboys host the 49ers on Saturday night at 8:00 ET and are favored by seven points with a total of 36.

Six teams remain winless in preseason this year, all 0-2. The list includes Buffalo, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Pittsburgh, Tennessee, and Washington. The six teams are a combined 0-12 SU and not much better ATS, going 2-10.

The Steelers play tonight in Philadelphia and it will be interesting if Big Ben finally sees some action as he has only attempted eight passes so far. The Eagles have played three games and McNabb has looked good. Philadelphia is favored by three points (34 1/2).

The Chiefs and Colts are winless and both have eight-game losing streaks in preseason in their games this week. The Colts are in Jackson, Mississippi on Saturday night (7:00 ET) to play the Saints, while the Chiefs host the Rams at 8:30 ET on Saturday. The Colts, who are 2-6 ATS during their streak, are favored by 3 1/2 points with a total of 42, while the Chiefs, who are 0-8 ATS during their eight-game losing streak, are favored by 3 1/ 2 points with a total of 39 1/2.

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Thursday night’s 6-2 win over the Cardinals gave the Mets seven straight wins overall and 11 straight at Shea Stadium, their longest home winning streak since September 1995. The Mets (78- 48) went to 30 games over .500 for the first time since 1999 and lead Philadelphia by 14 1/2 games in the NL East.

New York’s seven-game winning streak is the longest active in MLB, with the four-game winning streaks of the Marlins and Padres (both had days off yesterday) as the second-best. The Rockies are riding a six-game losing streak entering play on Friday, the longest active losing streak in MLB.

Highlights of Thursday’s play included the White Sox’s win over the Tigers, 10-0. Detroit had beaten Chicago in the first two games of this four-game series, but Chicago won the last two games, leaving them 5 1/2 games behind the Tigers in the AL Central and keeping them a half game ahead of the Tigers. Twins in the wild card race.

Jon Garland pitched a complete game and has now won each of his last 10 road starts. In the last 10 years, only two other pitchers have had such long streaks, David Wells (he won 13 consecutive road starts, between 1999 and 2000) and Chris Carpenter (10 in a row in 2005).

Carlos Zambrano continued his season-long role as the Cubs’ stopper, pitching seven innings and earning the win against Philadelphia on Thursday afternoon. It was his 10th win this season immediately following a Cubs loss, the most such wins in the majors. It was the fifth time this year that Zambrano won a game to snap Chicago’s streak of at least three losses. The Cubs are 18-10 (.643) in games started by Zambrano and just 36-63 (.364) in games he doesn’t!

The weekend kicks off with a full 15-game schedule, and two American League series provide the most compelling stories. The Minnesota Twins look to seize sole possession of the AL wild-card lead on Friday night when they begin a critical three-game series against the Chicago White Sox at US Cellular Field (8:35 ET).

Minnesota (74-52) started slowly for the first two months of the season before turning it around. The Twins, who are 49-19 since June 8 after opening the season 25-33, matched the White Sox (75-52). ) after sweeping a three-game series at Chicago from July 24-26, but was never able to take the lead.

Radke (12-9, 4.35 ERA) starts for the Twins and is 2-2 with a 5.40 ERA in four starts against the White Sox this year, while Javier Vazquez (11-8, 5.13) will face Minnesota for the second time. consecutive output. . He was the underdog on Sunday, when he allowed five runs on seven hits in five innings of a 7-3 loss. The right-hander dropped to 0-3 with a 7.71 ERA in three starts against the Twins this year.

The Angels host the Yankees tonight in Anaheim (10:05 ET) in the opener of a three-game series. The Angels (67-61) are 4-3 against the Yankees (76-50) this season and look to capture the season series for the third straight year. They are 53-51 against New York since the start of the 1996 season, the only team with a winning record against the Yankees during manager Joe Torre’s tenure. Los Angeles also knocked New York out of the playoffs twice in four years, including a five-game victory in the division series last season.

Jaret Wright (9-7, 4.63) returns to the rotation when he takes the mound for New York. Wright hasn’t started since August. 17, though he has made a couple of appearances out of the bullpen since that outing. He is 4-1 with a 3.78 ERA in 10 road starts this year, but just 2-2 with a 7.60 ERA in seven career starts against the Angels.

John Lackey (10-9, 3.92 ERA) has struggled in his career against the Yankees, going 3-6 with a 5.74 ERA in nine regular-season starts. He lost in New York on August 2. 14 after allowing three runs and 11 hits in seven innings in a 7-2 loss. He is 0-3 with a 7.36 ERA in his last four starts and opponents are hitting .332 against him in his last eight starts after hitting .195 in his first 18. Lackey is 5-4 with a 4.28 ERA. in 14 starts at home (team is 8-6).

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