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Submitted by Jim Hurley on Sunday, August 14, 2011 at 12:30 AM

The three C's were popular plays Saturday Night in NFL Preseason action for VSM handicapers...

JIM HURLEY won his biggest release so far this preseason with Cleveland (-2.5) over Green Bay 27-17. Carolina (-2.5) over the NY Giants was a also a winner thanks to a 20-10 victory. NETWORK is off to a 3-2 start out of the gate, 60% vs. the Vegas line.

Legendary Vegas gambler TONY SALINAS had those same two teams for his clients, though he liked Carolina as the slightly stronger side. A 2-0 Saturday sweep for the high roller in the cowboy hat. Tony is now 3-1 so far in the Preseason...75%...with top-rated winners on the Panthers and Redskins.

Vegas oddsmaker NICK BOGDANOVICH only had one football release Saturday. It was the Chicago Bears (-3) vs. Buffalo. That wasn't a pretty game to watch. But, it was a pretty game to cash with the 10-3 decision for the hosts.

COACH RON MEYER, the only handicapper in the industry to win Coach of the Year honors in both college and pro football, split out 1-1, but had his biggest play on the Bears. Coach now has 20-unit cashers under his belt on New Orleans and Chicago...and his clients are way up Saturday and Sunday in terms of units.

A quick review of the on-field NFL highlights Saturday Night...

*Colt McCoy was very sharp for the Browns in their 27-17 win. He had a passing like of 9-10-0-135 and engineered two touchdown drives. You may not be aware that McCoy spent some time this summer with Brett Favre, who's very familiar with Cleveland coach Pat Shurmer's West Coast offense. Time well spent for the former Longhorn!

*Cam Newton failed to impress consistently for Carolina in their 20-10 win. He was 8-19-0-134 for a passer rating of 66.6 even though he was facing backups. That may calm down calls for him to be the starter once the season starts. Well, Jimmy Clausen had an interception returned for a TD. So, maybe not! The Giants only TD came on Clausen's pick six.

*Highlights belonged to the defenses in Chicago's 10-3 win over Buffalo. We'll look for more aggression from both offenses next week.

*St. Louis wasn't quite as dominant against the Colts as the 33-10 score made it seem. But, they move the chains well on their scoring drives. The Colts don't prioritize the Preseason, which is why this line moved from St. Louis -3 to -7 during the week.

*Two high profile rookies saw action in Tennessee's 14-3 win over Minnesota. Jake Locker of the Titans was 7-10-0-89 for a 130.8 passer rating. We've been looking at a lot of rookie passing lines this week. That's off the charts compared to the rest of the field. Christian Ponder of Minnesota was 8-13-0-84 for an 80.3 rating. That was one of the better rookie efforts too.

There are no NFL games Sunday. The exhibition slate resumes Monday Night with the Jets and Texans on ESPN.

In Saturday's pennant race games in the bases...

*Cleveland and Detroit both won in the AL Central.

*Arizona and San Francisco both won in the NL West.

*Texas won while the LA Angels lost in the AL West, giving the Rangers a bit more breathing room. Jered Weaver of the Halos had a rare horrible start, which hurt his cause in the Cy Young race with Justin Verlander and C.C. Sabathia.

*Milwaukee won while St. Louis lost in the NL Central. The Cards have very little margin for error at the moment because the Brewers have been on such a tear.

*The New York Yankees won early against Tampa Bay...with Jorge Posada perhaps getting a touching swan song grand slam in a win over Tampa Bay. Boston finished up in Seattle after publication deadlines.

Several big baseball releases are planned Sunday from the VSM legends. Be sure you check out the available offers Sunday morning before the day gets away from you. The bulk of the Sunday schedule offers up "double getaway" spots where both teams will be leaving town after the game. Smart handicappers know how to take advantage of that. Do you?

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