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It isn't often that two football games can provide five of the biggest QB names in the business. It's not a controversy that has people talking, either. Just a whole lot of comeback stories bunched together in one night of preseason action!

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Bengals at Patriots
For games that aren't supposed to mean anything, bettors and fans alike were given more than a fair share of things to talk about in the first week of the NFL football betting preseason. Quarterbacks, always the center of attention to begin with, were an even greater focus when Carson Palmer and Tom Brady trotted onto the field to take their first reps since injuries cut last season short.

New England was on the road but you can bet that every football fan in Boston was watching to see if Brady still had his magic touch. Rest easy Pat-fan, he had good mobility, his vision hadn't skipped a beat and when it was all said and done the former MVP finished 10-for-15 with two touchdowns and one interception.

Palmer was in New Orleans to take on the Saints and although his team lost 17-7 it looked as if his elbow was back to 100-percent. The highlight for backers that suffered through Cinci's four-win campaign last year was when their star pivot hooked up with Ochocinco for a 55-yard gain. Ocho had his worst production since 2001 last season and with TJ Houshmandzadeh gone, No. 85 needs to get back on track.

The Bengals will look to even its record Thursday when the team visits Foxboro to take on the Pats. New England was originally listed as 4.5-point favorites at online sportsbook SPORTSBETTING(dot)com when the NFL football betting lines were posted, but heavy betting on the home side has boosted that number as high as -8 at some books. SPORTSBETTING(dot)com reported action tipping heavily New England's way, as they received 85% of all the early action.

The largest pointspread through the first 15 preseason games was only three and-a-half points and although favs did win the majority of the games straight-up, most lines were fairly tight. Against the number favs went 8-6-1 ATS.

- Eagles at Colts
Philadelphia is at Indianapolis in Thursday's second contest and Colts fans are hoping that when Tony Dungy left town he didn't take the offensive playbook with him! Indy fell 13-3 last week vs. Minnesota, moving the Colts? preseason record in its past seven outings to 1-6 SU.

The last time Indy scored three points in a regular season game was in 1997 and as new head coach Jim Caldwell looks to notch that elusive first victory, look for a better effort out of the home side in this contest.

Philly lost its preseason opener on a missed field goal in the final minute but feels it won the war that night by signing Michael Vick to a 1-year deal. The Eagles are one of the highest scoring preseason teams in the league the past while, averaging 24 points per game in their last four outings. Indy has surpassed that figure just once in its past 10 preseason outings and the early total on this game is set at 36.5.

Trend bettors may also note that Philly is 10-0 ATS the past 10 years in its second preseason game of the year ? definitely one of the contributing factors behind just the second road fav line of 2009.

The early NFL football betting action at online sportsbooks has been evenly split in this tilt.


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