What bettors need to know: Saturday's NFL preseason games

Aug 10, 2012 |

Football bettors can choose from two games on the NFL preseason schedule Saturday.

Here’s a quick look at each of the matchups and their odds and trends

Houston Texans at Carolina Panthers (-3, 35.5)

The Houston defense had a huge turnaround from the 2010 season going from one of the worst units in the league to ranking second in total defense last season.

Inside linebacker Brian Cushing has spent two nights in the hospital with a viral infection this week, but coach Gary Kubiak won’t rule him out of Saturday’s preseason opener. Quarterback Matt Schaub will play 12 to 15 snaps at Carolina. T.J. Yates and John Beck will take over from there and finish the game, according to Kubiak.

It has been a turbulent training camp for the Carolina Panthers.

Offensive tackle Jeff Otah’s contract with the Panthers was terminated after he was dealt to the New York Jets, failed his physical and was sent back to Carolina, where he once again failed another physical.

Cornerback Captain Munnerlyn has been feuding with wide receiver Steve Smith and Jonathan Stewart after they took issue with his physical style of play in camp. Munnerlyn’s competition at corner, Brandon Hogan (knee)and Josh Norman (hamstring), are already missing time due to injury.

The pressure will once again fall on Cam Newton and the rushing attack of DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart this season.

Tennessee Titans @ Seattle Seahawks (-3, 33.5)

Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck will be the starter when the Titans open the preseason against the Seahawks, coach Mike Munchak informed the media Thursday.

Hasselbeck will play 10-15 snaps and then Jake Locker will take over until halftime. Rusty Smith and Nick Stephens are expected to share snaps in the second half.

NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport reporter earlier this week that Chris Johnson looked like the "Chris Johnson of old," referring to his effort in 2009 where he rushed for over 2,000 yards.

The Seahawks signed wide receiver Terrell Owens on Monday to a one-year deal reportedly worth $1 million.

“His workout and work ethic was extraordinary,” head coach Pete Carroll said via Twitter earlier this week. “He has a chance to start over here, and that’s pretty cool.”

Seattle's three-way quarterback competition begins on Saturday. Matt Flynn's been promised the first half and Russell Wilson the second.


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