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Preseason Over-Unders are on the low side...

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By Mike Wilkening

If you are convinced the opening week of the preseason will be a high-scoring one, the market is in your favor at present. Only two games — Buffalo at Washington at New Orleans at Arizona — have Over/Unders as high as 36½. The Bills-Redskins total has been bet up after Washington beat Indianapolis 30-16 in the Hall of Fame game on Sunday. Redskins No.3 QB Colt Brennan completed 9-of-10 throws for 123 yards and two TDs, so you could see why some opportunistic bettors have decided to see if Brennan can build off of that in his second pro appearance on Saturday.

As for New Orleans-Arizona, I think that total comes down to these factors: the Saints' potent offense and the Cardinals having two starter-caliber quarterbacks. Another issue bettors may keep in mind: Arizona's eight return TDs last season. In the preseason, predicting where the points might come from is not easy. So betting the Over takes research ... and perhaps hopes of a blocked field goal being returned for a touchdown.

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