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Vegas Play of the Day: Tennessee Titans at New Orleans Saints

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New Orleans Saints’ Mark Ingram (22) tries to break free of Philadelphia Eagles’ Cary Williams during the second half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game, Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, in Philadelphia.

The second week of the NFL preseason rolls along tonight with four more games.

The Play of the Day, which features odds from the South Point and $10,000 starting bankrolls, is along for the ride.

New Orleans Saints minus-3 vs. Tennessee Titans: $330 to win $300

Ah, the joys of preseason football. This is exactly the kind of situation that can inflict premature damage on a bankroll reserved for football season.

Seeing one of the best teams in the NFL, especially at home, giving only a field goal to an afterthought can be a dangerously seductive line without actually being a smart play. These teams will barely resemble the ones lining up in the same uniforms a month from now.

Luckily, reputation and recent success aren’t the catalysts for betting on New Orleans tonight. There are better reasons.

For one, the Saints at least practiced all week. The Titans got an off day to go to the movies, where each player could pick to catch one of three films.

The “reward” fits with coach Ken Whisenhunt’s usual indifference toward the preseason. Whisenhunt is near the bottom of the league with a 9-17 career record in preseason contests. The Saints are a more respectable 19-16 under coach Sean Payton, including covering in a jarring seven straight dating back to 2012.

Tennessee plans to mix its personnel pairings, which could make for sloppy play. Most of New Orleans’ starters are playing, though Drew Brees’ status is uncertain.

But is backup Luke McCown really that outgunned by Tennessee starter Jake Locker? Geaux Saints.

Standings: Bern (42-31-1, $13,292), Keefer (34-39, $9,092), Brewer (29-42-3, $1,850)

Case Keefer can be reached at 948-2790 or [email protected]. Follow Case on Twitter at twitter.com/casekeefer.

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