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2007 Season NFL Football Past Picks

August 25, 2007

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Tampa Bay at Miami

Saturday 08/25 12:00 AM Eastern

3 units on Miami PICK () (risk 3 to return 3)  RESULT: LOSS

John Gruden has changed. He used to win Super Bowls and now can't win anything. But that's actually not what we are talking about here. We're talking about his preseason philosophy. After posting a good 17-8 preseason record through 2004, he has since gone 4-6 in the exhibition games. The Bucs have allowed 21 points per game in their first two - a lot for preseason. Cam Cameron has started out like many new coaches - with an emphasis on winning. He said before the preseason, "We want to make the people in South Florida proud of this football team and people respond to people who work hard." This guy wants to win badly. Cameron added, "How much we will score, I don't know, but we're not going to stop trying to score. I can promise you this: We're not going to try to keep games close. Even if you try to score on every down, games are going to be close, so why try to keep them close?" The Fins were underdogs in their first two games and won them both. Here again they are in the dog role, at home. We expect Cameron to again demand a good showing. This game is more important than the first two as this is the only real preseason test for the starters. Gruden said after last game that he was very pleased with his starters ("I like the way we started"). He was not pleased with the play of the backups so we may see more backups in this game than you might expect for a week 3 game. We'll back the home dog in this one.


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