We’re still barking, even if dogs took step back

Oct 4, 2005 6:45 AM

Surprise, surprise! Bucs, Skins and Bengals are unbeaten after four weeks. There is one more team with a goose egg in the loss column but the Colts are a no-brainer compared to the other three shockers.

Last week: 9-4

Season: 32-26-1

Now, on to Week 5.

Bears +1½ at Browns: Both teams enjoyed a bye week. Brownies nearly upset the Colts at Indy two weeks ago and are extremely anxious to record their first home victory. Trent Dilfer may have found the Fountain of Youth and has several weapons at his disposal. Romeo will confuse Orton. BROWNS.

Saints +4 at Packers: I think the Packers will struggle to find ways to win all season. Favre may find a way here, but the cover is another story. Saints will keep handing the ball to Deuce McAllister and hope he finds holes like he did last week for 130 yards. SAINTS.

Bucs -7 at Jets: Cadillac headed to the repair shop with a sore hamstring, only rushing for 13 yards. Pittman is no slouch and the offensive line will be pumped if Williams is out. Griese and the Bucs (4-0) are playing with huge attitude after big win against Lions, while not playing their best. Griese not likely to repeat 3 INTs. Can’t back the Jets with Bollinger (too young) and Vinny (too old) at QB. Curtis Martin’s beard is turning gray and the offensive line is speeding up the aging process. BUCS.

Seahawks +3 at Rams: Both teams have their quirks, one being a couple of goofy coaches. Seattle should have won at Washington, but so should the two opponents before them. Seahawks still like to drop big passes and miss big kicks. After hours of deliberation, the wackiest pack of players and coaches goes to the Rams. Mike Martz has no equal when it comes to guys who make you scratch your head. Rams beat the Cards and Titans by a combined total of nine points! SEAHAWKS.

Pats +2 at Falcons: Will take advantage of a rare, world champion underdog situation if it’s there. Pats injuries are mounting and the Chargers exploited those weaknesses at Foxboro. While everyone is busy jumping on the injury laden Pats and backing the hot Falcons, I’m going to back Brady and Pats to rebound! PATS.

Dolphins +3 at Bills: Losman is short for loser man! Takeo Spikes absence will not help end the losing. The failures of J.P are killing McGahee’s chances of helping the team. Dolphins have no worries coming from Losman, so they just gear up to stop McGahee. Saban’s charges are well rested coming off bye. DOLPHINS.

Ravens +1 at Lions: Detroit came up a little short at Tampa Bay after having two TDs called back in the last minute. Baltimore shouldn’t be too excited about 10 point win over injury riddled Jets. LIONS

Titans +2½ at Texans: New offensive coordinator Joe Pendry had Houston nearly upsetting Bengals. Texans should find a way to exploit Tennessee’s youth and win first game. TEXANS.

Colts —13 at 49ers: Now that Peyton has broken out of his funk, watch out! This one could get ugly. COLTS.

Panthers -4 at Cards: Arizona desperate to win first game in front of the season ticket holders. Carolina has short week to prepare. Cards happy to be back in the country. CARDS.

Eagles -4 at Cowboys: Last time the Boys were home, they outplayed Skins for all but four minutes of the final quarter. Bledsoe should get the cover. As long as France kicks for Philly, I’m boycotting Eagles. COWBOYS.

Skins + 6 at Broncos: Both teams exceeding expectations. After nipping San Diego, the Broncos blew out Chiefs and Jags. Denver ”˜D’ shut down Tomlinson, Holmes and Taylor in the last three weeks! Skins 3-0 with mirrors. BRONCOS.

Bengals + 3 at Jags: I don’t know how you bet against Cincy right now. Only negative is centers being banged up. Jags can’t run and the ”˜O’ line is hobbled. BENGALS.

Steelers + 3 at Chargers: San Diego has turned its season around quickly after losses to Dallas and Denver. Steelers have had extra week, but Bolts are sizzling! CHARGERS.