Seeing red!

Oct 18, 2005 2:43 AM

The sports books caugth their share of red ink Sunday, while the public fared well at the betting windows. Home favorites — popular with the general public — were 7-1-1 against the spread (ATS) with the one loss coming in the Pittsburgh/Jacksonville game, which was posted very late in the week in many places.

Here’s a look at this weekend’s 14 games. Good luck to everyone.

New Orleans (+5½) at St. Louis (Over/Under 50): The defenses are the weaknesses on each team and both rank at the bottom of the league in points allowed. Both offenses should be very potent here. OVER the total is the play.

Green Bay at Minnesota (No Line): Can things get any worse for the Vikings? The Packers have played hard in the face of mounting injuries and they will have the better mental focus for this Divisional game. Brett Favre is in much better form than his counterpart, Daunte Culpepper. GREEN BAY is the play.

Indianapolis (-15) at Houston (44½): The Texans remain winless and are clearly the worst team in the league. In a similar spot a few weeks ago in San Francisco the Colts covered a two TD line and the game went well under. UNDER the Total is the play.

Pittsburgh (+3) at Cincinnati (43): The Pittsburgh QB situation keeps this game off the boards at many locales on Monday. The Bengals are playing with confidence and look to play well at home and cement their position as a legitimate playoff team against one of their most bitter rivals. CINCINNATI is the play.

San Diego (+4) at Philadelphia (47): San Diego is playing well behind the awesome talents of RB Ladainian Tomlinson but are in a tough scheduling spot here. The Eagles have excelled following weeks of rest under coach Andy Reid. PHILADELPHIA is the play.

Kansas City (+1) at Miami (42): Kansas City has been one of the league’s best running teams over the past few seasons and they are finally healthy. Despite some early season success, Miami is still a rebuilding team. KANSAS CITY is the play.

Detroit (+3) at Cleveland (35½): Cleveland continues to play hard but lacks the talent to be more effective on offense. Detroit has played the better defense and has been averaging three takeaways per game. Picked by many to win their Division, the Lions can maintain a share of the Division lead with a win here. DETROIT is the play.

San Francisco (+11½) at Washington (38): Washington played well in their second straight loss at a tough AFC West venue. The defense limited the high powered KC offense to under 300 yards and the Redskins’ defense has been their strength all season. UNDER the Total is the play.

Dallas (+3) at Seattle (45½): Seattle ran for an amazing 320 yards in their blowout of Houston Sunday night. Dallas has the sixth ranked offense and should have RB Julius Jones back for this contest. Expect a clean and high scoring game here. OVER the Total is the play.

Buffalo (+3) at Oakland (41): Buffalo took advantage of a banged up Jets team to roll to a solid second straight home Divisional win. Oakland appeared befuddled in their home loss to San Diego and once again displayed a weak running game. At 1-4 Oakland’s season is on the line. OAKLAND is the play.

Baltimore (+1) at Chicago (32): This is yet another matchup we have seen this season of remarkably similar teams that excel on defense but are woeful on offense. Statistically the teams rank 2 and 3 in total defense. Both offenses are better suited for the run with Baltimore showing somewhat better balance. The preference is to trust the consistency of both defenses. UNDER the Total is the play.

Tennessee (+3) at Arizona (45): Both teams have more weaknesses than strengths. Arizona has been solid on offense in the pass game but has struggled to find a running attack. Tennessee’s offense is improving week by week under new coordinator Norm Chow. OVER the Total is the play.

Denver (+1½) at New York Giants (47): With each passing week Denver’s opening game loss at Miami seems more like a fluke. The defense is playing well and QB Jake Plummer is avoiding the mistakes. But now they make their third east coast trip of the season to face a Giants team that was sloppy coming out of their Bye week. The G-men committed four turnovers in their OT loss at Dallas in a game in which they were greatly outplayed. Giants’ coach Tom Coughlin will run a rough week of practice. Look for the Giants to play aggressively at home on defense and for Plummer to suffer some miscues against the defense that has forced a league high 3.6 turnovers per game this season. NEW YORK GIANTS is the play.

Monday

New York Jets (+7) at Atlanta (41): The Jets have started to run the ball better over their last couple of games while Atlanta continues to have the best ground game in the league. Jets’ QB Vinny Testaverde still has some football in him but his ability to make the big play has diminished and he will be harassed by an aggressive Atlanta defense. Similarly, Atlanta QB Michael Vick is far more dangerous with his feet than with his arm and this game shapes up as game of field position. UNDER the Total is the play.

Last Week: 7-6

Season: 53-28