Only Thanksgiving turkey we see is named Detroit

Nov 22, 2005 1:13 AM

The dawgs finally started barking. Okay, call it a weak yap.

At least the dogs outnumbered the faves after Sunday night, even if it was by a mere single game. The home puppies went on a minor tear, going 4-2 after a 1-9 mark the previous two weekends. The Titans, Bears, 49ers and Ravens were all home dog winners. The home dogs not covering were Cincinnati and Houston.

Enjoy your Thanksgiving! Three of the four teams on TV could potentially be playoff bound. Detroit is the only turkey of the bunch!

Falcons -3 at Lions: Mooch fielding a group of undisciplined players. Lions racked up 17 penalties for 129 yards in loss to Dallas. Atlanta has lost two straight and comes to the Thanksgiving dinner table in a major, nasty mood. I think they’ll skip dessert. FALCONS.

Broncos +1½ at Cowboys:Dallas has won four straight at home. I agree with Tuna that the win over Philly was "fortunate." Have to take the points, especially when on the hotter team. Broncos have one loss since opening day. Edge to "no mistake Jake" over "I need a sled to move outside the pocket Bledsoe." BRONCOS.

Patriots +2½ at Chiefs: Pats continue to patch up tears on defense. They did not look great in their last two road contests, losing by 8 to Denver and winning by 7 over a Miami team that dominated them on the stat sheet. Chiefs handled Skins and Raiders in last two home games with no problems. CHIEFS.

Ravens +8½ at Bengals: These two teams met Week 9 in Baltimore with Cincy winning. 21-9. No major changes on either side since. Kyle Boller now starting at QB for the Ravens but I’m not convinced that’s an improvement. Bengals may have grown up after blowing out several light bulbs on the scoreboard versus Colts. BENGALS.

Panthers -4 at Bills: J.P. Losman may be praying for Kelly Holcomb’s headaches to disappear. It’s hard for either QB to be consistent with no rushing production from McGahee. Panthers ran into an eight-sack attack in Chicago. Carolina is a decent road team and Delhomme shouldn’t see as much pressure. PANTHERS.

Bears +3 at Bucs: Da Bears defense keeps turning up the pressure on QBs. I’m worried about Chris Simms and turnovers. Simeon Rice has jacked up the heat, but the Bears seem to have several more guys as nasty. Orton proving to be a great find, leaving Rex Grossman in serious jeopardy of not returning as the starter. BEARS.

Chargers -3½ at Skins: Can’t back San Diego without knowing the status of injured TE Antonio Gates. Skins should give big effort to stay in the race at home. Portis still running well and at D.C. the games are usually close. REDSKINS.

Browns +3 at Vikings: Minnesota under .500 overall, but 3-1 at home this season even with the distractions. The Browns are better coached, more disciplined and have the superior running game. BROWNS.

49ers + 7½ at Titans: Difficult to lay over a TD on young Titans. The Niners haven’t thrown in the towel yet, witnessed with near upset of Seattle. I’m going to take the hook and hope Ken Dorsey can again put up 25 points. 49ERS.

Texans +7 at Rams: What happened to Steven Jackson? Bulger hurt his shoulder again so the team is back on Jamie Martin’s shoulders. If he’s going to make a move to restart the Rams season, he couldn’t pick a weaker opponent. But I have serious doubts about Rams earning a win or cover. TEXANS.

Jags - 4 at Cards: Kurt Warner was on fire at his old stomping grounds, but just can’t get my bankroll fired up over him. I need more proof he’s back before firing away. Jags D will try to pressure the old man and prove their superiority. JAGS.

Dolphins +7 at Raiders: I’ve been down on the Raiders and Norv Turner, but they came back big at Washington. I put Collins in same boat as Warner. Need to see more before I climb back on the Kerry bandwagon. DOLPHINS.

Giants + 6 at Seahawks: You have to go back to Week 3 to find a game the G-men lost by over 3. Looks like a take all the way! GIANTS.

Packers PK at Eagles: Philly has lost four straight. The Eagles are without a great individual player in T.O and a terrific team player in McNabb. I keep hoping Philly’s other players will now step up. McMahon didn’t look bad against the Giants. EAGLES.

Saints +2 at Jets: Good luck finding a betting line. Bollinger left Broncos game with a head injury. Testaverde is fumbling, falling down without being hit. Jets fans get ready for Kingsbury! I’m surprised Herm Edwards is still standing on the sideline! Saints are better than their current six-game losing skid. Jets have lost five in a row. SAINTS.

Steelers +6 at Colts: I don’t think even Big Ben can help the Steelers beat the mighty Colts on Monday night. Can’t see anyone beating Indy right now. COLTS.

Last week: 6-9

Season: 83-72-4