Patience in underdogsrewarded at least once

Dec 13, 2005 5:54 AM

There was either a solar eclipse or the moons were aligned properly because the faves finally were eclipsed, 9-6. But, who the heck had enough confidence to back the doggies after their pathetic performance through Week 13?

Hopefully, you haven’t chased dogs all season long. They’re not a day late and a dollar short, but 13 weeks late and several thousand short! If you chased dogs, hopefully the Christmas shopping was done in July. No gifts under the tree this holiday season if you were shopping past Labor Day.

Bucs 4½ at Pats: Since the Bucs lost to da Bears at home, Chris Simms has improved (toughened up according to Steve Young) and the Bucs have a two-game win streak (both on the road). Could they possibly win three? Pats are healthiest in months with a few starters back. But I’m taking the hot road team. BUCS.

Chiefs +3 at Giants: Chiefs fought to the bitter end last week in Dallas. Facing elimination versus G-men should produce top dog effort. Trent Green leads balanced attack with Larry Johnson rushing for over 100 in last six games. If I’m going to lay points in a tough game, I want the fave to be a more consistent team than G-men have shown lately. Four Giants’ starters left the field Sunday with dings. CHIEFS.

Broncos -7½ at Bills: Denver laid its egg last week against Baltimore. Should bounce back strong versus a Bills’ club that looks like they’ve turned into the Eagles. Eric Moulds is refusing to play and missing team meetings. Hello, T.O. McGahee has turned into Brian Westbrook, who is through for the season. McGahee might as well be, based on his pathetic stats. BRONCOS.

Steelers -1½ at Vikings: The Vikes haven’t lost with Brad Johnson at QB and are on a shocking six-game roll off a soft schedule. The Steelers are not as soft as everyone thought, halting a three-game slide. The Bus won’t have the advantage of wearing snow tires, but the running game is versatile enough to handle indoors and Vikes D. STEELERS.

Chargers +9 at Colts: No team has scared the Colts lately. Bolts scared of being eliminated from playoff race and should mount huge charge on the road. Chargers have at times played great defense away from San Diego. They have the weapons on offense and defense to hang around until the final two minutes. CHARGERS.

49ers +14½ at Jaguars: I’m not sure bookies can hang high enough numbers for the fanatics frantically trying to get in line to bet against Frisco. JAGS.

Seahawks -7 at Titans: Tennessee shouldn’t have received the W versus Houston. I’m not sure how Titans will handle playoff bound Seattle. SEAHAWKS.

Cards -1½ at Texans: Houston finds ways to lose games that never existed before in the NFL. Cards one-dimensional with non-existent running game. I have to believe Houston will win its second game to save a few fans from chucking their season tickets. It won’t be enough to save Dom Capers’ job. TEXANS.

Jets +7 at Dolphins: Don’t look now, but Miami is on a three-game run after being blanked by the Brownies. Suddenly, Sage Rosenfels and Gus Frerotte have turned into Brian Griese and Dan Marino. Of course it helped the cause having Chris Chambers imitate Mark Duper. Jets have a third string QB at best, Curtis Martin out for season and two defensive linemen hurt last Sunday. DOLPHINS.

Panthers -3 at Saints: At one time, in the not-so-distant past, I thought the Panthers would contend for the NFC title. I’m not so sure they’re going to win their division now. Panthers might be pretenders. SAINTS.

Cowboys +3 at Skins: I won’t forget their first meeting for several years. I bet the Cowboys in Week 2, a Monday nighter that they were leading 13-zip with a few minutes left. The Skins were dominated the entire game, but when the clock hit 0:00, the Cowboys had lost 14-13! I’m giving the edge this time to Parcells over Gibbs. COWBOYS.

Bengals -9 at Lions: Detroit is having one of those years you want to forget about if you’re nickname is Mooch. Matt Millen better have extra security on hand to tackle fans flashing "fire Millen" signs. BENGALS.

Browns +3 at Raiders: I’m not sure what all the problems are in Oakland, one for sure is Norv Turner. Kerry Collins might not be the right guy to lead this team to the playoffs, but I’m certain it’s not Tui. At least not right now. Turner naming Tui his starter is like driving the final nail into his own coffin. Charlie Frye, with only two NFL starts under his belt, is better than both Oakland QBs! BROWNS.

Eagles +3 at Rams: Fitzpatrick hasn’t fooled any defenses since teams have been able to set up game plans against him. Rams are asking too much of the rookie, who threw 45 passes and five picks against Minnesota. RB Stephen Jackson is auditioning for a cameo appearance on Without a Trace! Do you remember which week he disappeared? EAGLES.

Falcons + 3 at Bears: The Bears were riding an eight-game win streak when you could almost hear the momentum and confidence sucked out of the huddle last week in Pittsburgh. FALCONS.

Packers +3 at Ravens: Brett Favre over Kyle Boller. One last hurrah for Favre on national TV in the Monday night matchup. PACKERS.

Last week: 7-8

Season: 109-93Eagles + 3 at Rams: Fitzpatrick hasn’t fooled any defenses since teams have been able to set up game plans against him. Rams are asking too much of the rookie, who threw45 passes and five picks at Minnesota. Stephen Jackson is auditioning for a cameo appearance on Without a Trace! Do you remember which week he disappeared? EAGLES.

Falcons + 3 at Bears: The Bears were riding an eight-game win streak when you could almost hear the momentum and confidence sucked out of the huddle last week in Pittsburgh. FALCONS.

Packers + 3 at Ravens: Favre over Boller. One last hurrah for Brett Favre on national TV! PACKERS.

Last week: 7-8

Season: 109-93