Lions excel at choking

Oct 10, 2006 6:38 AM

Good thing that Detroit has the Tigers, because the Lions stink.

The latest debacle, a 23-0 fourth quarter implosion at Minnesota, wiped out a 17-3 lead and virtual cover as a 6-point underdog. For the Vikes to cover as a substantial favorite, which they mostly don’t do, just shows how bad Detroit is on the road.

Maybe when King George blows in New York, it should spread over to Motown and take Lions GM Matt Millen and his staff away.

And what happened to those Colts against Tennessee. Talk about taking a bye week off early! Credit Jeff Fisher for getting his guys together in a whale of an effort. Peyton Manning has just been ordinary so far this year as Indy continues to drop in Super Bowl value.

While the Colts descend, the Bears’ stock keeps rising. A dominating 40-7 victory over Buffalo keeps Chicago the lone unbeaten team in the NFC.

Favorites did very well in the morning games, going 5-2-1 ATS. The scoring was way down with Chicago the only team to go above 30. Jacksonville cracked the 30 mark in the afternoon session in breezing past the Jets.

We’ll try our look this week, less than confident than the week before.

Eagles -3 at Saints: We’re counting on a Philly letdown off all the T.O. hysteria. Meanwhile, the Saints continue to play solid football and we expect another big Katrina turnout at the Superdome. We hear Reggie Bush, but we see Deuce McAlister. That’s all right with us. SAINTS.

Raiders +15½ at Broncos: Oakland is just dreadful, but don’t expect Denver to pull an Indy and not show up. They hate the Raiders and will pour it on. BRONCOS.

Dolphins +3 at Jets: Miami may have QB controversy between Culpepper and Joey. What the Fish do have is a humbled Jets team routed 41-0 at Jacksonville. JETS.

Chargers -9½ at 49ers: San Francisco stays home for another AFC West team and will quickly find out the difference between the Raiders and Chargers. However, San Diego is off Steelers and will just assume a win here. 49ERS.

Texans +12½ at Cowboys: A couple of years ago the Cowboys lost to Houston. I interviewed Tony Dorsett and he said it could never happen. But, it did. Off the TO hype, expect toughie. TEXANS