Books like NFL shifts

Oct 24, 2006 8:42 AM

Sure enough the edge favorites enjoyed of late in the NFL went back to the dogs in what was the most exciting week of the season.

Two lengthy walk-off field goal wins, including a 62-yarder, sent Tampa Bay and Kansas City home winners. Joey Harrington had a 400-yard passing game in a loss for the Dolphins, while Peyton Manning tossed four TDs to keep Indianapolis perfect.

There was a Steelers-Falcons shootout, Oakland winning its first victory and Jacksonville off a bye going from sublime to ridiculous against Houston. And, Da Bears didn’t even play.

"The public did very well in the afternoon with major plays on Indianapolis, Minnesota and the Raiders," said Jason McCormick, head honcho in Race and Sports at plush Red Rock. "We did well in the early games, so basically it was a wash."

An excellent description of how the wild and crazy NFL games have been. You figure out how the Jags can be 41 points better than the Jets one week and 20 worse than the Texans two weeks later.

We had Houston and Oakland, but that didn’t save us from another frustrating subpar effort. It’s been a case of not choosing the right games. Here’s to better luck in Week 8!

Jaguars +6 at Eagles: Two teams in a nasty mood. Jaguars are in their more familiar role of underdogs against an Eagles team that finds ways to blow wins. Too many points here. JAGUARS.

Rams +8 at Chargers: This is not the same San Diego team that whipped Pittsburgh. Merriman gets caught with steroids and now sits four weeks. Two other defensive starters are hurt. The Rams are off a bye week. Bye teams went 4-2 ATS last week. QB Bulger is having an All-Pro year. RAMS.

Jets +1½ at Browns: Cleveland is offensively challenged, meaning they stink. Mangini is working magic with West Coast offense that has Pennington back to his glory years. The Jets are actually a playoff contender! Wrong team is favored. JETS.

Colts +2½ at Broncos: Denver has allowed just two TDs. Indy is unbeaten and Peyton Manning is starting to unload. Denver will run often, chew up clock and keep a tight reign on QB Jake Plummer to just manage the game. Denver has feasted off bad teams. Indy is a live road dog. COLTS.

Texans +3 at Titans: If David Carr can get any protection the Texans showed Jacksonville what can happen. Tennessee is a team Houston can beat. This won’t be pretty, though. TEXANS.