Off the mark
never better

Nov 14, 2006 7:52 AM

The column should say, "Off The Mark." I’m on fire — the other way.

I’m so out of touch, I’m planning on betting $100 on Al Queda. Like my compadre Richard Saber says, "We’re picking winners. Just bet against us."

Houston beating Jacksonville twice! The 49ers stopping the Lions in Detroit. The Colts scoring just 17 in a one point win over Buffalo! Jets winning at New England and Cleveland rolling over Vick in Atlanta.

We surrender. Perhaps, global warming is responsible. Even the miracle comebacks in Cincinnati and Tennessee went by us.

This season it really pays to have a short memory in the NFL. Too bad, I didn’t. Heard too many opinions from various sources that threw the entire thought process into a ball of confusion. We should have known the Saints would fall apart in Pittsburgh, that the Vikings continue to stink as a substantial home favorite and that the Dolphins don’t heat up in the Nick Saban era until November.

So, we’re throwing whatever we’ve seen in the first 10 weeks out of the window. Our second season starts now — a whole new perspective. If you don’t believe me, by all means continue to take the other side. I’m with you.

Chargers +3 at Broncos: You would have thought San Diego was dead at Cincinnati, but somehow they come out with a win in a shootout. Maybe this is their year. The chains are truly off Rivers, who is now a passing marvel. With him rolling and Tomlinson running wild, we’ll take our chances with Marty’s ghosts in Denver. CHARGERS.

Bears -7 at Jets: With all the hype of the Bears-Giants game, Chicago has to come right back to the Meadowlands and deal with the J-E-T-S. Make Mangini coach of the year for beating the Patriots in New England. We doubt the Bears will take the Jets as seriously as the Giants. JETS.

Giants +3½ at Jaguars: A Monday nighter with major appeal. Maybe Jacksonville just needs to play a team other than Houston. Coming off two embarrassing losses to the Texans, expect the Jags to come out firing in prime time. The G-men will have their hands full here. JAGUARS.

Steelers -3½ at Browns: Just maybe Pittsburgh isn’t dead yet. We’ll back Cowher in bitter rivalry as Big Ben tries to lead troops back in playoff picture. STEELERS.

Vikings +3½ at Dolphins: Miami finished last year with a six-game win streak and is now on a two-game run. Minnesota is coming back to the pack. Expect Miami defense to bother Brad Johnson and create havoc. DOLPHINS.