Niners up,
Eagles out

Nov 21, 2006 7:27 AM

Think about it, the San Francisco 49ers are going to win more games this season than the Eagles.

Donovan McNabb’s injury is a fatal blow to Philly and ends a great stats year for #5. The Jeff Garcia show needs to be taken off the air, having done nothing since his San Francisco days. We’re betting T.O. is yucking it up.

As for the 49ers, is there a more resilient team? We say not. Routs just seem to drip off this franchise this season. The Niners and Frank Gore, actually have a legitimate shot at winning the NFC West after whipping Seattle last week.

Washington lost at Tampa Bay, but may win in the long run by establishing Jason Campbell as the future QB in D.C. The late TD secured a cover if you got there at +3½ Skins before the game settled at -3 for the Bucs.

The favorites and underdogs played on virtually even terms spreadwise and we actually won three of four picks with Monday’s Giants-Jags left. That’s an event in my house these days.

We tredge on to Week 12, noting that there are a record three games set for Thanksgiving.

Dolphins -2½ at Lions (39): HC Nick Saban returns to Michigan, so expect Spartans fans to wish him well. Yeah, like a broken leg. Miami is repeating its six-game win streak of a year ago, stringing three in row. Meanwhile, the Lions lost at Arizona. Geez! It’s also Joey Harrington’s hello again to Detroit. Revenge is sweet, even if Lions play tough on Turkey Day. Jason Taylor comes up big. FISH, UNDER.

Bucs at Cowboys (39): With all the hype in Dallas over the Colts game, plus the short week, this looks like a very good spot for the Bucs. Gruden will devise a conservative plan that young QB Gradkowski will again follow to the letter. UNDER.

Broncos -1 at Chiefs: Tough spot for Denver. Off the huge matchup with San Diego, the Broncos face an equally important game with short rest. Larry Johnson vs. the Denver defense. Best game by far on the Turkey board. CHIEFS.

Bears +3 at Patriots: Third straight trip to the Northeast for Da Bears, who beat the Giants and Jets. Brady off a super game against the Packers, but the Pats have not been as dominant at home this year. Bears defense just rolls with any obstacle. I thought this would be a pick’em. BEARS.

Raiders +13 at Chargers: No love lost here. San Diego again without Merriman, but offensively-weak Raiders probably won’t be able to capitalize. Another huge game for LT. CHARGERS.