Dogs continue cashing

Dec 12, 2006 5:11 AM

The underdogs keep bringin’ home the bacon.

If you want to cash some tickets, take a long hard look at those sizzling point takers. The mutts were 10-5 on Sunday and are winning 70 percent of their games over the last three weeks.

The home doggies, a special breed of dog considered money in the bank several years ago, are back in the limelight. The Cards, Dolphins and Jaguars made the home dogs 3-1 with Tampa Bay registering the only loss. The home pups are 29-13 (69 percent) winners over the last nine weeks!

The NFL has a bit of a baseball flavor to it the last three weeks. Hey hot dog! Get your red-hot, hot dog! Cold beer here! Let’s sit down, relax and see what sizzling dogs are out there for Week 15. Go dogs go!

THURSDAY

49ers +10 at Seahawks: This is a short road trip for San Francisco. Normally, I would side with the home team with a short week of preparation, but this is a national TV special. Can’t resist getting double digits. 49ERS.

SATURDAY

Cowboys -3 at Falcons: Tony Romo has to be the second coming of John Elway, doesn’t he? Maybe Parcells was right in telling us to put the anointing oils away. Sooner or later, he was going to hit a bump in the road. Now comes the real test. Will Romo rebound? The answer is yes. Both Falcons running backs left the game last week with injuries. Hate to go against home dogs, but just calling them as I see it. COWBOYS.

SUNDAY

Jets +3 at Vikings: Jets play tougher football on the road than they do at home! Vikings have won their last two at home, but lost the two home games prior to those wins. JETS.

Browns +11½ at Ravens: Cleveland has no running game and little or no chance of winning. It will be a scary rush to avoid for either Derek Anderson or Charlie Frye. RAVENS.

Texans +11 at Patriots: Pats are 9-4 and leading the AFC East by two games. But that’s only because the rest of the division has been inconsistent. If Miami had started the season like they’re playing now, the Pats would be looking up instead of down at the Fish. TEXANS.

Dolphins +1½ at Bills: Great matchup of two red-hot teams. Buffalo bullied the Jets on the road last week and has won 4-of-6. The two losses were by a combined total of four points. The Dolphins have won 5-of-6, dismantling the Pats and Tom Brady last Sunday. BILLS.

Steelers -2 at Panthers: Both teams are banged up. Panthers are hurting worse. It’s mostly their pride, having been picked by more experts than any other team to win the Super Bowl. The big cats look small, having dropped three straight. They’re nowhere near the team they were on paper before the season began! STEELERS.

Redskins +8 at Saints: We’ll have to battle an over-inflated line because of Saints strong showing on Sunday night’s national spotlight. But I can’t resist an up and coming team versus a tremendous under-achiever that hasn’t won on the road since Week 3! Skins rookie QB Campbell makes this a no take all the way. SAINTS.

Jaguars -3½ at Titans: Jags crushed the old Tennessee club in Week 9. But this is the new and improved Titans, winners of four straight. The last three were all come-from-behind specials with Vince Young leading the charge. Sooner or later, VY is going to come back to reality. JAGS.

Bucs +14 at Bears: Gruden may be grasping for straws with the talk of Tim Rattay to replace Gradkowski. We will see how impacted the Bears will be without Tommy Harris, who has been lost for the season. My feeling is they’ll still be able to pressure either Bucs QB. But the Bears have struggled too much on offense to lay two TDs. BUCS.

Eagles +5½ at Giants: Jeff Garcia is playing like he has something big to prove. And so far he’s not making many mistakes. Extremely interesting matchup with both teams sitting at 7-6 and only one game behind Dallas. Garcia’s too hot to pass on the points. EAGLES.

Lions +5 at Packers: I don’t see many positive things happening on either side of the field here. Slightly more negative feedback on Lions, coming off five consecutive losses! I’m backing the home team. PACKERS.

Broncos -1½ at Cardinals: Denver’s woes aren’t all on QB Jay Cutler, but the move away from Jake Plummer wasn’t one of Shanahan’s brighter decisions. I had the Cards as the slight fave in this game! CARDS.

Rams +1½ at Raiders: Oakland has to win at least three football games this season, right? RAIDERS.

Chiefs +8 at Chargers: Chiefs have looked ill and out of sorts for five weeks now. San Diego riding high behind LT, having clinched AFC West. CHARGERS.

MONDAY

Bengals +3½ at Colts: Cincy has won four straight. Colts have dropped two (Titans and Jags). Check the schedule and find me a quality, playoff bound team the Colts have beaten lately. There are none. BENGALS.