7 and woe for laying off

Dec 12, 2006 7:25 AM

Naturally, the week we decide to back off the parlay card on NFL options, we hit all seven on our board. It’s enough to start pulling hair, but at my advancing age that’s a definite pass.

For the first time this season, we have seen the Mendoza Line and it is ours! Remember that Mile High sign in Denver that reminds those visiting teams about the altitude? Well, that’s what the .500 mark was to us — a most intimidating obstacle in a league virtually impossible to figure out.

We all saw the New England goose egg at Miami, right? First time since the days of Babe Parilli and Gino Cappelletti in the old AFL when the franchise was known as the Boston Patriots. Tom Brady held to less than 100 yards passing! You’ve got to be kidding!

How about Indy looking like the Arizona Cardinals and vice versa in the same week! And, we’re going 7-0! I blame my dad. He went on a cruise, decided not play a parlay and the lethargy carried over to me. Now, we’ll both come back next week and lose the Thursday night game.

Alright, enough stalling. We’ll think positive and try to match this past week’s glorious high.

49ers +10 at Seahawks: Long Thursday night for Niners. Look for Shaun Alexander to run wild at home after seeing LT break his TD record. SEAHAWKS.

Cowboys -3 at Falcons: Falcons haven’t impressed on offense in a month. Parcells read the Riot Act to Cowboys all week. This will be a Dallas team on a mission come Saturday. COWBOYS.

Dolphins +2 at Bills (35½): With the Jets losing to Buffalo, suddenly this is meaningful. Both can run the table and go 9-7, which might make Wild Card. It’s December, which is Buffalo’s greatest advantage. Look for a lot of runs from MaGahee, while Joey will struggle in cold. Defense dominates. UNDER.

Skins +9½ at Saints: Normally a good spot for a letdown, but every game in New Orleans is now an event. Saints were awesome against Dallas and fans will pump them up against punchless Redskins. SAINTS.

Jaguars -3½ at Titans: Here is the letdown that happens. The up and down Jags off big win over Indy. We’re not betting against Vince Young and the Titans. Jeff Fisher has this team believing and we do. TITANS.

Broncos -2½ at Cardinals: The Cutler move didn’t work. Denver is fading and Arizona is rising behind Matt Leinart. Edgerrin James is running better of late and suddenly the Broncos stingy defense looks like Swiss cheese. CARDS.