Denny the Dog by Dennis Ball |
Tom Coughlin challenged his players after the Browns upset the Giants on Monday Night Football almost two months ago. Since then, the G-Men have knocked off seven straight opponents.
Plaxico Burress, not always on the same wavelength as Coughlin, spaced the word intensity and focused only on bringing the heat. In fact, Plaxico started packing his own heat, shooting himself in the leg and his team in the foot!
So did Denny The Dog. Instead of siding with more dawgs (8-6-1 ATS), the Dog chose too many home teams (a pitiful 5-9-1 ATS). The Dog needs to start packing some heat for Week 14.
Raiders + 8 at Chargers: Bolts 1-5 in last 6. Notorious Norv (Turner) should be plenty nervous with 4-8 record. Raiders dreadful again on third down conversions (3-of-13 last week) and can’t score enough to scare anyone. CHARGERS.
Skins +5 at Ravens: Baltimore can win with Flacco and without McGahee. Skins slowly fading out of the money games with an ailing Clinton Portis and no ball of fire on the road. RAVENS.
Jags +4 at Bears: Jags on the road again in a short week and with plenty of offensive line woes. I think Murphy’s Law has been in effect most of the year for Del Rio’s charges. BEARS.
Vikings -9 at Lions: Culpepper & Co. looked so slow and inept on Thanksgiving Day. Gus Frerotte and Adrian Peterson have had no trouble scoring for the Vikings in going 4-1 in the last 5. Only loss in that span was by 6 to stingy Tampa Bay. VIKINGS.
Texans +5½ at Packers: It’s difficult to part with hard-earned bucks on the Packers when laying this many points. The Pack defense has been severely depleted the last few weeks in going 1-4 over last 5. TEXANS.
Bengals +14 at Colts: Tough to back Bungles. The way Fitzpatrick is throwing and Benson is running, you would have to be under the influence of narcotics to make a big play on this dawg. COLTS.
Falcons +3 at Saints: Matt Ryan completed key third down passes on all four of the Falcons’ red zone drives versus San Diego and is getting more rushing help from Michael Turner. McAllister and Bush non-factors for Brees of late. FALCONS.
Eagles +8 at Giants: The G-Men are without one of their big guns. Sorry, I couldn’t resist. I’m betting that Andy Reid and Donovan McNabb can put two big games together, especially when getting 8. EAGLES.
Browns +14½ at Titans: I don’t think the Brownies are much better than the Lions without Quinn or Anderson. On second thought, with Dorsey they are much better. BROWNS.
Dolphins +1 vs Bills: The Dolphins are 5-1 in last 6. Buffalo is 1-5. I will take the trend plus the points, especially on a semi-neutral field in Toronto. DOLPHINS.
Chiefs +9½ at Broncos: Denver is 3-1 in its last 4. Don’t look now but the Broncos may have another possible rookie running sensation in Peyton Hillis. And, the Broncos have a commanding three-game lead over San Diego. However, the Broncos have lost three straight home games. No cinch to cover this TD-plus spread. CHIEFS.(pictured: "The Universe Is Mine" Broncos WR Brandon Stokley celebrates his TD that helped upset Jets.)
Jets -3½ at 49ers: The Niners delivered a devastating blow to the Bills in Buffalo. Now they have an opportunity to ground the Jets, who had engine trouble while hosting Denver last Sunday. NINERS.
Rams +13½ at Cards: The Cards did rout the Rams by 21 five weeks ago in St. Louis. But since then Arizona hasn’t beat anyone by over 6! I think this is too many points to spot the Rams, even if their record is only 2-10. RAMS.
Cowboys +3 at Steelers: Pittsburgh has outscored opponents 67-9 in the third quarter this season. That’s the sign of a physical team that’s well coached and can make necessary adjustments in the game plan at halftime. The Steelers proved they’re worthiness in inclement weather, forcing five turnovers at New England. STEELERS.
Patriots -4 at Seahawks: Seattle has lost five straight and sitting on the bottom of the NFC West at 2-10. Mike Holmgren’s last season as the head coach has not worked out well to say the least. Patriots are only one game back of the Jets and have incentive to keep Seattle’s losing streak alive. PATS.(pictured: Matt Cassell when Steelers shut down Patriots QB.)
Bucs + 3 at Panthers: Big battle for first place in the NFC South with both teams flexing their muscles at 9-3. The Bucs beat Carolina 27-3 in Week 6 at Tampa Bay. The Bucs possess the more dominant defense, although both units are nasty. Take the points in what should be a great Monday Night affair. BUCS.
BEST BONES: Eagles, Chiefs, Steelers.