Though St. Louis is the early favorite to win the Super
Bowl, there are two teams in the AFC with a great chance to overtake the Rams.
Namely, the Oakland Raiders and Pittsburgh Steelers.
The Rams will have an easy road to the NFC title with
hardly any obstacle in their way.
The AFC has a difficult path for any team to reach the
promiseland. The Steelers, besides worrying about Oakland, have Baltimore, the
Jets, Dolphins and, yes, the Cleveland Browns.
The Super Bowl is a long way off, but it’s fun
anticipating the matchups.
Thursday, Nov. 29
Chiefs 20, Eagles 16: The Eagles may be
leading the NFC East, but there are many roadblocks ahead of them besides this
game. The remainder of their schedule includes road contests with the
rejuvenated Redskins, 49ers, and Tampa Bay. Home games include Giants and
Chargers. Lots of luck, Eagles. Take Chiefs (+3)
Sunday, Dec. 2
Broncos 24, Dolphins 20: Miami escaped with
their football lives versus Buffalo last outing. The Bills ran out of gas and
the Dolphins were a bit lucky. Those happenings won’t occur against a
well-rested Broncos team that is fighting for their playoff lives. Take
Ravens 27, Colts 20: The Colts season looks to have
gone down the drain. No defense. The Ravens are no ball of fire, but have been
involved in more narrow escapes than the perils of Pauline. Another on tap here.
Take Colts (+7Â½).
Saints 31, Panthers 9: The Panthers have very little
offense, which makes New Orleans look like a Super Bowl contender. Take
Steelers 31, Vikings 20: The Vikings unable to stop
RB Jerome Bettis, and that makes QB Kordell Stewart dangerous. That means a
rout. Minnesota offense will put points on the board, but not enough to stay
within the spread. Take Steelers (—7).
Patriots 26, Jets 24: This is a different Patriots
team than the one encountered earlier in the season at Foxboro. QB Tom Brady
makes them dangerous and Jets have not played as well at home. Interesting game.
Take Patriots (+4).
Rams 38, Falcons 33: Shootout in Atlanta where the
Falcons give as good as they take. The Rams will have no picnic with the wiles
of QB Chris Chandler pitching. Take OVER.
Bucs 24, Bengals 10: Last week we thought the
Bengals hit a wall. Seems that was an impenetrable one. The Bucs need a
victory to stay alive in their playoff chase. Take Bucs (—4).
Browns 20, Titans 19: Seems there is a new
bully on the block. Two teams going in opposite directions.
Cleveland wins, but the ÂÃ‚ÂTitans put up a fight to ÂÃ‚Âcover. Take
Lions 26, Bears 23: The ÂÃ‚ÂLions knocking on the
victory door, but having a hard time breaking that barrier. The Bears coming off
fierce battle with Vikings. Have nothing left for inspired ÂÃ‚ÂLions. Take Lions
Chargers 24, Seahawks 20: The Chargers can’t win
for losing. Seahawks can’t win on the road. This week they lose at home.
Flutie magic seems to have gone the way of a wispy cloud, however he will dash
Seattle’s playoff hopes. Take Chargers (+4).
Raiders 34, Cardinals 14: Arizona pulled out a
nail-biter last outing versus San Diego. The Cards will be hard put to be in
position to win in the closing seconds here. The Raiders continue their merry
way to the Glory Road by routing Arizona. Take Raiders (—14).
Redskins 24, Cowboys 7: The Redskins after losing
five in a row have won five in succession. Now trying for six to make themselves
a playoff contender. Take Redskins (-7Â½).
49ers 37, Bills 23: The Bills coming off
gut-wrenching loss to hated Miami in the closing moments. Buffalo will be
hard-pressed to be in that position again against the 49ers. Take Niners (—10).
Monday, Dec. 3
Jaguars 24, Packers 17: The Jaguars are riddled by
injuries and bad breaks. Will try to right the ship against high-flying Green
Bay. The Packers have been tough all season. Jaguars pull hard for a victory. Take