Dogs kick some early butt in NFL

September 10, 2002 6:57 AM
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   Nine dogs covered the point spread Sunday. Home dogs were 4-1. All things considered it was a great day for the dawgs in the NFL’s first weekend of action. Wild and crazy games were highlighted by three overtime contests. The closer the games, the better it is for the dog lovers. Lets kick some bookie butt.

   BROWNS —5½ over Bengals: Butch Davis issued edict to all players for the remainder of the season. Helmets must remain on players’ heads after the game and cannot be removed until the post-game interviews are completed. Cincy should show a little more punch against a suspect Cleveland D. But Bengals’ offensive line injuries must have hurt them more than suspected. Corey Dillon was a non-factor versus Chargers.

   FALCONS -2 over Bears: Michael Vick looking much more comfortable in the pocket and he’s a blur when he decides to leave it! Dunn and Duckett taking some heat off of Vick with their speed at RB. Balls still bouncing Bears’ way, barely escaping upset bid by the Vikes.

   Bucs —3½ over RAVENS: Billick is known to be genius when it comes to developing QBs. Look what he did for Elvis Grbac. Elvis not only left the building, he left the game! Chris Redman won’t be far behind unless Jamal Lewis kicks the running game in gear. Chuckie is really ticked off about Bucs opening performance at home. Bucs let off some road steam.

   Lions +4 over PANTHERS: Lions can’t be as bad as they showed in Miami, can they? Panthers can’t be as overpowering as they were against Ravens. John Fox has Carolina dreaming of Super Bowl. But you can’t lay too many points on Panthers, who just snapped a 15-game losing streak.

   Titans -2 over COWBOYS: Tennessee has to win here just to save face. How embarrassing would it be to lose to the Cowboys after they were whipped by the expansion Texans? Titans win even without Jevon Kearse. McNair is healthy and so is Eddie George.

   SAINTS +2½ over Packers: Can’t say how impressed I am with the way Saints came into Tampa Bay. Deuce McAllister ran for 100 yards against a tough D. And $5 million dollars seems to have motivated Aaron Brooks to a new level.

   COLTS -3 over Dolphins: Great early season matchup of two great running backs. Ricky Williams ran for 111 yards and Edgerrin James netted 99 on opening day. Peyton Manning gets the nod over Fiedler.

   CHIEFS -3 over Jaguars: Chiefs higher than a helmet tossed into orbit! Priest Holmes will blow Fred Taylor out of Arrowhead.

   Pats -2 over JETS: The Jets lucky to get out of Buffalo with a win. Needed two kickoff returns for TD’s, last one to win in OT. Curtis Martin went down in this game. May need some Geritol to get ready for this game.

   Cards +3½ over SEAHAWKS: Couldn’t bet one nickel on Seattle after pathetic showing at Oakland. Cards might not be much better but at least you feel like you have a chance on the Jake Plummer side of the field. What was Mike Holmgren thinking when he left Green Bay? Best advice to Holmgren from John Madden that went unheeded, “unless Favre and Green come with you, don’t leave!”

   VIKINGS -5 over Bills: Vikes had strong outing in Chicago even though they came up short. I like Culpepper and Moss to team up for a big home opener versus suspect Bills’ D.

   Broncos +3 over NINERS: Griese and company look like they’ve revamped their roster and all the changes look pretty good after big win over Rams. Niners may have blinked once or twice after lackluster effort over Giants. If they blink here they’re in trouble because Denver is fast!

   CHARGERS —5 over Texans: The Texans are an expansion team so they’ll be lucky to win a couple games, right? Tell that to the Cowboys. I underestimated Marty’s team. The defense is tough and Drew Brees development is ahead of schedule. Texans will start coming back to earth right here.

   Giants +12 over RAMS: St. Louis was a 12-point fave last year and were lucky to win the game by a point, 15-14. Looks like G-Men are underrated again this season. Both teams coming off tough losses.

   Raiders +3 over STEELERS: Pittsburgh draws another tough visitor. First, the Super Bowl champs, and now the OLD and improved Raiders thanks to the added draft picks from losing Jon Gruden.

   Eagles PK over SKINS: Eagles coming off tough loss to Titans after blowing a big lead. Troy Vincent’s injury hurts Eagles, but not as badly as this point spread would indicate. Last week’s record 5-8-2.