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Lions roar as dawg

Oct 8, 2002 8:28 AM

   The fifth week of NFL action became the first week of the season dawgs didn’t outnumber the favorites. The underdogs finally came down to earth with a 6-6-1 performance on Sunday.

   Home dogs were a pitiful 1-4. Denny the Dog managed to stay out of the dawg house by nabbing a couple of small faves. May need to do the same this week to keep one step ahead of the dog-catcher.

   Saints (-2) over SKINS: Five new QBs started in the NFL Sunday either due to injury or lack of performance. Patrick Ramsey was the only one of five who was able to win. Ramsey was able to work some magic replacing injured Danny Wuerffel, throwing for over 250 yards and two TDs. Saints should be able to bring more pressure to the youngster. Aaron Brooks rebounded well off the Lions’ upset and Deuce McAllister continues to give the Saints a very balanced attack.

   BENGALS (+5) over Steelers: Kitna one of the five new QBs who looked decent, lost game but covered the spread. Cincy was a close-call over at Indy. Corey Dillon ran for triple digits. He can match an overrated Jerome Bettis. Kitna may have lifted Bengals spirits as much as a winless team’s spirits can be lifted.

   Panthers (+3) over COWBOYS: Emmitt Smith edging closer to the rushing record. Cowboys creeping nearer to mediocrity. Injuries in Dallas secondary will help Panthers cover.

   TEXANS (+10) over Bills: Bledsoe putting up NBA halftime time type numbers which light up the scoreboard. Unfortunately, the Bills’ defense allows PGA first round type numbers which blow the game as well as the scoreboard light bulbs out.

   Ravens (+7½) over COLTS: Baltimore looks like the Super Bowl Ravens last two weeks. Much different team since their bye. Chris Redman looking a little more comfortable in the pocket, especially with the recent additions of Jamal Lewis’s punishing ground attack.

   Lions (+5) over VIKINGS: Joey Harrington made it look easy in his first start against Saints. Vikes making losing look like a breeze. Mike Tice has that deer-in-headlights look in his eyes. Randy Moss has that cops-in-flashlight look in his red eyes and is under siege as the entire team collapses around him.

   Packers (+3) over PATRIOTS: Pats can’t stop the run on defense. And on offense, Tom Brady is airing it out for one reason only, the running game stinks!

   GIANTS (-4) over Falcons: Michael Vick’ shoulder to be evaluated late this week. Even if he plays he won’t be 100 percent. If he isn’t able to go, Falcons offense will not be able to go either.

   Jaguars (-2) over TITANS: Jags only loss coming on week one. Underrated team by oddsmakers and opponents. Titans have lost four straight and were very fortunate to come-from-behind against Philly in week one or they would be sporting a big goose egg in the win column.

   Raiders (-7) over RAMS: It doesn’t get any easier for Mike Marta and company this week. Marshall Faulk not at full strength means Martz will need extra strength Tylenol to survive this beating. Rams have offensive line issues they need to resolve before they can think about winning number one.

   Chiefs (+3) over CHARGERS: Chiefs picking up momentum with Priest Holmes staking claim as best running back in league. Tomlinson not far behind. But a definite edge in this game goes to Green’s experience over Brees.

   Browns (+7) over BUCS: Tim Couch suffering from acute Cantreadblitzitis. Hope here is that Butch Davis will make a dog house call, heal Kelly Holcomb’s limp and allow him to start at Tampa Bay.

   Dolphins (+3½) over BRONCOS: For his nest trick, Brian Griese will slip on a banana peel while on his way out the front door to pick up the morning newspaper. His dog usually picks up the newspaper, but Brian is trying to stay clear of Fido for the remainder of the season in an effort to finish the season at QB.

   SEAHAWKS (+3½) over 49ers: Can’t help myself when it comes to home dogs on Monday nite. Seahawk defense has been ferocious the last couple of weeks. Now a few starters that were injured come back to the line-up after week of rest. Home puppies were a disaster last week, but 14-10 for the season.

   LAST WEEK: 8-5-1 (Includes Baltimore over Denver on Monday nite)

   SEASON: 42-28-3

   BEST BETS: 9-5-1

   BEST BETS THIS WEEK: LIONS, SAINTS, JAGUARS