Baseball was talking contraction for the Twins and Expos prior to this
season. Maybe football should start a movement to push for contraction of the
Cincinnati Bungles. Oh, those poor Bengals' fans. The pussycats began 0-6 for
the fifth time in 11 years.
The Bengals have been a dog every
week. And in a year where the dogs have covered the spread over 60% of the
games, it's been a season to stay away from this one. Cincy is 1-5 ATS.
But they're about the only dog players
have wanted to stay away from this year. Dogs barked out a 9-4 mark Sunday as
the underdogs outnumbered the faves for the sixth straight week. What a streak!
CHIEFS (+2) over Broncos: Both
teams coming off blown leads. Both lost in the final minute. Chiefs have been in
every game this season and have no reason to think they won't put up a great
fight at home.
DOLPHINS (—3) over Bills: No
team more on fire than Miami. Defense came up big in Denver. Offense will have
no problem scoring points on a vulnerable Bills' defense. Bledsoe has been
putting up big numbers but it won't happen in Miami this Sunday.
SAINTS (—3) over 49ers:
Saints have been waiting for Niners since 38-0 skunking last year in New
Orleans. Niners have second straight road game, coming off Monday night road
trip. Saints very explosive with McAllister and Brooks. The D is highly
JETS (—3) over Vikings: Vikes
broke into win column with last minute drive over Lions. Jets haven't won since
opening day. N.Y. reeling after four straight losses. Jets do have a week off to
prepare for a team that's every bit as bad as they are.
EAGLES (—3) over Bucs: Philly
coming off bye. Two great defensive clubs with evenly talented offenses. I'm
giving the edge to Donovan McNabb's mobility over Brad Johnson's sluggishness.
RAMS (—4) over Seahawks: Mike
Martz had the depth chart upside-down! Rams will be fine now that they've found
the number one QB, Marc Bulger? Bulger threw four TDs in his debut versus
Raiders. Marshall Faulk helped make the Rams look like their old Super Bowl
Panthers (+3) over FALCONS:
Doug Johnson did just fine filling in for Michael Vick. After starting out 3-0,
the Panthers figured out another way to blow a late lead and lose. But you have
to respect their defense. Julius Peppers should keep the Atlanta offense
Jaguars (+2) over RAVENS:
Brunell suffered concussion and left early in Tennessee. If Brunell plays, I
play the Jags. If he doesn't play I'm going over to Ravens' side.
LIONS (+4) over Bears: Chicago
has lost three straight. They've had one week to regroup. Lions are scoring
plenty of points and playing very competitive with Harrington under center,
especially at home.
Chargers (+7) over RAIDERS:
Junior Seau gave it a go but had to watch from the sidelines in the second half
as Brees led a last minute comeback over Chiefs. Raiders a little overrated
after getting off to 4-0 start against a few struggling teams. Brees looks like
the real deal and so does Tomlinson.
Texans (+10) over BROWNS: How
the Browns can be favored over anyone, including an expansion team, is beyond
me. Team is rapidly falling apart. Might be able to pull it together to squeak
out win. But feeling here is they will struggle to win straight up!
PACKERS (—8) over Skins: Red
flag went up on Patrick Ramsey after second NFL start against Saints went very
bad. Brett Favre is on a roll and Ahman Green is beginning to run like the Ahman
Green of old.
CARDS (—3Â½) over Cowboys: If
the Cards don't get the Cowboys here they never will. It's all set up. Jake
Plummer just needs to step up to the plate and prove the Cards are the better
STEELERS (—2) over Colts:
Edgerrin James seems to have lost his edge. The Steelers have regained their
competitive edge with a new flashy bus. But what's really making the bus drive
smoother is the old guy behind the wheel, Tommy Maddox.
LAST WEEK: 7-7 (Includes Bears
loss last Monday nite)