One week left in the regular season and still half of the 12 playoff
berths are up for grabs. Two final wild cards are to be determined in the NFC. A
couple of division champs and wild cards are still out there for the taking in
Plenty of playoff implications to be
sorted out. Maybe Deion Sanders will be able to help clear everything up at the
CBS studio. That is, unless he signs with the Raiders, in which case a pass
intended for Raiders' opposing receivers will be easier to catch than a phrase
coming from behind Deion's microphone.
Eagles (-2) over GIANTS: The
Giants have won three straight after being given up for dead. But Philly ate
them up like a cheese steak earlier in the season. Eagles still the better team,
even with a third-string QB. Eagles need win for home field. G-men need win to
get in money games. Have a hunch they'll make it even with a loss.
Chiefs (+7) over RAIDERS:
Chiefs found a way to win on Sunday without a Priest. Missing his spirit in the
lineup, Chiefs' offense sputtered but survived. Priest may return to the pulpit
but, even if he doesn't, the Green will keep Chiefs' parishioners smiling.
Dolphins (+3) over PATS:
Polluted AFC waters in jeopardy of killing the Fish. Dolphins have not been a
good catch on the road. Still looking for one big finale away from home to wrap
up the division. If Pats were going to make a statement they would have grounded
SKINS (-6) over Cowboys: Ramsey
starting to settle in as Spurrier seems to have finally decided on a QB. Somehow
I can't see Jerry Jones stalking the sideline, looking over The Tuna's shoulder.
BILLS (-7) over Bengals: Two's
plenty. Cincy can't handle the excitement of a 3-win season. Corey Dillon sat
out fourth quarter with bruised left elbow. Bills should have covered spread but
officials looked the other way when Packers fumbled.
BROWNS (+2) over Falcons:
Browns have a plan to slow Vick down on real grass. The excuse will be, broken
water pipe! But in reality, sliced beer line from Dawg Pound.
LIONS (+4Â½) over Vikings: The
Vikes received their fair share of the breaks with wins over Saints and
Dolphins. Lions tough ATS at home. I'm praying Marty takes the ball and not the
wind in OT. Can there be a wind in a dome?
TEXANS (+8) over Titans:
Tennessee playing for highest seed and homefield advantage. But somewhere in the
backs of their minds they have to be thinking don't get anyone hurt, while
Texans are thinking we have nothing to lose.
Panthers (+8) over SAINTS: The
Saints can't have much confidence. Giving up over 20 points every game this
season. Blew game to Vikings and then followed up with bumbling effort versus
Ravens (+7) over STEELERS:
Ravens have been eliminated. Ravens will play for pride when most will expect
they have none.
COLTS (-7) over Jags: Colts
have lacked consistency all year. Should be able to unite for huge effort at
home against a team that's spinning out of control with a coach on the hot seat.
JETS (+3) over Packers: Pack
only team undefeated at home this season. Mediocre on the road. Most NFL teams
would not want to play the Jets right now. Pennington playing like a seasoned
Cards (+11) over BRONCOS: Cards
only 5-10 but haven't lost many by over 11 points. Denver, in a desperate search
for a wild card, hasn't beaten many clubs by over 11 points on its journey.
Seahawks (+4Â½) over CHARGERS:
Matt Hasselbeck has found a groove. And not a minute too soon for Mike Holmgren,
who was beginning to look like anything but the genius he's supposed to be.
Bucs (-7) over BEARS: Chandler
in serious doubt after Linda Blair-type helmet hit. Bears turn to Henry Burris?
Henry, say hello to Warren Sapp and possibly the best D in the NFL.
RAMS (+2) over 49ers: Niners
locked into playoff position. If I'm Mooch, I'm not going to risk any injuries
here. May be stuck with the Jamie Martin side but I'll take the home dog against
a team with little incentive.
Last week: 8-7