Dawgs make our wiseguys go straight

Jan 7, 2003 6:25 AM

Well all I can say is what a week. I just about got worn out watching those great games. In fact my whole body is sore, like you were a part of it.

After putting my New Year’s resolutions into practice this past week I feel a lot better about 2003. Just to mention a few of my resolutions: No more teasers!! No more parlays!! No more round robins!!

Straight bets only. When I like the dog, I’ll take the points and make a money line wager. So far, so good. Now here’s a quick look at the upcoming games.

Saturday, Jan. 11

TITANS (—4) vs Steelers: This is one game that I will definitely be involved in as it took a career performance by Pitt QB (comeback player of the year) Tommy Maddox to get the Steelers into this game. Maddox was 30-48 for 367 yards. Wow! Don’t expect anything like that in this game. Titans whipped Pittsburgh earlier in the season as a three point underdog, 31-23. Tennessee controlled the tempo then and I expect the same here as Eddie George and a tough defense put it to the Steelers. $$$

FALCONS (+7½) at Eagles: The question is whether Atlanta duplicates the effort it had at Green Bay. Well, Atlanta is the first team ever to win a playoff game at Lambeau and Vick is just oozing with confidence. The points look good here. Must take a shot at the money line in what looks to be a lower scoring game then the first meeting, won by the Eagles 38-14. Vick will come to play.

Sunday, Jan. 12

BUCS (—4½) vs 49ers: Must go against the other miracle team that got here by a complete collapse of the Giants defense. New York started to celebrate a little too early. When I first made a number on this game I put up 6½. The game opened 5½ and dropped to 4½ as some wiseguy money came in on the Niners. I still will make my stand and take the Bucs by a TD.

JETS (+5½) at Raiders: The Jets are on major roll and I will not get off of them until their season is over. QB Pennington is playing as good as anyone in the playoffs. Broadway Joe Namath stated that Pennington is better at this point than he was when winning his Super Bowl. The New York offense at its peak and the "D" is playing like the old Steel Curtain. Oakland won the first meeting as a 6½-point favorite, 26-20. The money line with NY looks good this time.