Dog still barking loud
after five weeks

Oct 12, 2004 5:49 AM

There are still five goose eggs in the standings after five weeks of NFL play. Four of those zeros belong to AFC East clubs.

The Patriots and Jets remain unbeaten. The Bills and Dolphins are searching for their first victory of the season and will clash Sunday. The Philadelphia Eagles have laid claim to the other golden goose egg at 4-0.

No zeroes in Denny The Dog’s standings. Wins out-numbered losses for the fifth straight week. It was by an eyelash, but I’ll take any win I can!

Sunday, Oct. 17

Dolphins (+3) at Bills: Something has to give here! Buffalo and The Fish have combined for zero wins. One of these two losers will break the golden goose egg. I don’t have confidence in either one of these teams. Both Miami QBs hurting. Home field should be the edge. BILLS.

49ers (+10) at Jets: Tim Rattay is in the 49ers record book. Of all their great QBs, Rattay completed more passes (38) than anyone in a single game last week versus Cards. Even after those 38 passes, the 49ers still have no go-to receiver or running back. Whatever happened to Kevan Barlow? Julian Peterson, maybe the best Niners defensive player, is out. JETS.

Seahawks (+5) at Patriots: The streak ends at 19! Seattle is allowing 75 less yards per game this season, excluding last week’s collapse. During that same period, opponents converted first downs at a rate of 20 percent. The streak of patsies is also over. Pats last three wins over Cards, Bills and Fish. Not exactly Super Bowl material! Fish ran up 100 more yards than Pats last Sunday. SEAHAWKS.

Panthers (+8) at Eagles: Philly taking a well deserved break after running up four straight double digit wins. Stephen Davis wasn’t back as promised in Denver. But the Panther D is starting to play better and Peppers will have them in a salty mood again this week. Take the big cats plus the points. Philly overrated now that it has tucked those 4 tall wins under the belt. Panthers underrated because of loss of RB Foster. PANTHERS.

Bengals (+3) at Browns: Cincy coming off hectic bye week. Justin Smith’s drunk driving arrest had to be a distraction. Browns defense took a vacation in Pittsburgh but opponents have not been able to run it up on Brownies in first two home games. Garcia receiving little or no protection from offensive line but looking more comfortable scrambling and throwing on the run. BROWNS.

Packers (-3) at Lions: Don’t look now but Mooch has the Lions at 3-1. Packers back on the road after hard-hitting Monday night affair with Titans. Favre can handle a ton of distractions as proven by his performance last year after his father’s death. But the distraction last week was different. Anytime your wife is involved there’s more stress and emotion involved. LIONS.

Skins (PK) at Bears: Chicago defensive spirits should be lifted with return of Brian Urlacher. Lovie’s bunch will also benefit with the return of CB Jerry Azumah. Skins reeling after three straight losses following opening day win over the then-hapless Bucs. BEARS.

Texans (+4) at Titans: Houston competing with all opponents. Beat the Chiefs and Raiders back-to-back and nearly upset Vikes last week. Still big questions on defense but Texans should be able to win the money here. TEXANS.

Chargers (+6½) at Falcons: Lightning Bolts zapped everyone with surprising start. Expectations were low for Brees and Marty-Ball, but look who’s 3-2. Falcons an even bigger shock at 4-1. Michael Vick may begin to feel frustrated after fumbling three times against Detroit with one pick! CHARGERS.

Chiefs (PK) at Jags: When do the Jags get over Mike Pearson’s loss? When will Fred Taylor have a huge game? The answer to both questions is, right here in this game! Chiefs well rested but I’m not sure a layoff was best medicine after their first win. JAGS.

Steelers (+3) at Cowboys: Roethlisberger looks as good as any first year QB the NFL has witnessed in many years. Staley on rampage with three straight 100 yard gainers. Plain and simple, it’s difficult to back Cowboys when they haven’t been super in any game this season! STEELERS.

Broncos (-1½) at Raiders: Serious doubts have turned into alarming concerns at the QB position in Oakland. Big worries on the defensive side of the ball also. Denver gutted out close win over Panthers at home. Droughns at RB for Denver? He rushed for over 190 yards versus Carolina! Where does Denver find these guys? BRONCOS.

Vikings (-3½ at Saints): New Orleans season may be slipping away after being crushed by Arizona and then allowing Bucs to win first game with Griese. Vikes offense big over Saints vulnerable D! VIKES.

Monday, Oct. 18

Bucs (+7) at Rams: St. Louis comes home after 17-point comeback in final six minutes to stun Seahawks in Seattle. Funny thing about home for the Rams is that they play better on the road! Bucs may have found temporary relief in Brian Griese. BUCS.

Last week: 7-6

Season: 45-25-3