Best solution to failure:
Just move ahead and pick

Oct 19, 2004 4:17 AM

The Jets have never been 5-0 until now. New England has a NFL record 20-game unbeaten streak. I’m having a bad year. Which fact doesn’t fit?

What is really bizarre to me is being able to post a 13-7-1 record in the NFL, when everything else related to football has gone south of the border (.500) on the website.

The most difficult task in studying these games is choosing the right ones to use. Hopefully, bettors can relate to that and, like me, move on to this week.

Sunday, Oct. 24

Falcons (+3½) at Chiefs: Atlanta is 5-1, whether you accept it or not. The reason is Michael Vick’s ability to make plays. That’s something the Chiefs have been unable to do. Vick will drive KC’s defense nuts, which isn’t hard to do. ATLANTA.

Eagles (-7½) at Browns: Don’t you think Jeff Garcia wants a piece of Terrell Owens in this "girly boy" matchup. The Dawg Pound sure does. Even though the Eagles are flying very high, Garcia is off a 300-yard passing game and this spread is way too good to pass up. CLEVELAND.

Bills (+6½) at Ravens: Nothing like to make spirits better. Buffalo needed the W and got it, with something extra. Willis McGahee started and produced a 100-yard game. He’ll start again this week, while Baltimore’s Jamal Lewis begins his two-game suspension. That’s worth a touchdown at least. BUFFALO.

Last week: 2-1

Season: 13-7-1

Now, sadly, on to college where I need some crash courses. Or, at least, cash courses.

UNLV (+24) at Utah: The Rebels would be the play, if they can just find some way to stop shooting themselves in the foot. The New Mexico game was theirs until Steichen decided to muff the center snap on consecutive possessions and give it away. Utah is Top 5 caliber and headed for a 12-0 regular season. The Utes can name the score. This could get ugly real quick. UTAH.

UAB (-17) at Tulane: We love the Barkley-clone at QB for UAB, especially facing a Green Wave crew that hasn’t covered a spread this year. I remember one season, a few decades ago, when Tulane was the homecoming opponent for every team on its schedule. That year! UAB.

Houston (+5½) at TCU: The visiting Cougars have gained a lot from playing a brutal schedule. TCU can’t play defense, especially the secondary. Houston can score, and that should be enough for make this a good play. HOUSTON.

Rutgers (+5) at Pitt: Both teams are 4-2 and the winner probably winds up in a bowl game. Amazing! With that for incentive, we love the Scarlet Knights. Pitt has been to enough bowls recently. Plus, we’re getting points. RUTGERS.

Temple (+16½) at UConn: It’s a lot to spot, but finally the host Huskies are back in their own neighborhood. And, they are not beyond running up the score. Temple is Temple. UCONN.

Virginia (-24) at Duke: The Wahoos saw their unbeaten season shot up at Florida State and will have a tough time regrouping against the Dukies. The Blue Devils will fight and could make this interesting for a while. Duke covered last week as a double-digit dog against Georgia Tech. DUKE.

Last week: 2-5

Season: 16-25-1.