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Nov 16, 2004 7:25 AM

Protect your QB! That’s the message everyone should have received last Sunday when three back-ups were a no-show in the win column. Skins, Titans and Jets all hung tough until the end but suffered close losses.

You’ll have to wait until January 2005 for the NFL playoffs. But if they started this weekend and the best records were invitations, here’s the way things might look.

”¡ AFC Championship would showcase New England at Pittsburgh (Steelers receive home field advantage because of recent head-to-win over Pats).

”¡ NFC Championship would feature Atlanta at Philadelphia (Eagles are home because of one-game edge in standings prior to Monday night game in Dallas, neutral site needed if Cowboys upset Philly).

Dogs still have slight edge for season over faves, 75-63 (54 percent). No huge advantage but it’s an edge just the same. I know more than a few punters that only wish they’d be 54 percent winners at the end of the year!

Now, on to Week 11.

Rams (-4) at Bills: We’re not going to let one win or loss influence our decision here. Rams have dropped two of last three, while Bills are 2-1 over last three. Forget that Pats made them look bad Sunday night. BILLS.

Cowboys (+4) at Ravens: Parcells, your team is not too stupid. They’re too old! Vinny Testaverde, Eddie George and Marcus Wiley may be starting to slow the Cowboys down. Ravens defense will run down the old men. Linebacker speed in particular is scary. Baltimore was a defensive-only club first half of the season. But now the offense is showing signs of contributing. RAVENS.

Jets (-1) at Browns: Cleveland’s horrendous offensive line is tearing team apart. Since Jets were able to run the ball against Ravens last Sunday, there’s little hope of Browns stopping Jets rushing attack. Quincy Carter looked very capable of leading Jets during first start of the year. JETS

Steelers (-5½) at Bengals: Big Ben is the first rookie QB to start his career 7-0 since the merger in 1970. Steelers have the No. 1 run defense and the top-ranked rushing attack. That’s a combination only a home dog could beat! Cincy has trounced last two visitors. Broncos only scored 10 points and Cowboys managed three. Big Ben can relax now that he’s done the improbable. BENGALS.

Colts (-7 ½) at Bears: What are the odds of an OT ending on a safety? I’m making the line 300-1. Don’t look now, but Lovie has the Bears out of 1-5 hibernation on a three-game garbage-guzzling win streak. BEARS.

Lions (+7) at Vikings: You can count on two things Sunday. The sun will come up in the morning and the Vikes will give up at least 30 points. Only worse defense is 49ers, and that’s only a maybe. WR Roy Williams will play the rest of the season with a sprained ankle. I’m not sure that’s going to be in the best interests of Joey Harrington or Detroit backers. VIKINGS

Cards (+3) at Panthers: Carolina has 11 players on injured reserve. Stephen Davis latest to bite the dust. They won only their second game of season in San Francisco. Both wins were on the road. Should win at home sooner or later but I don’t think it’s happening this week. Cards have won three of last four. CARDS.

Titans (+3) at Jags: The old Fred Taylor finally showed his face, or should I say feet, rushing for 144 yards. Because of Taylor’s performance, David Garrard had little problem in his second career start. On the other side of the field you have Chris Brown, who hasn’t stepped it up to take any heat off Volek or McNair. Brad Hopkins, big offensive tackle for Titans, is a large question mark. So are two defensive starters. JAGS.

49ers (+7) at Bucs: Difficult to open up the bankroll for Niners after blowing 17-zip lead at home versus depleted Panthers. BUCS.

Dolphins (+9) at Seahawks: Holmgren’s guys are tough to draw a beat on. Simplifying the offense was working well for a couple of weeks against weak teams. Keep running the ball Mike because your receivers can’t catch a cold! DOLPHINS.

Chargers (-4) at Raiders: Lightening Bolts zapped the Silver and Black three weeks ago in San Diego, 42-14. Not too much has changed on either side since that day. No revenge scheduled here! CHARGERS.

Falcons (PK) at Giants: G-men beginning to feel the effects of a weak offensive line. Warner the type of QB who needs ample time to set-up. Falcons pass rushers applying more pressure lately and Giants offering less with Strahan and Washington out. FALCONS.

Skins (+8) at Eagles: Mark Brutell, oh, I’m sorry I meant Brunell, has been brutal all season. I can’t believe Skins will move the ball at all on rested Philly D. EAGLES.

Packers (-4) at Texans: Houston, we’ve had a major problem the last two weeks on the road. Whacked 31-13 in Denver and then crushed by 35 at Indy. Texans are better than the last two weeks would indicate. Packers have won four straight, but showed signs of dropping their guard slightly in second half of Vikings contest. TEXANS.

Pats (-4) at Chiefs: KC well on its way to forgettable season. But, these high scoring Chiefs have a way of turning it up on national TV. Remember the Monday night game with Baltimore? CHIEFS.

Last week: 5-8

Season: 81-58-4making the line 300-1. Don’t look now, but Lovie has the Bears out of 1-5 hibernation on a three-game garbage-guzzling win streak. BEARS.

Lions (+7) at Vikings: You can count on two things Sunday. The sun will come up in the morning and the Vikes will give up at least 30 points. Only worse defense is 49ers, and that’s only a maybe. WR Roy Williams will play the rest of the season with a sprained ankle. I’m not sure that’s going to be in the best interests of Joey Harrington or Detroit backers. VIKINGS

Cards (+3) at Panthers: Carolina has 11 players on injured reserve. Stephen Davis latest to bite the dust. They won only their second game of season in San Francisco. Both wins were on the road. Should win at home sooner or later but I don’t think it’s happening this week. Cards have won three of last four. CARDS.

Titans (+3) at Jags: The old Fred Taylor finally showed his face, or should I say feet, rushing for 144 yards. Because of Taylor’s performance, David Garrard had little problem in his second career start. On the other side of the field you have Chris Brown, who hasn’t stepped it up to take any heat off Volek or McNair. Brad Hopkins, big offensive tackle for Titans, is a large question mark. So are two defensive starters. JAGS.

49ers (+7) at Bucs: Difficult to open up the bankroll for Niners after blowing 17-zip lead at home versus depleted Panthers. BUCS.

Dolphins (+9) at Seahawks: Holmgren’s guys are tough to draw a beat on. Simplifying the offense was working well for a couple of weeks against weak teams. Keep running the ball Mike because your receivers can’t catch a cold! DOLPHINS.

Chargers (-4) at Raiders: Lightening Bolts zapped the Silver and Black three weeks ago in San Diego, 42-14. Not too much has changed on either side since that day. No revenge scheduled here! CHARGERS.

Falcons (PK) at Giants: G-men beginning to feel the effects of a weak offensive line. Warner the type of QB who needs ample time to set-up. Falcons pass rushers applying more pressure lately and Giants offering less with Strahan and Washington out. FALCONS.

Skins (+8) at Eagles: Mark Brutell, oh, I’m sorry I meant Brunell, has been brutal all season. I can’t believe Skins will move the ball at all on rested Philly D. EAGLES.

Packers (-4) at Texans: Houston, we’ve had a major problem the last two weeks on the road. Whacked 31-13 in Denver and then crushed by 35 at Indy. Texans are better than the last two weeks would indicate. Packers have won four straight, but showed signs of dropping their guard slightly in second half of Vikings contest. TEXANS.

Pats (-4) at Chiefs: KC well on its way to forgettable season. But, these high scoring Chiefs have a way of turning it up on national TV. Remember the Monday night game with Baltimore? CHIEFS.

Last week: 5-8

Season: 81-58-4ing the line 300-1. Don’t look now, but Lovie has the Bears out of 1-5 hibernation on a three-game garbage-guzzling win streak. BEARS.

Lions (+7) at Vikings: You can count on two things Sunday. The sun will come up in the morning and the Vikes will give up at least 30 points. Only worse defense is 49ers, and that’s only a maybe. WR Roy Williams will play the rest of the season with a sprained ankle. I’m not sure that’s going to be in the best interests of Joey Harrington or Detroit backers. VIKINGS

Cards (+3) at Panthers: Carolina has 11 players on injured reserve. Stephen Davis latest to bite the dust. They won only their second game of season in San Francisco. Both wins were on the road. Should win at home sooner or later but I don’t think it’s happening this week. Cards have won three of last four. CARDS.

Titans (+3) at Jags: The old Fred Taylor finally showed his face, or should I say feet, rushing for 144 yards. Because of Taylor’s performance, David Garrard had little problem in his second career start. On the other side of the field you have Chris Brown, who hasn’t stepped it up to take any heat off Volek or McNair. Brad Hopkins, big offensive tackle for Titans, is a large question mark. So are two defensive starters. JAGS.

49ers (+7) at Bucs: Difficult to open up the bankroll for Niners after blowing 17-zip lead at home versus depleted Panthers. BUCS.

Dolphins (+9) at Seahawks: Holmgren’s guys are tough to draw a beat on. Simplifying the offense was working well for a couple of weeks against weak teams. Keep running the ball Mike because your receivers can’t catch a cold! DOLPHINS.

Chargers (—4) at Raiders: Lightening Bolts zapped the Silver and Black three weeks ago in San Diego, 42-14. Not too much has changed on either side since that day. No revenge scheduled here! CHARGERS.

Falcons (PK) at Giants: G-men beginning to feel the effects of a weak offensive line. Warner the type of QB who needs ample time to set-up. Falcons D applying more pressure lately and Giants offering less with loss of Strahan and Washington. FALCONS.

Skins (+8) at Eagles: Mark Brutell, oh, I’m sorry I meant Brunell, has been brutal all season. I can’t believe Skins will move the ball at all on rested Philly D. EAGLES.

Packers (-4) at Texans: Houston, we’ve had a major problem the last two weeks on the road. Whacked 31-13 in Denver and then crushed by 35 at Indy. Texans are better than the last two weeks would indicate. Packers have won four straight, but showed signs of dropping their guard slightly in second half of Vikings contest. TEXANS.

Pats (-4) at Chiefs: KC well on its way to forgettable season. But, these high scoring Chiefs have a way of turning it up on national TV. Remember the Monday night game with Baltimore? CHIEFS.

Last week: 5-8

Season: 81-58-4