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Nov 25, 2004 2:23 AM

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NFL
Bears +6 at Lions:
Chicago has not won a game this year when LB Urlacher has been sidelined. He's done for the year. LIONS.

Giants +3 at Bengals:
Carson Palmer returns at QB for Bengals. Eli Manning and Giants off nice effort in loss to Pittsburgh, but won't want any part of snow and cold in Cincy. BENGALS.

Bills -10 at 49ers:
Normally we would jump all over the home dog, but the Niners lost two more defensive starters and are just decimated. BILLS.

Falcons at Saints:
The line is all over the map depending on whether Mike Vick plays. Regardless, Falcons 9-1 ATS in last 10 matchups with Saints. FALCONS.


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UConn +3 vs Toledo (66):
Motor City Bowl on Monday in Detroit. Toledo is the hot team, makes fewer mistakes and has the better QB. TOLEDO.

Miami,O -3 vs Iowa St (51½):
Iowa State gave away the Big XII North to Colorado. Granted that division was really weak. Miami loves beating Big Ten and Big XII teams. MIAMI

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Saturday, Dec. 25
Raiders +7 at Chiefs (59)
KC just beat the Raiders three weeks ago in Oakland 34-27 as a 1 point dog. The Chiefs have won and covered three straight with all three going over the total. The last place the Raiders want to be on Christmass day is in Kansas City. CHIEFS, OVER.

Sunday, Dec. 26
Chargers +7 at Colts (57)
The Colts have won seven straight games going 5-2 ATS in that span. The Chargers have won eight straight games going 7-0-1 ATS in that span. San Diego is 11-1-2 ATS year to date and are getting seven points in this game? CHARGERS.

Texans +7 at Jaguars (58)
This is a big revenge game for the Jags as they got their buts kicked in Houston 20-6. They will be super focused in this game as they try to stay alive in the chase for a wild card. JAGUARS

Patriots -3 at Jets (43):
In the first meeting this year, the Pats just got there 13-7 in New England as a 6½ point favorite. The Jets are 4-1 SU and ATS with there only loss in that span coming at Pittsburgh. It seems like everybodys only loss was at Pittsburgh this year. Prefer to take the Jets plus the points in this spot even though New England coming off big Monday night loss to the Dolphins. JETS, UNDER.

Browns +8 at Dolphins (41)
Miami is coming off huge Monday night upset of New England and the Browns are 0-6 SU and ATS in there last six games while only scoring a total of 22 points in there last three games combined. The only good thing here is that Cleveland is getting a blizzard and these guys get to be in Miami. Look for the “Dawg’s” to come out and play a good game here and get the cover while the fish are still celebrating there win over the Pats. BROWNS, OVER

 

 



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Friday, Dec. 24
HAWAII BOWL
UAB +4 vs Hawaii —4 (75)
The Rainbows hold a big home field advantage in this game and they won and covered there last three games at home this year beating two big ten teams in that stretch while averaging well over 40 points a game. UAB will be on the big island for a vacation and really don’t see them getting up for this game. Lust lay the 4 points with Hawaii and bet the game over 75 and give yourself a nice Christmas present. HAWAII, OVER.

Monday, Dec. 27<
MPC COMPUTERS BOWL
Fresno St +5 vs Virginia (52)
The Fresno State Bulldogs really came on late winning and covering there last five games while scoring well over 50 points a game in that five game span. Virginia did beat two bowl teams this year in North Carolina and Georgia Tech. This game looks like it could turn out to be a real shoot out and that total of 52 could go over in the first three quarters. OVER

MOTOR CITY BOWL
Connecticut +4 vs Toledo (66)
The Toledo Rockets out of the underrated MAC conference got here with a big win on this field in the MAC championship game when they came back in the second half to beat a very tough Miami Ohio team 35-27. One MAC team has already won a bowl game as Bowling Green really put it to Memphis in the GMAC Bowl 52-35. Toledo beat BG in the last game of the season when scoring 42 second half points to win 49-41. Look for the well coached Rockets to get the MAC there second bowl win this year. TOLEDO —4 *****



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