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Eagles should eke out a win against Dallas, but won't cover

A shaky Mark Sanchez might still be able to pull out the win, but the Eagles won't be able to beat the spread.

If Mark Sanchez has a shaky outing, it will still result in an Eagles win, but they won't cover the spread. (David Maoaletti/Staff Photographer)
If Mark Sanchez has a shaky outing, it will still result in an Eagles win, but they won't cover the spread. (David Maoaletti/Staff Photographer)Read moreDAVID MAIALETTI / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

Cowboys (+3.5) over EAGLES

Looks too easy for the Birds on Sunday night. They just ripped up the Cowboys a few weeks ago back in Dallas (33-10) and the 23-point margin could have been even larger. Eagles are coming off a rare home loss, it's the final regular-season home game at the Linc, and it all should add up to an easy win. Not so fast, Sanchez breath. Totally understand if you think that Double V is being too harsh on Marky Mark, but, man, he sure looked lost last Sunday against the Seahawks. Obviously, the Seattle "D" is more ferocious than the 'Boys', but still, No. 3 is a worry. Then you have Dallas on the road, and, if you have not done your due diligence, the Cowboys ride into town with perfect 6-0 record outside the Texas borders. They also have an extra few days' rest for Tony Romo and his back, and seem to love playing at the Linc, where they have won two in a row and four of the last five. Still looking for Green to squeeze out a "W," but my green is on the visitors.

CHIEFS (-10) over Raiders

So, you're probably thinking "why lay double digits with a Kansas City team that has lost three in a row?" Well, that's exactly why Double V is going all out for the chalk. Looked at old friend Andy Reid's work, and found this: Last season, the Chiefs were coming off an 0-3 run and heading to Washington, and wound up smoking the hosts, 45-10. We also have revenge on the table, since the Raiders posted their first win of the season against KC in Oakland, 24-20. There's also the big fat 0-6 Oakland record on the road this season, and you can throw in 2-20 away from home since the start of 2012. The Silver & Black are coming off a huge upset win over their Bay Bridge rival 49ers, while the Chiefs are desperate for a win to stay relevant in the hunt for the wild card. Know that RB Jamaal Charles is nicked up and probably not 100 percent, but at Arrowhead in a must win, KC is my Best Bet.

PATRIOTS (-7.5) over Dolphins

New England is a win away from another division title, which would be its sixth straight and 12th in the last 14 seasons. Talk about a run of excellence. Wow! If the Pats win out (and with Miami, the Jets and Buffalo coming up, it looks pretty solid), then it's home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. And with a stupid (the kids tell me that means "real good") 15-0 run at Gillette Stadium since the start of last season, kinda love the Brady Bunch in this spot.

GIANTS (-6.5) over Redskins

Can the New Yorkers string together two wins in a row for the first time since Weeks 4 and 5? We're betting on it. We talked about a team quitting on a coach, and anyone who watched Washington get bageled at home by the Rams on Sunday (24-0) must realize they have quit on head coach Jay Gruden. At least the Big Blue showed signs of life on Sunday, blowing out the Titans (36-7), so you know they have not quit on Tom Coughlin.

Vikings (+7.5) over LIONS

Thinking that Detroit will probably post the "W," but liking Minnesota QB Teddy Bridgewater more and more each week. Sunday, he was 19 of 27 for 309 yards and two TDs against the Jets, and owns a 119.0 passer rating over the last two games. But more important to our handicapping community, Teddy Bridge has guided the Vikings to six covers in their last seven games, which is an 86 percent cover rate, which is why we're going all Purple.

BROWNS (-1) over Bengals

Can you see me standing up in my Jacuzzi rubbing my fingers together with the "Show me the money" sign, as Johnny Football does after he scores? If you can't see me, at least see your way to a light play on the Brownies.

RAVENS (-13.5) over Jaguars

Huge double-digit bundle, but can't see Baltimore easing off the gas with a wild-card spot so close.

Jets (-2) over TITANS

A 30-24 overtime loss Sunday, and a 16-13 loss the week before indicate that the Jets are still playing hard for Rex Ryan. This New York team will follow in the footsteps of the other New York team, and bust out a "W" down in Tennessee.

Steelers (-2.5) over FALCONS

Pittsburgh has scored 74 points in two games since the bye week. We're buying Steel, but not heavy.

Texans (+6.5) over COLTS

Houston perking up at the right time, winning three of the previous four, and has revenge on the table.

PANTHERS (-3) over Buccaneers

Don't know which way to turn after Cam Newton's car accident, so we'll stay light, and lean toward Carolina.

BILLS (+5) over Packers

Green Bay's previous three wins were by six, five and three points. So we gotta look for the Buffs to cover this number at home.

CHARGERS (+4) over Broncos

San Diego ain't gonna win, but the Lightning Bolts do have enough firepower to keep the final margin inside a field goal.

SEAHAWKS (-10) over 49ers

Whew! San Fran at +10. That's crazy . . . But after covering only two of the last seven, we understand.

Saints (-3) over BEARS

All of a sudden, New Orleans can't buy a win at home, but, on the road, the Saints have won two in a row.