Note: Home teams in CAPITAL LETTERS
Eagles (+7) over GIANTS
Even though the New Yorkers have it all going on the field, the off-the-field distractions have to catch up with them eventually. Being away from home last week at Washington was the perfect place, but now that they are back in the glare of brightest spotlight in the country - NYC - it's gonna be impossible to set all the nonsense aside. The last time these two met, it was a 36-31 shootout at the Linc, and we could see a similar game. The Birds' 48-20 beatdown against Arizona on Thanksgiving night was not the big fix, but certainly a step in the right direction. And Donovan McNabb put his own controversy to rest with a brilliant performance, hitting on 27 of 39 for 260 yards, and four TDs. McNabb also had another major stress bubble removed from his shoulders, now that his wife, Roxie, delivered a healthy set of twins. A score of 31-28 sounds about right. And the winner? Whichever team has the ball last.
Jets (-3) over 49ERS
You can't blame the Jets for not showing up against Denver last week, and suffering through an embarrassing 34-17 loss. After all, the week before, the Brett Favres beat the previously undefeated Titans, at Tennessee, 34-13. And the week before that, they had a huge road win, 34-31, at their nemesis, New England. So Brett and the boys basically took the week off. You can bet (we will) that New York will be back on the beam and ready for a little search-and-destroy mission out West. The Jets are clearly better than San Francisco, and should move the ball downfield just as easily as Buffalo, who was able to outgain the 49ers last week, 350-195. And since New York has covered seven of its last nine on the road, while the 49ers have covered only five of the last 16 at home, we have to make the Jets the best bet on this weekend's card.
BILLS (-1) over Dolphins
This has not been a great stretch for Buffalo (losing five of the last six), but the Bills are trying to cultivate the Toronto market, so you better believe they'll be going full tilt in this contest. We would much rather see this game taking place in Buffalo, where the Bills are on a 4-0 run against the Dolphins. However, Miami is still lousy on the road, dropping 16 of its last 21, and the Fish are also working on an 0-4 spread streak.
BRONCOS (-9) over Chiefs
Denver has a comfortable three-game cushion in the pathetic AFC West, but now is not the time to sit back and relax. Now is the time for revenge. The Broncos flew to Kansas City at the end of September, and were thoroughly embarrassed, losing to the Chiefs, 33-19. But as we said, that was in KC. This is a road game, and the Chiefs' record on the road is 4-14 the last couple of years.
CARDINALS (-14) over Rams
Laying double digits with a team that is just a hair above mediocre is a little scary, but guess what, St. Louis is in town. And the Rams have no offense. The last 2 weeks, they have scored a grand total of 15 points, and every one came off the foot of the field-goal kicker. They have covered just four of the last 15, won only three of the last 12 on the road, and will not come within 25 points of Arizona this Sunday.
PACKERS (-6) over Texans
Another home/away thing going on here. Green Bay has covered 10 of the last 15 at home while Houston has covered only five of the last 15 on the road.
Vikings (-9) over LIONS
Minny has been on a sweet 4-1 run since the bye week, and since Detroit has been losing at home by an average of almost 23 points per game, this should be a money-maker for the folks backing the Purple People Eaters.
COLTS (-13) over Bengals
Indy took a little rest against Cleveland last week and barely squeezed by, 10-6. No rest this week. No squeeze. Just a blowout.
Jaguars (+6) over BEARS
When you have two teams that kinda stink, you just grab the dog and pray for rain, or snow.
Browns (+14) over TITANS
Looking for Cleveland to continue its fabulous 4-0 spread run on the road, we'll grab the two TDs.
Redskins (+5) over RAVENS
Deja vu. Washington is also working on a 4-0 spread run on the road.
SAINTS (-3) over Falcons
A little revenge (Atlanta won 34-20 in the first meeting) and a whole lotta home cookin' (New Orleans is 4-1 at the dome), should equal a cover for the Saints.
Cowboys (+3) over STEELERS
Not a strong opinion, but Vic likes a healthy Tony Romo over Ben Roethlisberger.
Patriots (-4) over SEAHAWKS
It appears as if Seattle has given up on Mike Holmgren. So have we.
PANTHERS (-3) over Buccaneers
Carolina's 27-3 loss at Tampa was an embarrassment, but the Panthers 6-0 record at home isn't.