We're thisclose to giving up - the season is showing no signs of rhyme nor of reason. Miami smoking the Pats, then beating up the Chargers? Really?
Let's just get these out of the way, with the usual soon-to-be-disproven analysis:
ATLANTA (+2.5) over Chicago
Falcons showing plenty, especially at home. Figure this one to be close, so we'll grab the points.
Falcons 19 Bears 17
TAMPA BAY (-2.5) over Carolina
Bucs return home after tough loss in Denver, while Panthers might start slowly after last week's blowout vs. KC. Another close one, so we'll take the home team.
Buccaneers 20 Panthers 17
WASHINGTON (-13.5) over St. Louis
Are the Rams really this bad? Maybe not, but the REdskins sure do look to be that good, and it is hard to imagine them not being able to cover this number, even if it takes a late tack on score to do so.
Redskins 31 Rams 13
HOUSTON (-3.5) over Miami
A risky choice, but the Texans were a very solid team for 56 miinutes last week, and don't think every single player in that locker room isn't fully focused on taking out the frustration from that stomach punching loss. Picking against the Fish hasn;t helped us at all, but they could be due for a slight letdown.
Texans 23 Dolphins 17
INDIANAPOLIS (-4.5) over Baltimore
We can't really explain why we're taking the Colts, who have played about 34 minutes of good football thus far in 2008. Somethign seems off about this team, but we'll play the hunch that they will be able to string together a solid 60 minutes and gut one out to get their first win in their new digs.
Colts 20 Ravens 13
MINNESOTA (-13.5) over Detroit
So long as the Vikes tighten up their punt coverage, we see no reason why they can't enjoy a laugher here.
Vikings 34 Lions 16
NEW ORLEANS (-7.5) over Oakland
Just can't take the Raiders, who solved their "problem" by removing Lane Kiffin prior to last week's bye. Sean Payton will have his sloppy Saints ready to go this week after ugly MNF showing last week.
Saints 24 Raiders 14
NY JETS (-5.5) over Cincinnati
Bengals getting a little more respect from Vegas, hence this line. Jets, fresh off bye, should be ready to roll, and Bengals have played just well enough to lose last two. Look for Jet ground game to get back on track, enough to make Favre's play action that much more effective.
Jets 27 Bengals 17
DENVER (-3.5) over Jacksonville
Line seems a tad high, but Broncos have shown themselves to be very tough at home, while up and down Jags forced to make this gtrip after ugly game vs. Steelers. Close, but we'll take the Mile High guys.
Broncos 20 Jaguars 16
ARIZONA (+5.5) over Dallas
Cowboys have shown disturbing tendency to play to opponents level, and the Cards are just dangerous enough to stick around here. Will the house still be half filled with Cowboy fans, still?
Cardinals 31 Cowboys 28
SAN FRANCISCO (+5.5) over Philadelphia
Can't figure out the Eagles, who've gone from Super Bowl contender to also-ran in 3 short weeks. They're likely somewhere between the two extremes, and the hunch here is that the Niners can hang close, and maybe even steal this one.
Eagles 27 49ers 24
SEATTLE (-2.5) over Green Bay
Never in a million years would we think the Seahawks should be favored, but using the "Vegas knows something" theory, we'll take 'em. No further questions, Your Honor.
Seahawks 23 Packers 21
New England (+6.5) over SAN DIEGO
Another line which seems a little steep - Pats spent the week in Cali, and the Bolts have shown very little consistency thus far. Matt Cassell looked more confortable last week, and the San Diego pass rush has been nothing to write home about. Look for the Pats to add to further bury the Bolts.
Patriots 25 Chargers 20
NY Giants (-7.5) over CLEVELAND
Thanks, Powers That Be, for subjecting us to yet another nationally televised Browns game. Can we safely assume that the boys from Cleveland will not be part of any Flex scheduling come the second half? Please? As for the game, the Giants look very solid, and will not be deterred here.
Giants 24 Browns 10
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