October 29th, 2005
Bears @ Detroit(3)
Didn’t the Bears already pummel the Lions this year? This is a coin flip, spread should be zero, so I’ll take the points.
Cardinals @ Dallas(9)
The Cowboys really need a win given how tough their division is, especially given last week’s game. I think this is a statement game and Parcells’ boys cover.
Packers @ Cincinnati(9)
Not exactly a statement game, but I think the Bengals are nine points better even in an offhand remark kind of way.
Vikings @ Carolina(8)
No way do the Vikings get it together two games in a row, especially not on the road against a rested Panthers team. They’ll get blown out.
Raiders(1) @ Tennessee
No more picking the Titans for me.
Jaguars(3) @ St. Louis
OK, so the punchless Saints couldn’t get to Jamie Martin, but I bet the Jags can, and will cover.
Redskins @ New Jersey NFC(2.5)
Well, just to be contrarian, I’ll take the Skins.
Browns @ Houston(2)
Have any of these line-setters actually watched a Texans game? Seriously, there are IAA teams with better offensive lines. I can’t believe ANYONE actually gets points against the Texans, I have to take them.
Chefs @ San Diego(6)
If the Bolts don’t win this one, they’ll win the “best team not in the playoffs” award this year. They simply have to win this game. I think they can, but by six? Man, that’s tough.
Dolphins @ San Ant, err, New Orl, err, the Saints(2.5)
Is Joe Horn back for the Saints? Does it matter? I really have no clue. It’s a pick-’em game, but the home team Saints only have to give 2.5 instead of 3. That’s as good a reason as any, I guess. Saints.
Bucs(11) @ San Francisco
And the Niners are starting Ken Dorsey, yikes. Nothing leads me to believe the Niners can stay in this game at all.
Eagles @ Denver(3.5)
I never pick the Eagles right this year. I dunno, they seem to be living on borrowed time. Broncos.
Bills @ New England(9)
Too many points. Even if the Pats win, they’ll do just enough to do so. They’re really thinking about next week and trying to get healthy, they won’t blow anyone out.
Ravens @ Pittsburgh(10.5)
IIRC, there’s some bad blood between these teams–I don’t see why the Steelers wouldn’t run it up a little, and I certainly can’t see how Baltimore could stop them.