Today, like any other given Sunday, has the potential to surprise. They play to win the game. Well, some do and some don't. There are a few teams that have been left for dead already. A few have the fork turning but its not over for them just yet. The Falcons are a prime example today of a team getting points desperate for a win at home vs a Texans team that has been road favorites only once before in their storied history. I suggest sticking w/ the dogs who think they have a chance to win the game.
Browns +4 vs Ravens
The checkdown Ravens offense can't be trusted to cover on the road vs a bitter rival. This is game worth watching if you like seeing fights between plays. The Browns players know it's their duty to defeat Art Model and friends.
The Browns Defense is plenty capable of making the Ravens earn their points. The Browns passing attack can score on what appears to be a somewhat leaky Ravens secondary. I think D. Andersen will relax at home after a up and down performance at the Blackhole last week.
Browns +4 They have a chance to win this game.
Miami -4 vs Oakland
The 0 - 3 Dolphins are favored after showing some life on offense last week vs the Jets. The Jets opened up a 31-13 lead before T. Green got some garbage time heroics in. Don't go thinking they will run up and down the field on a Raiders team that has been in every game they've played.
The Raiders are much improved under new coach Kiffin and are playing inspired football. They are on a bye nxt wk, they want to keep their coach happy w/ an effort good enough to win, which should be enough to at least cover vs the pedestrian Miami offense.
New York Jets -3.5 at Buffalo
The Jets of late have a good track record of covering the number when favored. Thomas Jones doesn't care how bad the Bills are, he just wants to get his season on track. The Jets should be good for 24 pts at least, which should be enough to get the cover.
Jets -3.5 the Jets are my pick of the day
Atlanta +3 vs Houston
After a huge effort vs Indy last wk, dont' expect the Texans to just walk out of Atlanta w/ the victory. The Texans will surprise me if they can match their intensity from last wk. The 0-3 Falcons can be counted on to do their best to get their first win of the season for new coach Petrino. If the Texans cant' run the ball on the Falcons like the Panthers did last Sunday they are in for a long day. The Panther's ground game is stronger than Houston's. I see no reason to think they will run away w/ this game and the chance of everyone saying how did the Falcons beat the Texans is a remote possibility.
Minnesota +1 1/2 vs Green Bay
This is a classic matchup. The passy heavy Packers are going up against a Vikings team that has the better defense and ground game. I prefer to take the defense and ground game in these situations but I can't see taking the Vikings in this too tough too call game.
What I can picture in this game is both teams struggling to find the end zone.
under 38 1/2
Dallas -13 vs St. Louis
The Cowboys appear to be obvious locks today. Scary to me. I don't like taking huge favorites that have won 3 games by huge margins in a row already. the boys will probably cover but they will make you sweat this line a little before pulling away late. Don't get carried away w/ the Cowboys.
Pittsburgh -6 at Arizona
This is a scary game. A strong case can be made for the Cards today. The Steelers are trying to get to 4-0 for the first time since '79. They have won big 3 games in a row already and appear to be in for a close game on the road. Can K. Warner come off the bench and light it up? He is the Cards only chance of keeping this game close. Matt Leinart has no chance vs the Steel Curtain.
They will pull away late when the Cards defense tires after being on the field the whole game.