Safe Bets – If there is a such a thing in this league of parity…
PITTSBURGH / Cleveland – Roethlisberger returns but it doesn’t matter; this steel defense doesn’t even need a QB.
NY GIANTS / Detroit – Both these teams looked dominant last week. The difference is that the Giants actually are.
GREEN BAY / Miami – Miami is playing well. The Packers are battered. I think the Packers pull out a close one.
San Diego / ST LOUIS – Rams just lost their top QB and WR.
Close Calls – I’ve got a feeling…
Indianapolis / WASHINGTON – McNabb won’t beat himself but Manning will beat you.
DENVER / NY Jets – The Jets are finally living up to the hype.
MINNESOTA / Dallas – Favre loves to throw the ball up. Moss can go and get it.
SAN FRANCISCO / Oakland – Despite the losses Alex Smith is clutch. Who is the Raiders quarterback?
Knuckle Balls – Who knows…
HOUSTON / Kansas City – Which Texan team will show up?
PHILADELPHIA / Atlanta – Two good teams playing well. Vick could make the difference.
JACKSONVILLE / Tennessee – Garrard and the Jags won’t give the Titans the game like Dallas last week.
Upsets – Embrace the underdog…
New Orleans / TAMPA BAY – Can the defending world champs lose to rebuilding Tampa Bay? Yup.
NEW ENGLAND / Baltimore – Is New England playing for next year? Ray Lewis isn’t.
CHICAGO / Seattle – The Bears almost looked as inept as the Panthers last week. Hasselback and the Seahawks will give them more than they can handle.
Bye Week Teams: Buffalo, Cincinnati, Arizona, Carolina
Line from NFLlocks.com:
Date & Time Favorite Line Underdog Total
10/17 1:00 ET San Diego -8.5 At St. Louis 45
10/17 1:00 ET At Houston -5 Kansas City 44
10/17 1:00 ET At New England -3 Baltimore 44.5
10/17 1:00 ET New Orleans -5 At Tampa Bay 44.5
10/17 1:00 ET At Philadelphia -1 Atlanta 44*
10/17 1:00 ET At NY Giants -10 Detroit 44.5
10/17 1:00 ET At Chicago -6.5 Seattle 40
10/17 1:00 ET At Green Bay -6.5* Miami Off
10/17 1:00 ET At Pittsburgh -14 Cleveland 37
10/17 4:05 ET NY Jets -3.5 At Denver 40
10/17 4:05 ET At San Francisco -6.5 Oakland 41
10/17 4:15 ET At Minnesota -2.5 Dallas 46*
10/17 8:20 ET Indianapolis -3 At Washington 43.5