EAGLES (-3) over Giants: You know that Double V loves a little history, recent history. Last year, the Eagles sliced through the New York defense as if it were a moldy hunk of Swiss cheese. They beat the Giants twice - 40-17 at home, 45-38 up in Jersey. That's 85 points against a formidable defense, and that was with Donovan McNabb under center. With quarterback Michael Vick on the loose, we might be looking at half a hundred . . . by halftime. The way Vick is playing, he'll probably be nominated for the Nobel Prize, or at least MVP. His performance against Washington was not only staggering, it was a never-ever effort. Never, ever, in NFL history, had a quarterback thrown for 300 yards, passed for four touchdowns, run for 50 yards and scampered for two TDs. Vick leads NFL QBs with a glittery 115.1 passer rating, and the Birds have the best turnover margin in the league at plus-12.
VIKINGS (+3) over Packers: This is the last rodeo for the gunslinger and a Best Bet for Double V. Brett Favre has said he will retire at the end of the season, and this time, we believe him. That's what makes this game so important to him. A ton of bad blood still remains when Favre looks in his rearview mirror at Green Bay, and the 28-24 loss in October up in Title Town didn't help. If you looked at the last four efforts from each team, there would be no question as to the winner. The Packers have won three of four, while Minnesota has dropped three of four. Throw all that in the recycle bin, 'cause the Vikes are gonna rise up and grab one for their legend. How do we we know this? A little research has provided this amazing gem: The Purple People have won 12 of the last 13 in Minny. Also, be very sweet on a play to the over, as eight of the last nine in Minnesota between these two have gone over the total.
STEELERS (-7) over Raiders: We've had some fun, and made a few bucks with Oakland the last few weeks, but those selections were made as the Raiders played against the weak sisters of the AFC West. Now they get an angry Pittsburgh squad that gave up 39 points to Tom Brady and the Pats Sunday night. Here are a pair of stats that should cement this win: Pitt is 5-0 off a loss of seven points or more; and the Silver & Black are 0-7 against the spread coming off the bye week.
CHIEFS (-8) over Cardinals: Not only could Kurt Warner dance, he was obviously a pretty good QB. Life without him for Arizona has been a mess. After going to the Super Bowl in 2008 and the playoffs in 2009, the Cards are limping along at 3-6. Oh, by the way, guess who was the offensive coordinator when 'Zona was rocking the party? Yup, KC coach Todd Haley. The Chiefs are 4-0 at home so far, so why buck perfection?