Vick is likely to add to his legend against Giants
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?
Ravens (-10) over PANTHERS: Carolina went all the way to Paris and found this French guy, Brian St. Pierre, sitting at an outdoor cafe. The Panthers asked him to QB this week. He said, Oui! We say Baltimore makes serves him up a croissant-like bagel. Ravens, 27-0.
PATRIOTS (-3) over Colts: The Tom Brady-Peyton Manning "who is better" debate will rage on long after this game, but here, you have to give the edge to Brady. Peyton's Colts are a walking M*A*S*H unit, with Austin Collie, Dallas Clark, Joseph Addai, Mike Hart, Anthony Gonzalez and Bob Sanders all on the shelf. That ain't gonna help against the - yes, we will say it - great Brady, who is working on a - get this! - 24-game winning streak at home.
Lions (+7) over COWBOYS: Still the best spread team in the NFL. If you took Detroit early last week, the Lions ( plus-3) covered another spread, improving to 8-0-1. Even if you you got 'em late (plus-1) and lost, they're still 7-1-1 ATS.
Texans (+7) over JETS: All depends on Houston QB Matt Schaub (knee). If he's a no-go, we are a no-play.
Redskins (+7) over TITANS: Tennessee is one big hit away from having Rusty Smith at QB. Who? Exactly! D-Mac plus the points.
BENGALS (-5) over Bills: Light lean to Cincy, but a strong play to the over, which has hit six of the last seven when these teams meet.
Browns (+2) over JAGUARS: Cleveland has covered seven of the last 10 on the road, but handle with care, since Browns WR Josh Cribbs (toes) is out.
Seahawks (+12) over SAINTS: New Orleans is perking up, but still hasn't won at home this season by more than 10 points.
RAMS (+3) over Falcons: Atlanta is clearly the better team, but on the road, the Falcons have won only 10 of the last 29.
Buccaneers (+3) over 49ERS: Can't find any love for a San Francisco team that is on an 0-6 run as a favorite.
CHARGERS (-10) over Broncos: Not thrilled about laying double-digits, but Denver is just 1-6-1 ATS the last eight against San Diego.