Eagles will have what it takes to pull out a victory over the Giants
Eagles (+2.5) over GIANTS
Finally, a Manning whom the Birds can handle. Peyton is scorching the NFL with a historic start to the season (more about that in the next selection), while Eli has been scorching the bankroll of anyone who has been backing the Giants. Eli has thrown nine interceptions, most in the league, and has been sacked 14 times. The Big Blue - or the Big Bust, as they're calling 'em up in New York - have allowed the most points of any team in the NFL, 146, for an average of 36.5 points per game. They also lead the league in a category that is the single most important of all, turnovers, with 16. With the best offense in the NFC, averaging 480.5 yards per game, the league's leading rusher in LeSean McCoy (117 yards per game), and an 8-2 record over the last 10 meetings, this is the perfect spot for the Eagles to bark as an underdog. And we're going out on the proverbial limb, and calling the Birds for a mini-upset.
COWBOYS (+7.5) over Broncos
Now, let's turn to the other Manning. Peyton has been, simply put - and say this loudly - out of his mind! He has thrown for 16 touchdowns, completed 117 passes at a 75 percent rate, has gobbled up 1,470 yards, and owns a ridonkulous passer rating of 138.0. Video-game numbers to be sure, but let's check out the competition. Manning has compiled these numbers against the NFL bottom-feeders. The Eagles, Giants, Ravens and Raiders have a combined record of 4-12. Not saying that Dallas is a Super Bowl contender, but at the moment, it is at least a few notches above Denver's first four opponents. Tony Romo has guided the 'Boys to a 2-0 mark at home, and has put up some sparkling numbers, as well. How about eight TDs with only one interception, while completing 72.4 percent of his passes for a 105.0 passer rating (fourth in the NFL). OK, he's no Peyton, but has enough mustard to keep this final margin under a touchdown and make this our Best Bet.
COLTS (+3) over Seahawks
The most impressive thing about Andrew Luck and Indianapolis is last week's 37-3 blowout of the Jaguars. Why? The Horseshoes were coming off the biggest game of the season against the 49ers, especially for Luck who was going against his former college coach, Jim Harbaugh. This one screamed letdown, or backdoor cover, and it was neither. The Colts have covered 10 of their last 14, and sure know how to get up for big games.
Lions (+7) over PACKERS
Texans (+7) over 49ERS
Did San Francisco fix all its problems with a 35-11 win at St. Louis last week? Nah! Is Houston gonna fall apart after blowing a 17-point halftime lead and losing, 23-20, in overtime to the Seahawks? Nah! The Niners have covered only two of the last seven as a favorite of seven points or more, and since the Texans have won 11 of their last 16 on the road, we'll take the 'dog and look for the final margin to be no more than a field goal.
CARDINALS (+2) over Panthers
Carolina a favorite? And, on the road? What? Because the Panthers smoked an 0-4 New York Giants team? Seriously. Also know that Carolina is working on an 0-3 run as a road favorite, while Arizona has covered six of the last eight as a home underdog.
FALCONS (-10) over Jets
Despite the loss to the Patriots last week, Matty "Ice" Ryan is still a staggering 34-6 in the Dome since 2008, and the Falcons are 10-2-1 in their last 13 home games. And "Ice" has never - ever - lost three in a row.
Chiefs (-2.5) over TITANS
Was totally prepared to go with Tennessee, but then starting QB Jake Locker went down. So I switched sides.
DOLPHINS (-3) over Ravens
If you're trading for offensive linemen in Week 5, as Baltimore did, there is trouble in paradise.
RAMS (-11.5) over Jaguars
This is it. The game everyone has been waiting for, yup, our "Monopoly Money" game of the week.
BENGALS (-1) over Patriots
Cincy is much more formidable at home (2-0) than on the road (0-2).
BEARS (Pick) over Saints
Like Chicago a teeny bit to cover, but if the weather holds, love the over at 48.5 points.
RAIDERS (+5) over Chargers
Not a huge fan of the Silver & Black, but since they have covered three of four, we'll give 'em some love.