Foles will lead the Eagles to a win
Eagles (-1) over BUCCANEERS
How can Tampa coach Greg Schiano actually sit in front of the media with a straight face and say that rookie QB Mike Glennon gives the Bucs a really good chance to win? That's like Temple coach Matt Rhule saying P.J. Walker, the sixth starting QB for the Owls since 2011, is a "can't-miss" pro prospect. Wow! At least Chip Kelly's statement, "there's always open competition, so if Nick goes out there and throws 100-for-100 and throws 27 touchdown passes, then, yeah [he's the No. 1]," sounds almost reasonable. All chatter aside, Tampa's recent body of work is ugly. The Buccaneers have lost nine of the last 10 and covered only two of the last 10. Also like what Nick Foles did when he replaced Michael Vick last week (16 of 25 for 197 yards and two touchdowns). After 5 weeks, Vic is hitting at 80 percent on the Birds, so jump on my wagon as Gang Green flies home with a W.
SEAHAWKS (-13.5) over Titans
If there is a stronger home-field advantage than CenturyLink Field in Seattle, yell at me. The Seahawks have been truly amazing at home, winning 10 in a row. They've also been a big fat moneymaker, covering 10 of the last 12. And speaking of covering the spread, Pete Carroll's crew has compiled a 21-7 record since the tail end of the 2011 season. But maybe the most impressive stat we found after drilling down a little deeper is, the 'Hawks have outscored their last six opponents at home by a combined 222-53. That's 169 more points, and a ridonkulous margin of 28 points per game. Look at Tennessee, and you'll find the Titans with a 3-1 record before last week's game. That was with Jake Locker at QB. Locker did not suit up for last week's game, Ryan Fitzpatrick took over, and boom, the Titans lost to the Chiefs, 26-17. Just one more thing left to say, and that is, this is my Best Bet, baby!
TEXANS (-7) over Rams
Fortunately, people don't come to my house after a few bad selections, as some knuckleheads did to Matt Schaub in Houston. Guess Vegas is too far. Coach Gary Kubiak said he is sticking with Schaub 1 more week, and he has to play the game of his 10-year career. And this is the perfect fit for Houston, which will send talented RB Arian Foster against the NFL's worst rushing defense the last 3 weeks (169-plus yards allowed per game).
Saints (+3) over PATRIOTS
To Gronk or not to Gronk? That is the question. If Rob Gronkowski plays, Tom Brady has a weapon he can trust. Can anyone name another receiver for New England? I'm waiting. Didn't think so. And these no-names are the reason Brady has the lowest passer rating (80.5) and completion percentage (56.6) of his entire career. No such problems for Drew Brees, who is annihilating opposing defenses. And - oh, yeah! - the Saints are on a phenomenal 13-0 regular-season run under Sean Payton.
COWBOYS (-5) over Washington
Tough, tough loss for Dallas last week. Tony Romo was on another planet for the first 58 minutes against the Broncos, completing 25 of 36 passes for a franchise-record 506 yards and five touchdowns. Then he threw the interception and it was Game Over. And still not so sure about RGIII, who has rushed for only 72 yards after gobbling up 815 last season. He is clearly uncomfortable with the bulky brace, and the 'Boys will keep the pressure on all night long.
VIKINGS (-2.5) over Panthers
Minnesota knows how to win at home (seven out of eight last season), now all the Purple People have to do is remember. Should be relatively easy against a Carolina team that has won only seven of the last 26 on the road.
BRONCOS (-27) over Jaguars
Really only one thing to say about this mismatch. Denver (5-0, winner of 16 consecutive regular-season games), matched Jacksonville's point total for the season in a 51-48 victory over Dallas last week. Lay the bundle.
Raiders (+9) over CHIEFS
Andy Reid should move to 6-0 with a W, but Oakland will move to 5-1 against the spread with a cover.
RAVENS (+3) over Packers
Baltimore's working on a 4-0 run at home, and without Green Bay's Clay Matthews on the field, make it 5-0.
BROWNS (+3) over Lions
If Detroit WR Calvin (Megatron) Johnson is out, bump this up to a medium selection, if he is in, it's a no play.
JETS (-2) over Steelers
The Maras (NY Giants) bumbled in at 0-5, now it's the Rooneys (Steelers) turn. Although we still love Rooney Mara.
Bengals (-7) over BILLS
With a practice-squad QB taking over Buffalo's offense (Thad Lewis), ya gotta ride Cincy to the winner's circle.
Cardinals (+11) over 49ERS
Arizona's defense is getting healthier and stingier, allowing only 16 points the last 2 weeks.
Colts (-1) over CHARGERS
Andrew Luck has every tool in the QB manual, and he's also money against the spread, covering 13 of the last 19.