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Foles should direct a win, even without a recordsetting outing

Eagles quarterback Nick Foles. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)
Eagles quarterback Nick Foles. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

Eagles (+2) over PACKERS

OK . . . If anyone - anyone! - saw the Nick Foles' seven-touchdown, 406-yard effort against the Raiders coming, Double V will bow to you from the waist. I'll also offer a month of cheesesteak sandwiches from Pat's on me, as well as a day at the "Spa" when you come to Vegas. But it has to be documented, somewhere: Print, radio, TV, a blog, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr or Fumblr (OK, we made up Fumblr). Can Foles do another Peyton Manning impersonation? Probably not to that extent, but when we look across the field and find Seneca Wallace under center instead of Aaron Rodgers, anything is possible. Now, throw in the Birds' outstanding work on the road this season (4-1 straight up and against the spread, with the only loss coming at Denver). Obviously, we would rather have had the eight or nine points that Rodgers playing would have provided, but we'll have to settle for deuce and take that to the bank.

49ERS (-6) over Panthers

Cam Newton and Carolina have looked fantastic this month, winning and covering the last four games with ease. As you know, Double V is gonna drill a little deeper. The Panthers' wins have come against the Bucs (0-8), the Vikings (1-7 heading into last night), Falcons (2-6) and Rams (3-6). Not exactly the cream of the NFL crop. In fact, you would have to classify Carolina's schedule as "cupcakery." That stops right now with a visit to San Francisco. The 49ers have bounced back smartly after two early-season losses, with five wins in a row, straight up, and, against the spread. And the five wins have come by a combined score of 174-61, a margin of 22.6 points per game. Then take a look at the gobs of money the Niners have made for their backers in games outside the division. They have covered 22 of 28, but have an astounding 13-2 record at home. With an 87 percent cover rate. Mix all those numbers together in a cauldron and you get a Best Bet.

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    The Eagles
      1782 (77.3%)
    The Packers
      523 (22.7%)
    Total votes = 2305

    GIANTS (-7) over Raiders

    Eli's coming, and so are the Giants. After a miserable 0-6 start to the season, the New Yorkers have posted two straight wins, three straight covers, and this should be a profitable afternoon as well. Reasons? You all saw what the Birds did in Oakland last week. The Giants are coming off a bye week, and over the last 5 years, Tom Coughlin has been perfect with a 5-0 record then, and the Big Blue have outscored the opposition, 177-71.

    SAINTS (-6.5) over Cowboys

    Not thrilled laying a touchdown, but after looking at what New Orleans has done inside the Superdome under Sean Payton (13-0), it's impossible to look toward the 'Boys. Then you have all the delicious revenge motives, including Payton, who was an assistant head coach in Dallas under Bill Parcells, and the soft-spoken Rob Ryan who is now the defensive guru with the Saints after getting pink-slipped by the Cowboys. Revenge is gonna taste sweet.

    BUCCANEERS (+2.5) over Dolphins

    Put aside all the noise for a moment, and your feelings on who is right and who is wrong, but from a handicapping perspective, Miami has lost two starting offensive linemen. Richie Incognito has been suspended, while Jonathan Martin has left the team. Now you have a Tampa squad that is desperate for its first win of the season, coming off a pretty darn good effort against Seattle (lost, 27-24, but covered). Buccaneers get off the schneid and post their first W.

    TITANS (-12) over Jaguars

    Tennessee ain't gonna win the AFC South, but with a W here, the Titans can jump over .500.

    STEELERS (-3) over Bills

    Gotta believe Pittsburgh can find a win here against a Buffalo team that kinda sucks on the road, winning only seven of the last 32, and will be starting a rookie (EJ Manuel) at quarterback. We're buying Steel, but light.

    RAVENS (+1.5) over Bengals

    What a crummy first half for the defending Super Bowl champs, but at 3-5, and with a win against first-place Cincinnati, Baltimore can get right back into the title convo in the AFC North.

    Rams (+10) over COLTS

    Love Andrew Luck, but after beating the Broncos and the Texans, there's gotta be a letdown somewhere. This is the week.

    FALCONS (+6.5) over Seahawks

    Seattle has covered only one of the last five, and will post the victory, but the final margin looks like a FG.

    BEARS (Pick) over Lions

    Why did this line move 2.5 points? Jay Cutler is back, and that should spell victory for Chicago.

    Texans (+3) over CARDINALS

    Is this a "win one for the Kubber"? Gary Kubiak's guys will go full-tilt-boogie and should pull off the mini-upset.

    CHARGERS (+7) over Broncos

    San Diego is a perfect 3-0 against the spread at home, and will push it to 4-0 with a cover against Denver.

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