Foles looks like a guy who can beat the Cardinals
EAGLES (-3) over Cardinals
Wondering why Chip Kelly has named Nick Foles as the starting quarterback? Let me present some numbers. As a starter, Foles has connected on 63.6 percent of his attempts for 1,308 yards with 13 touchdowns and no interceptions. He hasn't tossed a pick in 199 passes dating to last season - the second-longest streak in team history behind Vick's 224. Foles is sitting on a 128.0 rating and is on pace to break the regular-season record of 122.5 set by Aaron Rodgers in 2011. That is clearly rarified air. One huge reason for the success is LeSean McCoy and his NFL-leading 1,009 yards. McCoy has had a blast against Arizona, rushing for 151 yards (5.6 per carry) in two career meetings with the Cards. Then there's the suddenly potent Mean Green defense that hasn't given up more than 21 points while winning five of seven, after allowing 34.5 ppg during a 1-3 start. All that says, "Gimme the Birds."
Saints (+5.5) over SEAHAWKS
Never easy to win in Seattle, and while we're not expecting a W - although it would be nice - New Orleans has the firepower to keep this game close. Why? Two words: Drew Brees. Brees has been off the charts this season, with 3,647 yards passing and 28 touchdowns, both numbers second only to Peyton Manning. Brees has been awesome on Monday nights as well, winning nine straight starts and posting a phenomenal 123.6 passer rating. And what makes this even more attractive, especially as a nice underdog, is that two of the Seahawks' secondary players, cornerback Walter Thurmond (suspended for the next four games) and CB Brandon Browner (groin injury), are both gone. That's like playing "Grand Theft Auto" on the Xbox with one hand tied behind your back. Seattle hasn't played a team with a winning record in a month, and certainly has not played a QB like Brees this season. That makes this my Best Bet.
COLTS (-3.5) over Titans
Indy has been very tough at home (winning 10 of the last 13), and - even tougher, actually - are perfect after a loss. The Horseshoes have posted a 9-0 record after their most recent losses, and you know Andrew Luck is gonna have his troops ready for another big W. And the job becomes ever easier when you notice that Tennessee has covered only two of the last nine inside the AFC South.
BILLS (-3) over Falcons (Toronto)
Not exactly a home game, but definitely a road game for Atlanta. When the Falcs go on the road, it's big trouble. Especially for QB Matt Ryan. Check out these numbers: Ryan has completed 72.4 percent of his passes for 10 touchdowns and one interception while posting a 106.2 rating in Atlanta, but he has a 60.5 completion percent, eight touchdowns, 11 - yes, 11! - interceptions and a 70.2 rating on the road. A loser in every away game. Watch 0-5 become 0-6.
Rams (+9) over 49ERS
Not exactly sure how Jeff Fisher turned on the switch in St. Louis, but over the last month, the Rams have been pretty darn solid. They have won twice, lost twice (by only five and seven points) and have covered three of the last four. San Francisco had a super outing in Washington Monday (winning, 27-6), but the Niners seem to have problems in their division, covering only three of the last 12 against the NFC West.
Buccaneers (+8.5) over PANTHERS
Another team that has started to perk up is Tampa Bay. The Bucs are riding a three game-winning streak, but of much greater importance to Double V, working on a 4-0 spread run. Carolina gets the W, Buccaneers get the cover.
WASHINGTON (+1.5) over Giants
Both teams are gonna be golfing in early January, but after looking at New York's spread run on the road (covering only two of the last nine), we gotta show a little love for RGIII.
CHIEFS (+5.5) over Broncos
Looking for revenge, KC should be able to stay within a FG of Denver at Arrowhead.
Jaguars (+7) over BROWNS
Cleveland has covered only three of the last seven at home, while Jax is on a one-game winning streak. Huge.
VIKINGS (-1) over Bears
Can't possibly back a Chicago team that has covered only three of the last 16.
Dolphins (+2) over JETS
New York has been outscored by 56-17 since the bye week, while Miami has covered three of its last four.
Patriots (-7) over TEXANS
New England should romp, but after that emotional win over the Broncos, we're gonna keep it on the light side.
Bengals (+1) over CHARGERS
San Diego still celebrating after beating KC last Sunday, while Cincy comes off the bye, rested and ready to rumble.