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Cool NFL Pointspread Contest: Week 8

Sunday, November 1:

N.Y. JETS 4 over Miami (1:00 PM ET)
PHILADELPHIA 3 over N.Y. Giants
Houston 3 1/2 over BUFFALO
DETROIT 4 over St. Louis
INDIANAPOLIS 11 over San Francisco
BALTIMORE 4 over Denver

CHICAGO 13 1/2 over Cleveland
DALLAS 9 1/2 over Seattle
TENNESSEE 3 over Jacksonville (4:05 PM ET)
SAN DIEGO 16 1/2 over Oakland
GREEN BAY 3 over Minnesota (4:15 PM ET)
ARIZONA 9 over Carolina


Monday, November 2:

NEW ORLEANS 9 over Atlanta (8:30 PM ET)


BYES: Cincinnati, Kansas City, New England, Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay, Washington


Home team in CAPS; tie-breaker games in red.

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N.Y. Giants
Houston
DETROIT
INDIANAPOLIS
BALTIMORE
CHICAGO
DALLAS (BB)
Jacksonville
SAN DIEGO
GREEN BAY (BB)
ARIZONA (BB)
NEW ORLEANS
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Last week: 5-7-1. Season totals: 48-54-1, Pct. .471. Best Bets: 7-14, Pct. .333.

Home team in capital letters; point spreads (opening line) in parentheses after underdog team; selections with point spreads in bold.


SUNDAY

N.Y. JETS
20, Miami 14 (+4) - This is Chad Henne's initial start on the road after his first three since succeeding the injured Chad Pennington were all at home, and it's always caveat emptor in that situation whenever an inexperienced quarterback is involved, unless it's a true "franchise" type. Interestingly, the Dolphins have three pushes against the spread (observing the "consensus opening line," as we do here) in their last eleven road outings against the Jets (along with six pointspread losses and only two covers), so if you can find a service that allows you to bet that a game will land right on the number (and of course gives you suitable odds for that proposition), this is something worth looking into.

N.Y. Giants 23 (+3), PHILADELPHIA 16 - A good big team should be able to beat a good little team most of the time - and that's precisely what we have here; plus the home field has meant literally less than nothing in this matchup of late, with the host side covering only once in the eight most recent meetings, and the Giants having won and covered four of their last five at Lincoln Financial Field, and taken 13 of 14 outright on all grass fields since 2007. If it's close in the fourth quarter, look for the Giants to impose their will.

BUFFALO 17 (+3 1/2), Houston 13 - So what if he's not lighting up the scoreboard or setting the fantasy world on fire? The bottom line is that Ryan Fitzpatrick is winning games - and he may get the chance to win another one with Trent Edwards still smarting from the concussion he sustained at Club Med in Week 6. Texans look to make it back-to-back wins on rugs after 17 consecutive losses thereon, and for their best first-half start in franchise history - at 5-3. It says here they get neither.

INDIANAPOLIS 33, San Francisco 17 (+11) - Alex Smith did seem to provide a spark in the second half last week, but the fact remains that the 49ers not only didn't win the game, but Smith threw a deal-breaking interception at the end. Is Mike Singletary doing the very thing you're not supposed to do when immersed in quicksand - that is to say, thrash about even more?

DETROIT 14, St. Louis 13 (+4) - Both of the Rams' two close calls - and spread covers - this season have come on the road, and even with the bye week Matthew Stafford was limited in practice as recently as Thursday. And it just seems awkward laying more than a field goal on the Lions at this stage.

BALTIMORE 20, Denver 10 (+4) - As they say in the old country - basta! And the last time the Broncos won in Baltimore, a rookie quarterback named John Elway could be seen walking off the field after the game flipping the late Bob Irsay the bird.

CHICAGO 27, Cleveland 7 (+13 1/2) - Before the season started the Browns were supposedly going to benefit from the NFL's steepest year-to-year drop in strength of schedule; instead, they have played the entire league's toughest slate through the first seven weeks - and as many as a dozen Cleveland players may have contracted the swine flu. This is obviously not what Randy Lerner ordered from Central Casting - and so far this season it has mattered a great deal to the Bears whether or not they're playing at home, going 2-0 there and 1-3 on the road in what can now be safely termed Year One of the Jay Cutler Era (Cutler recently having received a contract extension through 2013) with the lone win coming at a team that was without the services of its first-string quarterback.

DALLAS 35, Seattle 13 (+9 1/2) - Romo has regained his mojo, and Seattle's 3-16-1 spread record coming off a bye week is the worst in the NFL by open games.

Jacksonville 17 (+3), TENNESSEE 10 - What year is it? If it's 2009, then why are the 3-3 Jags underdogs to the 0-6 Titans?

SAN DIEGO 41, Oakland 3 (+16 1/2) - Say this for Tom Cable: At least he waited until his team had already won two games before throwing his temper tantrum. Chargers seek their 13th straight win over the Raiders and eleventh cover therein, and should easily get both.

GREEN BAY 23, Minnesota 9 (+3) - The NFL is officially blaming the World Series for having this game and the Giants-Eagles game exchange time slots, but anti-Brett Favre conspiracy theorists no doubt have other ideas, for the switcheroo figures to subtract about five degrees from the ambient temperature at any given point - and since going indoors in 1982 Minnesota is 7-29 (with losses in 17 of the last 19) in "Triple Witching Hour" games, arising when an indoor team has to play at a cold-weather site in November or later (Sunday conveniently being November 1) and the game is also on natural grass. Moreover, the Vikings have scored a grand total of 26 points in their last three visits to Lambeau, regardless of when played, time of day or year.

ARIZONA 16, Carolina 13 (+9) - When their only touchdown was scored rushing last week, it made the 2009 Panthers the second NFL team since World War II not to have gotten a TD pass from a wide receiver in either September or October (giving the "Trash-and-Stinkston"-led '03 Eagles' receivers some miserable company). Of course it's hard to find your wideouts in the end zone when you're too busy hitting the guys with the wrong-color jerseys instead, as Jake Delhomme has done a league-leading 13 times; still, the Panthers are 3-0 outright lifetime in the desert and can at least keep this one close, provided Delhomme can remember who he's supposed to throw to.

MONDAY NIGHT

NEW ORLEANS
45, Atlanta 24 (+9) - Never mind 16-0 straight up. The Saints are liable to go 16-0 against the spread! If they couldn't non-cover last week, then when? Certainly not here, with Drew Brees finding a shooting gallery in Atlanta's injury-desecrated secondary.

BEST BETS: BUFFALO, DALLAS, GREEN BAY

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Miami
NY Giants (BB)
Houston (BB)
Detroit
Indianapolis
Denver
Chicago (BB)
Dallas
Jacksonville
Oakland
Minnesota
Arizona
Atlanta

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N.Y. Giants
Houston (BB)
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INDIANAPOLIS (BB)
BALTIMORE
CHICAGO
DALLAS (BB)
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GREEN BAY
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Miami +4
N.Y. Giants+3
Houston -3 1/2
St. Louis+4
INDIANAPOLIS -11 (BB)
BALTIMORE -4
CHICAGO -13 1/2 (BB)
DALLAS -9 1/2
Jacksonville +3
SAN DIEGO -16 1/2
GREEN BAY -3
ARIZONA -9 (BB)

NEW ORLEANS -9
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1st 3 Jeff Boswell: 7-6 - 600 points
2nd 5 xxMURPHxx: 6-7 - 200 points
3rd 2 Anthony: 5-8 - 100 points
4th 4 Nate: 4-9 (2-1) - 60 points
5th 1 Marc: 4-9 (1-2) - 40 points

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