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Cool NFL Pointspread Contest: Week 13

Thursday, November 29:

DALLAS 6 1/2 over Green Bay (8:15 PM ET)


Sunday, December 2:

MIAMI 1 over N.Y. Jets (1:00 PM ET)
PHILADELPHIA 3 over Seattle
WASHINGTON 5 over Buffalo
CAROLINA 3 over San Francisco
INDIANAPOLIS 7 over Jacksonville
TENNESSEE 3 1/2 over Houston
MINNESOTA 3 over Detroit
ST. LOUIS 4 1/2 over Atlanta
San Diego 4 over KANSAS CITY
ARIZONA 1 over Cleveland (4:05 PM ET)
Denver 3 over OAKLAND
N.Y. Giants 2 over CHICAGO (4:15 PM ET)
NEW ORLEANS 3 over Tampa Bay
PITTSBURGH 7 over Cincinnati (8:15 PM ET)


Monday, December 3:

New England 20 over BALTIMORE (8:30 PM ET)


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

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DALLAS
MIAMI
Seattle
WASHINGTON (BB)
CAROLINA
INDIANAPOLIS (BB)
TENNESSEE
MINNESOTA
ST. LOUIS
San Diego
Cleveland
Denver
CHICAGO
NEW ORLEANS
PITTSBURGH
New England (BB)
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Last week: 7-9. Season totals: 70-97-9, Pct. .423. Best Bets: 16-17-3, Pct. .486.

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


THURSDAY NIGHT

DALLAS 35, Green Bay 17 (+6 1/2) - Just as Donovan McNabb can't magically transform Philadelphia's severely velocity-challenged wide receivers into genuine deep threats, neither is Brett Favre capable of turning Green Bay's severely talent-challenged running backs into genuine running threats. That will prove to be one of the two deciding factors in this uber-hyped matchup - the other being the home team's "double-double" domination of this series: Ten consecutive victories (eight by the Cowboys, in Dallas), all by ten points or more. And personally, I'd much rather see T.O. get another shot at the Super Bowl than Favre, so not only am I picking a lopsided Dallas win, but I'm rooting for one as well.

SUNDAY

MIAMI 13, N.Y. Jets 10 (+1) - If Eric Mangini has so much as one scintilla of common sense, he will swallow his pride and start Chad Pennington at quarterback for this game; otherwise, he will consign his team to an embarrassment it might take them years to overcome - and in the fullness of time, get him fired.

N.Y. Giants 20, CHICAGO 12 (+2) - I'm probably asking for it with this pick, but Cedric Benson has been lost for the season and the home team herein has lost six in a row - and despite what we saw last week, I'd sooner side with Eli Manning throwing 40-something passes in a game than with Rex Grossman doing so.

Seattle 27 (+3), PHILADELPHIA 14 - Since when should a 5-6, last-place team be favored over a 7-4, first-place team - especially when the last two times the latter has visited the former's building (as here), the latter has won by a combined 80-0?

WASHINGTON 17, Buffalo 10 (+5) - No-hoper Trent Edwards is back as Buffalo's starting quarterback and the AFC East minus New England is 0-9 against the NFC East; but the Sean Taylor tragedy and Washington's active four-game losing streak to the Bills by a collective 120-47 turns what would have been a best bet into a stay-away game.

San Francisco 16 (+3), CAROLINA 13 - Frisco's wake-up call on offense came just in time - and instead of losing in the Super Bowl as I predicted he would before the season started, John Fox figures to lose his job.

INDIANAPOLIS 27, Jacksonville 17 (+7) - In addition to being 40-4 straight up, the four teams who are virtually certain to duke it out in the conference championship games are 35-8-1 against the spread, and that includes two games played among each other. So if you don't think the Jaguars can win this outright, you might as well lay the wood.

TENNESSEE 31, Houston 24 (+3 1/2) - Defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth might make it back this week to a Tennessee defense that has flatlined without him the last three weeks. The Titans have won nine of eleven lifetime against Houston - but as always, beware of the three-and-a-half-point line.

MINNESOTA 27, Detroit 13 (+3) - The Vikings scored 41 points last week. So they must have done real well offensively, right? Well, actually no: They ran three Eli Manning interceptions back for outright touchdowns, and a fourth gave them first and goal at the 8-yard line, producing another TD. But Adrian Peterson is expected back here and the Lions have dropped nine straight at Triple H - and isn't Jon Kitna's preseason guarantee of a 10-win season suddenly beginning to look irresponsible once again?

ST. LOUIS 16, Atlanta 9 (+4 1/2) - Marc Bulger is doubtful with a concussion, but if the Rams could come as close as they did to beating Seattle at home mostly without him, they should be able to get it done here at home if Bulger doesn't play - and it doesn't hurt to know that the Falcons have lost four in a row in St. Louis by an aggregate margin of 98 points, and that the home team all told has won the last four meetings by 101.

San Diego 17, KANSAS CITY 14 (+4) - This could be another one of those cases where a coach is forced to do the right thing: Damon Huard has played extremely well at Arrowhead (95.3 passer rating in 2006-07) and Herm Edwards may have no choice but to start him due to Brodie Croyle's back injury (Ricky Williams wasn't the only player who got stomped upon in Week 12); and LaDainian Tomlinson is averaging less than three yards per carry on the road this year, compared with 4.9 at home.

ARIZONA 34, Cleveland 27 (+1) - The temptation to overreact to the Cards allowing San Francisco to snap its eight-game losing streak at their expense is strong, but Cleveland is 3-8 straight up in the Mountain and Pacific time zones since rejoining the NFL in 1999, and while I correctly tabbed the Browns for significant improvement this year, I can't honestly say I expected this, particularly without Brady Quinn attempting so much as a single pass.

Denver 23, OAKLAND 17 (+3) - The Broncos are absolutely killing me this year, but the home team in this one has covered just two of the last eight and Mike Shanahan will never get tired of sticking it to Al Davis.

Tampa Bay 27 (+3), NEW ORLEANS 20 - I guess the Buccaneers had to win one on the carpet eventually, but it didn't have to be in a 31-7 rout as they did two weeks ago; and this is another case of the wrong team being favored.

PITTSBURGH 21, Cincinnati 17 (+7) - If they waddle like they peaked too early and quack like they peaked too early, they must have peaked too early.

MONDAY NIGHT

New England 31, BALTIMORE 14 (+20) - The biggest road favorite the NFL has seen since December 12, 1976, when the Patriots (!) spotted the same number at Tampa Bay. New England won, 31-14. How did you guess?

BEST BETS: DALLAS, SEATTLE, MINNESOTA

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DALLAS
MIAMI
Seattle
WASHINGTON
CAROLINA
INDIANAPOLIS
TENNESSEE
Detroit
ST. LOUIS
San Diego
Cleveland (BB)
OAKLAND
N.Y. Giants
Tampa Bay (BB)
PITTSBURGH
BALTIMORE (BB)

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Green Bay


Sunday, December 2:

MIAMI
Seattle
WASHINGTON
CAROLINA
INDIANAPOLIS
TENNESSEE-BB
Detroit
ST. LOUIS
San Diego-BB
Cleveland
Denver
N.Y. Giants
NEW ORLEANS
Cincinnati


Monday, December 3:

New England -BB
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N.Y. Jets bb
PHILADELPHIA
WASHINGTON
CAROLINA bb
INDIANAPOLIS
TENNESSEE
Detroit
ST LOUIS bb
San Diego
ARIZONA
OAKLAND
N.Y. Giants
Tampa Bay
PITTSBURGH
BALTIMORE
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Green Bay (BB)
NY Jets
Seattle
Washington (BB)
San Francisco
Jacksonville
Houston
Minnesota
St. Louis
San Diego
Cleveland
Denver
NY Giants
Tampa Bay
Cincinnati
New England (BB)

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1st 5 Dublin Mike: 11-5 (3-0) - 100 points
2nd 3 themush: 11-5 (2-1) - 44 points
3rd 2 Anthony: 9-7 - 24 points
4th 1 Marc: 8-8 (0-3) [2-3] {0-2}* - 16 points
5th 6 JBoswell: 8-8 (0-3) [2-3] {0-2} - 10 points
6th 4 bama4256: 6-10 - 6 points


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