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Old 11-29-2011, 07:01 AM   #1
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Cool NFL Pointspread Contest: Week 13

The Thursday night game - Philadelphia at Seattle - does not appear in the contest because games played before Sunday are not included under contest rules.

Sunday, December 4:

NEW ENGLAND 21 over Indianapolis (1:00 PM ET)
N.Y. Jets 3 over WASHINGTON
BUFFALO 1 1/2 over Tennessee
TAMPA BAY 3 1/2 over Carolina
MIAMI 1 over Oakland
PITTSBURGH 7 over Cincinnati
CHICAGO 9 over Kansas City
MINNESOTA 1 over Denver
Atlanta 1 over HOUSTON
Baltimore 6 1/2 over CLEVELAND (4:05 PM ET)
Green Bay 7 over N.Y. GIANTS (4:15 PM ET)
Dallas 6 over ARIZONA
SAN FRANCISCO 13 1/2 over St. Louis
NEW ORLEANS 9 over Detroit (8:20 PM ET)

Monday, December 5:

San Diego 1 1/2 over JACKSONVILLE (8:30 PM ET)

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

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Old 12-01-2011, 08:42 AM   #2
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Last week: 9-7. Season totals: 96-74-5, Pct. .563. Best Bets: 22-13-1, Pct. .625.

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


21, SEATTLE 16 (+3) - Not only are the Eagles 10-2 on Thursday in franchise history, but four of the wins have come during seasons in which they won three or fewer games - and over the past calendar year Philadelphia is 5-2 straight up and 4-2-1 against the spread on the road compared with 1-8 both ways at home. Finally, speaking of both ways, the home team in this series has lost six in a row, both ways.


13 (+3), N.Y. Jets 10 - Four touchdown passes is all well and good, but Mark Sanchez was 13-of-31 for 129 yards and an interception in the rest of his attempts last week and the Jets are 1-8 lifetime against the Skins. Spot for an upset.

Green Bay 35, N.Y. GIANTS 14 (+7) - Who knows? Maybe Tom Coughlin will return to the Jaguars! But one thing's for certain: His job with the Giants could be in serious jeopardy if, as now seems increasingly likely, he presides over yet another late-season meltdown - and the Giants have lost their last three versus Green Bay at home by a combined 106 to 41.

NEW ENGLAND 58, Indianapolis 0 (+21) - Guess Bill Belichick hasn't accumulated any bad karma from his past cheating: For the third consecutive week his defense will get to face a non-first-string quarterback. The 58 points, by the way, represents eight touchdowns (against the team that is allowing the most points in the league) and a safety - as in the safety Dan Orlovsky, who will start at QB for the winless Colts here, conceded by running over his own end line while with the winless Lions in a game at Minnesota three years ago.

BUFFALO 21, Tennessee 14 (+1 1/2) - At least the Bills showed some signs of life last week, and while he was with Seattle Matt Hasselbeck was 4-14 straight up and 6-12 against the line as a visitor in cold weather.

Carolina 17 (+3 1/2), TAMPA BAY 13 - To prove who's the worst in the NFC South.

Oakland 24 (+1), MIAMI 17 - Michael Bush continues to impress in Darren McFadden's injury-driven absence and the Dolphins are 0-9 outright and 1-8 pointwise in their last nine home games against teams with winning records.

PITTSBURGH 16, Cincinnati 13 (+7) - Big Ben's thumb has to be cause for concern based on what we saw Sunday night and the Bengals haven't been blown out all year so take the points.

CHICAGO 10, Kansas City 6 (+9) - How can you possibly lay this number on Caleb Hanie? And the total opened at 37 1/2? If Kyle Orton sees any significant action, the Chiefs win outright - and in any case the "under" would appear to be an absolute gift.

Denver 17 (+1), MINNESOTA 10 - Where do they get off making the 6-5 Broncos an underdog to the 2-9 Vikings? Interestingly, this will be Tim Tebow's first NFL start on artificial turf - but if anything that figures to actually help Tebow more than hurt.

Atlanta 20, HOUSTON 0 (+1) - Maybe the Texans should have inquired about JaMarcus Russell instead of signing Jake Delhomme, who is going to be as useless to them as Kerry Collins proved to be to the Colts. Get in as soon as you can on the Falcons, because this line will be a lot higher come kickoff time.

Baltimore 21, CLEVELAND 17 (+6 1/2) - The Ravens have beaten the Browns six straight and covered in five of them, but Peyton Hillis seemed to wake up Cleveland's offense in his return last week and the matchup of Hillis against Baltimore's 3-4 defense is worth a flyer at this price despite the streak.

Dallas 23, ARIZONA 21 (+6) - The Cowboys refuse to do things the easy way, they've dropped six of their last seven in the desert, and could very well be looking ahead to next Sunday night's huge NFC East battle against the reeling Giants. So this is an obvious trap game, and Dallas will be fortunate to escape with a narrow victory.

SAN FRANCISCO 35, St. Louis 13 (+13 1/2) - This will be a real beating. The 49ers can clinch the NFC West with a win, while Sam Bradford is well on his way to clinching being proclaimed a colossal bust.

NEW ORLEANS 45, Detroit 27 (+9) - The Saints are averaging a staggering 41.6 points per game at home this year, and if the way Detroit's defense played after Ndamukong Suh got ejected on Thanksgiving is any guide, New Orleans shouldn't have any trouble at all topping the four-decade mark once again.


16 (+1 1/2), San Diego 10 - But will the Chargers be taking a two-hour ride up Interstate 5 on the team bus the next time they play the Jags on the road? And regardless of how you get there, the road is everywhere you don't want to be when these two teams meet, as in losing the last four both ways. One head coach is already out, and the other almost certainly will be in about a month.

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1st 3 Jeff Boswell: 9-6 - 600 points
2nd 2 Marc: 8-7 - 250 points
3rd 1 Anthony: 6-9 - 150 points

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