Week Thirteen Record: 4-7-1Overall Record: 80-78-8
Schmear of the Week: 9-4
Bagels in the Basket: +9
Peyton Manning and the Broncos = The Glove! Among all division leaders, Denver leads with a Rocky Mountain High 317 points allowed. They may stumble down the home stretch starting this week.
THIRD and LONG:
After the Chiefs, the defending champion Ravens lead a mediocre pack of teams vying for the second Wild Card. At 6-6, the Ravens need a big win in order to separate themselves from the Chargers, Titans, Dolphins, and Steelers.
There's not much that can save Rex Ryan's job now.
**Friday Line ~ NYDN
Raiders +3 (JETS)
This is a nice old school match-up. But put a fork in the Jets. This airplane is being taken out of commission.
Loss; 37-27 Jets
CHARGERS -3 (GIANTS)
A flight to the west coast, no JPP, and a battered secondary versus Phillip Rivers, all spell trouble for the Giants.
Win; 37-14 Chargers
Chiefs -3 (
Andy Reid won't let his Chiefs skid continue. Besides, this is the time of year when we get reminded how badly Daniel Snyder runs his organization.
Win; 45-10 Chiefs
RAVENS -6 1/2 (Vikings)
I gave the Vikings props over the last two weeks and got rewarded, but the run is over. The defending Super Bowl champs are desperate for victories.
Loss; 29-26 Ravens
PATRIOTS -10 1/2 (Browns)
I hate this game. It's the Browns. More than Tom Brady, New England's defense makes me believe the Pats will cover.
Loss; 27-26 Patriots
BENGALS -6 1/2 (Colts)
The Colts have been tamed. This is one of the few times I have confidence in the Bengals at home. In fact, Luck will be lacking against Cincy's defense.
Win; 42-28 Bengals
Panthers +3 (SAINTS)
Game of the Week. If there is any team that can slow down the Saints inside their Happy Dome, it will be the Panthers, who should still be able to put up points against an improved Saints defense.
Loss; 31-13 Saints
Lions +3 (EAGLES)
I'm not jumping off the Lions bandwagon yet.
Loss; 34-20 Eagles
STEELERS -3 (Dolphins)
The Fish disappear from playoff contention this week. Remarkably, Pittsburgh is breathing down Baltimore's necks. A victory for the Steelers changes the entire AFC Wild Card complexion.
Loss; 34-28 Dolphins
Bills +2 1/2 (BUCS)
I still feel the Bills have much going for them. With a good off-season, this team can make the playoffs next year.
Loss; 27-6 Bucs
Titans +12 1/2 (BRONCOS)
Peyton Manning, the glove, the cold in Denver, and a porous Broncos defense has me believing the Titans can keep this close.
Loss; 51-28 Broncos
CARDINALS -6 (Rams)
This isn't as easy as it may seem, but Arizona desperately need a win. If the Cards manage to avoid the Rams pass rush, and not turn over the ball, they will keep pace in the NFC race for the post-season.
Win; 30-10 Cardinals
Seahawks +3 (49ERS)
Think long, think wrong.
Win; 19-17 49ers
**PACKERS -3 1/2 (Falcons)
What gives? The NYDN had this game at 11 points Friday, while the Post only had the spread at 7 points. By Saturday, the News dropped the spread to 3 1 /2 points, but the Post took it OFF the board.
Loss; 22-21 Packers
Schmear of the Week: (3 Bagels)
RAVENS -6 1/2
Just picked up a new tank of propane. Going to grill kabobs. What's on your football menu?
Good luck, and have a Happy Football Sunday everyone!
Week Fourteen Record: 5-9
Overall Record: 85-87-8
Schmear of the Week: 9-5
Bagels in the Basket: +2