Last weekend was the Time of the Dog. Just barely. Underdogs, for the first time this season, had the edge. A slim one, I'll admit, but they outlasted the favorites, 6-5, with, remarkably, three contests ending in a push. Unfortunately, your faithful narrator had the dog in two of those three, and got nipped at the wire each time. But handicappers always want to lay these sucker's hollers on you, don't they?
I'm not getting off the underdog this week. Well, actually I've leaned to them six times out of my 11 selections. Eleven selections! Is the guy desperate or what? That's right, desperate. I'm having one of those blue periods that guys like
Not only that, but I'm worried about my man, Vic Mackey, on
The Jets are coming off a bye. Last year, despite their dysfunctional 4-12 year, they whipped the Steelers by three in overtime, the week after their bye. The year before, they went up to New England and upset the Patriots, an affront that was happily avenged, 37-16, in the playoffs. So here they are, coming off their bye week, which saw the Bengals putting Dallas on the ropes for a while.
The number is 6, New York over Cincinnati.
Do you believe in the Falcons? I'd like to, but I'm having trouble. Chicago is giving a teeny weeny 2 1/2, in Atlanta naturally. Could the Bears be looking ahead to Minnesota? Nah, they wouldn't do that to me, considering the kind of year I'm having. But gosh, that number sure looks like a trap. So what? I'll
Miami plus 3 at Houston. The Wildcat will be defensed. I mean, the direct snap is not a vision out of a Superman movie. But I don't like the Texans' QB situation, either. Well, they have to win one of these weeks. But not this one.
And the Ravens, getting 3 at Indy. They used to give them hell when all the pieces were in place for the Colts. Now that the O-line is struggling, I can't see it holding up against the kind of heat
Here's my theory about coaching changes during the season. The game immediately following one of those changes generally is upscale. Everyone's concentration is a bit sharper. Thus,
"Why is it different?" says a red-headed bystander, on cue. Because
The Panthers seem to enjoy it in Tampa. Don't ask me why. Maybe it's those gigantic Spanish dinners at the Columbia. But they've won their last five there. No. 6 coming up.
I can't help it. I must lean to the formula one more time. It just can't desert me completely. Do you really think the Seahawks deserve to be a 2 1/2-point favorite over the Packers? No, of course not, even with the game in Seattle, now that the 12th man or 13th man or whatever personality they attach to the crowd noise, has packed it in. They're practically begging you to take the Pack. Not me, folks. I won't crack. I can't be begged.
I pass the following three games on to you without comment, strictly because one of the more serious investors I know says they're his three favorites on the board. Two out of three winners and he'll be consulted another time. Anything less and into the dumper he goes, along with his selections.
Last week: 1-4