Home teams are high on the 'dog

TREVOR BUNKE -- Ottawa Sun

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In what might be a first, 10 road teams -- that's 10 out of 14 -- are favoured this weekend in the NFL.

The boys in Vegas must be on to something or on something, take your pick.

Speaking of picks, here they are:

NY Giants (+7) at Green Bay: The Packers are due for a top effort after last week's pounding at the hands of the Colts. The Giants (2-1) are a game better than Green Bay (1-2), but have victories over Washington and Cleveland -- not exactly championship-calibre teams. PACKERS

Philadelphia (-9) at Chicago: Nine points ... 19 points ... it doesn't matter. The Eagles are great on the road (27-7 the past four-plus seasons) and the Bears will have to make do with Jonathan Quinn at QB for the rest of the season with starter Rex Grossman on injured reserve. EAGLES

Washington (-3) at Cleveland: The Browns get their third crack at an NFC East opponent. The first two -- losses to the Cowboys and Giants -- didn't go too well. Third time isn't likely to be a charm, either. REDSKINS

New England (-5.5) at Buffalo: The Patriots will tie the NFL record for consecutive wins (18) with a victory over the Bills. What will make it sweeter for the Pats is that they got smoked 31-0 last year in Buffalo. It's payback time. PATRIOTS

Oakland (-2) at Houston: The Texans, who beat the Chiefs last week, have never won two straight in their 35-game history. The Raiders, meanwhile, are coming off a spirited win over the Buccaneers -- a game in which starting QB Rich Gannon went down. Gannon's replacement, Kerry Collins, filled in admirably, and Oakland might be better off with Collins as its starter. RAIDERS

Indianapolis (-3.5) at Jacksonville: To all of you out there on the Jaguars bandwagon: Jump. Colts QB Peyton Manning is going to shred them this weekend. The Jags have scored 35 points in three games. Indy's averaging 33.3 a game. With no help from their offence, the Jacksonville defence cannot withstand the onslaught that's coming. COLTS

Cincinnati (+4.5) at Pittsburgh: Here's your stat du jour: The Bengals have lost 41 straight road games to opponents with a winning record. The Steelers are 2-1. STEELERS

Atlanta (+3.5) at Carolina: Falcons QB Michael Vick is 3-0 vs. the Panthers, winning those games by an average of 25.7 points. Those odds are too good to pass on. FALCONS

New Orleans (-3) at Arizona: The Saints got a huge lift from their win in St. Louis last week. The Cards' offence is useless. SAINTS

NY Jets (-6) at Miami: The Dolphins might just be the worst team in the NFL. To shake things up, Miami will give the starting QB job back to Jay Fiedler this week. Whatever. The Jets are 2-0 and coming off a bye week. JETS

Denver (-3) at Tampa Bay: The Broncos were stuffed in their last visit to Florida two weeks ago, when the Jaguars held on for a 7-6 win thanks to a Quentin Griffin fumble. The Buccaneers, too, have the defence to keep things close. BUCCANEERS

Tennessee (-3) at San Diego: The Titans have been torched by RBs Edgerrin James and Fred Taylor the last two weeks. Chargers RB LaDainian Tomlinson is that type of runner. CHARGERS

St. Louis (-3.5) at San Francisco: The Rams are not good enough right now to pass on more than three points on the road. 49ERS

Kansas City (+5.5) at Baltimore: Chiefs coach Dick Vermeil has nearly bled tears this week, he's cried so much trying to rally the 0-3 Chiefs to their first victory. It might not score them a win, but it should help keep them close vs. the offensively challenged Ravens. CHIEFS

Bye Week: Dallas, Detroit, Minnesota, Seattle.

Last Week: 7-6-1.

Season: 18-27-1.

Best Bet: Indianapolis.

Best Bets: 1-2 after 10-point favourite Atlanta only beat Arizona 6-3.

Suicide Pick: Philadelphia.

Suicide Picks: 3-0 after Atlanta beat Arizona 6-3.


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