Afternoon games gobble up record

TREVOR BUNKE -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 7:28 AM ET

It would appear that my chances of ever seeing a .500 record this season are about as likely as the Red Sox coming back on the Yankees from a two-game deficit.

What seemed like a sure 8-4 record as the 4 p.m. games were nearing an end last Sunday, disappeared faster than the turkey that was on the supper table and left me at 6-6 en route to a dismal 6-8 week.

Between munches of Thanksgiving dinner and slurps of beer (all right, it was slurps of wine), the 49ers roared back and beat the Cardinals in overtime and the Seahawks imploded and dropped their game in OT to the Rams.

Then on came the heartburn and 8-4 became 6-6.

If the Yankees are Pedro Martinez' "Daddy," then the oddsmakers in Vegas are mine.

Here are the Week 5 ramblings:

Miami (+6) at Buffalo: The Bills haven't caught a break this season, then along came the Dolphins. BILLS

San Francisco (+10) at NY Jets: The Jets will win, it's that double-digit spread that's scary. 49ERS

Seattle (+4) at New England: I thought the Seahawks could be the team to end the Patriots' winning streak, then along came the Rams' debacle. PATRIOTS

Carolina (+9) at Philadelphia: The Eagles, who have won all four of their games by 10 points or more, get payback for last season's 14-3 loss to the Panthers in the NFC Championship. EAGLES

Cincinnati (+2.5) at Cleveland: The trend to notice with these two underachieving teams is their home and away records. The Browns (2-3) are 2-0 at home. The Bengals (1-3) are 0-2 on the road. The math adds up in Cleveland's favour. BROWNS

Green Bay (+2) at Detroit: Even when the Packers were really good, the Lions often beat them in Detroit. The Packers are no longer good. LIONS

Washington (Pick) at Chicago: Somebody has to win. The Bears, at least, are coming off their bye week. Sorry, Joe Gibbs, the Redskins aren't as finely tuned as your NASCAR machines. BEARS

Houston (+6.5) at Tennessee: The Texans showed true spirit last week, forcing the Vikings to beat them in OT. The Titans got no such fight from the Packers. This will be a fight. TEXANS

San Diego (+4.5) at Atlanta: The way the Chargers and QB Drew Brees are playing right now is too good to pass on. The Falcons' last two home games are a 6-3 win over Arizona and a 17-10 loss to Detroit. CHARGERS

Kansas City (-2) at Jacksonville: The Chiefs used their week off to bond (and probably shed some tears) with coach Dick Vermeil. The Jaguars should be forced to post bond for not showing up last week in San Diego. CHIEFS

Pittsburgh (+3) at Dallas: I'm taking new over used, young over old. I'm taking Ben Roethlisberger over Vinny Testaverde. STEELERS

Denver (-2) at Oakland: You know the story here: Since Broncos coach Mike Shanahan was fired by the Raiders, he's 14-4 against them ... blah, blah, blah. BRONCOS

Minnesota (-3.5) at New Orleans: Despite the fact the Vikings nearly choked away last week's game vs. Houston, they're a better bet than the Saints, who became the first team to lose to the punchless Buccaneers. VIKINGS

Tampa Bay (+6) at St. Louis: If last week's comeback win doesn't have the Rams back on track, they're hopeless. No, wait a second, that would be a team that has to start Brian Griese at QB. The Buccaneers, now that's hopeless. RAMS

Bye Week: Arizona, Baltimore, Indianapolis, NY Giants.

Last Week: 6-8.

Season: 32-40-2.

Best Bet: Detroit.

Best Bets: 3-2 after 9-point favourite Indianapolis beat Oakland 35-14.

Suicide Pick: Philadelphia.

Suicide Picks: 5-0 after New England beat Miami 24-10.


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