Expect very few treats

TREVOR BUNKE -- Ottawa Sun

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Well, that didn't last very long, now did it?

After joining the .500 club with an 11-3 week, reality hit me with a thud -- as in a 5-8-1 Week 7.

So be warned this weekend: I don't know whether you're in for a trick or a treat.

Green Bay (-2) at Washington: If the Redskins win their last game before a presidential election, the incumbent stays. If they lose, the challenger is the new president. Bye, bye Bush. PACKERS

Baltimore (+7.5) at Philadelphia: Not having RB Jamal Lewis vs. the Bills is one thing. Not having him against the Eagles is quite another. Philly also gets the added bonus of LT Jonathan Ogden missing this game. Watch out, Kyle Boller. EAGLES

Arizona (+3.5) at Buffalo: This is absolutely the Bills' last chance to turn around their sorry season. Fortunately for them, the Cardinals are 0-3 on the road. BILLS

NY Giants (+6.5) at Minnesota: The Giants beat the Vikings 6-0 last year at the Metrodome. That's right -- blanked Minny at home. The Vikings are averaging 28.3 point a game this year. VIKINGS

Cincinnati (+3.5) at Tennessee: The Bengals might have a letdown after their shocking Monday night win over the Broncos, but the Titans are too banged up to trust. BENGALS

Indianapolis (-1) at Kansas City: The Colts have won seven straight vs. the Chiefs and are 5-0 ATS in the last five games at Arrowhead Stadium. K.C. just might need some of those 56 points it scored vs. the Falcons last week to stay in the game against Indy. COLTS

Detroit (+3.5) at Dallas: The Cowboys hit rock bottom in Green Bay in Week 7. The Lions are an enigma, but they keep winning on the road after having lost 24 straight away from Detroit. LIONS

Jacksonville (+1) at Houston: The Jaguars have cost me a number of games this season. For that, I hate them. These last-second, come-from-behind wins just can't keep happening. TEXANS

Atlanta (+6.5) at Denver: The Falcons have covered just once in their past 10 ATS vs. an AFC team. After last week's dud in Kansas City, I expect another in Denver. The Broncos are too good not to bounce back after Monday's loss to the Bengals. BRONCOS

Carolina (+8) at Seattle: The Panthers aren't likely to win, but the Seahawks -- losers of three straight -- have the highest spread of the week to cover. I'll take the points. PANTHERS

New England (-3) at Pittsburgh: The Patriots will likely lose at some point this season. I just can't see it being against Steelers rookie QB Ben Roethlisberger. The Pats made Jets star QB Chad Pennington look uneasy last week. PATRIOTS

Oakland (+6) at San Diego: I'll say it. With the Dolphins beating the Rams last week, the Raiders are the worst team in the NFL. The Chargers just could be a wild-card team. CHARGERS

San Francisco (+1.5) at Chicago: Okay, the Bears might be worse than the Raiders, but nobody else. The 49ers aren't terribly good, either, but at least QB Tim Rattay has won a couple of NFL games. Bears QB Craig Krenzel makes his first NFL start. 49ERS

Miami (+6.5) at NY Jets: The Jets have already scored an eight-point victory (17-9) win over the Dolphins this season. Now it's on the Jets' turf and they're in need of confidence booster after last week's loss in New England. JETS

Bye Week: Cleveland, New Orleans, St. Louis, Tampa Bay.

Last Week: 5-8-1.

Season: 48-51-3.

Best Bet: Denver.

Best Bets: 4-3 after 3-point underdog San Diego beat Carolina 17-6.

Suicide Pick: San Diego.

Suicide Picks: 6-1 after Indianapolis lost 27-24 to Jacksonville.


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