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TREVOR BUNKE -- Ottawa Sun

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There will be a classified ad appearing in the Sun soon, which will read: "Wanted, one NFL picker, no experience necessary, as it has been proven that an apple picker could do a better job than the twit we currently have." Another sub-.500 week ... brutal. So, with apologizes to apple pickers, here are the Week 13 picks:

Houston (+7) at NY Jets: Other than a monster win over the Dolphins this season, the Jets have been involved in close games. That's not likely to change, even if QB Chad Pennington returns. TEXANS

Cincinnati (+6.5) at Baltimore: The Bengals certainly won't come close to scoring the 58 points they did last week vs. the Browns, but putting up enough to stay close to the Ravens (and their piddly offence) is a good bet. BENGALS

New England (-10.5) at Cleveland: Let's see, the Browns will have a new coach, Terry Robiskie, who previously has been an NFL head man for three games -- and in all likelihood -- a new QB, Luke McCown, a rookie who has thrown one NFL pass, this weekend vs. New England. It's all very, very cruel. PATRIOTS

Arizona (+6) at Detroit: I can't get my head around the Lions being six-point favourites: They've lost five straight games, are 1-4 at home and are generally a miserable bunch of felines, especially after the 41-9 Thanksgiving basting they suffered vs. the Colts. I've been hyping the Cardinals as potential NFC West champs ... might as well sink with them. CARDINALS

Tennessee (+11) at Indianapolis: The Colts beat the Titans by two TDs in Nashville earlier this season. That was in Week 2, before Indy QB Peyton Manning got really, really hot. COLTS

Minnesota (-7) at Chicago: I'm reversing course with the Vikings, for at least a week. If they can't blow out the Bears, who could be reduced to using QB Jeff George before this game is over, they're hopeless. VIKINGS

Buffalo (-3.5) at Miami: The Bills will squish the Fish. BILLS

Atlanta (+1.5) at Tampa Bay: The Falcons don't win games by wide margins, they just win. Getting points vs. the Bucs is a bonus. FALCONS

San Francisco (+10.5) at St. Louis: Boy, do the Rams need a game like this. The 49ers are, at 1-10, the worst team in the NFL. The Greatest Show on Turf returns, at least until next week. RAMS

Carolina (+1) at New Orleans: The Panthers, winners of three straight, are talking about the playoffs. This was a 1-7 team. Now, Carolina is 4-7 and a game out of the wild-card race. The Saints are 4-7 as well, but have been far too inconsistent to trust, even if they're only favoured by a point. PANTHERS

Kansas City (Even) at Oakland: The Silver and Black is back. All right, that's a stretch. But vs. the Chiefs, the Raiders should rule with RB Priest Holmes and possibly QB Trent Green out of the lineup for K.C. RAIDERS

Denver (+3) at San Diego: This is the Chargers' statement game. Win, and the AFC West title is theirs. Lose, and a playoff spot isn't even guaranteed. The Broncos lost last week to the Raiders ... at home. CHARGERS

NY Giants (+2) at Washington: It should be the lowest-scoring game of the week. Not much else to say about it. GIANTS

Green Bay (+6) at Philadelphia: The Packers haven't won in Philadelphia since 1962. I don't think that's about to change in 2004. The Eagles still need wins to clinch home-field advantage in the NFC. EAGLES

Pittsburgh (-3) at Jacksonville: The Steelers have been playing with fire the last couple of games. And they are so due to lose a game. The Jaguars' season hangs in the balance. JAGUARS

Dallas (+7) at Seattle: The Seahawks lost 38-9 at home last week to the Bills. That doesn't warrant being a TD favourite over anyone. COWBOYS

Last Week: 7-9.

Season: 83-89-4.

Best Bet: Buffalo.

Best Bets: 6-6 after 3-point underdog San Diego beat Kansas City 34-31.

Suicide Pick: New England.

Suicide Picks: 9-3 after Denver lost 25-24 to Oakland.

trevor.bunke@ott.sunpub.com


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