Champs will end Colts' streak

DARREN FRIESEN -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:26 AM ET

I don't think anyone could ask for a better Monday Night matchup.

Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts are the league's only unbeaten team and will look to remain undefeated as they head into Foxboro to take on the defending Super Bowl Champs.

For Manning and the Colts, this game is not only pivotal to establish their dominance this season but, mentally, a win may be just the boost Indy needs to finally capture the big prize.

Of course, a loss could send Manning chasing another of Dan Marino's infamous stats -- no Super Bowl rings.

INDIANAPOLIS -3 AT NEW ENGLAND: Patriots 27 Colts 24.

ATLANTA -2 AT MIAMI: The Falcons' young defence will have to stop the Dolphins running tandem of Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams. Still, I don't expect a rested Mike Vick and the Falcons offence to have any trouble outscoring the Fish. Falcons 35 Dolphins 23.

SAN DIEGO -6 AT NEW YORK JETS: With such an injury-plagued lineup, the Jets are teetering on total collapse this season and should be no test for the potent offence of the Chargers. This one would be no contest even if LaDainan Tomlinson took the week off. Chargers 38 Jets 10.

OAKLAND +4 1/2 AT KANSAS CITY: Running back LaMont Jordan and the rest of the Raiders have done a valiant job getting themselves back to a game below .500 but they're going to have to wait a little longer before that dream becomes reality. Chiefs 28 Raiders 22.

HOUSTON +13 AT JACKSONVILLE: Finally the Texans cracked the goose egg and put one in the win column. However, I think that will be short-lived as the Jaguars will look to get some redemption after the Texans crushed them in both meetings last year. Jaguars 35 Texans 19.

UPSET OF THE WEEK:

DETROIT -1 1/2 AT MINNESOTA: If one of the league's best quarterbacks couldn't salvage the Vikings season then don't expect backup Brad Johnson to fare any better. Although, if the Lions have to go without Jeff Garcia, expect a Vikings upset. Vikings 26 Lions 24.

CINCINNATI -3 AT BALTIMORE: The Bengals ... ah, the Bengals. Everyone's still waiting for the team that's taken the field the past decade to show up but you know what? It's not going to. Expect the Bengals defence to once again grab the turnovers, allowing Chad Johnson and the league's seventh-best passing offence to do the rest. Bengals 29 Ravens 17.

TENNESSEE + 3 AT CLEVELAND: A three-game losing streak, a starting running back in the clink for driving drunk and a quarterback who can't pass the ball. Does it get any worse for the Browns? Yes, they're going to lose to a team mired with some of the same problems. Titans 24 Browns 17.

CAROLINA -1 AT TAMPA BAY: The Bucs apparently got too cocky last week against the San Francisco 49ers and that's why they're not in first place in the NFC South. Tampa Bay should've come home with that win because this weekend's matchup will not be easier for rookie QB Chris Simms. Bucs 23 Panthers 19.

PITTSBURGH -6 AT GREEN BAY: This one's easy to pick ... uh, no wait a second Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger isn't playing. Remember what happened last time the Steelers were without Big Ben? Then again, other than Brett Favre, just about every other offensive player of significance on the Packers is hurt. Steelers 25 Packers 17.

WEEK'S BEST BET:

New York Giants -10 1/2 at San Francisco: The goal now for any team playing the 49ers is to not take them too lightly. After a near-perfect performance a week ago, the Giants should be able to carry over that momentum. Giants 37 49ers 17.

CHICAGO -3 AT NEW ORLEANS: The Bears' defence has only given up 81 points this season, second only to the undefeated Indianapolis Colts. This stat only proves worthy against a Saints squad that is struggling to score points. Bears 20 Saints 10.

SEATTLE -4 AT ARIZONA: Kurt Warner will be back as the starting pivot for the Cardinals this Sunday when they host the Seahawks in the desert. Who cares? I say Cardinals coach Dennis Green should keep starting Josh McCown and keep working towards next season. Seahawks 28 Cardinals 15.

PHILADELPHIA PICK AT WASHINGTON: From Super Bowl runner up to fighting to stay out of last place in the NFC East. This is the Eagles' sad reality so far this season and, with Terrell Owens sidelined, it look's as if Philly will have to come up with some magic. Eagles 26 Redskins 23

HOW I DID: Some surprise victories last week didn't have me doing so well. I was 4-10 against the spread (37-46 overall) and 7-7 straight up (54-29).


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