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RANDALL THE HANDLE AND ROB LONGLEY

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Sun Media handicapper Randall the Handle and Sun Media's Rob Longley each was awarded a fictitious bankroll of $1,000 to start the season. With that play money, they will be making their NFL selections each week along with a specified amount attached to the games they find most appealing. Our only stipulation is that any wager cannot exceed 5% of their bankroll. As in the real wagering world, each wager requires the selector risk $11 to win $10.

LONGLEY'S MONEY PICKS

NY Giants @ Tampa Bay

Line: Bucs by 3

In what could have been a meaningless game against New E ngland, the G-men instead toughened themselves for this test and come in as the better team getting points.

TAKING: Giants +3

RISKING: $44 to win $40

Washington @ Seattle

Line: Seahawks by 3

Everyone is in love with the Redskins because they beat some so-so teams to squeak into the post-season. Not me.

TAKING: Seahawks - 3

RISKING: $22 to win $20

WILD-CARD SELECTIOS

TOMORROW

FAVOURITE LINE UNDERDOG LONGLEY THE HANDLE

SEAHAWKS 3 Redskins Seahawks Redskins

Jaguars 2 STEELERS Jaguars Jaguars

SUNDAY

FAVOURITE LINE UNDERDOG LONGLEY THE HANDLE

BUCS 3 Giants Giants Bucs

CHARGERS 9 Titans Chargers Titans

LAST WEEK SEASON

SUN MEDIA NFL writer Rob Longley : 7-8-1 116-128-12

rob.longley @ sunmedia.ca

Randall The Handle: 7-8-1 118-126-12

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Jacksonville @ Pittsburgh

Line: Jaguars by 2

If the Steelers come up and bite us in this spot, so be it. By taking the Jaguars, we're quite confident that we have the better team and a win should get the cover. Pittsburgh started strongly, albeit against questionable competition, but was less than impressive in the final third of the season. The Jaguars have been consistently good all year and particularly strong in the season's second half. Jacksonville has utilized its two-headed running game to full capacity and combined with an efficient passing game, this offence has scored 24 or more points in its past 10 games. Jacksonville's defence is more formidable than its offence, a potent formula for post-season success. The biggest advantage on the Steelers side of things is having home field but after the Jaguars dominated this host in an earlier affair, out-gaining Pittsburgh 421-217 yards, that benefit quickly is erased. Jacksonville arrives here healthy. Pittsburgh is hurting badly. That's not a good sign for a team that has been serving up more sacks than Santa Claus and whose running game took a big hit with the loss of Willie Parker. Pittsburgh is known for its physical smashmouth style. That works only against wussie teams. The Jaguars are anything but.

TAKING: Jacksonville -2

RISKING: $44 to win $40

Washington @ Seattle

Line: Seahawks by 3

Joe Gibbs is one of the great coaches of his time. Having won three Super Bowls with quarterbacks such as Doug Williams, Mark Rypien and Joe Theismann, G ibbs has shown a propensity to make lemonade when he was handed lemons. We're not suggesting that Gibbs' Redskins will capture this season's ultimate reward, but facing this mediocre Seattle squad does not exactly infuse fear for either the coach or us. Perhaps the tragic loss of Sean Taylor has inspired his teammates to perform so admirably this past month. Whatever the reason, Washington enters the post-season playing its best ball of the season having won four straight. The Redskins are the tougher of the two squads defensively and are the more battle tested team, having come from a tough NFC East that boasts three playoff teams. The Seahawks come from a division that boasts comedy. Seattle defeated just one team with a winning record this year and that was way back in Week 1 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Seattle can be a difficult out in its own stadium but with points to play with and a competitive visitor, we're very comfortable taking sizeable offering.

TAKING: Washington +3

RISKING: $ 33 to win $ 3 0

Tennessee @ San Diego

Line: Chargers by 9

The Chargers are on a roll having won and covered six straight. Included in that streak was an overtime victory over these same Titans. However, Tennessee was the only decent team amongst the group as the other five included some real dregs in Baltimore, Kansas City, Oakland, Denver and Detroit (combined 27-53). Anyone that watched the Chargers comeback win over Tennessee, knows that San Diego was very fortunate to win. We now get the Titans with a chance to avenge that humiliating loss and we find them in a role they perform best in. Tennessee is a feisty underdog having covered 13 of its previous 16 when taking points. The Titans are a prototype playoff team. They have a decent running attack and a solid defence. The Chargers hold a slight 3 15-3 12 advantage in total yards per game. The Titans actually run for more yards per game despite LaDainian Tomlinson's prowess. Tennessee holds a significant advantage in yards allowed (320-291). Let us not forget that the Titans play in a division with the Colts and Jaguars. The Chargers play in a horrible division. Points being offered are abundant and out of line, and we're happy to indulge.

TAKING: Tennessee + 9

RISKING: $ 33 to win $ 3 0

NY Giants @ Tampa Bay

Line: Bucs by 3

Predicting the Giants is like predicting when your bag will show up on the airport luggage conveyor. Opposing approaches were taken for this matchup as the Giants' Tom Coughlin has gone full tilt in final two weeks despite being mostly set in playoff position while Tampa's head man, Jon Gruden, has taken an entirely different tactic basically having shut down his team these past couple of games in preparation for this one. History has shown that both strategies can work but in this case, we'll give a slight lean to the host. The Giants have been very good on the road this year but they rely heavily on their pass rush. Bucs quarterback Jeff Garcia is too familiar, too nimble and too savvy for New York's schemes. The Giants have not got past this round in the previous two seasons and we don't see them breaking that trend this year.

TAKING: Tampa - 3

RISKING: $0


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