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RANDALL THE HANDLE, KEN FIDLIN AND ROB LONGLEYQMI Agency

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Sun Media handicapper Randall the Handle and Sun Media's Rob Longley and Ken Fidlin each has been 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. No wager can exceed 5% of their bankroll. As in the real wagering world, each wager requires the selector risk $11 to win $10.

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Giants @ Vikings

Line: Minnesota by 9

The Vikings are in the playoffs and are hoping to secure the No. 2 seeding with a victory here. The Giants won't be participating in the post-season but we still prefer a proud but humiliated New York squad to this reeling Minnesota bunch. The Vikings have lost three of four and will be playing this one off a short-week, overtime loss. The G-men excel on the road, failing to cover in only seven of past 30 when travelling. New York's pass rush should rattle Minnesota's shaky front line enough to keep this one close.

TAKING: N.Y. Giants +9

RISKING: $22 to win $20

Eagles @ Cowboys

Line: Dallas by 3

Things bode well here for the Eagles. While the Cowboys won the earlier season meeting between the two, 20-16, the Eagles have been victorious in eight of the past nine in the second leg of their home-and-home series with Cowboys. The Eagles will secure the No. 2 seed with a win. While Dallas has picked up the pace recently and remain a legit contender, it must finish strong. But with nine consecutive losses in its final regular-season game and with Philadelphia's success when travelling to Dallas, seeing will be believing.

TAKING: Philadelphia +3

RISKING: $22 to win $20

Titans @ Seahawks

Line: Tennessee by 4

The Seahawks packed it in weeks ago and there is no reason to believe they will show up for this one. Over its past three games, Seattle has been outscored 106-24. Seattle lacks a running game, has the 25th-ranked defence and presents little in the way of a threat with its passing game. The visiting Titans have been eliminated from the post-season but will put forth a strong effort on Sunday. Tennessee's only losses in past nine games were at the hands of talented Colts and Chargers.

TAKING: Tennessee -4

RISKING: $22 to win $20

Redskins @ Chargers

Line: San Diego by 4

The Chargers are locked into the No. 2 spot and with 10 wins in a row, they have vowed to keep the momentum going. The Skins were playing hard until recently and have dropped their past two by a combined 62-12.

TAKING: San Diego -4

Bears @ Lions

Line: Chicago by 3

If it's possible for the Bears to have a further letdown, this could be the spot. After winning its "Super Bowl" on Monday night, Chicago figures to be very flat for this irrelevant affair in addition to its many injuries.

TAKING: Detroit +3

Steelers @ Dolphins

Line: Pittsburgh by 3

Both teams require minor miracles to qualify for the playoffs but both will be putting forth full efforts. RB Ricky Williams is nursing a sore shoulder and that will hinder Miami's ground game.

TAKING: Pittsburgh -3

Jaguars @ Browns

Line: Cleveland by 1O

The Browns were favoured for the first time last week against Raiders and covered. Don't expect lightning to strike twice. While the Jaguars are not elite, they don't deserve this type of disrespect.

TAKING: Jacksonville +1O

Falcons @ Buccaneers

Line: Atlanta by 2O

Atlanta determined to have first consecutive winning seasons despite not making playoffs. Tampa coming off pair of road wins, including huge upset at New Orleans. But this price range has us leery.

TAKING: Atlanta -2O

Packers @ Cardinals

Line: Arizona by 3O

Expect a conservative contest as these two could be back here next week for playoffs. We'll take any points being offered as neither squad will be anxious to show its best hand. Prefer under posted total.

TAKING: Green Bay +3O

Chiefs @ Broncos

Line: Denver by 13

The Chiefs have lost eight in a row on this field and an earlier meeting in Kansas City. Denver could be disinterested after early results but still prefer them to finish strongly against this chump.

TAKING: Denver -13

Patriots @ Texans

Line: Houston by 8

The Texans must win and need any two of the Ravens, Jets or Broncos to lose to make the playoffs. Good luck with that. But Houston can have its first winning season as the Patriots likely to rest starters.

TAKING: Houston -8

Colts @ Bills

Line: Buffalo by 8

The Colts couldn't have been clearer when they sacrificed a perfect regular season by resting their stars last week. The same will occur this week with stars getting just a few reps. Bills could win this one.

TAKING: Buffalo by -8

Saints @ Panthers

Line: Carolina by 6

The Panthers have upped their game lately. Saints have regressed since that Monday nighter against Patriots. New Orleans will rest players but not so sure they want to enter post-season on three-game skid.

TAKING: New Orleans by +6

49ers @ Rams

Line: San Francisco by 7

The Rams can finally accomplish something by losing -- secure first pick in next year's draft. Facing a 49ers team that treats every game like its playoffs, expect San Fran to aid the Rams in their quest.

TAKING: San Francisco -7

Bengals @ Jets

Line: NY Jets by 10

If the Jets win they are in. But either way, asking them to win by this large margin is a tall order. New York has been favoured by five or more three times this season and lost all three straight up.

TAKING: Cincinnati +10

Ravens @ Raiders

Line: Baltimore by 11

A victory puts Baltimore into playoffs. The Raiders would like nothing more than to play spoiler. We've seen Oakland knock off Steelers, Eagles and Bengals in this price range and similar effort gets cover here.

TAKING: Oakland +11

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MONEY PICKS

Ken Fidlin

Saints @ Panthers

Enough is enough. Saints too strong to head into playoffs on three-game losing streak.

TAKING: Saints +6

RISKING: $22 to win $20

Texans @ Patriots

Houston offence is more than capable of covering against Pats second-stringers.

TAKING: Texans -8

RISKING: $22 to win $20

Rob Longley

Giants @ Vikings

Too many points for a Giants team that won't be allowed to quit. Defence will swarm Favre.

TAKING: Giants +9

RISKING: $33 to make $30

Titans @ Seahawks

Seattle packed it in many weeks ago, while the Titans have been a consistantly tough.

TAKING: Titans -4

RISKING: $22 to make $20

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Last week's picks

Randall the Handle

Bet: $33 on K.C., won $30

Bet: $33 on San Diego, won $30

Bet: $33 on Denver, won $30

On the week: Won $90

In the bank: $976

Ken Fidlin

Bet: $33 on Tenn., lost $33

Bet: $44 on Giants, lost $44

Week: Lost $77 Bank: $1,087

Rob Longley

Bet: $44 on San Diego, won $40

Bet: $22 on Dallas, Won $20

Week: Won $60 Bank: $954


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