Randall's NFL Week 7 selections

RANDALL THE HANDLE, Special to QMI Agency

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QMI football expert Randall the Handle delivers his NFL Week 7 selections:

BEST BETS

Chargers (4-1) at Jets (3-3)

LINE: SAN DIEGO BY 2

We’re never quite sure about the Chargers but facing this incompetent Jets team, we don’t have to be. With a precarious Mark Sanchez under centre, coach Rex Ryan has invoked a run-first, manage the clock, play defence approach. That can work — if you can run. The Jets can’t. Their 3.3 yards per rush, ranking 31st in the league, clearly illustrates that. Sanchez cannot overcome this deficiency with his arm and having to face a team that can rack up points, the home team figures to be in a hopeless position for most of the afternoon. San Diego off to its best start in years and should extend that here.

TAKING: CHARGERS –2

Steelers (4-2) at Cardinals (1-4)

LINE: PITTSBURGH BY 3½

The schedule makers have once again been kind to the Steelers. Home games against the Seahawks, Titans and Jaguars have produced a perfect 3-0 mark. Leaving Pittsburgh hasn’t been as successful. The Steelers only road win was a narrow 3-pt win at still winless Indianapolis with losses occurring at Baltimore and Houston by a combined 52-17. While the Cardinals may not exactly be a formidable opponent, they are best as hosts and they’ve had an extra week to prepare for the team that defeated them in the 2008 Super Bowl. Pittsburgh’s many issues remain and can ultimately make this trip an unpleasant one.

TAKING: CARDINALS +3½

Chiefs (2-3) at Raiders (4-2)

LINE: OAKLAND by 4½

As if Al Davis’ death wasn’t enough, the Raiders remained in the spotlight with the acquisition of discontented Carson Palmer from Cincinnati. While Palmer figures to help this club, it is difficult to fathom how he goes from sitting on the couch for months to being the starting QB for an unfamiliar team on less than a week’s notice. And it’s not like Oakland can turn to its defence until Palmer gets up to speed. Raiders have been out-gained in all but two games, with one being in desperation mode during comeback attempt to New England. A lot of distractions in the Bay area while Chiefs are rested and ready for familiar foe.

TAKING: CHIEFS +4½

THE REST

Bears (3-3) vs. Buccaneers (4-2) @ London, England

LINE: CHICAGO BY 1

Seems fitting that these two will play in the city where Dr. Jekyll- Mr. Hyde resided. Both squads have shown split personalities this season but given that both are on good behaviour, prefer having Jay Cutler’s arm over a Tampa defence that has allowed six touchdown passes in its past three games.

TAKING: BEARS –1

Redskins (3-2) at Panthers (1-5)

LINE: CAROLINA BY 2½

Taking points with the Panthers is much wiser than giving any away. While Carolina did cover in its only game as chalk, that lone win was against a woeful Jacksonville group averaging just 12 points per game on offence. Combine that with a Redskins defence allowing just 16 points per game and Washington becomes the prudent pick.

TAKING: REDSKINS +2½

Seahawks (2-3) at Browns (2-3)

LINE: CLEVELAND BY 3

Seahawks pulled huge upset in New York two weeks ago, upending the heavily favoured Giants. Don’t expect lightning to strike twice. While the Browns don’t exactly instil warm and fuzzies, prefer them laying a small price at home to a Seattle squad that has covered just five times in past 23 attempts as the visitor.

TAKING: BROWNS –3

Texans (3-3) at Titans (3-2)

LINE: TENNESSEE BY 3

Chris Johnson is too good of a runner to be held to a puny average of three yards per carry and with an extra week to acclimate to his blockers, we expect a breakout game from the young star. Texans figure to remain hindered without best offensive and defensive players, as both remain sidelined.

TAKING: TITANS –3

Broncos (1-4) at Dolphins (0-5)

LINE: MIAMI BY 1½

Isn’t Halloween next week? Would hardly pay attention to this stinker but Tim Tebow will start for the Broncos and we’ll get to find out if he’s as unqualified as many believe him to be. It’ll be difficult for the Dolphins to be any worse than they were on Monday night. So at a short price, we’ll lean to the Fish.

TAKING: DOLPHINS –1½

Falcons (3-3) at Lions (5-1)

LINE: DETROIT BY 3½

Detroit needed three comeback victories before finally losing to the Niners last week. Lost in the Lions improbable start, is their inability at stopping the run. If Matt Forte, Frank Gore and Adrian Petersen ran them over, Atlanta’s Michael Turner can certainly do the same. Falcons always comfortable indoors.

TAKING: FALCONS +3½

Rams (0-5) at Cowboys (2-3)

LINE: DALLAS BY 12

If Dallas loses this one, there may be an ‘Occupy Cowboys Stadium’ protest. Cowboys remain talented but have found novel ways to give away games. The ‘Boys have faced teams that are a combined 20-8 thus far while the Rams are a sorry bunch that have scored a league-low 49 points.

TAKING: COWBOYS –12

Packers (6-0) at Vikings (1-5)

LINE: GREEN BAY BY 9

The Vikings have finally opted to start a quarterback that wasn’t born in the 70’s. Rookie Christian Ponder gets the start for Minnesota and why not? He may have his hands full against the champs but there is enough room and enthusiasm in a divisional matchup to warrant our support.

TAKING: VIKINGS +9

Colts (0-6) at Saints (4-2)

LINE: NEW ORLEANS BY 14

This is the Saints’ only home game in a five-week span and they’ll surely be strutting their stuff for partisan crowd, especially after loss in Tampa last week. Indianapolis ’ overworked defence has yet to allow less than 23 points in a game, including 27 and 28 the past two to Chiefs and Bengals respectively.

TAKING: SAINTS –14

Ravens (4-1) at Jaguars (1-5)

LINE: BALTIMORE BY 8

Jaguars need a map to the end zone and as a result, this total sits in a rarely seen 30’s these days. That indicates a low-scoring, conservative affair and one that can have the home dog hanging around just enough to stay within the liberal points being offered.

TAKING: JAGUARS +8

Last week’s record: 5-6-2

Season: 42-41-6

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