Randall the Handle's NFL Week 8 selections

Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco throws against the Jaguars in Jacksonville, Fla., Oct. 24, 2011....

Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco throws against the Jaguars in Jacksonville, Fla., Oct. 24, 2011. (DARON DEAN/Reuters)

RANDALL THE HANDLE, Special to QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:02 PM ET

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Bengals (4-2) at Seahawks (2-4)

LINE: CINCINNATI BY 3

Julius Caesar once said that “experience is teacher of all things.” The young Bengals may learn something about that here. No matter what the Seahawks’ record may be, teams visiting Seattle quickly find out that things don’t come easily at the stadium that’s now known as CenturyLink Field. The Seachickens have covered five of their past six here and this will be their first home date in a month. They should have QB Tarvaris Jackson back from injury while the Bengals will be without workhorse running back Cedric Benson, who will serve a one-game suspension. Cincinnati’s story has been great but it isn’t ready to spot road points just yet.

TAKING: SEAHAWKS +3

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Browns (3-3) at 49ers (5-1)

LINE: SAN FRANCISCO BY 9

While we’re well aware of Cleveland’s inability to find the end zone, we’re equally aware of its stellar defensive play. In reality, they 49ers play a similar style to these Browns. That’s why this over/under total sits at a moderate 38½, indicating a low-scoring defensive battle. San Francisco is not known for its offence, nor is it familiar with spotting big pointspreads, having just one win by more than six points in its past five games. RB Peyton Hillis is expected back for Cleveland and that also helps control the tempo here. Don’t be surprised if a smug and rusty San Francisco bunch gets caught off-guard here.

TAKING: BROWNS +9

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Redskins (3-3) vs. Bills (4-2)

(@ Rogers Centre, Toronto)

LINE: BUFFALO BY 6

Ask yourself this. What would the line be if this game was being played in Buffalo? We don’t think it would be any higher and that offers us an opportunity to take advantage of a misconception by the marketplace. Treating this game in Toronto like they would a true home game is a mistake. The Rogers Centre lacks atmosphere with a crowd that would rather be sipping on café lattes than beer. Tailgating? Where? Bills jerseys throughout? More Steelers and Cowboys shirts are likely. You get the picture. Yes, the Skins have some issues but not enough of them for us to refuse this erroneous offering.

TAKING: REDSKINS +6

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Last Week: -$57

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Colts (0-7) at Titans (3-3)

LINE: TENNESSEE BY 9

Not anxious to endorse either of these donkeys but given the choice, prefer taking a slew of points with a Colts team that was completely humiliated in front of a national audience last Sunday. Tennessee is falling apart as it can’t find a running game while its passing game has gone south.

TAKING: COLTS +9

Jaguars (2-5) at Texans (4-3)

LINE: HOUSTON BY 9.5

The Jaguars could suffer a significant letdown here after their huge upset of the Ravens on Monday night and then travelling on a short week. Even with that victory, Jacksonville’s offence remains one of the league’s weakest, and is averaging a league-low 12 points per game. Houston can score while its defence is vastly improved.

TAKING: TEXANS -9.5

Vikings (1-6) at Panthers (2-5)

LINE: CAROLINA BY 3.5

Hard to imagine the 1-5 Vikings having a letdown game but after a semi-respectful showing at home to Green Bay last week, they could be even flatter than usual here. Minnesota’s three road games thus far, all on grass, have produced an 0-3 mark while being outscored 85-44.

TAKING: PANTHERS -3.5

Saints (5-2) at Rams (0-6)

LINE: NEW ORLEANS BY 13.5

Boo! If that didn’t scare you, the Rams will. However, the Saints tend to hiccup against dreggy teams and moreso as visitors with just four covers in previous 16 away. The Saints also could get get caught napping here after their 62-7 thrashing of the Colts and with an eye on avenging a recent loss to the Bucs, who will visit next week.

TAKING: RAMS +13.5

Cardinals (1-5) at Ravens (4-2)

LINE: BALTIMORE BY 13

Arizona’s only win this season came in their home opener against the Panthers in Cam Newton’s NFL debut. The Cardinals are up to 10 straight road losses and their defence is among the league’s lamest. After a horrendous offensive showing last week, expect quarterback Joe Flacco and the Ravens to let it all hang out here.

TAKING: RAVENS -13

Dolphins (0-6) at Giants (4-2)

LINE: NY GIANTS BY 10

The Dolphins are a horror movie but this number is still an overreaction to their meltdown against the Broncos last week. The Giants are at their best when taking points and with a diminished roster and a trip to New England on deck, this is certainly not an occasion to be spotting double-digits.

TAKING: DOLPHINS +10

Lions (5-2) at Broncos (2-4)

LINE: DETROIT BY 3

The Tim Tebow show was fun to watch but the reality is that we rather would have a banged-up Matthew Stafford throwing from a wheelchair than an able-bodied Tebow attempting passes. Detroit has dropped consecutive games after its 5-0 start and this is a perfect candidate to get back on track against.

TAKING: LIONS -3

Patriots (5-1) at Steelers (5-2)

LINE: NEW ENGLAND BY 3

Both defences have issues but Pittsburgh’s unit appears to be solidifying more and more as the weeks goes by. We are offered a rare opportunity to take points with the Steelers at home and with their solid run game and quick-strike passing game, the Patriots will have their work cut out for them.

TAKING: STEELERS +3

Cowboys (3-3) at Eagles (2-4)

LINE: PHILADELPHIA BY 3.5

Despite previous frustrations, have to rely on the Cowboys’ more complete roster than that of the non-dimensional Eagles. Dallas’ defence did something that 13 others before it could not, by holding the Patriots to less than 28 points. Eagles struggling at home with five straight losses.

TAKING: COWBOYS +3.5

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

LINE: SAN DIEGO BY 3.5

It’s befitting that the Chargers play on Halloween night as they could scare the bejeebers out of anyone. Strange how San Diego started better than usual but QB Philip Rivers is way off his standard. After a tough loss at the Jets and traveling again to face an improved host, backing the favourite is too frightening for us.

TAKING: CHIEFS +3.5

Last week’s record: 7-5-1

Season: 49-46-7


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