Randall's NFL Week 9 picks

The Jets and Bills renew their rivalry this Sunday in Buffalo. (REUTERS/Doug Benz)

The Jets and Bills renew their rivalry this Sunday in Buffalo. (REUTERS/Doug Benz)

RANDALL THE HANDLE, Special to QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:02 PM ET

TORONTO - Randall the Handle's Week 9 NFL selections:

BEST BETS

Jets (4-3) at Bills (5-2)

LINE: BUFFALO BY 1½

Sometimes, a line doesn’t seem right yet there is good reason. That’s not the case here. Truth is, Buffalo remains underrated while the Jets are still a public team that is perceived to be better than they are. In people’s minds, is the Jets’ two-game win streak prior to their break. In our mind, we recall a team that had dropped three straight road games before that set, allowing 30 or more in each. Buffalo will host its first ‘true’ home game in three weeks, prior to embarking on a three-game road trip. The Bills have scored more and allowed less points than all teams in this division and having just to win this one to get the cover is not much to ask at all.

TAKING: BILLS –1½

Dolphins (0-7) at Chiefs (4-3)

LINE: KANSAS CITY BY 4

While the Dolphins remain winless and the Chiefs are on a four-game winning streak, there isn’t that much that separates these two. Kansas City’s three wins, prior to Monday night’s miracle, were against the Donovan McNabb led Vikings, the winless Colts and the quarterback-less Raiders. San Diego dominated the Chiefs on Monday but came up short after a myriad of gaffs. This marks the first time since opening day that Kansas City is favoured, a game they were lambasted in by a 41-7 count. Miami has struggled but continues to battle and an upset here would not surprise.

TAKING: DOLPHINS +4

Bears (4-3) at Eagles (3-4)

LINE: PHILADLEPHIA by 8

We should thank the Cowboys for this one. Think about it. What would this line have been prior to Philly’s Sunday night dismantling of the enigmatic Cowboys? Four? Maybe five? Now we’re being handed a slew of points with a rested Bears team that had won two-straight and appearing quite solid in doing so. Chicago’s Cover-2 defensive scheme and strong linebacking corps will not allow receivers to roam freely as they did against Dallas. Philadelphia’s defence has been susceptible to top-tier running backs and none is more versatile than Chicago’s Matt Forte.

TAKING: BEARS +8

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Browns (3-4) at Texans (5-3)

LINE: HOUSTON BY 11

The Texans are not the type of team to continually be spotting double-digits with. But as long as the schedule keeps presenting opponents with limited scoring ability, we have no choice but to give the points away. Cleveland’s only victory since September was a 6-3 home win over Seattle.

TAKING: TEXANS –11

Seahawks (2-5) at Cowboys (3-4)

LINE: DALLAS BY 11½

The Cowboys continue to disappoint but this visitor is more their speed, as evidenced by Dallas’ last win, a 34-7 romp over the Rams. Don’t expect the Cowboys to take this one lightly as they were humiliated in front of a national audience on Sunday night and Uncle Jerry is miffed.

TAKING: COWBOYS –11½

Falcons (4-3) at Colts (0-7)

LINE: ATLANTA BY 7

The Falcons could take their eye off the ball here with the Saints visiting next week and that may prove costly, despite facing this inferior foe. Atlanta’s run game, a key component for them, suffered a significant blow with the loss of fullback Ovie Mughelli. Colts return home after three away.

TAKING: COLTS +7

Buccaneers (4-3) at Saints (5-3)

LINE: NEW ORLEANS BY 8

No problem figuring out these Saints after they won a game 62-7 and then lost to the 0-6 Rams. Doh! Perhaps New Orleans had sights on avenging loss to Tampa Bay from first division clash, just three weeks ago. Tampa's depleted secondary allows the tables to be turned here.

TAKING: SAINTS –8

49ers (6-1) at Redskins (3-4)

LINE: SAN FRANCISCO BY 3½

Washington’s quarterback controversy has quickly become a quarterback travesty. However, this is the NFL and despite the Redskins wretched performance last week, funny things happen to teams when they are asked to spot road points for first time, despite any recent success

TAKING: REDSKINS +3½

Rams (1-6) at Cardinals (1-6)

LINE: ARIZONA BY 3½

How did Monday night schedulers let this one slip through? While both have terrible records, the Rams can provide better excuses having played four of its seven games against division leaders. Kevin Kolb is out for the Cardinals, putting John Skelton at QB and that’s a big issue.

TAKING: RAMS +3½

Broncos (2-5) at Raiders (4-3)

LINE: OAKLAND BY 8

John Fox must need laser eye surgery. Anyone that’s seen Tim Tebow couldn’t possibly send him out there again. We’re guessing that Tebow isn’t in for entire game and with prohibitive points to play with and Oakland still without star RB Darren McFadden, we’ll lean Broncos.

TAKING: BRONCOS +8

Bengals (5-2) at Titans (4-3)

LINE: TENNESSEE BY 3

The Titans are terrible and should not be favoured against any winning team. Even last week’s home win over the woeful Colts was due largely in part to a blocked field goal and a pair of long field goals. Cincinnati is no fluke and with better players on both sides of ball, they take this one.

TAKING: BENGALS +3

Giants (5-2) at Patriots (5-2)

LINE: NEW ENGLAND BY 8½

The 'other' Manning is playing quite well as Eli appears to be in a groove with his Giants. However, that cannot mask New York’s vulnerable run-stopping inabilities and with the Patriots off a loss and Bill Belichick’s master planning, expect the Patriots to exploit said weakness.

TAKING: PATRIOTS –8½

Packers (7-0) at Chargers (4-3)

LINE: GREEN BAY BY 5½

The Chargers can be agonizing to watch, or even worse, invest in but with the champs coming to town and the bitter taste of Monday’s fiasco fresh on the betting public’s palate, this one gets over adjusted. Green Bay’s defence has just enough holes in it to allow this contest to stay close.

TAKING: CHARGERS +5½

Ravens (5-2) at Steelers (6-2)

LINE: PITTSBURGH BY 3

We know the story. Steelers on a roll. Steelers embarrassed by earlier 35-7 whipping in Baltimore, Steelers undefeated at home. We get it. However, the Ravens are at their best when facing this hated rival and with Pittsburgh hurting in some key spots, have to take any points being offered.

TAKING: RAVENS +3

Last week's record: 6-7

Season: 55-53-7

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