Randall the Handle's NFL Week 10 selections

RANDALL THE HANDLE, Special to QMI Agency

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Texans (6-3) at Buccaneers (4-4)

LINE: HOUSTON BY 3.5

We reckon that the Texans have to be yeehawing about this season and their best start in franchise history. But let’s not forget that this Houston bunch was sitting at a 3-3 record before having the luxury of facing the feeble Titans, Jaguars and Browns. That inept trio is a combined 3-12 over past 15 and rank among the lowest-scoring teams in the league. Conversely, the Bucs are battle-tested having played the Saints twice, the Niners and the surging Bears in England over their past four. Houston injuries, a soft schedule and a desperate home side taking points warrants our top recommendation.

TAKING: BUCCANEERS +3.5

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Broncos (3-5) at Chiefs (4-4)

LINE: KANSAS CITY BY 3.5

Don’t believe for a minute that the dismantling of the Chiefs at the hands of the previously winless Dolphins last Sunday was an anomaly. Kansas City was living a charmed life with four straight wins until its luck finally ran out and we expect more of the same as this season marches on. The Chiefs’ punchless offence has scored 131 points on the year, just a few more than the likes of Indianapolis, Seattle and Washington. They also have given up a 24th-ranked 201 points. Kansas City has been favoured twice this season, losing both and being outscored 72-10.

TAKING: BRONCOS +3.5

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Saints (6-3) at Falcons (5-3)

LINE: NEW ORLEANS BY 1

Having won three straight and with Tennessee and Minnesota visiting in the next two weeks, the Falcons can gain an upper hand with a victory here. The Saints come to town with a less than stellar road résumé, having lost three of five away including recent mortification in St. Louis. Injuries could be a big factor as they continue to plague the Saints. The Falcons remain one of the league’s stronger home teams with 10 wins in past 12 in Georgia and with this being their first home date since Oct. 16, expect a solid performance from an Atlanta team whose chemistry is at its peak.

TAKING: FALCONS +1

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Steelers (6-3) at Bengals (6-2)

LINE: PITTSBURGH BY 3

The Bengals never have been an easy out for the Steelers and with first place on the line, this one should be no exception. Pittsburgh’s road play has not been impressive while Cincinnati’s underrated defence can create scoring opportunities for its ascending offence.

TAKING: BENGALS +3

Bills (5-3) at Cowboys (4-4)

LINE: DALLAS BY 5.5

Both teams positioned where they line our pockets best as Buffalo has covered 10 of past 12 when taking points while the unreliable Cowboys have managed just two covers in last 13 as chalk. Dallas’ red zone play remains a concern and that’s not conducive to covering spreads.

TAKING: BILLS +5.5

Jaguars (2-6) at Colts (0-9)

LINE: JACKSONVILLE by 3

Indy’s best chance at a win? While the Colts rank 31st in offensive yards with a meagre 282 yards per game, the Jaguars are worse, at an alarming 40 yards per game lower. That alone negates Jacksonville from being a road chalk, no matter who the opposition might be.

TAKING: COLTS +3

Lions (6-2) at Bears (5-3)

LINE: CHICAGO BY 2.5

This Chicago team is dangerous and with plenty on the line here, in addition to a revenge motive for earlier Monday night loss, we’ll gladly back the hometown Bears spotting a small number. Detroit must show us some consistent play before they earn this kind of respect.

TAKING: BEARS -2.5

Titans (4-4) at Panthers (2-6)

LINE: CAROLINA BY 3.5

The Panthers’ 2-6 mark is slightly misleading as they led in almost all their games and now must learn to finish. After its break, we expect a fiery second half of the season from Carolina while the same cannot be said of a useless Titans squad, whose only win this past month was against the woeful Colts.

TAKING: PANTHERS -3.5

Redskins (3-5) at Dolphins (1-7)

LINE: MIAMI BY 4

The Dolphins’ first win of the season was a dominant one but that doesn’t rationalize spotting points with them quite yet. Washington has been struggling but with ex-Dolphin QB John Beck getting more comfortable with his new mates and the added motivation of facing his former ones, expect a spirited effort from the doggie.

TAKING: REDSKINS +4

Rams (1-7) at Browns (3-5)

LINE: CLEVELAND BY 2.5

If you could package up games, this one would be sold at the Dollar Store. Making a case for either side simply sounds foolish but when push comes to shove we’ll lean Browns as Rams have to be more demoralized than usual after last Sunday and are travelling on consecutive weeks.

TAKING: BROWNS -2.5

Cardinals (2-6) at Eagles (3-5)

LINE: PHILADELPHIA BY 14

Much of Philadelphia’s woes can be attributed to its defence and while the team remains a huge disappointment overall, this opponent does not have the ability to counterpunch with the Eagles’ offensive prowess. Arizona continues to be abysmal on the road.

TAKING: EAGLES -14

Ravens (6-2) at Seahawks (2-6)

LINE: BALTIMORE BY 6.5

Classic sandwich spot and we’re going to bite into it. The Ravens tend to let down after beating Pittsburgh as witnessed in Baltimore’s loss to the lowly Titans after earlier win over Steelers. Factor in Baltimore’s home date with Cincinnati next week and a hiccup here wouldn’t surprise.

TAKING: SEAHAWKS +6.5

Giants (6-2) at 49ers (7-1)

LINE: SAN FRANCISCO BY 3.5

Say what you will about Giants coach Tom Coughlin as he rants up and down the sidelines but the guy usually has his team battling throughout. Just look at New York’s 27-3 record vs. spread as an underdog to illustrate that point and that’s good enough to get the nod here.

TAKING: GIANTS +3.5

Patriots (5-3) at Jets (5-3)

LINE: NY JETS BY 1.5

There was a time when it was unfathomable to think that the Patriots could lose three straight. Not any more. New England has several inefficiencies, not the least of which is its inability to rush the passer. The Jets are soaring and with redemption and first place as extra incentives, we’ll stick with the hotter club.

TAKING: JETS -1.5

Vikings (2-6) at Packers (8-0)

LINE: GREEN BAY BY 13

Christian Ponder cut his teeth just three weeks ago against these champion Packers, managing to hold his own and covering a 10-point spread in the process. With that intimidation factor removed and the Packers ‘inflation rate’ injected in line, we’ll look for a similar result.

TAKING: VIKINGS +13

Last week’s record: 7-7

Season: 62-60-7


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