Randall the Handle's NFL Week 10 selections

Atlanta Falcons running back Michael Turner (33) celebrates with teammate Roddy White (84) after a...

Atlanta Falcons running back Michael Turner (33) celebrates with teammate Roddy White (84) after a touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys in the second half of their NFL football game in Atlanta, Georgia, November 4, 2012. (REUTERS)

RANDALL THE HANDLE, Special to QMI Agency

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Falcons (8-0) at Saints (3-5)

LINE: ATLANTA BY 2.5

The Saints' 28-13 win over the hapless Eagles on Monday appears to have clouded the oddsmakers' minds, as this short price would indicate to us. Despite the rare win, New Orleans was outgained on the night. That has been a severe problem for the Saints, as they are relinquishing a league worst 471 yards per game. To put that into perspective, the Bills are next highest at 418 yards per game, more than 50 yards fewer per game!. MVP candidate Matt Ryan will have his arsenal of Roddy White, Julio Jones and Tony Gonzalez at his disposal and New Orleans cannot do anything about that. The Falcons also haven't forgotten losing both contests to this struggling foe last season. Look for them to make a big statement on this day.

TAKING: FALCONS -2.5

Cowboys (3-5) at Eagles (3-5)

LINE: DALLAS BY 1

Never thought that we'd feel sorry for Philadelphia quarterback Michael Vick. Actually, we don't, but as most that follow this game would agree, it is painful to watch Vick line up under centre behind one of the most porous offensive lines you'll ever see. The controversial quarterback was sacked seven times Monday during the Eagles' loss to the Saints and if you can imagine, it has actually gone from bad to worse as right tackle Todd Herremans is out for the year, meaning the Eagles are now without four of their five starting offensive linemen. It's no wonder LeSean McCoy has had an off year without anyone to block for him. As messed up as the visiting Cowboys are, even they will joyfully take advantage of the horrible situation their hosts are in.

TAKING: COWBOYS -1

Jets (3-5) at Seahawks (5-4)

LINE: SEATTLE BY 6

Opposing teams have grown accustomed to the false bravado of Jets head coach Rex Ryan. That could actually work to his team's advantage here as the Jets can concentrate on playing some football in an attempt to claw their way back into the AFC Wild Card race. While Seattle is known for its success at this venue, we're not so sure that it isn't more sizzle than steak. This host has had a lot go its way this year. They also have lost to the Rams and Lions. The Seahawks are not used to spotting points like this. They have been faves just four times in two years, twice to the Rams. With a popgun offence and a bit too much swagger for a mediocre club, they could be caught off guard.

TAKING: JETS +6

 


 

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Bills (3-5) at Patriots (5-3)

LINE: NEW ENGLAND BY 11

Something is amiss with the Patriots playing at home. At Gillette, New England has managed just three covers in their past nine attempts. This season, the Pats lost here to Arizona, held off the charging Broncos and slipped by the Jets in OT. Bills were thumped 52-28 in earlier meeting. Unlikely to happen twice.

TAKING: BILLS +11

Giants (6-3) at Bengals (3-5)

LINE: NY GIANTS BY 4

Are the Giants running out of gas? A couple of close wins followed by a home loss to the Steelers may be confirming the toll that winning the Super Bowl has on a club. New York continues to battle injuries and now must travel and spot points to a desperate Cincinnati club. Cincy home for third consecutive week with 0-2 start.

TAKING: BENGALS +4

Chargers (4-4) at Buccaneers (4-4)

LINE: TAMPA BAY BY 3

Bucs playing with a bounce in their steps and considering that the enigmatic Chargers are visiting, prefer to side with the hot home side giving a few points. Tampa Bay averaging 36 points per game over previous four. Chargers' four wins have come against feeble group that includes Chiefs twice, Raiders and Titans.

TAKING: BUCCANEERS -3

Broncos (5-3) at Panthers (2-6)

LINE: DENVER BY 4

This one sets up well as the Broncos are travelling on consecutive weeks while being favoured in both. They were fortunate to win and cover in Cincy last week. Denver hosts the Chargers in significant contest next Sunday. The Panthers come home after two away with spirits up after road win in Washington.

TAKING: PANTHERS +4

Titans (3-6) at Dolphins (4-4)

LINE: MIAMI BY 6

Some teams get off the mat fighting after a knockdown punch, but after being completely manhandled by the Bears last week, we're not sure the DNA of this Titans club is capable of doing so. Spotting points with Miami doesn't thrill us either with their weak resume of wins but Tennessee allowing too many points and yards these days.

TAKING: DOLPHINS -6

Raiders (3-5) at Ravens (6-2)

LINE: BALTIMORE BY 8

Raiders are back where they are best. Losing but taking enough points to cover. Oakland has covered five of past six when taking any points at all. Baltimore rarely plays well in week prior to visiting Pittsburgh and the Ravens offence has stalled recently, exceeding 19 points only once in past four games.

TAKING: RAIDERS +8

Lions (4-4) at Vikings (5-4)

LINE: DETROIT BY 2

The Lions are gathering some momentum but winning in Jacksonville (everyone does) and over the visiting Seahawks (everyone does), are not exactly signature. The Vikings have lost consecutive games but they are 4-1 at home and their only road win came in Detroit. Fishy pointspread as Lions were spotting four in Motown and remain small chalk here?

TAKING: VIKINGS +2

Rams (3-5) at 49ers (6-2)

LINE: SAN FRANCISCO BY 11

Niners enjoy bullying their weak NFC West cohabitants but Rams may have had enough. With the Rams' improved pass rush and San Fran's propensity for exposing Alex Smith, this double-digit spot could be a steep one. Niners could also be thinking ahead to a visit from the Bears next Monday night.

TAKING: RAMS +11

Texans (7-1) at Bears (7-1)

LINE: CHICAGO BY 1

It took only about 120 games to finally get revved up about one. The Bears are 4-0 at home while Houston is 3-0 on the road, so something has to give. Bears can hardly let up as they have the Packers in their rear view mirror while Texans need deal only with second-place Colts. If defence rules the day as it usually does, the home side is priced cheaply.

TAKING: CHICAGO -1

Chiefs (1-7) at Steelers (5-3)

LINE: PITTSBURGH BY 12.5

It's difficult to call on the Chiefs to do anything but turn the ball over. However, we'll lean that way as this is a classic letdown spot for the Steelers as they just knocked off the Super Bowl champs and they will host arch rival Ravens next week. Most thankfully, this is the last time we'll see Kansas City in prime time.

TAKING: CHIEFS +12.5

Last week: 3-11

Season: 65-62-4

Best bets last week: 0-2

Season: 13-13-1


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