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September 25, 2009 9:00 AM

Pay Homage to Gamblor - Week 3

Remember last week, when there were eight games with a 3-point spread because the sports books had no idea what was going on? Well those times are over, only one 3-point spread this week, but don’t worry, things should still be exciting. In fact, this whole season is going to be very exciting because there are so many teams at a similar skill level (low). Pretty much if you aren’t the Browns, Lions, or Rams, making the playoffs is not an outlandish goal; and that’s fun for everyone.

Quick WNBA rant: After I made fun of the WNBA last week it somehow came up in conversation this week with fellow RCS editor Ryan, saying he had ‘heard the argument that the basketball in the WNBA is much better than anything in men's college hoops.’ I’m not sure if this was meant to be from a purist standpoint or simply a joke, but come on, does anyone really believe that? The biggest highlights from woman’s basketball to this day are when someone dunks a ball, (which only happens when they are all alone and are named Candace Parker). This is like saying that high school football is ‘better’ than the NFL.

Last week: 10-6
Season: 18-14
Lock of the week: 2-0

Home team in CAPS

Titans (+3) over JETS
The Titans defense got embarrassed last week in a 34-31 loss to the Texans. But their run defense has been great, allowing only 99 yards on the ground in two games. That means for the Jets to win the game they will have to do it through the air, on the back of their rookie QB. I don’t see it happening.

TEXANS (-4) over Jags
Potential fantasy blowup game alert! On one side you have MJD against the current worst rushing D in the NFL. On the other side you have Matt Schaub and Andre Johnson against a porous Jacksonville pass D.


Chiefs (+9) over EAGLES
This game is actually off the board in most places since McNabb and Westbrook’s statuses are both up in the air. Which begs the question, has there ever been an Eagles game were both McNabb and Westbrook were completely healthy?

RAVENS (-13.5) over Browns
My confidence in the Browns is so low this line would probably have to reach 20 for me to pick them. If the Browns didn’t get to play the Raiders, Chiefs, and Lions still this year I’d say they are a lock for 0-16. As it stands, they probably have about a 50% chance of winning a game.

Giants (-6.5) over BUCCANEERS
How long until I get sick of Manning and Manningham puns, jokes, sayings, and signs? They are just starting now, so I give it three more weeks. (You see, the joke is that they have similar last names.) LOCK OF THE WEEK.

Redskins (-6.5) over LIONS
Everyone is picking the Lions after the Skins barely beat the Rams last week. In gambling, when everyone is doing something, it is usually wrong, and no exception here. For whatever reason, the Redskins offense is always able to come alive versus the Lions. This week the Lions are going for 20 straight losses. But watch out Detroit, Cleveland is at eight and looking strong.

Packers (-6.5) over RAMS
The Rams played a close game last week. That’s essentially a win for them, and there is no way the Rams can get two wins in a row, even if they are only wins against the spread.

49ers (+7) over VIKINGS
The Vikings have looked impressive, but their two wins are over the Browns and the Lions. That pretty much discredits everything they have done thus far. Essentially they just had two bye weeks, and after two bye weeks I’m sure they are bound to be a bit rusty when they get back to playing regular football.

PATRIOTS (-4) over Falcons
After two bad performances people are starting to question the Patriots offense. As much as I’d love it, I don’t think the Pats are done yet. Counterargument to myself, Peyton Manning started last season coming back from an injury and the Colts started 1-2. So although the Pats aren’t done, it might take them another week or two to come together.

Bears (-2) over SEAHAWKS
I was gonna pick the Seahawks to win this game, but I’m not backing Seneca Wallace at QB.

Saints (-6) over BUFFALO
Says RCS co-editor and Bills fan Robbie, ‘Don’t forget, it’s IN Buffalo.’ Don’t worry Robbie, I didn’t forget.

Dolphins (+6) over CHARGERS
Until the Chargers give me a reason to bet on them to cover a spread I am not going to do so. The Chargers have rushed for 65 yards/game so far, the Dolphins 167 yards/game.

Steelers (-4) over BENGALS
I really want to pick the Bengals to pull the upset here, but I can’t see the Steelers falling to 1-2. I also have to remind myself that the Bengals aren’t good.

RAIDERS (+1.5) over Broncos
The worst 2-0 team of all time has a solid chance to become the worst 3-0 team of all time (after which they will likely fall to 3-8).

Colts (+2.5) over CARDINALS
The Cardinals have looked like two completely different teams. They could come out flat and get demolished or they could put up 48 points, this game could set the tone for the rest of the season.

Panthers (+9) over COWBOYS
The Panthers aren’t that bad: they had one bad week. This is a winnable game for them. Or we could see an interception-off between Romo and Delhomme.

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