On Top of the Covers

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Dog
Colts
2 1/2
JETS
FALCONS
pick
Rams
BILLS
3 1/2
Raiders
BEARS
6 1/2
Eagles
Steelers
5
BENGALS
Vikings
3 1/2
LIONS
JAGUARS
17 1/2
Browns
PATRIOTS
2
Dolphins
Titans
3
SAINTS
Seahawks
1 1/2
CHARGERS
Packers
3 1/2
BRONCOS
49ERS
5
Panthers
Redskins
3
CARDINALS
Cowboys
3
GIANTS

The K. C. Line
Pity Mike Shanahan, who's learning that age-old lesson that players can make you look very good — or very, very bad. Start John Elway and Terrell Davis in your backfield and you're a genius. Start Bubby Brister and Derek Loville and, well, there's no sugarcoating this, you're a moron. This week the slide continues, but since they're getting 3 1/2 points against Brett Favre and some other guys, go with the BRONCOS.

Pats or patsies? That's the question everyone's gotta be asking themselves after last week's debacle in Kansas City, in which New England learned that if you try hard enough, you really canthrow a game away. This week, look for a renewed focus and an easy win as a 2-point favorite over the visiting 'Fins.

Are the JAGUARS really 17 1/2 points better than the Browns? Yes. Will they actually play like that on Sunday? No. Take Cleveland and the grande points.

The Rest:
Colts -2 1/2 JETS
Rams pick FALCONS
BILLS -3 1/2 Raiders
BEARS -6 1/2 Eagles
Steelers -5 BENGALS
Vikings -3 1/2 LIONS
Titans -3 SAINTS
Seahawks -1 1/2 CHARGERS
49ERS -5 Panthers
CARDINALS +3 Redskins
Cowboys -3 GIANTS

"Mean" Josie Greene
All right, people. It's time for the Steelers to pull themselves together. And if Kordell would just focus — FOCUS, KORDELL — and throw the ball to someone on his team, this might be a good week for Pittsburgh. At any rate, take 5 against the BENGALS.

The 49ers are missing Steve Young, but it looks like they may have to find a way to win without him, and now's as good a time as any. The Panthers are not very exciting, and won't have a remarkable week, so the Niners should be OK. Give them 5.

The Browns are not good. This is an accepted fact of life. Nevertheless, I don't think there's any need to insult them with a spread of 17.5. I'm going to pick the Browns to redeem themselves, at the expense of the JAGUARS.

The Rest:
Colts 2 1/2 JETS
FALCONS pick Rams
BILLS 3 1/2 Raiders
BEARS 6 1/2 Eagles
Vikings 3 1/2 LIONS
PATRIOTS 2 Dolphins
Titans 3 SAINTS
Seahawks +1 1/2 CHARGERS
Packers 3 1/2 BRONCOS
Redskins +3 CARDINALS
Cowboys 3 GIANTS



And from L.I. Slim:

BEARS -6 1/2 Eagles: Slim heartily congratulates the Birds for knocking off the Cowboys last week (and he’s very sorry he bet against them). But they’re still a woeful bunch – look for the Bears to stay in the groove.

PATRIOTS -2 Dolphins: Rumor mill tells Slim that Marino’s got a strained trapeziasis or something. Slim can’t remember exactly, and he doesn’t know whether Dapper Dan needs that thing to throw, but he likes the Pats in Foxboro. No curse on ‘em.

CARDINALS +3 Redskins: This troubles Slim deeply. He has a good feeling ‘bout the Redskins in general, but the capital letters were just SO BIG. Home team gets the square.

The Rest:


JETS +2 1/2 Colts
Rams pick FALCONS
BILLS -3 1/2 Raiders
Vikings 3 1/2 LIONS
Browns +17 1/2 JAGUARS
Steelers –5 BENGALS
Titans -3 SAINTS
Seahawks -1 1/2 CHARGERS
Packers 3 1/2 BRONCOS
49ERS –5 Panthers
Cowboys -3 GIANTS