On Top of the Covers

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The TIME Daily prognosticators' face-off is not the volatile, wham-bam circus it once was--both L.I. Slim and Kansas City are scraping out above-.500 records, week after week. L.I.'s six-game lead is up to seven, but he's feeling vulnerable because his "little man" has gone silent. Hold 'er steady.

From Kansas City:
Foolish, doomed, star-cross'd bets are the reason the KC Line limps along at a .500 clip as the season winds down. And yet, as the days get shorter and the pressure builds, he can't help but submit to a little bit of crazy, devil-may-care recommendations that come from deep inside. So it is that although any thinking man will tell you there's no way the Chiefs will beat the Broncos as long as Rich Gannon's fumbling the snaps, give a dreamer like the KC Line three and a half points in Arrowhead and this one's a no-brainer. Elsewhere, you have to love the Falcons getting three against a Rams team that really is that bad. And taking the Bucs and two at home against the Patriots is so good it should be illegal.

The complete picks:


CHIEFS +3.5 Broncos
COWBOYS -6 Redskins
BUCS +2 Patriots
Packers -12.5 COLTS
49'ERS -9.5 Panthers
Vikings -2 LIONS
STEELERS -9.5 Bengals
RAVENS -2.5 Eagles
Oilers +6 JAGUARS
GIANTS -5 Cardinals
BEARS +3 Jets
Seahawks -6 SAINTS
Falcons +3.5 RAMS
CHARGERS pick Raiders
DOLPHINS -5.5 Bills From L.I. Slim:

L.I. has said it before, and he'll say it again: the Steelers are free money. Take 'em, take 'em, take 'em, even giving nine, over the Bengals. He loves the G-men bouncing back after last week's (predicted) snoozer, and look for the Panthers, not to win, but to look alive and cover agin' that fleshy nine-and-a-half. Question of the week: Who will the Broncos screw this time? Answer: L.I. Slim, just like the last four weeks.

The complete picks:


Broncos -3.5 CHIEFS
Redskins +6 COWBOYS
BUCS +2 Patriots
COLTS +12.5 Packers
Panthers +9.5 49'ERS
Vikings -2 LIONS
STEELERS -9.5 Bengals
Eagles +2.5 RAVENS
JAGUARS -6 Oilers
GIANTS -5 Cardinals
Jets -3 BEARS
Seahawks -6 SAINTS
RAMS -3.5 Falcons
Raiders pick CHARGERS
Bills +5.5 DOLPHINS