COWBOYS (-3) over Giants
Want a party pass for the first-ever game at the new Cowboys Stadium? It'll cost you only $29, but you have to stand for the entire game, as they do in England for the soccer matches. The 'Boys claim to have room for more than 20,000 standing fans, and if you add that to the seating capacity, we're looking at more than 100,000. They could challenge the regular-season attendance record of 103,467, which was set in 2005 when the 49ers played the Cards in Mexico City. What does it all mean? First-ever game . . . More than 100,000 . . . A homefield edge that is simply gigantic! And you know that in the most important statistic associated with this game, Tony Romo is now perfect, at 1-0, in the GPWJS category. For those not following Dallas as close as we do, that stands for Games Played Without Jessica Simpson. That makes this the BEST BET.
LIONS (+10) over Vikings
Detroit WILL win a game. Eventually. Maybe not this decade . . . But these kids do keep trying. They put up 27 points against New Orleans, and certainly played the Vikings tough last season. At home, the Lions fell short by four points, 20-16, but covered a +10 1/2-point spread (looks familiar); while at Minny, Detroit lost, 12-10, but had no trouble covering a +13-point spot. Actually, the Lions have covered 11 of the last 13 (85 percent) as a double-digit dog.
REDSKINS (-9 1/2) over Rams
Scott Linehan or Steve Spagnuolo? Doesn't really matter, because the tradition continues. The tradition of INEPT. St. Louis has lost 11 in a row and an astounding 28 of the last 33. You're not gonna believe this, but it gets even better, if you are on Washington with me. In September the last three seasons, the Rams are 0-9 against the spread and have been outscored by an average of 30-9.
DOLPHINS (+3) over Colts
We're not going to just throw Miami into the trash after one game. Not a team that posted an 11-5 record last season before bowing out to Baltimore in the playoffs. Not a team that closed 2008 winning eight of 10. And not a team that faces a group of Colts that didn't even look mediocre Sunday. For my over/under players, the Fish went under in five of their last six games at home.
49ERS (-1 1/2) over Seahawks
If it works, and it did last week, why change? We jumped on San Francisco and Mike "Eyes" Singletary with a very profitable result. That's six of 10 since "Eyes" took over the X's-and-O's by the Bay.
BILLS (-5) over Buccaneers
Buffalo was one play away from a stunning victory Monday night. This week, the Bills should have no trouble against a Tampa team that has covered only one of its previous six.
Raiders (+3) over CHIEFS
Oakland came close against San Diego and should find a cover in Kansas City.
Texans (+6 1/2) over TITANS
Houston has covered six of its last eight.
JETS (+3 1/2) over Patriots
Tom Brady vs. Mark Sanchez is no contest, but the +3 1/2 levels the field.
Bengals (+9) over PACKERS
Cincy can play some "D," and with a big, fat nine-point spread, keep this game under a touchdown.
Panthers (+6 1/2) over FALCONS
Carolina must have a bounceback or the Panthers could be 0-3 going into the bye week.
JAGUARS (-3) over Cardinals
Arizona has never been a good road team (17-57 since 2000), and the Cardinals ain't gonna start now.
BRONCOS (-3) over Browns
How about an 0-7 spread run for Cleveland?
Ravens (+3) over CHARGERS
LaDainian Tomlinson is in a walking boot, and Baltimore is a covering machine (16 of the last 21).
Steelers (-3) over BEARS
Chicago will try and "win one for the Urlacher," but the Bears just are not any good.