Kolb's skimpy Eagles career doesn't inspire much confidence

Posted: September 18, 2009

Saints (+1) over EAGLES

Last week, we were kind of worried about Brian Westbrook and the offensive line. Obviously, there was no need to stress out, as Westbrook carried 13 times for 64 yards and caught a few passes. The o-line performed better than expected, but now we have a whole new set of problems. Start out with Donovan McNabb and Kevin Kolb. McNabb might not even have pads on, and Kolb might make the first start of his NFL career. Here's his career, and it ain't very pretty: He has completed 24 of 45 for 167 yards, with no touchdowns and FOUR interceptions. How long till the fans start chanting for Jeff Garcia? We make the over/under 37 1/2 minutes, or midway through the third quarter. Speaking of over/under, here's a sweet number: The Saints, when the line is +3 to -3 over the last two seasons, are 9-1 to the OVER. Keep this play light, unless you want the over.

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.

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