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Archive for Thursday, November 29, 2001

NFL Picks: Give edge to Patriots in rematch with Jets

November 29, 2001

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Everyone seems to be raving about Tom Brady, who has energized the New England Patriots since Drew Bledsoe was hurt against the New York Jets in the second week of the season.

Bledsoe is healthy now, but he'll be on the sideline for the rematch with the Jets in New Jersey on Sunday, while Brady tries to get the Patriots back into the AFC East race.

The Jets are favored by three Brady has done enough so that the Jets get only the home-field points, which might not mean much considering that home teams are 8-22 the last two weeks.

Not many people understand the Jets, who still are learning the West Coast offense and gave up tons of rushing yards early in the season.

But the defense has come together under Ted Cottrell, the architect of some pretty good units in Buffalo the past few seasons. In the four games before last week's bye, the Jets allowed just 28 points, with one touchdown on an interception return..

Brady, incentive and the home-field disadvantage.

PATRIOTS, 15-13

Philadelphia (minus 3) at Kansas City (tonight)

The Eagles are an immature team that thought it had solved its offensive problems against an inept Minnesota road defense.

But ...

Home-field disadvantage.

EAGLES, 16-7

Denver (plus 3) at Miami

Both teams barely got by on the road against inferior opposition last week.

Elway over Marino, but Fiedler over Griese the Dolphins are good at home.

DOLPHINS, 26-21

St. Louis (minus 8) at Atlanta

The Rams have trouble against physical defenses (Eagles, Giants, Bucs). If Martz uses Marshall enough ...

RAMS, 31-20

Indianapolis (plus 7) at Baltimore

"PLAYOFFS!!! PLAYOFFS??? We want to win one game." Guarantee: Jim Mora will be quiet after the Colts lose this.

RAVENS, 22-16

Dallas (minus 812) at Washington

The bad Redskins couldn't even score 812 in Dallas. The good Redskins?

REDSKINS, 26-2

Green Bay (minus 312) at Jacksonville (Monday night)

Tom Coughlin has the Jaguars playing hard, but the players aren't there.

PACKERS, 27-13

Tennessee (plus 1) at Cleveland

Only Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and Chicago have allowed fewer points than Cleveland.

BROWNS, 16-5

Minnesota (plus 7) at Pittsburgh

The Vikings never show up on the road.

STEELERS, 31-10

Detroit (plus 712) at Chicago

If this were in Pontiac ...

BEARS, 24-13

Arizona (plus 13) at Oakland

A rarity: the Cardinals have won two in a row.

Not three.

RAIDERS, 35-16

Buffalo (plus 9) at San Francisco

Sandwich for Niners between Colts and Rams.

49ERS, 27-20

Tampa Bay (plus 6) at Cincinnati

The Bucs haven't won two straight all season. But ...

BUCS, 17-3

San Diego (plus 3) at Seattle

The Chargers are fading fast.

SEAHAWKS, 22-12

Carolina (plus 10) at New Orleans

New Orleans gets well.

SAINTS 27-20

LAST WEEK: 6-7-2 (spread); 10-5 (straight up).

SEASON: 79-69-7 (spread); 102-53 (straight up).

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