Archive for Sunday, November 5, 2006

Colts won’t trip Pats two times in row

November 5, 2006


Until last year, Peyton Manning was 0-for-New England. Then the Colts beat the undermanned Patriots, 40-21, so Peyton now is 1-7 in Foxborough in his eight-plus seasons.

The Colts go back to Gillette Stadium tonight, just about a year to the day of that monkey-off-the back win. Once again, they go in unbeaten.

No matter. The Patriots are favored by two points after an impressive 31-7 win in Minnesota on Monday night. That makes sense - they have only one loss and are coming together after having to build an almost entirely new receiving corps.

A lot is on the line here, including, potentially, home-field advantage in the playoffs. It is also the homecoming for Adam Vinatieri, the best clutch kicker ever with two Super Bowl-winning field goals and a couple of huge kicks in the playoffs. He was allowed to leave by the Patriots and signed last spring with the Colts - for whom he made a winning field goal at Denver last Sunday.

Given the Colts' history in New England, Indy is due to lose ...

PATRIOTS, 27-24.

Denver (plus 3) at Pittsburgh

Funny that the Steelers are favored after an awful loss in Oakland.

Or maybe not funny - Pittsburgh will be desperate.


Cincinnati (plus 3) at Baltimore

It took eight seasons, but Brian Billick proved once again he knows offense.

RAVENS, 23-17

Kansas City (plus 21â2) at St. Louis

The Rams' defense was exposed in San Diego. And again?

CHIEFS, 31-26

Dallas (minus 3) at Washington

Momentum - Romentum - works for Dallas.

COWBOYS, 24-10

Miami (plus 131â2) at Chicago

Bears swear they're not looking ahead to the Giants.

BEARS, 37-8

Houston (plus 13) at New York Giants

Giants swear they're not looking ahead to game against the Bears.

GIANTS, 37-8

Oakland (plus 7) at Seattle (Monday night)

The Raiders will need more than 98 yards of offense to win this week.


New Orleans (minus 1) at Tampa Bay

Bounceback time.

SAINTS, 27-13

Atlanta (minus 51â2) at Detroit

Lots of running space for Vick and Dunn.

FALCONS, 35-20

Minnesota (minus 51â2) at San Francisco

Bad as the Niners were in Chicago, they are competitive at home despite having little defense.

VIKINGS, 27-20

Cleveland (plus 121â2) at San Diego

The Browns have lost only once by more than 121â2 points this season.

Make it twice.


Tennessee (plus 9) at Jacksonville

Vince Young is improving, the Jags are unpredictable.

But ...

JAGUARS, 17-10

Green Bay (plus 3) at Buffalo

Favre to get victory over Losman.

PACKERS, 20-19


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