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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Cinco de Perros

Here are the lines for this week's round, Week 5, in our charity pro football underdog game. The 'dogs are in caps. See any one that can win its game outright?

10 BUFFALO at San Francisco
9.5 CLEVELAND at New York Giants
9 NEW YORK JETS vs. Houston (Monday, pick still due Sunday morning)
7 INDIANAPOLIS vs. Green Bay
6.5 DENVER at New England
6 TENNESSEE at Minnesota
5.5 JACKSONVILLE vs. Chicago
5 KANSAS CITY vs. Baltimore
4 MIAMI at Cincinnati
3.5 SAN DIEGO at New Orleans
3.5 PHILADELPHIA at Pittsburgh
3 SEATTLE at Carolina
3 WASHINGTON vs. Atlanta
1 ST. LOUIS vs. Arizona (kickoff and pick due Thursday 5:20 p.m.)

Good luck, 'dog catchers!

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Mojo's Best Bets
Debate Concussion Syndrome Hangover Edition
(Last week: 2-2; Overall: 5-7 (.416))

Best Bets
(Last week, 2-0; Overall, 3-2)

SEATTLE (+3) at Carolina -- While both teams have exciting young QBs, this will be a defensive battle, with an edge to the Seahawks fierce pass rush and run support, combined with their superlative big, fast defensive backfield which bristles with Pro Bowlers. Add to that Seattle's NFL-leading rusher, the superbly talented and powerful Marshawn Lynch, the Seahawks go back east and seize an upset victory.

NOTE: Can't really foresee any other "Best Bets" picks this week, unless you want to bet on the Steelers sending Michael Vick either to the bench or to the ER.

Upset Special
(Last week 0-1; Overall 1-3)

INDIANPOLIS (+7) vs. Green Bay -- With the Colts' beloved 2nd year head coach, Chuck Pagano, suddenly on leave in a battle for his life against an acute attack of leukemia, they will be supercharged on their home field to beat the Packers, who will be without star receiver Greg Jennings.

And Lucas Oil Stadium is one of the loudest venues in the NFL.

Colts interim coach Bruce Arians challenges fans to maintain homefield advantage vs. Packers

Gamblers' Corner
(Last week, 0-1; Overall 1-2)

CLEVELAND (+9.5) vs. NY Giants -- The otherwise woeful Browns' have a remarkable record lately against defending Super Bowl champions. And, the Giants' star receiver Hakeem Nicks will miss a second straight game due to swelling in his knee and foot, while starting safety Kenny Phillips is also out. Receiver Ramses Barden and right tackle David Diehl are other key Giants struggling with significant injuries.

The key to the game will be the ability of the Browns defensive line and LBs to frustrate the Giants' OL & RBs, while on offense the Browns employ effective blocking and mixed play-calling to unleash their dynamic rookie RB, Trent Richardson.

Browns notebook: Trent Richardson has nose for end zone. Will he get more chances to reach it?

Browns' explosive offensive weapon, the multi-talented Josh Cribbs is expected to play after being knocked from the Ravens game early last week with a concussion on a typical dirty Ravens head-hit. With Cribbs in the game, the Browns would have beaten Baltimore handily in Baltimore. Cribbs is the definitive "X-Factor." Much like Percy Harvin for the Vikings -- only Cribbs was a very good QB at Bowling Green and can also pass the ball.

Three Little Pigskins
Release Date: 12/8/1934 When The Three Stooges Are Mistaken For Star Football Players They Not Only Find Themselves Running For Goals But Running For Their Lives When They Get Mixed Up With The Gorgeous Girlfriends Of A Group Of Mobsters Lucille Ball Co-Stars

Moll: "What's 'amateur status'?
Mobster: "Aw, it's a political party, toots."

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