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BEST BETS

GREEN BAY -13 vs. Jacksonville

New England -6½ vs. St. Louis

San Francisco -6½ vs. ARIZONA

CHICAGO vs. Carolina (44½) OVER

LAST WEEK: 1-2 / SEASON: 10-18


PFW STAFF SELECTION

"PFW" refers to the staff consensus pick. HOME TEAM IN CAPS. Asterisk (*) denotes team will cover pointspread but lose game. Boldface (#) selections indicate best bets.

Thursday night
MINNESOTA -6½ vs. Tampa Bay (41½)
Minnesota: Keith, Eric, Kevin, Arthur(#)
Tampa Bay: Hub*, Mike H*, Dan A*, Mike W*, Dan P*, PFW*

Sunday
New England -6½ vs. St. Louis (London) (47)
New England: Hub(#), Keith(#), Mike H, Dan A, Eric, Mike W(#), Dan P(#), Kevin(#), Arthur, PFW(#)
St. Louis (London): None

TENNESSEE -3½ vs. Indianapolis (46½)
Tennessee: Hub, Keith, Dan A, Dan P
Indianapolis: Mike H*, Eric, Mike W*, Kevin*, Arthur*, PFW*

GREEN BAY -13 vs. Jacksonville
Green Bay: Hub(#), Keith(#), Mike H(#), Dan A(#), Eric(#), Dan P(#), Kevin(#), Arthur(#), PFW(#)
Jacksonville: Mike W*

San Diego -3 vs. CLEVELAND (44½)
San Diego: Hub, Keith, Mike H, Dan P, Kevin, Arthur, PFW
Cleveland: Dan A, Eric, Mike W(#)

PHILADELPHIA -2½ vs. Atlanta (46½)
Philadelphia: Hub, Keith, Mike H(#), Dan A(#), Eric, PFW
Atlanta: Mike W, Dan P, Kevin, Arthur

DETROIT -3 vs. Seattle (43)
Detroit: Hub, Mike H, Dan A, Mike W, Kevin, PFW
Seattle: Keith, Eric, Dan P, Arthur

N.Y. JETS -2 vs. Miami (40)
N.Y. Jets: Hub, Keith, Dan A, Mike W, Dan P, Arthur, PFW
Miami: Mike H, Eric, Kevin

CHICAGO -7½ vs. Carolina (44½)
Chicago: Hub(#), Keith, Mike H, Eric, Mike W, Kevin(#), Arthur, PFW
Carolina: Dan A*, Dan P*

PITTSBURGH -5 vs. Washington (47½)
Pittsburgh: Mike H, Dan A, Mike W(#)
Washington: Hub*, Keith*, Eric*(#), Dan P*, Kevin*, Arthur, PFW*

KANSAS CITY -1 vs. Oakland (42½)
Kansas City: Hub, Keith, Dan A
Oakland: Mike H, Eric, Mike W, Dan P(#), Kevin, Arthur, PFW

N.Y. Giants -1 vs. DALLAS (47½)
N.Y. Giants: Hub, Keith, Mike H(#), Eric, Mike W, Dan P, Kevin, Arthur, PFW
Dallas: Dan A

Sunday night
DENVER -6 vs. New Orleans (55)
Denver: Mike H, Mike W, Kevin
New Orleans: Hub*, Keith*, Dan A*(#), Eric*, Dan P*, Arthur*, PFW*

Monday night
San Francisco -6½ vs. ARIZONA (37)
San Francisco: Hub, Keith(#), Mike H, Eric(#), Dan P, Kevin, Arthur(#), PFW(#)
Arizona: Dan A*, Mike W*

 

Last week vs. spread
Hub(6-6-1), Keith(8-4-1), Mike H(8-4-1), Dan A(2-10-1), Eric(7-5-1), Mike W(3-9-1), Dan P(7-5-1), Kevin(8-4-1), Arthur(3-9-1), PFW(6-6-1)

Season to date vs. spread
Hub(53-48-3), Keith(44-57-3), Mike H(45-56-3), Dan A(50-51-3), Eric(46-55-3), Mike W(56-45-3), Dan P(48-53-3), Kevin(53-48-3), Arthur(43-58-3), PFW(50-51-3)

Last week best bets
Hub(2-1), Keith(3-0), Mike H(1-1-1), Dan A(0-2-1), Eric(3-0), Mike W(0-3), Dan P(1-2), Kevin(1-1-1), Arthur(2-1), PFW(2-2)

Season to date best bets
Hub(9-12), Keith(9-12), Mike H(8-12-1), Dan A(5-15-1), Eric(9-12), Mike W(10-9-2), Dan P(7-13-1), Kevin(6-14-1), Arthur(7-14), PFW(10-18)

Last week straight-up
Hub(11-2), Keith(10-3), Mike H(11-2), Dan A(8-5), Eric(9-4), Mike W(8-5), Dan P(11-2), Kevin(11-2), Arthur(9-4), PFW(10-3)

Season to date straight-up
Hub(69-35), Keith(56-48), Mike H(65-39), Dan A(67-37), Eric(59-45), Mike W(67-37), Dan P(62-42), Kevin(65-39), Arthur(56-48), PFW(63-41)

 

LOCK OF THE WEEK

Which of your picks do you feel strongest about and why?

Hub Arkush: The Patriots are due to explode on someone and have handled the London experience well in the past. The Rams are in over their heads here.

Keith Schleiden: One of the NFL’s most inept offenses against the NFL’s best defense? That’s what we’ve got going on Monday night. Naturally, I’m banking on the Niners.

Mike Holbrook: The Giants already lost to Dallas and are due for a series split. New York’s pass rush will force some turnovers and the Giants will escape with a narrow victory.

Dan Arkush: I can’t see the Jags having a prayer at Lambeau in their second straight road game, but this game might not even be on the board if MJD and Gabbert are out.

Eric Edholm: I typically love big underdogs; I’ll hammer ’em all day. Not this time: The Packers will stomp out the shorthanded Jaguars early and run it up after two big road wins.

Mike Wilkening: Mark me down for the Pats at this price. I respect what the Rams have done but believe they are up against it facing a New England team with room to improve.

Dan Parr: The Jaguars were one of the worst teams in the league with MJD, and they’re even weaker without him. Green Bay keeps on rolling in a blowout.

Kevin Fishbain: The Bears’ defense is a bad matchup for a reeling Panthers team that can’t find its offensive identity. Chicago should be able to open up the passing game, too.

Arthur Arkush: It’s going to be open season on John Skelton, who, standing behind the worst line in football, doesn’t stand a chance against the 49ers’ front.

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