Patriots should have enough to edge Colts

Posted: Thursday, September 09, 2004

Bill Belichick won't let his team get cocky.


Kansas City (plus 3) at Denver

The Chiefs' defense (or lack thereof) is the reason they went out in their first playoff game last season.

BRONCOS, 31-23

Green Bay (plus 3) at Carolina (Monday night)

The Carolina crowd will be fired up and Carolina's front seven is one of the best in the NFL.


Dallas (plus 4 1/2) at Minnesota

The Vikings normally start well.

VIKINGS, 24-16

Tennessee (minus 3) at Miami

Jay Fielder is a ''one week-at-a-time'' starter at quarterback.

TITANS, 17-11

Tampa Bay (plus 2) at Washington

If the Redskins lose Joe Gibbs' first home game, the D.C. area is likely to sink into the Potomac.


Oakland (plus 4) at Pittsburgh

A lot of the Raiders' problems remain unsolved.


New York Giants (plus 9) at Philadelphia

The Giants are still getting introduced to one another.

EAGLES, 27-10

Atlanta (minus 3 1/2) at San Francisco

The Falcons have defensive problems.The 49ers just have problems.

FALCONS, 34-25

Baltimore (minus 3) at Cleveland

The Ravens don't need Deion against these guys.

RAVENS, 31-7

Cincinnati (plus 4) at New York Jets

Chad Pennington is more experienced than Carson Palmer.

JETS, 24-19

Seattle (minus 2) at New Orleans

The Superdome is tough for a team that was 2-6 on the road last year.

SAINTS, 31-29

Detroit (plus 3) at Chicago

Upset No. 2 an end to Detroit's record 24-game road losing streak.

LIONS 17-16

San Diego (plus 4 1/2) at Houston

The Texans are the only NFL team that has never lost its opening game.


Arizona (plus 11) at St. Louis

Dennis Green should have known what he was getting into.

RAMS, 39-10

Jacksonville (plus 3) at Buffalo

The Jags are better. So are the Bills. BILLS, 19-13

LAST SEASON: 143-108-5 (spread); 162-94 (straight up)

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