Patriots should have enough to edge Colts

Posted: Thursday, September 09, 2004

Bill Belichick won't let his team get cocky.

PATRIOTS 24-21

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.

PANTHERS, 20-10

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.

REDSKINS, 27-24

Oakland (plus 4) at Pittsburgh

A lot of the Raiders' problems remain unsolved.

STEELERS, 28-13

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.

TEXANS 27-6

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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