Indianapolis should even record vs. Titans

Posted: Friday, September 17, 2004

The Indianapolis Colts are one of the NFL's best teams and did nothing to hurt their reputation in a three-point loss in New England on opening night. Now they go into Tennessee an underdog for the second straight week, step two in a devastating early schedule.

But there's reason for optimism for Peyton Manning and friends, underdogs by a point-and-a-half.

COLTS, 22-21

Minnesota (plus 3 1/2) at Philadelphia (Monday night)

The Vikings are better indoors than out.

EAGLES, 27-20

Pittsburgh (plus 4) at Baltimore

The Ravens won't be embarrassed at home.

RAVENS, 19-6

New England (minus 8) at Arizona

The perfect place for a letdown the Cardinals were competitive at home last season and Pat Tillman ceremonies will have them fired up.

Bill Belichick doesn't allow letdowns and devours young QBs.


Carolina (plus 6) at Kansas City

The Panthers are without Steve Smith and the defense looked ordinary against Ahman Green and the Packers. Priest Holmes romps?

CHIEFS, 27-16

St. Louis (plus 2 1/2) at Atlanta

The Rams needed a little luck to beat the Cardinals.

The luck runs out.

FALCONS, 27-24

Washington (minus 3) at New York Giants

Tom Coughlin's silly fines have the Giants angry. They take it out on the Redskins.

GIANTS, 19-17

Denver (minus 3) at Jacksonville

Jake Plummer will only throw with his right arm this week.

BRONCOS, 27-20

Chicago (plus 8 1/2) at Green Bay

Rivalry game and Packers on a short week.

PACKERS, 23-17

Cleveland (plus 4) at Dallas

Jeff Garcia will carve up the Dallas defense if it plays as it did last week.

Tuna won't let it.

COWBOYS, 20-14

New York Jets (minus 3) at San Diego

Chad Pennington will carve up the San Diego defense and Marty Schottenheimer won't be able to do anything about it.

JETS, 32-24

Miami (plus 4 1/2) at Cincinnati

The Dolphins had to play early to avoid Hurricane Ivan last week and they're supposed to get the remnants in Cincinnati Sunday.

It's just not their year.

BENGALS, 26-16

San Francisco (plus 7) at New Orleans

Speaking of Ivan ... he forced the Saints to practice in San Antonio.

SAINTS, 17-7

Seattle (minus 3) at Tampa Bay

The Seahawks flew to New Orleans and on now to Tampa. Air miles, jet lag and ....


Houston (plus 3) at Detroit

The Lions haven't started 2-0 since 2000.

LIONS, 24-19

Buffalo (plus 3 1/2) at Oakland

Into the black hole.

RAIDERS, 15-14

LAST WEEK: 9-7 (Spread), 12-4 (straight up)

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