Green Bay should top Baltimore

Posted: Friday, October 12, 2001

Yes, the Baltimore Ravens slipped up in Cincinnati.

No, people don't expect them to slip up again, not even at Lambeau Field.

The Super Bowl champions go to Green Bay on Sunday to meet the Packers, who lost their first game of the season in Tampa last week. The guys who make the line originally installed the Packers as slight favorites; the guys who bet the line immediately bet on the Ravens so it's now a pick 'em game.

And an interesting one.

If any quarterback can solve the Baltimore defense, it's the innovative Brett Favre -- it's nearly impossible for anyone (including Favre himself) to decide what he'll do on any given play. And the Green Bay defense has been playing well.

Ravens RB Terry Allen might be worn down by his 22 carries last week against Tennessee.

The Packers lost to the Bucs, but they're playing well. And they're at Lambeau, where flags now commingle with cheeseheads.

PACKERS, 13-10

New York Giants (plus 10 1/2) at St. Louis

That spread is a measure of how much respect the Rams are getting, even though the Giants have allowed only one touchdown and 25 points in their last three games.

And while New York has added speed to the secondary in rookie cornerbacks Will Allen and Will Peterson, it's had trouble with the Rams. Last year the Giants lost 38-24 at home to St. Louis -- without Marshall Faulk and Kurt Warner.

RAMS, 29-13

Oakland (plus 3 1/2) at Indianapolis

Last year, the Raiders came to the dome, fell behind 21-0 and rallied to win 38-31.

COLTS, 38-31

Washington (plus 3) at Dallas (Monday night)

In a perverse way, this game is generating interest -- the combined 0-8 is the worst record ever on Monday night. But it will be more competitive than last week's Monday nighter, and Dallas backup Anthony Wright is better than the injured Quincy Carter.

COWBOYS, 9-8

Tampa Bay (plus 3) at Tennessee

The Titans' problems are deeper than a few injuries.

BUCS, 17-13

Denver (minus 7) at Seattle

Has anyone noticed how much the Broncos miss Ed McCaffrey?

BRONCOS, 20-16

Cleveland (plus 2 1/2) at Cincinnati

If the Bengals really are a better team this year, they have to prove it here. Law of averages.

BENGALS, 20-10

New Orleans (minus 5) at Carolina

The Saints' pass rushers meet the immobile Chris Weinke.

SAINTS, 28-15

Miami (minus 3) at New York Jets

Quick game after last year's 4 hours, 10-minute Monday nighter: Lamar Smith on ground against Jets' porous run defense.

DOLPHINS, 30-7

Arizona (plus 7) at Chicago

Centuries ago, both these teams were from the Windy City.

BEARS, 16-11

San Francisco (off) at Atlanta

The ''off'' is because Chris Chandler's hurt again. What else is new?

49ERS, 24-7

San Diego (minus 3) at New England

Dougie goes home.

CHARGERS, 22-16

Pittsburgh (plus 3 1/2) at Kansas City

When he coached the Eagles, Dick Vermeil cut Bill Cowher.

CHIEFS, 22-17

Detroit (plus 10) at Minnesota

Charlie Batch is back at QB for the Lions.

VIKINGS, 24-13

LAST WEEK: 6-7-1 (spread); 10-4 (straight up)

SEASON: 32-23-2 (spread) 39-18 (straight up)



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