Everyone seems to be raving about Tom Brady, who has energized the New England Patriots since Drew Bledsoe was hurt against the New York Jets in the second week of the season.
Bledsoe is healthy now, but he'll be on the sideline for the rematch with the Jets in New Jersey on Sunday, while Brady tries to get the Patriots back into the AFC East race.
The Jets are favored by three -- Brady has done enough so that the Jets get only the home-field points, which might not mean much considering that home teams are 8-22 the last two weeks.
Not many people understand the Jets, who still are learning the West Coast offense and gave up tons of rushing yards early in the season.
But the defense has come together under Ted Cottrell, the architect of some pretty good units in Buffalo the past few seasons. In the four games before last week's bye, the Jets allowed just 28 points, with one touchdown on an interception return and another in garbage time after New York had taken a 27-0 lead over Kansas City.
Mix in the fact that there are a lot of ex-Jets in New England, brought there by Patriots coach Bill Belichick, New York's former defensive coordinator. And mix in the fact that the Patriots (6-5) could move to within a game of the Jets (7-3) in the loss column with a victory.
Brady, incentive and the home-field disadvantage.
Philadelphia (minus 3) at Kansas City (Thursday night)
The Eagles are an immature team that thought it had solved its offensive problems against an inept Minnesota road defense.
Denver (plus 3) at Miami
Both teams barely got by on the road against inferior opposition last week.
Elway over Marino, but Fiedler over Griese -- the Dolphins are good at home.
St. Louis (minus 8) at Atlanta
The Rams have trouble against physical defenses (Eagles, Giants, Bucs). If Martz uses Marshall enough ...
Indianapolis (plus 7) at Baltimore
''PLAYOFFS!!! PLAYOFFS??? We want to win one game.'' Guarantee: Jim Mora will be quiet after the Colts lose this.
Dallas (minus 8 1/2) at Washington
The bad Redskins couldn't even score 8 1/2 in Dallas. The good Redskins?
Green Bay (minus 3 1/2) at Jacksonville (Monday night)
Tom Coughlin has the Jaguars playing hard, but the players aren't there.
Tennessee (plus 1) at Cleveland
Only Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and Chicago have allowed fewer points than Cleveland.
Minnesota (plus 7) at Pittsburgh
The Vikings never show up on the road.
Detroit (plus 7 1/2) at Chicago
If this were in Pontiac ...
Arizona (plus 13) at Oakland
A rarity: the Cardinals have won two in a row.
Buffalo (plus 9) at San Francisco
Sandwich for Niners between Colts and Rams.
Tampa Bay (plus 6) at Cincinnati
The Bucs haven't won two straight all season. But ...
San Diego (plus 3) at Seattle
The Chargers are fading fast.
Carolina (plus 10) at New Orleans
New Orleans gets well.
LAST WEEK: 6-7-2 (spread); 10-5 (straight up).
SEASON: 79-69-7 (spread); 102-53 (straight up).
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