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Putting it on the Line

Posted by Eric Fisher On November 8

Part of what separates “Putting it on the Line” from other columns picking football games against the betting line is my honesty. I’m not selling anything. That means I don’t have to proclaim mortal locks and guaranteed winners.

Not selling anything also gives me the freedom to tell you when I don’t have a strong feeling on games.

Like this week.

There aren’t many games that jump out at me as good bets. I’m confident in my “best bet,” the Titans (-4½) over the visiting Bengals, but I’m not overly confident. That game would probably be in top five most weeks. This week it’s a clear “best bet.”

My “other top picks” includes the winless 49ers (0-9) and the Bucs (2-6), who have lost five straight games. Needless to say, I’m not overly confident about those teams, either. But Sunday (+1 vs. Giants) is the 49ers’ best chance to avoid a winless season. And the Bucs embark on a three-game road trip after Sunday, so I’m taking them as home underdogs (+2½) against the surprising Jets.

There are three double-digit favorites. I like the Steelers (-10) best among this group because their opponents, the Colts, seem to get blown out frequently when they face good teams.

Here are my Week 10 selections:

(Home team in CAPS)                                           

(Winning team against the line in bold)

Seahawks -6 at CARDINALS

REDSKINS +1 vs. Vikings

Packers +5 at BEARS

Steelers -10 at COLTS

Chargers +4 at JAGUARS

BUCS +2½ vs. Jets

TITANS -4½ vs. Bengals

Saints -3 at BILLS

LIONS -12½ vs. Browns

Texans +12 at RAMS

Cowboys +3 at FALCONS

49ERS +1 vs. Giants

BRONCOS +7½ vs. Patriots

Dolphins +9 at PANTHERS

Best bet: TITANS -4½ vs. Bengals

Other top picks: Steelers -10 at COLTS; REDSKINS +1 vs. Vikings; 49ERS +1 vs. Giants; BUCS +2½ vs. Jets

Last week: 5-7-1 (74-53-4 overall)

Best bet: 0-1 (4-5 overall)

Other top picks: 2-1-1 (18-17-2 overall)

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