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Putting it on the Line

Posted by Eric Fisher On November 29

After watching the Eagles dominate the Bears last Sunday, it seems crazy to pick the Bears this week. It’s even crazier to make the Bears my “best bet.”

But, after having difficulty identifying a game worth of being my “best bet,” I’m going with the Bears (3½) over the visiting 49ers. The pick is a bit of a hunch, but there’s logic behind it as well.

The Bears have lost four straight games, but they’ve had a rough schedule. The losses have come against the Saints, Packers, Lions and Eagles. The last game they won was against the Panthers; therefore, three of the Bears’ last five games were against teams that have at least eight wins. They’ve also lost to the Vikings 9by three points) and defeated the Steelers, so their 3-8 record includes games against every team with at least wins except the Patriots and Rams. After last Sunday’s 31-3 humiliation at the hands of the Eagles, the Bears must be licking their chops to face the 49ers.

As for the rest of this week’s slate of games, there are a lot of home underdogs. I like almost all of them except for the Bills, who are 8½-point underdogs against the visiting Patriots. The underdogs I like as my “other topic picks” include the Seahawks (+5½) against the Eagles. I think the Eagles will win the game, but that’s a lot of points for the Seahawks, who are usually terrific at home, to receive in a betting line.

I also like the Cardinals (+7) against the Rams. The Rams are a young team. They could get caught looking past the Cardinals in a road game sandwiched between home games against the Saints and Eagles.

I liked the Raiders (-7) at home against the Giants when I first looked at this week’s games. I like them even more after hearing that Geno Smith will be the Giants’ starting quarterback.

Here are my Week 13 selections:

(Home team in CAPS)                                           

(Winning team against the line in bold)

Redskins -1 at COWBOYS

Lions +3 at RAVENS

BEARS -3½ vs. 49ers

Vikings +3 at FALCONS

Patriots -8½ at BILLS

Dolphins +1 vs. Broncos

Texans +7 at TITANS

Colts +9½ at JAGUARS

PACKERS pick vs. Bucs

JETS +3½ vs. Chiefs

SAINTS –4 vs. Panthers

Browns +13½ at CHARGERS

CARDINALS +7 vs. Rams

RAIDERS -7 vs. Giants

SEAHAWKS +5½ vs. Eagles
BENGALS +5½ vs. Steelers

Best bet: BEARS -3½ vs. 49ers

Other top picks: Colts +9½ at JAGUARS; RAIDERS -7 vs. Giants; CARDINALS +7 vs. Rams; SEAHAWKS +5½ vs. Eagles

Last week: 10-5-1 (95-73-7 overall)

Best bet: 1-0 (6-6 overall)

Other top picks: 3-1 (23-24-2 overall)

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