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Putting it on the Line

Posted by Eric Fisher On October 17

I’m picking five road favorites this week. That’s not a comfortable situation for me. I’d much prefer to take home underdogs. In each case, however, I have solid reasons for picking the road favorite.

What I won’t do, however, is put these road favorites among my top picks. Perhaps it’s because I got burned picking the visiting Panthers (-1) over the Redskins as my “best bet” last week, but I’m shying away from road favorites among my top picks. The only road team in my “other top picks” is the Saints, who are 2½-point underdogs against the Ravens.

My “best bet” is technically a home team, but the Chargers (-6½ over the Titans) are playing in London, so they’re hardly at home. But the Chargers looked good in taking out the Browns last Sunday, while the Titans were shut out by the Ravens.

I almost took the Eagles (-4½) over the Panthers as my “best bet,” but one big victory isn’t enough to get me back on the Eagles’ bandwagon in terms of picking against the line. They do, however, end up in my “other top picks,” along with the Falcons (-5½) over the Giants, and the Chiefs (-6) over the Bengals. I’m aiming to repeat my 4-0 record last week among by “other top picks.”

Here are my Week 7 selections:

(Home team in CAPS) 

(Winning team against the line in bold)

Broncos -1½ at CARDINALS  

CHARGERS -6½ vs. Titans

Patriots -3 at BEARS

BUCS -3 vs. Browns

Lions -3 at DOLPHINS

EAGLES -4½ vs. Panthers

Bills +7½ at COLTS

CHIEFS -6 vs. Bengals

Vikings -3 at JETS

JAGUARS -4½ vs. Texans

Saints +2½ at RAVENS

REDSKINS -1½ vs. Cowboys

Rams -9½ at 49ERS

FALCONS -5½ vs. Giants

Best bet: CHARGERS -6½ vs. Titans

Other top picks: EAGLES -4½ vs. Panthers; Saints +2½ at RAVENS; FALCONS -5½ vs. Giants; CHIEFS -6 vs. Bengals

Last week: 7-8 (38-49-6 this season)

Best Bet: 0-1 (3-3 this season)

Other top picks: 4-0 (12-10-2 this season)

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