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JETS AT BRONCOS

Time: 3:05 p.m., Ch. 2. Line: Jets by 3. Total: 41.

Records (overall/ATS): Jets 4-1/4-1; Broncos 2-3/2-3.

JETS THINK THEY’RE TOUGH — AND THEY ARE

After a big buildup that was only magnified by being featured in

HBO’s ”Hard Knocks,” the New York Jets looked like they were

going to crumble under the weight of coach Rex Ryan’s bravado.

The Jets not only lost their opener to the Baltimore Ravens,

they also lost nose tackle Kris Jenkins to a season-ending knee

injury on the sixth play of the game. With Mark Sanchez looking

totally lost (10-for-21 for 74 yards, 56.4 passer rating) and the

New England Patriots up next, many of those waiting for the Jets to

fail were celebrating early.

Too early, it looks like.

In the four weeks since the opening loss, Ryan, Sanchez and the

Jets have shown they’re as tough as they think. And maybe as

good.

The Jets have beaten the Patriots (28-14), Dolphins (31-23) and

Bills (38-14) on the road and the Vikings (29-20) on Monday night

at the New Meadowlands. They’ve won. They’ve covered. They’ve

beaten Randy Moss as a Patriot and a Viking.

Following the lead of their brash coach, the Jets have a mental

toughness that has to be respected. They win on the road. They win

marquee games. They win after marquee games. They’re 7-1 ATS in

their last eight road games, including two playoff wins last

year.

So a road game on a short week after a marquee game is a

challenge they can handle.

Pick: Jets 30, Broncos 17.

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BEARS -6? vs. Seahawks

Bears

Bears

BEARS

Chargers -8 at Rams Rams Rams Chargers

Texans -4? vs. Chiefs Texans Chiefs Texans

Patriots -2? vs. Ravens Patriots Ravens Ravens

Saints -4 at Buccaneers Saints Bucs Saints

Eagles -3 vs. Falcons Falcons Falcons Falcons

Giants -10 vs. Lions Lions Giants Lions

Packers OFF vs. Dolphins Packers Packers Dolphins

Steelers -13? vs. Browns Browns Steelers Browns

Jets -3 at Broncos JETS Jets Broncos

49ers -6? vs. Raiders 49ers Raiders Raiders

Vikings -1? vs. Cowboys Vikings Vikings Cowboys

Colts -3 at Redskins Colts COLTS Redskins

Titans -3 at Jaguars Titans Titans Titans

Last week (season) 7-7 (36-36-4) 3-11 (31-41-4) 8-6

(33-39-4)

Best bet (season) 0-1 (1-4) 0-1 (2-3) 0-1 (2-3)

Best bet + top plays (season) 2-2 (10-10) 2-2 (11-9) 3-1

(8-11-1)

TOP PLAYS

CHIEFS AT TEXANS

Time: Noon.

Line: Texans by 4?. Total: 45.

Records (overall/ATS): Chiefs 3-1/3-1; Texans 3-2/2-2-1.

Fast fact: Chiefs are No. 3 in the NFL in rushing (148.8 y/g);

Texans are No. 5 (142.4).

Outlook: Both teams are trying to rebound from a loss — Chiefs

have more experience at it, but Texans have more to work with. Matt

Schaub, without a TD pass for only the second time in 21 games,

usually responds after a bad game.

Pick: Texans 27, Chiefs 10.

FALCONS AT EAGLES

Time: Noon.

Line: Eagles by 3. Total: 42?.

Records (overall/ATS): Eagles 3-2/2-3; Falcons 4-1/2-3.

Fast fact: Falcons are No. 2 in rushing (149 y/g); Eagles are

No. 24 in rush defense.

Outlook: Michael Turner-Matt Ryan combo makes Falcons

well-suited to face a big pass-rushing team on the road. Kevin Kolb

expected to start in place of Michael Vick (ribs). Eagles are 0-2

ATS at home.

Pick: Falcons 23, Eagles 13.

SEAHAWKS AT

BEARS

Time: Noon, Fox-32.

Line:

Bears by 6?. Total: 37?.

Records (overall/ATS):

Bears 4-1/3-2; Seahawks 2-2/2-2.

Fast fact: Seahawks are 0-2 on the road — losing to the Broncos

31-14 and Rams 20-3.

Outlook: Good spot for Jay Cutler to return after missing last

week with a concussion — Seahawks are 28th in total defense (375

y/g) and 31st against the pass (302). But pass protection bears

watching.

Pick:

Bears 31, Seahawks 14.

DOLPHINS AT PACKERS

Time: Noon.

Line: OFF. Total: OFF.

Records (overall/ATS): Dolphins 2-2/2-2; Packers 3-2/2-3.

Outlook: Packers have been decimated by injuries (technically

that would leave them with five players), while Dolphins are

rested. But if Aaron Rodgers plays, he’ll find a way to win at

Lambeau.

Pick: Packers 13, Dolphins 10.

RAVENS AT PATRIOTS

Time: Noon.

Line: Patriots by 2?. Total: 44?.

Records (overall/ATS): Ravens

4-1/3-2; Patriots 3-1/2-2.

Outlook: The Patriots aren’t at their peak, but Bill Belichick

getting two weeks to prepare and the revenge factor (Ravens ousted

the Pats from the playoffs last season) is too good to pass up.

Pick: Patriots 17, Ravens 14.

LIONS AT GIANTS

Time: Noon.

Line: Giants by 10. Total: 44?.

Records (overall/ATS): Lions

1-4/4-1; Giants 3-2/3-2.

Outlook: Lions are 2-8-1 ATS after their last 11 victories. On

the other hand, all that keeps this year’s Lions from being 5-0 ATS

is a late first-and-goal pick by QB Shaun Hill in a 24-10 loss to

the Vikes.

Pick: Giants 27, Lions 20.

BROWNS AT STEELERS

Time: Noon.

Line: Steelers by 13?. Total: 37.

Records (overall/ATS): Browns

1-4/2-2; Steelers 3-1/3-1.

Outlook: Return of Steelers’ Ben Roethlisberger figures to give

the Steelers a lift. But they’re 1-4 ATS in their last five against

the rival Browns even with Roethlisberger.

Pick: Steelers 21, Browns 16.

CHARGERS AT RAMS

Time: Noon.

Line: Chargers by 8. Total: 45.

Records (overall/ATS): Chargers 2-3/2-3; Rams 2-3/3-2.

Outlook: Chargers are 0-3 ATS on the road. Rams were throttled

at Detroit last week and lost WR Mark Clayton, but inconsistent

Chargers can’t be trusted.

Pick: Chargers 28, Rams 24.

SAINTS AT BUCCANEERS

Time: Noon.

Line: Saints by 4. Total: 43?.

Records (overall/ATS): Saints

3-2/0-5; Buccaneers 3-1/2-1-1.

Outlook: With RBs Reggie Bush and Pierre Thomas injured, Saints

signed ex-Cowboy Julius Jones this week. Drew Brees can’t do it

all, especially vs. Bucs’ impressive secondary (eight picks).

Pick: Saints 27, Buccaneers 17.

RAIDERS AT 49ERS

Time: 3:05 p.m.

Line: 49ers by 6?. Total: 41.

Records (overall/ATS): Raiders

2-3/2-3; 49ers 0-5/2-3.

Outlook: It was only a matter of time before former

Bears great Mike Singletary finally

started drawing comparisons to Bill Walsh — 49ers are 0-5 for the

first time since Walsh’s 1979 team.

Pick: 49ers 17, Raiders 10.

COWBOYS AT VIKINGS

Time: 3:15 p.m., Fox-32.

Line: Vikings by 1?. Total: 44?.

Records (overall/ATS): Cowboys 1-3/1-3; Vikings 1-3/2-2.

Outlook: Brett Favre’s focus usually is better when he’s facing

adversity. It’s his inaccurate arm that doesn’t seem to be

cooperating. Home field is huge in a must-win game for both

teams.

Pick: Vikings 27, Cowboys 23.

COLTS AT REDSKINS

Time: 7:20 p.m., Ch.5.

Line: Colts by 3. Total: 43?.

Records (overall/ATS): Colts

3-2/3-2; Redskins 3-2/3-1-1.

Outlook: Colts rallied with 10 fourth-quarter points for

all-important cover vs. Chiefs. Peyton Manning won’t go two

straight weeks without a TD pass.

Pick: Colts 24, Redskins 14.

TITANS AT JAGUARS

Time: 7:30 p.m. Monday, ESPN.

Line: Titans by 3. Total: 45.

Records (overall/ATS): Titans

3-2/3-2; Jaguars 3-2/3-2.

Outlook: Jaguars have lost by 25 points twice (Chargers, Eagles)

and have been outscored 137-107 despite 3-2 record. Titans’ tough

schedule should pay off here.

Pick: Titans 19, Jaguars 13.