Weekend football betting guide

Sunday 1 p.m.

Falcons (3-3) at Lions (5-1)

Line: Lions -3.5 (O/U 47.5)
The Scoop: The Lions haven’t ruled RB Jahvid Best out, but the line did drop a full point. Stay tuned.
Pick: Lions

Bears vs. Buccaneers

Line: Bears -1 (O/U 44)
Key injures: WR Devin Hester (chest) probable. T Gabe Carimi (knee) questionable. RB LeGarrette Blount (knee) out. C Jeff Faine (biceps) probable. DT Gerald McCoy questionable.
The scoop: Can we please stop playing football in England?
It’s rainy, the Wembley field was built for soccer and the game isn’t even sold out. Anyway, for betting purposes, this has all the makings of a slow burner: ground and pound, with a lot of defense, something both squads are equipped for. The Bucs played in London in 2009 (in a 35-7 blowout loss) so they have some experience with the travel/weather. They are also 7-2 ATS in their last nine games as the betting underdog.
Pick: Buccaneers

Texans (3-3) at Titans (3-2)

Line: Titans -3 (O/U 44.5)
The Scoop: Texans are 0-5 in last five games as underdog. Titans were 1-7 after the bye last year. Pick ’em.
Pick: Titans

Seahawks (2-3) at Browns)

Line: Browns -3 (O/U 41)
The Scoop: Charlie Whitehurst will start and ’Hawks are getting points versus offensively challenged teams.
Pick: Seahawks

Redskins (3-2) at Panthers (1-5)

Line: Panthers -2.5 (O/U 43)
The Scoop: In John Beck we trust. ’Skins are 4-0 ATS in last four in this series and underdog is 9-0.
Pick: Redskins

Broncos (1-4) at Dolphins (0-5)

Line: Dolphins -1.5 (O/U 43)
The Scoop: Road dog lock. This is a virtual home game for Tim Tebow.
Pick:Broncos

Chargers (4-1) at Jets (3-3)

Line: Chargers -2 (O/U 43.5)
The Scoop: SD has yet to record a signature win and are 1-5 ATS in last six in this series. Don’t trust Norv.
Pick: Jets

Sunday 4:05 p.m.

Steelers (4-2) at Cardinals (1-4)

Line: Steelers -4 (O/U 41.5)
The Scoop: Steelers’ ‘D’ is tops versus the pass and ARZ is pass-happy. Plus, PITT is 17-3 when favored in last 20.
Pick: Steelers

Sunday 4:15 p.m.

Rams (0-5) at Cowboys (2-3)

Line: Cowboys -11.5 (O/U 44)
The Scoop: Rams are winless and haven’t covered a spread all season. Oh, and they’re BAD at football.
Pick: Cowboys

Packers (6-0) at Vikings (1-5)

Line: Packers -9 (O/U 46.5)
The Scoop: Pack swept series in ’10 and 21-10 ATS in 31 division games.
Pick: Packers

Sunday, 8:20 p.m.

Colts (0-6) at Saints (4-2)

Line: Saints -14 (O/U 48.5)
The Scoop: Saints have failed to cover for the past two weeks, but here come the Colts. At the SuperDome, where NO is 2-0 ATS. Meanwhile, Indy is an absolute mess. Fans are calling for Jim Caldwell’s job and the Colts offense ranks 31st in yards and 28th in points. Good luck keeping up with Drew Brees & Co.
Pick: Saints

Monday, 8:30 p.m.

Ravens (4-1) at Jaguars (1-5)

Line: Ravens -7.5 (O/U 39)
The Scoop: Man, can we please start flexing Monday night games? This has all the makings of the Heidi Bowl — without the dramatic comeback. Ravens come in 4-1 ATS, 5-1 against the number in their last six Monday nighters and have won seven of last eight in this series.
Play the over, it could get ugly.
Pick: Ravens

College Football

Friday, 8 p.m.

W. Virginia No. 11, (5-1) at Syracuse (4-2)

Line: West Virginia -14.5
The Scoop: You have to figure the Orange can keep it close — the Mountaineers are a paper tiger.
Pick: Syracuse

Saturday, noon

N. Carolina (5-2) at Clemson No. 8, (7-0)

Line: Clemson -11
The Scoop: The over has hit in six of the Tigers’ last eight games, and five of six at home.
Pick: Clemson

Kansas St. No. 12, (6-0) at Kansas (2-4)

Line: Kansas State -11.5
The Scoop: Kansas State is going to go all Bo Jackson/Marcus Allen over the nation’s worst defense.
Pick: Kansas State

Okla. St. No. 6, (6-0) at Missouri (3-3)

Line: Oklahoma State -7.5
The Scoop: Cowboys are 5-1 ATS this season and thinking national title  averaging 49.2 points per contest.
Pick: Oklahoma State

Saturday, 3 p.m.

BC, (1-5) at VA. Tech, No. 16, (6-1)

Line: Virginia Tech -21
The Scoop: BC couldn’t make up 21 points last week. Or this week.
Pick: Virginia Tech

Saturday, 3:30 p.m.

Auburn, No. 19, (5-2) at LSU No. 1, (7-0)

Line: LSU -22
The Scoop: Maybe if the game was in Auburn (5-14-1 in Baton Rouge). No, probably not even then.
Pick: LSU

Oregon No. 9, (5-1) at Colorado (1-6)

Line: Oregon -31
The Scoop: Ducks are banged up (LaMichael James, Darron Thomas), and COL is 3-0-1 as home dog.
Pick: Colorado

Saturday, 6 p.m.

Air Force (3-3) at Boise State No. 5, (6-0)

Line: Boise State -31.5
The Scoop: All the trends point to Boise (10-0 in October, 6-0 SU, 4-2 ATS), and they covered 32 last week.
Pick: Boise State

Saturday, 7:15 p.m.

Tennessee (3-3) at Alabama No. 2, (7-0)

Line: Alabama -30
The Scoop: Roll Tide. ’Bama giving up just seven points per game — and Tennessee has QB issues.
Pick: Alabama

Saturday, 8 p.m.

Wisconsin No. 4, (6-0) at Mich. St. No. 15, (5-1)

Line: Wisconsin -8
The Scoop: Both are chalk machines. Flip a coin, or take the points.
Pick: Michigan State


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