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CHALKS & amp; 'DOGS \ Pro picks

Sunday, December 18, 2005


Cleveland (- 3) at Oakland: Long term, Charlie Frye might be pretty good. BROWNS, 20-10
Pittsburgh (- 3) at Minnesota: The Steelers favored on the road against a team that has won six straight? The Vikings' soft schedule accounts for that. STEELERS, 24-20
San Diego (+9) at Indianapolis: Tony Dungy plans to play regulars. The oddsmakers believe him, making Indy a 9-point favorite. COLTS, 30-20
Atlanta (+ 3) at Chicago: Depends on Vick's health, but the Bears' defense is quick enough to contain him, especially at home. BEARS, 16-14
Dallas (+ 3) at Washington: It's a long shot, but the Redskins can still win the NFC East. Not after this week. COWBOYS, 21-16
Seattle (- 7) at Tennessee: The Seahawks cruise toward home-field advantage in the NFC. SEAHAWKS, 33-13
San Francisco (+ 15) at Jacksonville: The Jaguars cruise toward the playoffs. JAGUARS, 30-3
Carolina (- 7 1/2) at New Orleans (Baton Rouge): Does anyone remember that the Saints won on opening day in Charlotte? PANTHERS, 24-7
Cincinnati (- 7) at Detroit: Marvin's lads clinch the division. BENGALS, 27-14
Green Bay (+ 3) at Baltimore (Monday night): Another prime-time dog. RAVENS, 6-2
New York Jets (+ 8) at Miami: Nice late run by Saban's team. DOLPHINS, 22-13
Philadelphia (+ 3 1/2) at St. Louis: Mike McMahon over Ryan Fitzpatrick. Andy Reid over Joe Vitt. EAGLES, 26-10
Arizona (- 1) at Houston: Everything has gone wrong for the Texans. So this week they blow the Reggie Bush pick. TEXANS, 17-16
X Last week: 9-6-1 (spread) 13-3 (straight up). Season: 96-108-4 (spread) 142-66 (straight up)
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