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I mulled avoiding last night's game as far as the teams were concerned and considered just taking the over. I figured at least one of the two injured Packer defenders who were game-time decisions would play and went with Green Bay taking the seven points. Neither Charles Woodson nor Kabeer Gbaja-Bialmila played and a Cowboy field goal in the last minute-and-change covered. Ugh. And, of course, the 37-27 final easily took care of the over.

I'm not wild about too many games this weekend, especially the Monday night game where the Ravens are getting 20 points against New England. The over-under there is 49, 50. If I could be convinced the Ravens could get at least 20, I'd go there. That would take a lot of convincing, though. The season record here is 22-17-2.

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Cleveland at Arizona (-1). The Cardinals are a mystery and that's a good reason to stay away from them. But Cleveland has been pretty consistent. They have a surprisingly efficient offense and Jamal Lewis is beginning to have big days for them. The Browns' defense, though, has been giving up yards in bunches and the Cardinals have the potential of putting up big numbers in the passing game. The Browns have been undervalued all season, which is why they're 9-2 against the spread. Pick: Browns, getting 1.

New York Giants at Chicago (1 1/2). The Giants lead the Bears in every statistical category and are only 1 1/2-point favorites. That's the Eli factor at work, folks. Look, I figure Manning is bad about half the time but Rex Grossman is bad about 80 percent of the time. If Tom Coughlin can learn from Mike Shanahan's mistake and just not kick the ball to Devin Hester, the Giants' defense should be able to win this one with minimal help from the offense. Pick: Giants, giving 1 1/2 points.

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