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Bet on the Chargers On Sunday as AFC’s Best Teams Face Off

By Yong-yi Zhu
ASSOCIATE SPORTS EDITOR

A preview of this week’s NFL action:

Game of the Week: Steelers at Chargers

The Chargers beat up on the Patriots last week, torching the New England defense for 41 points. The Steelers almost beat the Patriots the week before, losing on a botched clock operation. Can we say AFC Championship showdown? I give the advantage to the Chargers, especially since they’re playing in San Diego where the weather can be too warm for the Steelers’ black jerseys.

Upset Special: Redskins at Broncos

The Broncos are being given a full touchdown in this game, perhaps because of the bettors’ lack of trust in the Skins. The Redskins will win this game outright, especially with their tough defense. They stopped RB Shawn Alexander last week, so there’s no reason to worry about Broncos RB Mike Anderson. Their offense has been just enough every game. This one will be close, but Joe Gibbs will be 4-0 when it’s all said and done.

The Rundown:

Ravens at Lions: In the last two games, Lions RB Kevin Jones has rushed for 60 yards combined, which might explain the lack of effectiveness of QB Joey Harrington. Ravens MLB Ray Lewis can take advantage knowing all he has to worry about is killing the quarterback. The Ravens will beat the Lions by a field goal.

Dolphins at Bills: Did you know the Miami Dolphins are in first in the AFC East? Who says they need Ricky Williams? No RB Takeo Spikes for the Bills means Ronnie Brown will look even better this weekend. The Dolphins will take another game on their way to a playoff run.

Patriots at Falcons: The Patriots suffered their first home loss since gas prices became unreasonable. (Those days are long gone.) Their nightmare of a first-half schedule continues with them facing Mike Vick, whom they should be able to handle easily. Besides, who knows how injured Vick really is?

Seahawks at Rams: This will be a hotly-contested game because both teams are coming off losses. But this week, the Seahawks will go back to their bread and butter in RB Shawn Alexander after being just nipped by the Skins last Sunday. The Rams won’t manage to stop him or to out-pass the Seahawks.

Titans at Texans: I smell major mediocrity in this game; what else can you say about two teams with one win between them? David Carr will win this one simply because the Titans have no real defense to stop any sort of passing attack.

Panthers at Cardinals: Panthers QB Jake Delhomme played decently in the win over Green Bay last week. The Cardinals also played decently in their win over the 49ers. But Carolina is a playoff contender; San Francisco was not. The Carolina Inconsistencies will not have a hard time beating the Cardinals by at least a touchdown.

Eagles at Cowboys: How pathetic is it to lose to the Raiders, especially having almost lost to the 49ers the week before? In Julius Jones I no longer trust. The Eagles, on the other hand, proved that an injured McNabb is still McNabb. The Eagles will win this game big as they assert complete dominance over the NFC East.

Bengals at Jaguars: How can bettors still bill Jacksonville as the favorite after their ineffective performance against the Broncos last week? Carson Palmer will torch up the Jag defense and continue his potential MVP campaign.

Saints at Packers: The Packers have slowly gone from playoff hopefuls to 0-5 losers. Lambeau Field has turned into Lambeau Flogging-ground. The Alamo City Saints will add to Brett Favre’s woes as they beat the Cheeseheads with a solid air attack.

Buccaneers at Jets: Bucs RB Cadillac Williams will continue his campaign beating up on the offensively-challenged Jets. The Bucs will be 5-0 when this game is done.

Bears at Browns: The Bears actually have a chance to make the playoffs with the NFC North looking rather pathetic. They need to win and will beat the Browns this week, totally shutting down the Cleveland offense.

Colts at 49ers: Butt whupping — no real need to say any more. The Colts will win by three touchdowns.