NFL

Philly over Dallas by 7

Both teams picked up much needed wins last week and find themselves in a fierce chase for the playoffs with the winner of this contest assuming the top spot in the NFC East. With it we turn to our all-knowing database as it reminds us that defending Super Bowl champions are at their best as road dogs against opponents coming off consecutive SUATS wins, going 16-10-1 SU and 20-6-1 ATS, including 6-3 SU and 7-1-1 ATS in division games. Meanwhile, the Cowboys have been roped up and put away wet as home chalk during December behind head coach Jason Garrett going 2-8 ATS, including 0-4 ATS in division games. It ties in directly with Garrett’s god-awful 16-33 ATS career mark when laying points at home. If the Boys’ 3-13 ATS failure as hosts in this series in games where Philly does not sport a winning record – coupled with the AWESOME ANGLE on page 2– isn’t enough for you, we turn it over to THE CLINCHER: Garrett is 5-19 ATS in his career as a home favorite against foes coming off a win, including 0-15 ATS in games in which Dallas scored fewer than 30 points in its previous games.



Indianapolis over Houston 6

The scorching-hot Texans ride a 9-game win streak into this AFC South division dandy despite being outgained in four of those games (outstatted, 428-384 in win over the Browns last week). Nonetheless, the tall, tall Texans edged Indianapolis, 37-34, in overtime the final week of September – a win that started the current skein. However, they’ve struggled as a host in this series, going 1-4 SU and 0-4-1 ATS the past fi ve seasons. Meanwhile, the Colts were blanked last week but ride a nice 8-1 ITS streak into this contest. QB Andrew Luck counters that, though, with a sterling 9-2 SUATS mark in games when Indy is coming off a SUATS loss as a favorite. Better yet, he is 16-2 SUATS in his NFL career when coming off a loss behind a team with a win percentage of more than .333.