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By Jim Hurley:

Maybe you remember that old Sesame Street game where they showed a picture of a bunch of things and then asked you "which one doesn't belong"?
    
Well, if you did that with this weekend's NFL Divisional Playoff Games - and, of course, keeping in mind that we're down to the final eight teams - than you might make a knee-jerk reaction and claim the New York Jets (the #5 seed in the AFC) don't belong ... even if their head coach already has marked down on his personal calendar a "parade date" set for February 9th (yes, two days after Super Bowl XLIV).
    
When you stop and think that the New England Patriots, Green Bay Packers, Philadelphia Eagles and Cincinnati Bengals all have been extinguished from this year's post-season and the J-E-T-S are still standing, well, than it does take a little getting used to, right?
    
On the flip side there are the NFL teams that you felt - or even knew - would be playing in this round-of-right all year long.
    
Heck, from the beginning of this 2009 NFL Regular Season through the late stages of the campaign, you might even have wagered your bottom dollar that the New Orleans Saints (13-3) and the Indianapolis Colts (14-2) would at least be part of the NFL Championship Games next weekend and something still seems as if that's not the case then something will have gone terribly wrong here this weekend.
    
After all, the Saints were 13-and-oh before getting bonked on the heads inside the Louisiana Superdome by the Dallas Cowboys the Saturday before Christmas while the Colts went one further with a 14-and-oh SU (straightup) mark at the start before that highly-controversial but not highly-contested Week 16 loss to the Jets.
    
No doubt that a bunch of America will be root, root, rooting against Indianapolis in this year's post-season - the belief is that Indy "cheated" the football world by not gunning hard for a perfect season -- while there's a good chance much of the country will be pulling hard for the Saints who - despite that season-ending three-game losing streak - remained a terrific story all year long.
    
Just remember that - along with the woe-be-gone Detroit Lions - New Orleans remains one of only two NFC teams never to have played in a Super Bowl game.
    
So, will the #1 seeds in the NFC (New Orleans) and the AFC (Indianapolis) make it through this always-competitive post-season round? Stay tuned.
   
Jim Hurley and his Network of Handicappers and Bloggers will rock your pro football world with this weekend's Four (4) NFL Divisional Playoff Games and do remember there's NBA and NCAA Basketball too when you call us daily at our toll-free telephone # of 1-800-323-4453 or else simply when you log online right here.
    

NFL DIVISIONAL PLAYOFFS - SATURDAY'S GAMES

ARIZONA (11-6) at NEW ORLEANS (13-3) - 4:30 p.m. ET, Fox
    
Maybe the biggest question that pops up prior to this game is ...
    
Are the Saints the team that raced out to a 13-0 start this year or are they the team that lost three in a row to end the regular season (including back-to-back home losses against Dallas and Tampa Bay)?
    
No doubt that Sean Payton's club was the toast of the NFL universe for the first three-plus months of this current campaign as a high-flying offense - and opportunistic defense - shredded any/all comers as the Saints scored 30-or-more points in nine of their first 12 games but New Orleans' attack has come to a screeching halt late in the year (no game with more than 26 points in the team's final four tilts) and now everyone awaits the results following a much-needed bye week that could be the exact right tonic for this NFC South squad.
     
Quarterback Drew Brees (4,388 yards passing with 34 TDs and 11 INTs) received plenty of early-to-mid-season support for this year's MVP award but he couldn't keep the Saints' production at a sky-high level all year long. Now, Brees looks to start fast against a Cardinals defense that is still recovering from last week's action and a Saints team that averaged 31.9 points a game must do two things here: Make sure all the pass-catchers get involved early and make sure the team's at-times underrated ground game busts some big gainers when Brees is lined up in the shotgun formation.
    
On the flip side, Arizona has some of that playoff magic working for it - again - as last week's thrilling 51-45 overtime triumph over Green Bay featured the latest monster passing game from QB Kurt Warner (379 yards passing and 5 touchdown flings) plus now word is the Redbirds will be getting WR Anquan Boldin back in the lineup after he sat out last Sunday's game with knee/ankle woes.
    
If the likes of Boldin, WRs Larry Fitzgerald (6 catches for 82 yards and two TDs last weekend), Steve Breaston (7 receptions worth 125 yards last Sunday) and Early Doucet (6 catches for 77 yards and two scores) can show off more glue-fingered traits here than the defending NFC champs might just keep up this post-season magic that started a year ago.
     
Hey, a memo to the Cards here ... just don't ask your defense to win it late like they did in last week's wacky OT win against the Packers.
    
Spread Notes - New Orleans is 8-8 ATS (against the spread) overall this season and the Saints are 15-8 versus the vig as betting favorites while dating back to the start of the 2008 campaign. Note that N'Orleans has failed to cover its last three playoff appearances while tracing back to the 2000 season. On the flip side, Arizona is 10-7 against the odds overall this season including last weekend's aforementioned overtime win against Green Bay. In all, this year's Cardinals are a perfect 7-and-oh spreadwise as underdogs and 'Zona has covered its last 10 in a row as point-grabbers going back to the start of last year's playoffs.

ARIZONA

WEEK #

WINNER

SPREAD

LOSER

SCORE

#1

San Francisco

+ 5

ARIZONA

20-16

#2

Arizona

+ 3

JACKSONVILLE

 

#3

Indianapolis

+ 3

ARIZONA

31-10

#4

Bye Week

 

 

 

#5

ARIZONA

- 6

Houston

28-21

#6

Arizona

+ 3

SEATTLE

27-3

#7

Arizona

+ 8

NY GIANTS

24-7

#8

Carolina

+ 10

ARIZONA

34-21

#9

Arizona

+ 2

CHICAGO

41-21

#10

ARIZONA

- 8½

Seattle

31-20

#11

Arizona

- 9

ST. LOUIS

21-13

#12

TENNESSEE

- 3½

Arizona

20-17

#13

ARIZONA

+ 3½

Minnesota

30-17

#14

SAN FRANCISCO

+ 4

Arizona

 

#15

Arizona

 - 14

DETROIT

31-24

#16

ARIZONA

- 16½

St. Louis

31-10

#17

Green Bay

+ 3

ARIZONA

33-7

WC

ARIZONA

+ 3

Green Bay

51-45(ot)

NEW ORLEANS

WEEK #

WINNER

SPREAD

LOSER

SCORE

#1

NEW ORLEANS

- 14

Detroit

45-27

#2

New Orleans

- 3

PHILADELPHIA

48-22

#3

New Orleans

- 6

BUFFALO

27-7

#4

NEW ORLEANS

- 7½

New York Jets

24-10

#5

Bye Week

 

 

 

#6

NEW ORLEANS

- 3

New York Giants

48-27

#7

New Orleans

- 6½

MIAMI

46-34

#8

NEW ORLEANS

- 11

Atlanta

35-27

#9

NEW ORLEANS

- 11½

Carolina

30-20

#10

New Orleans

- 14

ST. LOUIS

28-23

#11

New Orleans

- 10½

TAMPA BAY

38-7

#12

NEW ORLEANS

- 2

New England

38-17

#13

New Orleans

- 9

WASHINGTON

33-30(ot)

#14

New Orleans

- 10

ATLANTA

26-23

#15

Dallas

+ 7½

NEW ORLEANS

24-17

#16

Tampa Bay

+ 14

NEW ORLEANS

20-17

#17

CAROLINA

- 10

New Orleans

23-10

 

 

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BALTIMORE (10-7) at INDIANAPOLIS (14-2) - 8:15 p.m. ET, CBS
    
Okay, so the Indy Colts made quite sure that "nobody's perfect" in this year's NFL - although it still would have been nice if they tried to be! - but now four-time league MVP Peyton Manning and mates will try to be perfect for just three more games and there's that age-old question nipping at Indianapolis' heels again: Will resting your players late in the year prove to be the wrong strategy?
      
The Colts scoff at that query but it will be interesting to see if Manning (4,500 yards passing with 33 TDs and 16 INTs) can get this offense jump-started after basically taking off the better part of the past three weeks. Manning will be looking to get Indy into a neat, working rhythm right from the start here but the Baltimore defense has other plans - you can expect lots of inside blitzes here to get Manning skitterish in the pocket and to force the Colts' RBs Joseph Addai and/or rookie Donald Brown to handle other things not simply related to running the ball.
    
If the Ravens - who are playing in a fourth consecutive road game here - wish to stay in contact with a Colts club that averages 26 points a game, then getting their mitts in Manning as often as possible is a key factor plus disrupting the pass routes of kid WRs Austin Collie and Pierre Garcon is also mucho important. If the Ravens have their way on "D", then LB Ray Lewis - a real star in last weekend's easy 33-14 AFC Wild Card win at New England - will be zoomed in on what and where Manning wants to do with the ball ... just as he seemingly knew last Sunday with Patriots slinger Tom Brady.
    
Could the fact that Baltimore's already faced Indianapolis this year (see 17-15 Colts win as 1 ½-point road favorites back in Week 11) play into the hands of the road underdogs here ... or might it be the reverse with Manning knowing better what's coming his way and when?
    
The lost-in-the-sauce part of this matchup is Baltimore's offense against the Indianapolis defense:
    
No doubt that last week's pedestrian passing stats (see 34 yards) by Ravens slinger Joe Flacco meant absolutely nothing 'cause the whole game plan there revolved around running the rock with RBs Ray Rice (22 carries for 159 yards and that spell-binding 83-yard scoring run to start things) and Willie McGahee (62 yards rushing on 20 totes) the offensive stars against New England but you can bet that Flacco will have to make some big plays in the passing game here and also avoid taking the big-time negative yardage play against fierce Colts pass rushers Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis.
    
Here's a prediction: The defense that collects more sack yardage wins!
    
Spread Notes - Indianapolis is 10-6 against the numbers this '09 season and that includes a 6-4 ATS mark versus non-AFC South foes and a 9-5 spread log when laying points. The Colts are a collective 7-8 vig-wise in all post-season affairs the past 10 years and that includes a 15-6 as 4-point dogs in Baltimore back in the Super Bowl-winning '06 season. Meanwhile, the Ravens are 9-7-1 vig-wise overall this year including last week's aforementioned 33-14 win at 3 ½-point fav New England. Note that Baltimore's 10-7-1 ATS as underdogs the past two years.

BALTIMORE

WEEK #

WINNER

SPREAD

LOSER

SCORE

#1

BALTIMORE

- 13

Kansas City

38-24

#2

Baltimore

+ 1

SAN DIEGO

31-26

#3

BALTIMORE

- 13½

Cleveland

34-3

#4

NEW ENGLAND

- 2

Baltimore

27-21

#5

Cincinnati

+ 9

BALTIMORE

17-14

#6

MINNESOTA

- 3

Baltimore

33-31

#7

Bye Week

 

 

 

#8

BALTIMORE

- 4½

Denver

30-7

#9

CINCINNATI

+ 3

Baltimore

17-7

#10

BALTIMORE

- 11

Cleveland

16-0

#11

Indianapolis

- 1½

BALTIMORE

17-15

#12

BALTIMORE

- 7½

Pittsburgh

20-17(ot)

#13

GREEN BAY

- 3½

Baltimore

27-14

#14

BALTIMORE

- 14

Detroit

48-3

#15

BALTIMORE

- 11

Chicago

31-7

#16

PITTSBURGH

- 3

Baltimore

23-20

#17

Baltimore

- 10

OAKLAND

21-13

WC

Baltimore

+ 3½

NEW ENGLAND

33-14

           

INDIANAPOLIS

WEEK #

WINNER

SPREAD

LOSER

SCORE

#1

INDIANAPOLIS

- 6

Jacksonville

14-12

#2

Indianapolis

- 3

MIAMI

27-23

#3

Indianapolis

+ 3

ARIZONA

31-10

#4

INDIANAPOLIS

- 10

Seattle

34-17

#5

Indianapolis

- 4

TENNESSEE

31-9

#6

Bye Week

 

 

 

#7

Indianapolis

- 14

ST. LOUIS

42-6

#8

INDIANAPOLIS

- 13

San Francisco

18-14

#9

INDIANAPOLIS

- 7½

Houston

20-17

#10

INDIANAPOLIS

- 2

New England

35-34

#11

Indianapolis

- 1½

BALTIMORE

17-15

#12

Indianapolis

- 3

HOUSTON

35-27

#13

INDIANAPOLIS

- 6

Tennessee

27-17

#14

INDIANAPOLIS

- 6½

Denver

28-16

#15

Indianapolis

- 3

JACKSONVILLE

35-31

#16

New York Jets

+ 3

INDIANAPOLIS

29-15

#17

BUFFALO

- 8

Indianapolis

30-7

 

COLLEGE BASKETBALL WEEKEND REPORT

Let's check in on the nation's top two teams -- and see if they have any reason to fret come Saturday's action:

TEXAS A&M (12-4, 1-1 Big 12) at #1 TEXAS (16-0, 2-0 Big 12) - 6 p.m. ET, ESPNU
    
The Longhorns started the week at #1 in the rankings for the first time in the school's hoops history - and they should end the week at #1 providing swingman Damion James keeps get help on the stat sheet.
    
In Wednesday's 90-83 non-cover win at 7 ½-point underdog Iowa State, James became the Big 12's career leader in rebounds (1,147) as he scored 23 points and grabbed 14 boards while holding a pesky Cyclones club at bay but the real energizer here was freshman guard Avery Bradley who poured in 16 of his game-high 24 points after intermission and kicked in 6 assists and 6 rebs to boot.
    
The Aggies, remember, are without G Derrick Roland who suffered a gruesome season-ending broken leg in a December game at Washington and these days A&M can't shoot straight as evidenced by the club's 5-of-38 mark in triple tries in its first two league games.

    
#2 KENTUCKY (17-0, 2-0 SEC) at AUBURN (9-8, 0-2 SEC) - 4 p.m. ET
    
Have they built a statue of Kentucky coach John Calipari yet?
    
The Bluegrass State faithful continue to go ga-ga over their first-year boss and - for that matter - their first-year mega-star guard John Wall (17.3 points a game) who may or may not already be the best all-around player in college basketball. Wall's crew is fresh off Tuesday's 89-77 win at Florida this past Tuesday night - Eric Bledsoe's 25 points paved the way to the winner's circle in that clash.
    
Auburn, meanwhile, melted down in Thursday's 81-55 loss at Tennessee as the Tigers were outscored 43-18 in the second half.

NOTE: Get Sunday's NFL Divisional Playoff Game Previews in the next edition of Jim Sez.

 

 

SUNDAY'S NFL DIVISIONAL PLAYOFFS - CATCH OUR JIM SEZ GAME PREVIEWS PLUS THE GAME-BY-GAME TEAM LOGS TOO

You know the deal:
    
It's never - ever - simply a case of "chalk city" when the NFL Divisional Playoffs roll around and we've all seen some real doozies in recent years such as Arizona's 33-13 win at 10-point favorite Carolina last season, the New York Giants' 21-17 triumph as 7 ½-point underdogs in Dallas two years ago and who can forget Pittsburgh's stunning 21-18 victory at 9 ½-point fav Indianapolis back in the 2005 season - and it's  funny how all three of those Divisional Playoff round big-time upset winners made it all the way to the Super Bowl  and the '07 Giants and '05 Steelers - of course - won it all.
    
So, might the here-and-now New York Jets - a touchdown underdog for their Sunday game at San Diego - be this year's "destiny's darlings"?
    
We shall see.
    
The NFL Divisional Playoff Previews - Sunday style - come your way in just a moment but first this important reminder:
    
Jim Hurley and his Network of Handicappers and Bloggers will continue to rock your NFL Playoff world with this weekend's Divisional Playoff Games and do remember there's NBA and NCAA Basketball too when you call us daily at our toll-free telephone # of 1-800-323-4453 or else simply when you log online right here.
    

NFL DIVISIONAL PLAYOFF PREVIEWS - THE SUNDAY GAMES

DALLAS (12-5) at MINNESOTA (12-4) - 1 p.m. ET, Fox
    
It's the sexiest playoff matchup of 'em all this weekend - it's "America's Team" versus "America's Quarterback", if you will.
    
Just don't tell anyone that the Dallas Cowboys haven't won a Super Bowl since 1995 and Minnesota QB Brett Favre hasn't won a Super Bowl since 1996 (as a member of the Green Bay Packers back then) - now that's a long time between drinks for a franchise that's always considered to be the league's most popular club and a gunslinger who's long been considered the favorite trigger-man in the NFL for close to two decades now.
    
Okay, so one of 'em is gonna fall by the proverbial wayside here and - surprise, surprise - it figures to be the team that runs the ball better and does more with their trips into the red zone. The Cowboys have turned away from banged-up RB Marion Barber III as their primary back and so the focus here is on second-year stud RB Felix Jones who rushed for 148 yards and one score (a 73-yard romp) in last weekend's easy 34-14 NFC Wild Card win against Philadelphia.
   
If Jones here can exceed the 100-yard mark - and average in the neighborhood of five yards a pop - then the Vikings' glitzy defense (allowing just 87.1 yards rushing per game and 19½ points per game) could be put on its heels.
    
On the flip side, Minnesota RB Adrian Peterson (1,383 yards rushing and 18 ground scores) can't afford to be downed for too many negative yardage plays and - consider this - the superstar back lost six fumbles this year (more than any other RB in the league) and if he loses one here it could spell the difference between a Minnesota date in the NFC Championship Game and a long, cold winter in the Twin Cities.
    
Keep in mind that Dallas has had some short-yardage and goal-line woes this year - while Minny has been more dynamic in the red zone while averaging 29.4 points a game. So, if all things are equal in the ground game, then the aforementioned Favre (4,202 passing yards with 33 TDs and 7 INTs in 2009) must step up and "settle things" for the NFC North crew with top targets WRs Sidney Rice (83 receptions and 8 TDs) and Percy Harvin (60 catches and 6 scores) ultra-important players here but you can fully expect a fierce Dallas pass rush starring NT Jay Ratliff to be barreling in on Favre every chance it gets.
    
If Favre is unable to wriggle out of the Cowboys' pass rush - one masterminded these days by head coach Wade Phillips -- then the Vikes must do the same to Dallas QB Tony Romo (4,483 yards passing with 26 TDs and 9 INTs) who threw for 244 yards with two TDs and 0 INTs last week against the Eagles. The Romo-to-WR Miles Austin combo is getting lots of media attention but if Minnesota doesn't contain TE Jason Witten here - especially on third-down plays - then the 'Boys could roll on to a fifth straight win.
    
Spread Notes - Dallas is 10-7 ATS (against the spread) overall this season and that includes a current season-high four-game spread winning streak. The Cowboys have covered half of their eight away games this year but the NFC East crew is 2-and-oh spreadwise as underdogs (outright wins at Philadelphia and New Orleans) after having gone 1-5 versus the vig as pups the previous two seasons. On the flip side, Minnesota is 9-6-1 against the odds this year and that includes a 5-2-1 spread log as home betting favorites. The Vikings split their 10 spread verdicts against non-divisional foes this season and note the last time these clubs clashed was back in 2007 when 9 ½-point home fav Dallas copped a 24-14 win/cover.
 

DALLAS

WEEK #

WINNER

SPREAD

LOSER

SCORE

#1

Dallas

- 5½

TAMPA BAY

34-21

#2

New York Giants

+ 3

DALLAS

33-31

#3

DALLAS

- 8½

Carolina

21-7

#4

DENVER

+ 2½

Dallas

17-10

#5

Dallas

- 7

KANSAS CITY

26-20(ot)

#6

Bye Week

 

 

 

#7

DALLAS

- 5

Atlanta

37-21

#8

DALLAS

- 10

Seattle

38-17

#9

Dallas

+ 3

PHILADELPHIA

20-16

#10

GREEN BAY

+ 3

Dallas

17-7

#11

DALLAS

- 10½

Washington

7-6

#12

DALLAS

- 13½

Oakland

24-7

#13

N.Y. GIANTS

+ 1½

Dallas

31-24

#14

San Diego

+ 3½

DALLAS

20-17

#15

Dallas

+ 7½

NEW ORLEANS

24-17

#16

Dallas

- 7

WASHINGTON

17-0

#17

DALLAS

- 3

Philadelphia

24-0

WC

DALLAS

- 3½

Philadelphia

34-14

MINNESOTA

WEEK #

WINNER

SPREAD

LOSER

SCORE

#1

Minnesota

- 4

CLEVELAND

34-20

#2

Minnesota

- 10

DETROIT

27-13

#3

MINNESOTA

- 6½

San Francisco

27-24

#4

MINNESOTA

- 4½

Green Bay

30-23

#5

Minnesota

- 10½

ST. LOUIS

38-10

#6

MINNESOTA

- 3

Baltimore

33-31

#7

PITTSBURGH

- 6

Minnesota

27-17

#8

Minnesota

+ 3½

GREEN BAY

38-26

#9

Bye Week

 

 

 

#10

MINNESOTA

- 17

Detroit

27-10

#11

MINENSOTA

- 10½

Seattle

35-9

#12

MINNESOTA

- 10½

Chicago

36-10

#13

ARIZONA

+ 3½

Minnesota

30-17

#14

MINNESOTA

- 6

Cincinnati

30-10

#15

CAROLINA

+ 8½

Minnesota

26-7

#16

CHICAGO

+ 8½

Minnesota

36-30(ot)

#17

MINNESOTA

- 8

New York Giants

44-7

           

NEW YORK JETS (10-7) at SAN DIEGO (13-3) - 4:40 p.m. ET, CBS
    
Are the San Diego Chargers the "forgotten team" in this weekend's NFL Divisional Playoffs?
    
Maybe that seems to be a silly question considering the AFC West champs are the hottest item in the league (see 11 consecutive victories) but with all the chatter about those one-time unbeatens (Indianapolis and New Orleans) and with the aforementioned Dallas-Minnesota clash gobbling up much of the weekend's headlines, the Bolts have taken a back seat to many other playoff teams - now we'll see if Norv Turner's team means business here.
    
Note that the SD Chargers have not lost a game since Oct. 19th - a 34-23 Monday Night Football game against Denver - but five of those wins since have come by a touchdown or less and the only team that San Diego beat during this run that's still alive is Dallas (see 20-17 triumph in Arlington back on Dec. 13th).
    
On the other side of the coin, the Jets have won their last three in a row although cynics (including us!) will claim that two of these games were basic forfeits as Indianapolis and Cincinnati laid down and played down in Week 16 and Week 17 tilts, respectively.
    
Still, Rex Ryan's club has a "feel-good" nature to 'em these days with much praise going to CB Darrelle Revis who leads the NFL's top-rated defense (just 14.8 points per game allowed this season) but can the 5-foot-11 Revis handle San Diego's taller wide receivers here? The Bolts - who average 28.4 points a game - no doubt are game-planning a heavy-duty aerial attack with QB Philip Rivers (4,254 yards passing with 28 TDs and 9 INTs) looking to hook up early and often with WR Vincent Jackson (68 catches and a 17.2 yards-per-catch average) and TE Antonio Gates (79 receptions and 8 TDs) and remember how this club has been a super-quick starter that normally puts its opponent on its heels faster than you can say Dan Fouts.
    
In an attack that no longer depends on RB LaDainian Tomlinson (730 yards rushing and 12 TDs this year) you better remember, however, that "L.T." has looked better and stronger in recent weeks and may have a bigger role than you might think here.
     
Finally, the Jets bring the NFL's best rushing attack into this tilt (172.2 yards rushing per) with the two-headed tandem of Thomas Jones and Shonn Greene (135 yards rushing in last week's 24-14 AFC Wild Card win against Cincinnati) looking to bang out big numbers against a slumbering SD rush defense but the Chargers figure to put eight men in the box here and force rookie QB Mark Sanchez (2,444 yards passing with 12 TDs and 20 INTs in the regular season and 12-of-15 for 182 yards passing last Saturday) to beat 'em.
    
Can the GQ-like slinger steal the show here against a Chargers secondary that has holes?
     
It's the $64,000 question on a weekend that - remember - always seems to produce at least one hair-raising upset.
    
Spread Notes - San Diego is 8-7-1 against the odds overall this year but the Chargers are a dandy 6-2-1 vig-wise since the start of November. Note that the AFC West crew is just 3-4-1 ATS as hosts and 5-4-1 vig-wise when playing non-divisional foes this year. Meanwhile, the New York Jets enter this playoff clash at 10-7 ATS overall this season including three consecutive covers coming in here and six spread wins in the team's last seven games. The Jets are 4-2 ATS when in the underdog role this year and 4-2 vig-wise when playing fellow playoff teams.
 

NEW YORK JETS

WEEK #

WINNER

SPREAD

LOSER

SCORE

#1

New York Jets

+ 4½

HOUSTON

24-7

#2

NEW YORK JETS

+ 3½

New England

16-9

#3

NEW YORK JETS

- 1

Tennessee

24-17

#4

NEW ORLEANS

- 7½

New York Jets

24-10

#5

MIAMI

+ 3

New York Jets

31-27

#6

Buffalo

+ 9½

NEW YORK JETS

16-13(ot)

#7

New York Jets

- 6

OAKLAND

38-0

#8

Miami

+ 3½

NEW YORK JETS

30-25

#9

Bye Week

 

 

 

#10

Jacksonville

+ 6½

NEW YORK JETS

24-22

#11

NEW ENGLAND

- 11

New York Jets

31-14

#12

NEW YORK JETS

- 3½

Carolina

17-6

#13

New York Jets

- 3½

BUFFALO (at Tor.)

19-13

#14

New York Jets

- 3½

TAMPA BAY

26-3

#15

Atlanta

+ 5½

NEW YORK JETS

10-7

#16

New York Jets

+ 3

INDIANAPOLIS

29-15

#17

NEW YORK JETS

- 10

Cincinnati

37-0

WC

New York Jets

+ 2½

CINCINNATI

24-14

 

SAN DIEGO

WEEK #

WINNER

SPREAD

LOSER

SCORE

#1

San Diego

- 10½

OAKLAND

24-20

#2

Baltimore

+ 1

SAN DIEGO

31-26

#3

SAN DIEGO

- 5

Miami

23-13

#4

PITTSBURGH

- 5½

San Diego

38-28

#5

Bye Week

 

 

 

#6

Denver

+ 3½

SAN DIEGO

34-23

#7

San Diego

- 5½

KANSAS CITY

37-7

#8

SAN DIEGO

- 16

Oakland

24-16

#9

San Diego

+ 5

NY GIANTS

21-20

#10

SAN DIEGO

- 1

Philadelphia

31-23

#11

San Diego

- 6

DENVER

32-3

#12

SAN DIEGO

- 13½

Kansas City

43-14

#13

San Diego

- 14

CLEVELAND

30-23

#14

San Diego

+ 3½

DALLAS

20-17

#15

SAN DIEGO

- 7

Cincinnati

27-24

#16

San Diego

+ 1½

TENNESSEE

42-17

#17

SAN DIEGO

- 3

Washington

23-20

    
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