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Monday Night Football Predictions
1Monday, 9/14Pittsburgh at NY Giants7:15pESPN
1Monday, 9/14Tennnese at Denver 10:10pESPN
2Monday, 9/21New Orleans at Las Vegas8:15pESPN
3Monday, 9/28Kansas City at Baltimore8:15pESPN
4Monday, 10/5Atlanta at Green Bay8:15pESPN
5Monday, 10/12LA Chargers at New Orleans8:15pESPN
6Monday, 10/19Arizona at Dallas8:15pESPN
7Monday, 10/26Chicago at LA Rams8:15pESPN
8Monday, 11/2Tampa Bay at NY Giants8:15pESPN
9Monday, 11/9New England at NY Jets8:15pESPN
10Monday, 11/16Minneosta at Chicago8:15pESPN
11Monday, 11/23LA Rams at Tampa Bay8:15pESPN
12Monday, 11/30Seattle at Philadelphia8:15pESPN
13Monday, 12/7Buffalo at San Francisco8:15pESPN
14Monday, 12/14Baltimore at Cleveland8:15pESPN
15Monday, 12/21Pittsburgh at Cincinnati8:15pESPN
16Monday, 12/28Buffalo at New England8:15pESPN
Monday Night Football Predictions

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Monday Night Football Betting Lines – Week 15 Packers @ Ravens

MNF Betting lines week 15SpreadMoney LineTotal PointsTeam Total Points
Mon 12/19331Green Bay Packers+3 -110+155Over 331/2 -110Over/Under 15 -115
9:05PM 332Baltimore Ravens-3 -110-175Under 331/2 -110Over/Under 18 -115
NFL Football Lines 1st HalfSpreadMoney LineTotal PointsTeam Total Points
Mon 12/19331Green Bay Packers+2 -110+130Over 161/2 -115Over/Under 71/2 +110
9:05PM332Baltimore Ravens-2 -110-150Under 161/2 -105Over/Under 9 -115
NFL Football 1st QuarterSpreadMoney LineTotal Points
Mon 12/19331Green Bay Packers+1/2 -135Over 61/2 -115
9:05PM332Baltimore Ravens-1/2+115Under 61/2 -105
NFL Football 2nd QuarterSpreadMoney LineTotal Points
Mon 12/19331Green Bay Packers+1/2 -125Over 91/2 -120
9:05PM332Baltimore Ravens-1/2+105Under 91/2 +100
NFL Football 3rd QuarterSpreadMoney LineTotal Points
Mon 12/19331Green Bay Packers+1/2-145Over 61/2 -135
9:05PM332Baltimore Ravens-1/2 +125Under 61/2 +115
NFL Football 4th QuarterSpreadMoney LineTotal Points
Mon 12/19331Green Bay Packers+1/2 -140Over 9 -105
9:05PM332Baltimore Ravens-1/2 +120Under 9 -115

Monday Night Football Betting Picks Week 15: Green Bay Packers at Baltimore Ravens

Baltimore, MD (Sports Network) – There will be no playoff implications when the Baltimore Ravens play host to the Green Bay Packers at M&T; Bank Stadium on Monday night, but there will be at least one reason to watch.

He wears No. 4.

Future Hall-of-Famer Brett Favre will be trying to lead the Pack to its first two-game winning streak of what has been a difficult 2005 season, while going up against a Baltimore defense that still ranks as one of the best in the league. Despite his team’s dismal 3-10 record, Favre entered Week 15 still very much in possession of his all-worldly powers, as the living legend ranked atop the NFC list in passing yards with 3,161.

Green Bay snapped a three-game losing streak with a 16-13 overtime win over the Lions last week, pulling the Packers within striking distance of Detroit for third place in the NFC North.

Baltimore will be hoping that some of Favre’s magic might rub off on its own quarterback, Kyle Boller. Boller committed three turnovers in last week’s 12-10 loss to the Broncos, wasting the effort of a defense that held the Denver offense in check for four quarters. The Week 14 defeat clinched the Ravens’ first losing season since 2002.

Green Bay has a 2-0 edge in its all-time series with Baltimore, taking down the Ravens at Lambeau Field in 1998 (28-10) and 2001 (31-23). The Packers will be visiting Baltimore for the first time since 1982, when they played the Colts to a 20-20 tie at Memorial Stadium. Green Bay last won in Baltimore in 1974, and a Baltimore-based NFL team last defeated the Packers in 1970.

Packers head coach Mike Sherman is 1-0 in his career against Baltimore. The Ravens’ Brian Billick is 0-1 against both Sherman and the Packers as a head coach.

PACKERS OFFENSE VS. RAVENS DEFENSE

Favre (3161 passing yards, 19 TD, 22 INT) has put the Packers’ offense on his back this season, and while his gun-slinger mentality has led to an NFL-high 22 interceptions, the veteran has also made more plays than most signal- callers in the league would have with a similar supporting cast. Pressure has caused Favre to force a large number of throws, and the fact that he has absorbed an NFC-low 19 sacks shows that he is more interested in taking risks than worrying about potential mistakes. Favre was 21-of-31 for 170 yards and an interception in the win over the Lions, just the fourth time this season he has failed to throw a touchdown pass. Starting wideouts Donald Driver (71 receptions, 5 TD) and Robert Ferguson (26 receptions, 3 TD) were quiet in the game, with Driver catching four passes for 32 yards and Ferguson adding two catches for 28 yards. Tight ends David Martin (24 receptions, 3 TD) and Donald Lee (26 receptions, 3 TD) were just as heavily involved, as Martin had five catches for 38 yards and Lee logged three grabs for 20. Favre carries a 75.4 passer rating into Monday’s game, and the Packers are eighth in the league in passing offense (233.8 yards per game).

While the prospect of the chance-taking Favre going up against the play-making Ravens secondary might have once had Baltimore fans foaming at the mouth, the Ravens have this season been a shell of their former exciting selves in that regard. The team ranks near the bottom of the league with just seven interceptions on the year, including none by strong safety and 2004 NFL Defensive Player of the Year Ed Reed. Reed (25 tackles), who led the league with nine picks last season, missed most of the year with a high ankle sprain but has been back in the lineup for the last two games. Reed had three tackles against the Broncos. Elsewhere in the secondary, cornerback Samari Rolle (29 tackles) forced a Ron Dayne fumble that was recovered by end Terrell Suggs (53 tackles, 5 sacks, 2 INT). The Ravens had two sacks of Jake Plummer last Sunday, including a team-leading sixth for outside linebacker Adalius Thomas (66 tackles, 2 INT). Despite a general absence of big plays, the Baltimore defense ranks a respectable seventh in NFL passing defense (183.5 yards per game).

In recent wins over the Falcons and Lions, Favre has had much of the pressure lifted from his shoulders by rookie running back Samkon Gado (537 rushing yards, 9 receptions, 7 TD). The Liberty product carried 29 times for a career- high 171 yards and a touchdown versus Detroit, the third 100-yard outing in the last five games for the youngster. Gado was spelled by Tony Fisher (108 rushing yards, 30 receptions, 2 TD) in the contest, but Fisher netted zero yards on his four carries. Elsewhere in the backfield, trusty fullback William Henderson (26 receptions) caught four passes for a team-high-tying 38 yards in the triumph. Despite the recent emergence of Gado, the Packers rank a distant 30th in the league in rushing offense (85.5 yards per game).

Baltimore did a good job of limiting the vaunted Broncos’ running game last week, holding three Denver running backs to just 91 ground yards on 28 carries in the tilt. The Ray Lewis-less linebacking corps of Tommy Polley (75 tackles, 3 INT), Bart Scott (67 tackles, 4 INT), and Thomas has been effective all season, and combined for 24 tackles in the Denver win. The team’s run-stopping abilities in the trenches have been less consistent, though tackles Kelly Gregg (48 tackles, 2 sacks) and Maake Kemoeatu (33 tackles) have each had their moments. The duo combined for nine stops against the Broncos last Sunday. The Ravens are 14th in the league in rushing defense (106.8 yards per game) as Week 15 commences.

RAVENS OFFENSE VS. PACKERS DEFENSE

The city of Baltimore’s reception for quarterback Kyle Boller (1106 passing yards, 5 TD, 9 INT) doesn’t figure to be particularly warm on Monday night, as the turnover-prone signal-caller has been among the chief scapegoats for the Ravens’ disappointing season. Boller did little to endear himself to Baltimore fans in the Denver loss, when he threw two key interceptions and lost a fumble despite completing an otherwise respectable 23-of-39 passes for a season-high 251 yards and a touchdown. Boller’s meltdown overshadowed a breakout game from rookie wideout Mark Clayton (34 receptions, 1 TD), who caught seven passes for 105 yards and scored the team’s only TD of the day. No. 1 receiver Derrick Mason (69 receptions, 2 TD) added six receptions for 63 yards in the contest, and former Pro Bowl tight end Todd Heap (60 receptions, 4 TD) logged five catches for 65 yards. Boller was sacked just twice by the Broncos, but the Ravens line has allowed 38 sacks on the year. Baltimore is 23rd in the league in passing offense (186 yards per game).

NFL observers might be surprised to learn that the Packers rank first in NFL passing defense (163.3 yards per game) as Week 15 begins, which has as much to do with short fields and late-game coasting by opposing offenses as it does with strong play by the Green Bay secondary and/or pass rush. Cornerbacks Al Harris (40 tackles, 3 sacks, 2 INT) and Ahmad Carroll (37 tackles, 2 INT) have done a serviceable job for the Pack this season, as have safeties Mark Roman (75 tackles, 1 INT) and Nick Collins (64 tackles, 1 INT). Roman ranked among team leaders with six tackles against the Lions, and Harris and Collins pitched in with four apiece. The Green Bay pass rush did not manage a sack of Jeff Garcia on Sunday night, but has 30 on the season. Ends Aaron Kampman (66 tackles, 6.5 sacks) and Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila (42 tackles, 5 sacks) are 1-2 on the team in sacks.

One of the big questions for the Ravens on Monday night is whether former Pro Bowl running back Jamal Lewis (638 rushing yards, 25 receptions, 3 TD) feels like suiting up for his team. The disgruntled Lewis, who is averaging just 3.1 yards per carry this year and has only one 100-yard game in ’05, sat out the Denver loss with a mysterious hand injury. Backup Chester Taylor (399 rushing yards, 34 receptions, 1 TD) didn’t do much to compensate for Lewis’ absence, managing just 59 yards on 20 carries and catching three passes for another 14 yards out of the backfield. Ovie Mughelli started his second straight game for the Ravens at fullback, but did not have a catch or a carry. Billick’s crew is 25th in the league in rushing offense (92.8 yards per game).

Green Bay enters Week 15 ranked 24th in NFL rushing defense (122.7 yards per game), but did a solid job against Detroit’s running backs last week. Lions rushers Kevin Jones, Artose Pinner, and Shawn Bryson combined for a modest 104 yards on 27 carries in the contest. Middle linebacker Nick Barnett (116 tackles, 1 sack, 1 INT), who entered Week 15 as the NFC leader in tackles, had a team-high 11 stops versus Detroit. Fellow LB Paris Lenon (47 tackles, 1.5 sacks) added three tackles in the game. Up front, the Packers have used a three-man rotation of Grady Jackson (42 tackles, 1 sack), Colin Cole (35 tackles, 2 sacks), and Cullen Jenkins (29 tackles, 2 sacks) at the point of attack. Jackson led that group with four tackles against the Lions, including a stop of Garcia on a critical fourth-down play at the goal line.

OVERALL ANALYSIS

The Ravens have had a terrible year, but have shown a penchant for knocking out inferior opponents on their home field. The Jets, Browns, Texans, and a depleted Steelers team all left M&T Bank Stadium as losers, with the Baltimore defense keeping all of the above at arm’s length while the offense made a big play or two. Look for the Ravens to follow that formula on Monday night, as Favre forces one too many passes and Boller and company cash in on a couple of short fields.

Predicted Outcome: Ravens 19, Packers 14


NFL Monday Night Football Odds

NFL Football Betting linesSpreadMoney
Line
Total Points
Sat 12/17301Tampa Bay Buccaneers+41/2 -110+180Over 36 -110
1:30PM302New England Patriots-41/2 -110-220Under 36 -110
Sat 12/17303Kansas City Chiefs+3 -110+120Over 48 -110
5:00PM304New York Giants-3 -110-140Under 48 -110
Sat 12/17305Denver Broncos-9 -110-400Over 341/2 -110
8:30PM306Buffalo Bills+9 -110+320Under 341/2 -110
Sun 12/18307Pittsburgh Steelers-31/2-110-180Over 401/2 -110
1:00PM308Minnesota Vikings+31/2 -110+160Under 401/2 -110
Sun 12/18309San Diego Chargers+81/2 -110+290Over 51 -110
1:00PM310Indianapolis Colts-81/2 -110-350Under 51 -110
Sun 12/18311San Francisco 49ers+16 -110Over 371/2 -110
1:00PM312Jacksonville Jaguars-16 -110Under 371/2 -110
Sun 12/18313Seattle Seahawks-71/2-110-320Over 45 -110
1:00PM314Tennessee Titans+71/2-110+260Under 45 -110
Sun 12/18315Arizona Cardinals-11/2-110-125Over 421/2 -110
1:00PM316Houston Texans+11/2 -110+105Under 421/2 -110
Sun 12/18317New York Jets+9 -110+335Over 351/2 -110
1:00PM318Miami Dolphins-9 -110-425Under 351/2 -110
Sun 12/18319Carolina Panthers-91/2 -110-425Over 40 -110
1:00PM320New Orleans Saints+91/2 -110+335Under 40 -110
Sun 12/18321Dallas Cowboys+21/2 -110+120Over 351/2 -110
4:15PM322Washington Redskins-21/2-110-140Under 351/2 -110
Sun 12/18323Cincinnati Bengals-9 -110-360Over 431/2 -110
4:05PM324Detroit Lions+9 -110+300Under 431/2 -110
Sun 12/18325Cleveland Browns+3 -110+140Over 40 -110
4:05PM326Oakland Raiders-3 -110-160Under 40 -110
Sun 12/18327Philadelphia Eagles+31/2 -110+155Over 43 -110
1:00PM328St Louis Rams-31/2 -110-175Under 43 -110
Sun 12/18329Atlanta Falcons+3 +100+155Over 311/2 -110
8:30PM330Chicago Bears-3 -120-175Under 311/2-110
Mon 12/19331Green Bay Packers+31/2 -110Over 33 -110
9:05PM332Baltimore Ravens-31/2-110Under 33 -110

Monday Night Football Spread – Atlanta Falcons 36 – New Orleans Saints 17

Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) – Michael Vick threw for a touchdown and ran for two scores before leaving with bruised ribs, as the Atlanta Falcons defeated the New Orleans Saints, 36-17, at the Georgia Dome.

Vick left in the fourth quarter shortly after a roughing the passer penalty on linebacker Ronald McKinnon and did not return. He finished 12-of-23 for 231 yards and an interception through the air, and added 38 yards rushing.

X-rays on his ribs were negative, and he is expected to suit up against the Bears next Sunday night in Chicago.

“Right now we figure he’ll be good to go Sunday night,” Falcons head coach Jim Mora Jr. said. “When you’re Mike Vick and your team needs you, the guy shows up. He’s a great one.”

Roddy White hauled in a 54-yard touchdown pass for Atlanta (8-5), which snapped a two-game home losing streak. The Falcons remain one game back in the NFC South behind Carolina and Tampa Bay, and share an identical record with fellow wild-card contenders Dallas and Minnesota.

Aaron Brooks went 27-of-46 for 219 yards with a TD for the Saints (3-10), who have lost eight of nine. Antowain Smith rushed for 60 yards and a score on 11 carries, and Joe Horn caught five balls for 54 yards in the loss.

“Like coach (Jim Haslett) said, if you see anyone out there quitting in practice or quitting in the game, then he will put somebody else out there that wants to be out there and play,” Smith said. “As professionals we have to swallow our pride and go out there and try to win these last three games.”

Atlanta, which held just a four-point lead at intermission, finally got some breathing room midway through the third quarter courtesy of a 17-yard Vick TD run. The Saints were forced to punt from their own two on the previous possession, setting the Falcons up at the opponent’s 48. Vick found Alge Crumpler for a 31-yard gain on first down, then darted off the right end on the next play to put his team up 28-17.

The defense got into the act with 40 seconds to play in the third, registering their first two sacks of the game en route to a pivotal safety. Darrell Shropshire dropped Brooks in the backfield for a six-yard loss that pinned the Saints back at their own two, then Antwan Lake tripped the signal-caller up in the end zone to make it 30-17.

With Atlanta driving again early in the fourth quarter, McKinnon leveled a vulnerable Vick after he released a pass, and was called for roughing the passer. Vick stayed in the game to lead his team down the field for a 43-yard Todd Peterson field goal, but then headed into the locker room and did not return.

With backup Matt Schaub at the helm, the Falcons put together a drive in the final minutes and capped the scoring with a 20-yard Peterson field goal.

The first half featured wild back-and forth action, with the Falcons taking a 21-17 lead into the locker room.

Atlanta struck first, needing just three plays to capitalize on a Saints turnover. Horn hauled in a pass and gained 19 yards on New Orleans’ opening possession, but was stripped at the end of the play. DeAngelo Hall picked up the ball and raced 20 yards down to the opponent’s 12. T.J. Duckett later plowed in from a yard out to make it 7-0.

The Saints responded with a 14-play, 51-yard drive that resulted in a 47-yard John Carney field goal. The march lasted 7:17, but stalled after a holding penalty and two straight Brooks incompletions.

New Orleans, though, got into the end zone early in the second quarter after Jason Craft intercepted Vick and returned it to the Atlanta six-yard line. Vick tried to make a tackle and came up gingerly. In his postgame interview, Vick said that was when he originally got injured.

“When I made the tackle I landed on the guy’s foot, right on my ribs,” Vick said. “I was able to continue to play, but I took that last shot and kind of fell on it and reaggravated it a little bit.”

On 1st-and-goal Smith rumbled up the middle and found pay dirt to give the Saints a three-point edge.

Atlanta reclaimed the advantage with a 10-play, 74-yard charge, which was capped by a two-yard Vick run. The signal-caller raced to his left on a bootleg and dove toward the pylon for the score. The play was not originally ruled a touchdown, but replay showed that Vick managed to get his right hand inside the cone as he soared out of bounds.

The Falcons deployed some trickery to take a 21-10 lead with two minutes remaining in the half. Warrick Dunn took a direct snap on first down from the 46 and then fed it to Vick, who launched it to White for a 54-yard TD.

“These guys are stepping up,” Vick said of Atlanta’s offense. “They’ll continue to step up. They’ll continue to get better. I’m very excited about this group. We don’t need anybody else. We have to keep working with the guys we’ve got, keep believing in them.”

The Saints pulled to within four with just 11 seconds on the first half clock, as Brooks found Az-Zahir Hakim in the corner of the end zone from nine yards out to complete the nine-play, 90-yard drive.

Game Notes

New Orleans wrapped up the last place in the NFC South with the loss…Lake left the game with a shoulder injury…Saints linebacker Sedrick Hodge left the game with an ankle injury…Atlanta leads the all-time regular-season series with New Orleans, 43-30, and was a 34-31 winner when the teams last met, in San Antonio, in Week 6…Haslett is 6-6 against the Falcons since taking the helm in 2000. Mora is 3-1 against both Haslett and the Saints as a head coach.


NFL Monday Night Football Over Under and Betting Lines for week 14

NFL Monday Night Football Betting Lines – Week 14
New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons Monday Night Football Odds
Lines Effective: 12/12/2005 10:49:15 AM

MNF Football Betting lines, NFL Football betting lines for 1st Half and every quarter of the Monday Night Football game. Seattle Seahawks at Philadelphia Eagles on MNF betting lines.

MNF Betting lines week 14SpreadMoney
Line
Total Points
Mon 12/12291New Orleans Saints+11 -110+450Over 441/2 -110
9:00PM292Atlanta Falcons-11 -110-600Under 441/2 -110
Monday Night Football 1st Half oddsSpreadTotal Points
Mon 12/12291New Orleans Saints+7 -115Over 211/2 +115
9:00PM292Atlanta Falcons-7 -105Under 211/2 -105
NFL Football 1st Quarter LinesSpreadTotal Points
Mon 12/12291New Orleans Saints+3 -115Over 71/2 +100
9:00PM292Atlanta Falcons-3 -105Under 71/2 -120
NFL Football 2nd Quarter BettingSpreadTotal Points
Mon 12/12291New Orleans Saints-31/2 -115Over 131/2 -105
9:00PM292Atlanta Falcons+31/2 -105Under 131/2 -115
NFL Football 3rd Quarter OddsSpreadTotal Points
Mon 12/12291New Orleans Saints-3 -125Over 9 -110
9:00PM292Atlanta Falcons+3 +105Under 9-110
NFL Football 4th Quarter LinesSpreadTotal Points
Mon 12/12291New Orleans Saints-3 -130Over 13 +105
9:00PM292Atlanta Falcons+3 +110Under 13 -125


Monday Night Football Line – New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons – Week 14

(Sports Network) – When the Atlanta Falcons welcome the New Orleans Saints to the Georgia Dome on Monday night, Michael Vick and company will be hoping that bad things don’t really happen in threes.

The Falcons have lost the last two times they have taken the field in Atlanta, dropping consecutive decisions to the Packers (33-25) and Buccaneers (30-27) on Nov. 13th and 20th. Those defeats dealt a blow to the Falcons’ chances in both the NFC South and Wild Card races, prospects that took another hit with last Sunday’s 24-6 loss to the Panthers. At 7-5, Jim Mora’s team remains in the thick of the Wild Card race, but is currently behind the eight-ball in that quest due to a mediocre 4-4 conference record.

New Orleans, which will wrap up last place in the NFC South with a loss on Monday, would likely swap appendages for the type of adversity Atlanta is currently experiencing. The Saints, who were forced from their home in New Orleans this season due to the destruction caused by Hurricane Katrina, slipped to 3-9 with last Sunday’s 10-3 “home” loss in Baton Rouge. Jim Haslett’s squad has dropped seven of its last eight games.

SERIES HISTORY

Atlanta leads the all-time regular season series with New Orleans, 42-30, and was a 34-31 winner when the teams last met, in San Antonio on Week 6. The teams split a home-and-home last season, with the visiting team losing both contests. The Saints last won in Atlanta in 2003, a 45-17 triumph at the Georgia Dome.

In addition to the regular season series, the teams have faced off once in the postseason, with Atlanta winning a 27-20 road affair in a 1991 NFC First-Round Playoff.

Haslett is 6-5 against the Falcons since taking the helm in 2000. Atlanta’s Mora is 2-1 against both Haslett and the Saints as a head coach.

SAINTS OFFENSE VS. FALCONS DEFENSE

Coming off perhaps his worst outing of the season is Saints quarterback Aaron Brooks (2663 passing yards, 12 TD, 17 INT), who threw a season-high four interceptions in the loss to the Buccaneers. Brooks finished 18-of-34 passing for 215 yards, wiping away the progress that the signal-caller seemed to have made in a three-touchdown effort against the Jets on week earlier. Still struggling to regain his previous Pro Bowl form is wideout Joe Horn (36 receptions, 1 TD), who has battled hamstring problems all season. Horn had two catches for 40 yards against the Bucs. The Saints’ leading receiver this year has been Donte’ Stallworth (52 receptions, 6 TD), but Stallworth was held to three catches for 20 yards against Tampa Bay. Third wideout Devery Henderson (18 receptions, 2 TD) was more productive that both Horn and Stallworth, hauling in three grabs for 42 yards. Tight end Zach Hilton (18 receptions, 1 TD) contributed four catches for 50 yards to the proceedings. Brooks was sacked twice by the Buccaneers, and has now been dropped a total of 30 times on the season. The Saints were 16th in NFL passing offense (207.7 yards per game) as Week 14 begins.

Brooks will this week have to contend with an Atlanta pass rush that ranks among NFL leaders with 30 sacks on the season, and will be looking for a big night after failing to sack Carolina’s Jake Delhomme last Sunday. The Falcons will get a boost this week if end Brady Smith (8 tackles, 3 sacks), who has missed the last five games with a knee injury, can return to the lineup. Smith is considered questionable for Monday. Also looking to break through to Brooks will be tackle Rod Coleman (28 tackles, 8.5 sacks) and end Patrick Kerney (36 tackles, 5.5 sacks), who are 1-2 on the team in sacks. The Falcons will undergo a shift in the secondary this week, with Ronnie Heard (11 tackles) replacing the benched Bryan Scott (59 tackles, 1 sack) at free safety. Elsewhere in the secondary, cornerbacks DeAngelo Hall (55 tackles, 5 INT) and Jason Webster (60 tackles, 1 INT) will match up with Horn and Stallworth. Hall ranked among team leaders with seven tackles last Sunday. The Falcons are 15th in the league in passing defense (199 yards per game).

One of the most surprising elements of the Saints’ season is that the team has been somewhat effective running the football despite the absence of top rusher Deuce McAllister (knee). Backups Antowain Smith (486 rushing yards, 2 TD) and Aaron Stecker (254 rushing yards, 21 receptions) have both had their moments, though neither made much of an impact in the Tampa Bay loss. Smith carried 18 times for a team-high 49 yards, and Stecker could muster just five yards on as many carries. Last Sunday also marked the first carry as a Saint for former Bear and Cowboy Anthony Thomas, who managed two yards on his only tote of the day. New Orleans is a modest 16th in the league in rushing offense (112.6 yards per game).

The Falcons rank just 21st in the NFL against the run (117.2 yards per game), and come off a week in which they allowed Carolina running back DeShaun Foster to scamper for a season-high 131 yards. Linebackers Keith Brooking (85 tackles, 3 INT, 2.5 sacks), Demorrio Williams (103 tackles, 3 sacks, 2 INT), and Michael Boley (42 tackles) have had their struggles this season, and will be seeking a better effort than they posted last time against New Orleans. The Saints racked up a season-high 211 ground yards in that game. Brooking and Williams combined for 21 tackles in last week’s loss to the Panthers. Atlanta also needs a stronger push up front from run-stuffers Coleman (28 tackles) and Chad Lavalais (21 tackles, 1.5 sacks). The duo combined for just two stops against the Panthers, but fellow tackle Jonathan Babineaux (22 tackles, 0.5 sacks) came off the bench to notch five stops.

FALCONS OFFENSE VS. SAINTS DEFENSE

Job number one for the Atlanta offense on Monday night will be establishing a running game that ranks No. 1 in the NFL (177.8 yards per game). The Falcons fell far short of their average in last week’s loss to Carolina, a game in which they fell behind early and were forced to pass more than usual. Running back Warrick Dunn (1174 rushing yards, 23 receptions, 4 TD) rushed 16 times for 80 yards in the loss, also adding a six-yard catch out of the backfield. T.J. Duckett (341 rushing yards, 6 TD) spelled Dunn with four carries totaling just four yards in the game. Perhaps the most electrifying aspect of the team’s running game, quarterback Michael Vick (461 rushing yards, 4 TD), has been limited in recent weeks by Vick’s lingering knee strain. Vick had a season-low three rush attempts against the Panthers, totaling 36 yards.

Dunn and the Atlanta running game should have little trouble finding room while working against a New Orleans defense that is just 28th in the league against the run (136.4 yards per game). The Saints’ linebacking corps of Ronald McKinnon (54 tackles), Colby Bockwoldt (66 tackles) and Sedrick Hodge (51 tackles) has had its struggles this season, and has provided precious few big plays. Tampa Bay running backs Cadillac Williams and Michael Pittman combined for 136 ground yards against the group last week. McKinnon ranked among team leaders with eight tackles in the game. New Orleans will be seeking a better effort from both the linebackers and from its run-stuffers at the point of attack, namely tackles Brian Young (42 tackles), Charles Grant (41 tackles, 2.5 sacks), and Willie Whitehead (27 tackles, 0.5 sacks). Each member of the trio was credited with three tackles against Tampa Bay last week.

The Falcons enter Week 14 ranked 28th in the NFL in passing offense (163.5 yards per game), and will try to be more consistent in the throwing game than they were in last week’s loss to the Panthers. In that loss, Vick (1783 passing yards, 12 TD, 9 INT) completed 17-of-35 passes for 171 yards, throwing a pair of interceptions and suffering five sacks in the game. Vick’s 39.1 passer rating was his second-lowest of the season. Top wideouts Brian Finneran (38 receptions, 2 TD), Michael Jenkins (23 receptions, 2 TD) and Roddy White (19 receptions, 1 TD) were all involved in the loss, though none was able to provide the big play. Finneran posted a team-high four catches for 31 yards; Jenkins logged three catches for 32 yards; and the rookie Roddy White had three receptions for 35 yards. Tight end Alge Crumpler (53 receptions, 5 TD), who leads Atlanta in all receiving categories, was limited to three catches for 52 yards. The Falcon line has allowed 29 sacks on the season.

The strength of the Saints defense this season has been its ability to defend the pass, as the unit ranks third in the NFL against aerial attacks (171.8 yards per game) as Week 14 commences. That statistic has had something to do with pressure, as ends Darren Howard (33 tackles, 3.5 sacks) and Will Smith (46 tackles, 7.5 sacks) have limited opposing quarterbacks in their time to throw downfield. Smith had the only New Orleans sack against Tampa Bay, boosting his team-leading total in that category. Matching up with the Falcons receivers this week will be cornerbacks Mike McKenzie (41 tackles, 1 INT) and Fred Thomas (58 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 INT), both of whom have played reasonably well this season. Safeties Dwight Smith (51 tackles, 2 INT, 1 sack) and Josh Bullocks (49 tackles, 1 INT) combined for seven tackles in the loss to Tampa Bay.

OVERALL ANALYSIS

Atlanta will come into this game knowing full well that a loss will mean lights out for the team’s playoff hopes. Luckily, the Falcons match up well with the fading Saints. Dunn and Duckett should find plenty of running room against the weak New Orleans run-stopping unit, and a strong Atlanta pass rush should be able to force Brooks into some of his customary mistakes. Look for the Falcons to go up early and keep the Saints at arm’s length thereafter.

NFL Monday Night Football Point Spread- Odds, betting, Totals

Lines effective: 12/8/2005 11:51:28 AM

NFL Football Odds week 14SpreadMoney
Line
Total Points
Sun 12/11261Tampa Bay Buccaneers+6 -110+190Over 36 -110
1:00PM262Carolina Panthers-6 -110-230Under 36 -110
Sun 12/11263New England Patriots-41/2 -110-210Over 37 -110
1:00PM264Buffalo Bills+41/2 -110+175Under 37 -110
Sun 12/11265St Louis Rams+7 -110+240Over 45 -110
1:00PM266Minnesota Vikings-7 -110-280Under 45 -110
Sun 12/11267Chicago Bears+6 -110+210Over 301/2 -110
1:00PM268Pittsburgh Steelers-6 -110-250Under 301/2 -110
Sun 12/11269Oakland Raiders-3 +105-140Over 371/2 -110
1:00PM270New York Jets+3 -125+120Under 371/2 -110
Sun 12/11271Indianapolis Colts-91/2 -110-400Over 42 -110
1:00PM272Jacksonville Jaguars+91/2 -110+320Under 42 -110
Sun 12/11273Houston Texans+61/2 -110+240Over 44 -110
1:00PM274Tennessee Titans-61/2 -110-280Under 44 -110
Sun 12/11275Cleveland Browns+13 -110+700Over 43 -110
1:00PM276Cincinnati Bengals-13 -110-1000Under 43 -110
Sun 12/11277Washington Redskins-41/2 -110-200Over 401/2 -110
4:05PM278Arizona Cardinals+41/2 -110+170Under 401/2 -110
Sun 12/11279New York Giants-8 -110-420Over 37-110
4:05PM280Philadelphia Eagles+8 -110+330Under 37 -110
Sun 12/11281San Francisco 49ers+16 -110BETOver 43 -110
4:05PM282Seattle Seahawks-16 -110BETUnder 43 -110
Sun 12/11283Miami Dolphins+131/2 -110BETOver 45 -110
4:15PM284San Diego Chargers-131/2 -110BETUnder 45 -110
Sun 12/11285Baltimore Ravens+15 -110BETOver 40 -110
4:15PM286Denver Broncos-15 -110BETUnder 40 -110
Sun 12/11287Kansas City Chiefs+3 -120+130Over 431/2 -110
4:15PM288Dallas Cowboys-3 +100-150Under 431/2 -110
Sun 12/11289Detroit Lions+61/2 -110+210Over 35 -110
8:30PM290Green Bay Packers-61/2 -110-250Under 35 -110
Mon 12/12291New Orleans Saints+101/2 -110BETOver 44 -110
9:00PM292Atlanta Falcons-101/2 -110BETUnder 44 -110

NFL Monday Night Picks – Preview week 13 – Seattle Sea hawks at Philadelphia Eagles

For the Philadelphia Eagles, who will host the Seattle Seahawks on Monday, it is back to the scene of the crime.

It was in a Monday Night game at Lincoln Financial Field just three short weeks ago when the Eagles absorbed one of the most troubling losses in franchise history. Philadelphia blew a 20-7 lead against the visiting Dallas Cowboys in the final minutes, with a 46-yard interception return for a touchdown by Dallas safety Roy Williams providing the dagger in a 21-20 Eagles loss. Twisting the knife was the season-ending groin injury suffered on that play by quarterback Donovan McNabb, an injury that further diminished any chance Philadelphia might have had to claim its fifth straight NFC East title.

The Birds continue to cling to hope in the division race, as they can remain within two games of the East top slot with a win over the Seahawks. Philadelphia is 1-1 since McNabb’s injury, with backup quarterback Mike McMahon engineering a 19-14 home triumph over the Packers last Sunday.

The Seahawks find themselves in much better shape than their opponent heading into Week 13. The Hawks’ 9-2 record puts them in the driver’s seat for homefield advantage in the NFC, and they also come into the Linc carrying a seven-game win streak, the longest for the team since winning eight straight in 1984. Mike Holmgren’s club won a 24-21 overtime thriller over the Giants last week.

SERIES HISTORY

Philadelphia owns a 6-3 advantage in its all-time series with Seattle, and was a 27-20 road winner when the teams last met, in 2002. Seattle has lost two in a row against Philly since last defeating them, 38-0, at Veterans Stadium in the 1998 season-opener. The Eagles are 2-1 against the Hawks at home, last defeating Seattle in the City of Brotherly Love in 1989.

Eagles head coach Andy Reid is 2-0 in his career against the Seahawks, with both wins coming on the road. Seattle’s Holmgren is 3-5 in his career against the Eagles, including 0-2 since coming to the Seahawks. Holmgren is 0-2 head- to-head against Reid, who served on Holmgren’s Green Bay Packers staff from 1992 through 1998.

OVERALL ANALYSIS

The Eagles’ win over Green Bay last week, coupled with losses for the Cowboys and Giants, helped raise hopes in Philadelphia. Unfortunately for the fans, that is probably false hope. Without McNabb, Owens, and now two starting offensive linemen, the Birds simply don’t have enough offensive punch to keep pace with a good team like the Seahawks. Seattle should be able to move the ball with consistency using Alexander and an underrated passing game, and the Philly offense, which currently amounts to Westbrook and a host of second-tier players, will have trouble compensating.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Sea hawks 27, Eagles 20


Monday Night Football Predictions Lines – Week 13 MNF lines

NFL Monday Night Football Betting Lines for week 13 Effective: 12/05/2005 11:15:49 AM

MNF Football Betting lines, NFL Football betting lines for 1st Half and every quarter of the Monday Night Football game. Seattle Seahawks at Philadelphia Eagles on MNF betting lines.

MNF Betting lines week 13SpreadMoney
Line
Total Points
Mon 12/5251Seattle Seahawks-41/2 -110-185Over 41 -110
9:05PM252Philadelphia Eagles+41/2 -110+165Under 41 -110
Monday Night Football 1st Half oddsSpreadTotal Points
Mon 12/5251Seattle Seahawks-2 -110Over 21 +100
9:05PM252Philadelphia Eagles+2 -110Under 21 -120
NFL Football 1st Quarter LinesSpreadTotal Points
Mon 12/5251Seattle Seahawks-1/2 +105Over 71/2 +105
9:05PM252Philadelphia Eagles+1/2 -125Under 71/2 -125
NFL Football 2nd Quarter BettingSpreadTotal Points
Mon 12/5251Seattle Seahawks-1/2 -110Over 13 -110
9:05PM252Philadelphia Eagles+1/2 -110Under 13 -110
NFL Football 3rd Quarter OddsSpreadTotal Points
Mon 12/5251Seattle Seahawks-1/2 +110Over 71/2 -110
9:05PM252Philadelphia Eagles+1/2-130Under 71/2 -110

NFL Football 4th Quarter LinesSpreadTotal Points
Mon 12/5251Seattle Seahawks-1/2 +110Over 101/2 -110
9:05PM252Philadelphia Eagles+1/2 -130Under 101/2 -110

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