LOS ANGELES, October 31, 2013 — Normally Halloween is about orange and black, but for the National Football League, throw in a healthy dose of pink for one final day.
October is breast cancer month, and very few things are as ghoulishly scary as cancer.
To promote awareness, NFL players wear pink. The players love it, because it gives them freedom they normally do not have. NFL dress codes are strict, with heavy fines meted out to deter any inappropriate apparel. Yet during October, players can wear as much pink as they want anywhere.
So as players enjoy the orange and black of All Hallow’s Eve, look for one more game with pink mixed in.
With that, here is the NFL 2013 Week 9 Preview with point spreads courtesy of the Linemakers and all times EST.
Thursday, October 31, 8:30 p.m.
Cincinnati Bengals (-2) at Miami Dolphins is the Thursday night game. The Bengals are 6-2 and leading the AFC North. Miami started 3-0 before losing continuously. Everyone knows Miami are pretenders. A game like this will tell us whether Cincinnati is for real. Bengals cover
Sunday, November 3, 1:00 p.m.
Kansas City Chiefs (-3.5) at Buffalo Bills — The Chiefs are 8-0 because of their defense. Buffalo without EJ Manuel lacks an offense. Yet the Chiefs have barely won these last two weeks at home, making an upset possible. Chiefs win but fail to cover
Atlanta Falcons at Carolina Panthers (-7.5) — Atlanta is done for the year, while Carolina has been showing steady signs of improvement. WHat looked at the start of this year as a trap game for the Falcons now seems to be that for the Panthers. Panthers win but fail to cover
Minnesota Vikings at Dallas Cowboys (-9.5) — Dez Bryant will not need to throw any tantrums this week because even a Dallas team not clicking on all cylinders should dispatch a Minnesota team that contains Adrian Peterson, Jared Allen, and 43 stiffs needing to be replaced. Cowboys win but fail to cover
New Orleans Saints (-4.5) at New York Jets — The Jets survived Tom Brady but got blasted by Andy Dalton. Now Drew Brees comes to town. An all world offense against a badly exposed defense could be enough to get Fireman Ed to trade his fireman’s hat for a beret. Saints win but fail to cover
Tennessee Titans (-3.5) at St. Louis Rams — Jeff Fisher’s old team and his new team both have tough defenses and suspect offenses. The Rams took Seattle to the limit, and play hard at home. Upset special, Rams win outright
San Diego Chargers at Washington Redskins (-1) — Philip Rivers and RGIII can both sling the ball, and both of these teams see a ray of hope now that Norvelous Norv Turner is no longer leading them. Yet neither one is playing well enough to justify the animus toward Norv. After all, both these teams fired Marty Schottenheimer as well. Redskins cover
Philadelphia Eagles at Oakland Raiders (Pick em) — The Raiders play hard at home, and Terrelle Pryor has provided a spark. The Chip Kelly offense is stuck in neutral in the garage, and Oakland now has a defense. Raiders win
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Seattle Seahawks (-16.5) — Seattle only survived Jacksonville by 28, so the amount they destroy Tampa Bay by will finally reveal who the worst team in Florida and the NFL truly is. Seahawks cover
Baltimore Ravens (-3) at Cleveland Browns — This used to be a bitter battle between the old and new Browns. Now it is just an underachieving team playing an unlucky hapless team. Upset special, Browns win outright
Pittsburgh Steelers at New England Patriots (-7) — These teams were both very good for a very long time, but the bottom has fallen out of 2-6 Pittsburgh. Yet even with rookie receivers, Tom Brady has willed the Patriots to a 6-2 record. Patriots win but fail to cover
Indianapolis Colts at Houston Texans (-2) is the Sunday night game. The Colts have a quarterback. The Texans have solid receivers wishing somebody could throw to them. Upset special, Colts win outright
Monday, November 4, 8:30 p.m.
Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers (-7.5) is the Monday night game. Early in the season the Bears were unbeaten and the Packers were struggling. Then reality set in. Jay Cutler is out, Aaron Rodgers is playing lights out, and at this rate Green Bay may wrap up the division by Thanksgiving. Packers cover
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