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NFL rebounders — What teams will bounce back this week?
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NFL rebounders — What teams will bounce back this week?

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Resilience is the name of the game in NFL Week 7.

This week is more about who can bounce back than who will flex their elite muscles.

Heartbreak Gut Check number one goes to the Detroit Lions, fleeced out of a Monday Night victory against the Packers by two bogus hands-to-the-face penalties. One helped Green Bay get back into the game, and the second let the Packers run the clock down to two seconds and kick the game-winning field goal. The first time Green Bay led in this game was when they won 23-22 on the final play.

What does Detroit do in this situation? Sag or pummel Minnesota this week? It’s a tough call, and this line is Minnesota -1. Detroit struggles at home against Minnesota generally.

It’s bounce back time for the Eagles and Cowboys, who sit atop the NFC East, or Least, with 3-3 records. The Cowboys have lost three in a row. The Eagles were ransacked by Minnesota 38-20 last week. If their secondary had been burned any more, it would have been a bonfire.

This is the national Sunday Night game, and the media has already made Eagles coach Doug Pederson walk back optimistic comments perceived to be guaranteeing a win. Can you picture the Cowboys losing four straight? Or the Eagles at 3-4? You have to say yes to one of them and Dallas is -3.

The Comeback Credo also follows the Los Angeles Chargers and Tennessee Titans, who stunk out the joints against Pittsburgh and Denver last week. The Titans finally benched regressing quarterback Marcus Mariota. Ryan Tannehill gains the start this week. Tennessee has scored one touchdown in its last 10 quarters.

The league’s last two unbeaten teams, meanwhile - the Patriots and 49ers - are huge favorites. San Francisco gives nearly 10 in Washington, and New England is hovering as a 10-point favorite against the revitalized Jets, who won their first game last week. Remember the last line? It was a whopping 22 when the Pats played the Jets in week 3, although the Jets covered.

Game of the Week? Maybe the Houston Texans at the Indianapolis Colts. The teams are linked in parity, with the Colts giving 1, and they are linked because they both beat the Kansas City Chiefs, on successive weeks, in Kansas City.

The Giants will be bolstered by the return of explosive running back Saquon Barkley, in hosting Arizona. Believe it or not, this is the second highest over-under line, 50.5, in the whole league according to Draft Kings.

Take a page from the books

How good are the “professional” bettors who gamble full time? They have been hot lately on some tight games. This week, they like Denver, the Raiders and the Titans.

There’s a unique disconnect between the Eagles-Cowboys line of Dallas -3 and a halftime tie. Various books had it in the 8-1 to 11-1 range, and it can fluctuate.

Props can pay handsomely. One bettor connected big last week with a small investment. Matt Stetz, the COO for Rush St. Interactive, which operates PlaySugarHouse in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, said an online bettor turned $5 into $1,143 with no spreads attached. It was a moneyline, five-team parlay with the Cardinals, Jets, Seahawks, 49ers and Texans. The bold, well-rewarded move involved four underdogs winning outright and two teams - the Seahawks and Texans _ rebounding from big early deficits.

It only took five bucks. You can get in on the action at PlaySugarHouse.com

Speaking of underdogs, Stetz says that 62 percent of them are covering the spread this year. That’s a reversal from past trends in the NFL. Another strange occurrence is that five road teams are laying points this week.

This week’s lines and over-under, by DraftKings

THURSDAY NIGHT

Kansas City -3 AT Denver, 49.5

SUNDAY

Minnesota -1 AT Detroit, 45

LA Rams -3 AT Atlanta 55.5

Green Bay -5 Oakland, 47

Buffalo -17, Miami 40.5

San Francisco -9.5 AT Washington, 41

Indianapolis -1, Houston 47

Jacksonville -3 AT Cincinnati, 44.5

New York Giants- 3 Arizona 50.5

Tennessee -2 LA Chargers, 39.5

Seattle -3 Baltimore, 49

Chicago -3 New Orleans 38.5

Dallas -3 EAGLES 49.5

Monday Night

New England -9.5 AT Jets, 43

This week’s picks

All picks are against the spread and excerpted from Beat the Degenerates, which I co-host with Brian Cahill and Scott Cronick, director of entertainment publications for The Press of Atlantic City. The show is 5 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays on Newstalk 1400-AM, WONDRadio.com and 92.5-FM. Catch the next one 5 p.m. Oct 23

Bontempo:NY Giants

Cronick: Green Bay

Ky Carlin, WOND Correspondent: San Francisco

The Posse: Kansas City Here they Come, all taking Kansas City Thursday night vs Denver.

The posse includes: Dave Weinberg, Press of Atlantic City Eagles writer, Cahill, Pickett Russell, alias DA KIPSTER, the general manager of Tennessee Ave. Beer Hall and Tom Sullivan, general manager at McCullough’s, which awards a $25 gift certificate to listeners on Beat the Degenerates.

Listeners: New England

Dan Skeldon, meteorologist and Warren “Professor” Prosser, show producer: Texans

Takeaways from last week

Pederson needlessly gambled on the fake field goal, which would have brought the Eagles back to 24-13 at halftime against the Vikings. The field goal would have been a nice bridge into the touchdown Philadelphia scored to make it 24-17 in the third quarter. If they’d turned the game into a four-point deficit after trailing by 21 ...?

Power football burned the Rams as three straight runs into the middle against the Niners failed to result in a score at what was then a 7-7 game. The Niners held and, from there, took over the game.

Jameis Winston had the worst game of his life for Tampa Bay last week. Five interceptions, a fumble and singlehandedly giving the game to Carolina. Fortunately for him, the game was in London at 9:30 a.m. EST, and the audience was limited.

Last week’s results

Winner: Tom Sullivan, general manager of McCulloughs’s: Carolina. Maybe Tom should award himself the gift certificates he awards the show. He’s been the best of our group.

“I only pick tough games,” he says.

Winner: Dan Skeldon, meteorologist, Miami.

Losers: Everybody else. We were spread across the Eagles, Dallas, Tampa Bay and Jacksonville.

Thanks: To Joe from Atlantic City, a Beat the Generates listener and picks winner who graciously gave his McCullough’s gift certificate to me this week. Our family lives nearby, and we love the establishment. We appreciate your thoughtfulness, Joe.

Good luck this week. I hope you hit something to brag about.

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