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The Weekend’s Best Bets

BRIAN BLESSING THE LINEMAKERS SPORTINGNEWS.COM (4-2)

Kansas City Chiefs (+4) over SAN DIEGO CHARGERS

Throughout his coaching career, Andy Reid’s teams are ready to go off a bye (16-2 straight up and 13-5 ATS). That angle fizzled last year, but it was at the hands of the Broncos. The Chiefs have backed themselves into a corner and are a desperate team with double revenge on their minds, losing both games to the Chargers by a field goal last year. San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers has been sensational, but the Chargers’ Thursday trip to Denver tips the scales to the underdog.

STEVE COFIELD ESPN1100.COM (2-3-1)

New York Giants (+6½) over DALLAS COWBOYS

This is a dead spot for the Cowboys after their big win at Seattle. On the other hand, the Giants should be spitting fire after getting demoralized and shut out by the Eagles on Sunday night. Eli Manning and the Giants have a dominant history in Dallas, going 4-1 straight up and against the spread in the past five meetings. The Cowboys won both meetings last year by margins of five and three points. Look for this line to hit 7.

ED GRANEY LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL (2-4)

SAN DIEGO STATE (-7½) over Hawaii

Norm Chow to road trips is like an airplane trip above mountainous terrain. All sorts of bumpy. Hawaii has lost 15 straight games away from Don Ho’s native land. It is oh-for-eight in conference roadies with Chow as coach. It hasn’t won in Qualcomm Stadium since 1988. Two of its top three running backs are expected to miss the game, and its depth chart at quarterback includes a slot receiver who is a former champion bull rider. Rocky Long’s guys feast on poi, lomi salmon and some depleted Warriors.

MATT YOUMANS LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL (4-2)

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (-3) over Cincinnati Bengals

Sharp money often shows against the Colts, but they continue to cover. Indianapolis is 5-1 ATS this season and has covered nine of its past 11 games. Cincinnati was exposed by allowing a total of 80 points in its past two games to the Patriots and Panthers. The Bengals’ defense is banged up, and big-play wideout A.J. Green is doubtful. Ride with Colts quarterback Andrew Luck to make more plays than Andy Dalton in a shootout.

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