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Not that they’ve been money at their swank new stadium, but we sup­pose the three points the Fal­cons are favoured by over the Cow­boys in one of Sun­day’s mar­quee match ups is at­trib­ut­able to the per­cep­tion of that home-field ad­van­tage. The Fal­cons, after all, have won just once in their past five games, in­clud­ing a sloppy 20-17 loss to Carolina last week. In each of their four losses this sea­son, the At­lanta of­fence has been held to 17 points or less. The Cow­boys, mean­while, are com­ing off a big win and cover as 2½-point favourites over the Chiefs ... The Bills are back at home so you know what that means? Yes, the would-be wise guys are loving get­ting three points from the vis­it­ing New Or­leans Saints and their high-fly­ing of­fence. The Bills were by far the most pop­u­lar pick in the weekly Las Ve­gas Su­perCon­test, the mega sea­son­long tourney that re­quires an en­try fee of $1,500 US. The Bills were se­lected by 1,182 en­trants while he sec­ond most pop­u­lar pick was Jack­sonville (mi­nus-3½ vs. the Charg­ers) taken on 719 en­try sheets ... Let’s see how those favourite lovers hold up this week­end with not one, not two but three dou­ble-digit faves on the board ... Among those big num­bers are the Rams, who are the 11-point pick over In­di­anapo­lis) just the sec­ond time they’ve been favoured by dou­ble-dig­its since 2004 ... An­other of the pub­lic teams get­ting plenty of at­ten­tion this week are the Pa­tri­ots, who have been hov­er­ing around a touch­down favourite on the road against Den­ver. By Sun­day, that line had jumped to 7½ and if it holds, it will be the first time since 1992 (a span of 210 home games) that the Bron­cos have been a home dog of 7½ or more … And fi­nally, if you think the home teams have a huge ad­van­tage vs. the spread, not to worry, the books are on the case. Ac­cord­ing to cov­, home teams have just a slight ATS edge of 64-62-6. Favourites, mean­while, are 59-65-6.

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