Saints are still march­ing

After Chiefs-Rams game, it’s easy to for­get Brees and Co.

Calgary Herald - - SPORTS - BARRY WIL­NER

Now that we’ve seen Big 12 foot­ball break out in the NFL — Rams 54, Chiefs 51 — can we get a col­lege hoops score out of the Saints?

The Who-Dats will be rock­ing the Su­per­dome on Amer­i­can Thanks­giv­ing, with New Or­leans fac­ing its archri­val, the At­lanta Fal­cons. The Saints are run­ning away with the NFC South and the Fal­cons have fal­tered badly, but this is al­most al­ways a tense, close af­fair.

Ex­cept the Saints have man­han­dled op­po­nents this sea­son, outscor­ing them 378-239 as Drew Brees, well, breezes through the best year of his su­perb ca­reer.

“Just fo­cus on win­ning,” Brees says. “And if it takes 20 points to do that or if it takes 50 points to do that, you just fo­cus on win­ning and ev­ery­thing else takes care of it­self. But we’re just try­ing to stay in the mo­ment right now.”

New Or­leans is a 13-point favourite. At home, that doesn’t seem too char­i­ta­ble. SAINTS, 44-28 New Eng­land (-9) at New York Jets

An­gry and rested Pa­tri­ots are not an op­po­nent the Jets want to face. Best bet: Pa­tri­ots, 37-13 Cleve­land (+3½) at Cincin­nati

The foot­ball power in Ohio is chang­ing area codes, if there re­ally is any foot­ball power there. Upset spe­cial: Browns, 26-24 Chicago (OFF) at Detroit, Thurs­day

Un­known sta­tus of Bears QB Mitch Tru­bisky means two picks: With Tru­bisky: Bears, 24-17 With­out Tru­bisky: Lions, 17-13 Wash­ing­ton (+7½) at Dal­las, Thurs­day

Don’t un­der­es­ti­mate Colt McCoy and don’t over­es­ti­mate Cow­boys. Still ...

Cow­boys, 20-16

Seat­tle (+3½) at Carolina

Win­ner here has in­side track to wild card.

Sea­hawks, 27-22

Pitts­burgh (-3½) at Den­ver

Steel­ers got lucky in Jack­sonville de­spite poor per­for­mance.

Steel­ers, 30-27

Green Bay (+3½) at Min­nesota

Vik­ings have lost three prime­timers. This won’t be a fourth.

Vik­ings, 31-24

Mi­ami (+10) at In­di­anapo­lis

How good has An­drew Luck been in his re­turn from in­jury?

Colts, 36-23

Ari­zona (+11) at L.A. Charg­ers

Teams com­ing off ugly col­lapses. Charg­ers are bet­ter than that.

Charg­ers, 37-20

N.Y. Gi­ants (+6) at Philadel­phia

Ea­gles are go­ing to get things right even­tu­ally, aren’t they?

Ea­gles, 27-26

Oak­land (+11) at Bal­ti­more

Lamar Jack­son might ac­tu­ally throw a bit more this week.

Ravens, 20-15

Jack­sonville (-3) at Buf­falo

Big­gest ques­tion is whether Jags can han­dle cold tem­per­a­tures.

Jaguars, 20-10

San Fran­cisco (+3½) at Tampa Bay

Is it Jameis Fitz­patrick or Ryan Win­ston at QB for Bucs?

Buc­ca­neers, 31-23

Ten­nessee (OFF) at Hous­ton, Mon­day

Had there been a line, we would have laid the points.

Tex­ans, 23-13

Last week: Against spread, 6-5-1; straight up, 8-5

Sea­son to­tals: Against spread, 7873-6; straight up, 106-53-2

Best bet: 3-8 against spread, 7-4 straight up

Upset spe­cial: 7-4 against spread, 6-4-1 straight up

Drew Brees

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