Over the Lines is Shutdown Corner's weekly looks at NFL point spreads. It was late in getting started this year because it doesn't work, drive in a car, ride in a car, handle money or roll on Shabbos.
Washington Redskins (-6.5) at Detroit Lions -- The bums won't always lose. The woeful Lions, they of the 19-game losing streak, rookie quarterback and empty stadium, have become a trendy pick this weekend to get their first victory since 2007. Cole, Robinson and Silver are all picking Detroit. So is Peter King and the slew of "experts" at CBSSports.com. That's a pretty big bandwagon to be filled solely on the basis of getting out to an early lead against the Vikings. But with all the success rookie signal callers have had in the past two years, I'd put nothing past John Stafford.
Atlanta Falcons (+4) at New England Patriots -- The Falcons are 2-0, the Patriots should be 0-2. The Falcons quarterback looks like the NFL's next big thing. The Patriots quaterback looks like the NFL's last big thing. The line of this game accurately reflects this. So why does it still feel like the Falcons aren't a worthy adversary? Maybe it's because Arthur Blank pushes around phonies in wheelchairs. I've seen a lot of spinals in my days, and I'm certain that goldbricker can walk.)