Dallas Cowboys at Detroit Lions (-3, 51)
Cowboys’ terrible third downs vs. Lions’ third-down defense
Dallas has one of the most explosive offenses in the league but has watched that attack stall on third downs. The Cowboys rank in the middle of the pack for third-down conversion percentage (37.5%) on the season, but were dismal on third down last week versus Philadelphia. Tony Romo & Co. went just 5-for-16 on third down and punted the ball away nine times. Dallas has had trouble moving the chains on third downs away from Big D, posting a 30.56 percent third-down conversion rate on the road – fourth lowest in the NFL.
Detroit has limited its foes to just 3.7 third-down conversions per game this season, which ranks second lowest in the league. The Lions defense is holding opponents to a 29.89 percent success rate on those third downs, trimming that to a NFL-low 21.21 percent inside Ford Field. The Lions have forced teams to kick 2.7 field goals per game, which also ranks among the NFL elite.
Saints running back Mark Ingram would welcome a trade, league sources told CBSSports.com NFL Insider Jason La Canfora. However, the trade market for running backs is considered limited.
Matchup: Miami Dolphins at New England Patriots
Spread: Patriots -6.5
Public consensus pick: 69 percent picked Patriots
Public perception: The Patriots are just 4-3 ATS, but the public still backs them anyway. The offense looked more in sync with Rob Gronkowski back last week, though they lost to the Jets.
Wiseguys' view: The Dolphins started 3-0 SU and ATS but have dropped their past three games and have lost their luster with the sharps (and whatever public following they had picked up). The Patriots will be another popular teaser play for both sharps and squares.
Tuley's Take: I'm not ready to totally drop the Dolphins as a live underdog, but would much prefer if we were getting a full touchdown this week. I'm kind of hoping they get blown out this week, and I can get them as a plus-3 home dog versus the Bengals next Thursday night.
The pick: Pass (pool play: Patriots, though this would flip to Dolphins if your pool uses a line of 7.5).
New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles (-5, 50.5)
Unless the Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants play to a tie on Sunday - and given the NFC East this season, anything is possible - a long losing streak is going to end this weekend. The Eagles have not won a home game since defeating the Giants on Sept. 30, 2012, losing nine straight at Lincoln Financial Field. Meanwhile, New York has not won a road game since Oct. 14, 2012, at San Francisco, dropping eight in a row away from MetLife Stadium.
The Giants notched their first win of the season Monday night versus the Vikings and now they will try to win back-to-back games for the first time since going 4-0 in October 2012.
LINE: The Eagles opened as 5.5-point faves and are now -5. The total opened at 53 and is down to 50.5.
WEATHER: Temperatures will be in the high-50s. Wind will blow across the field at 8 mph.
COVERS POWER RANKINGS: New York (+4.0) - Philadelphia (+1.0) + home field (-3.0) = Philadelphia -6
* Bills are 6-19-1 ATS in their last 26 games following a SU win.
* Saints are 19-7 ATS in their last 26 home games.
* Over is 6-0 in New Orleans' last six games following a bye week.
Cowboys, after winning a game: 5-15 ATS
Teams the WEEK BEFORE a bye
(when not playing another team before a bye)
have covered only 10 of 36 games (since start of last season)
Cleveland announced that QB Jason Campbell will start today versus Kansas City.
- It is rare when the Bills and Saints meet, but when they do, the fave is 4-0 in the last four meetings.
It is widely known the Jaguars are very open to trading running back Maurice Jones-Drew, leagues sources told CBSSports.com NFL Insider Jason La Canfora. However, his high salary and poor production has resulted in lukewarm interest for the veteran running back.