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Vegas Says -- Week 7

More fun from our friends in Las Vegas.  You know what? The Patriots are pretty good.  The Dolphins are not.  Put them together and what do you get?

All odds are for entertainment purposes only.  This article is not designed to provide gambling information.  If you live in a place where sports gambling is illegal, please don't do it.  Even if you find somebody who will take a bet on Evander Holyfield's next fight.
All odds are from  The home team is listed first.

Miami (+16.5) vs New England - Nothing here for fantasy players that we didn't already know, I just included this for information.  You might be surprised that the line is ONLY 16.5, but the Dolphins always play the Patriots tough, especially in Miami.

Detroit (-2.5) vs Tampa Bay - Tampa's defense is carrying the team while the Lions were completely shut down by the Redskins two weeks ago.  So why are the Lions a slight favorite, even at home?  Kevin Jones?  The pleasant surroundings of Ford Field?  Or do the oddsmakers think that Jon Kitna is going to carve up the Bucs defense?  If it's the last one (and I think it is) then make sure you give extra thought to starting Kitna, Jones and possibly Mike Furrey if you have to.

Philadelphia (-5) vs Chicago - Considering how bad the Eagles looked against the Jets last week, I was surprised they were this big of a favorite. Then I took a look at the Bears defense and I understood - the Bears are 23rd in the league in scoring defense having given up 24.8 pts per game so far. Only three teams have allowed more rushing touchdowns than the Bears.  If you're nervous about starting your Eagles (and who isn't) this may make you feel a bit better about it.

Dallas (-9.5) vs Minnesota - The oddsmakers are not impressed the powerful presence of Adrian Peterson.   They're also apparently not too worried about the Cowboys giving up five touchdown passes again, not when they're facing Tarvaris Jackson.  If you're counting on Adrian Peterson, take this as a warning.