Fearless Freddie’s Football Forecast

LOW EXPECTATIONS. At best, the Buffalo Bills will be competitive at home against the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday afternoon. Without EJ Manuel at the controls, the offense will sputter. The defense will have to step up to keep the Bills in this one in the second half.

Looking briefly at the Major League Baseball playoffs, look for the Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers to meet in the World Series.

Freddie sees it this way:

Bengals 31, BILLS 17

HOME teams are capitalized. Teams chosen to win the game are listed first, with the predicted margin of victory next. The official Las Vegas odds are in parentheses:

PROS

Thursday night

CHICAGO +7 over NY Giants +7.5

Sunday

Cincinnati +14 over BUFFALO +7

BALTIMORE +3 over Green Bay+1

CLEVELAND +7 over Detroit (+1)

HOUSTON +7 over St. Louis (+9)

Monday

KANSAS CITY +7 over Oakland (+9.5)

MINNESOTA +3 over Carolina (+1)

NY JETS +3 over Pittsburgh (+1)

Philadelphia +3 over TAMPA (even)

DENVER +21 over Jacksonville (+26)

SEATTLE +10 over Tennessee (+13.5)

NEW ENG. +3 over New Orleans (+1)

SAN FRAN +10 over Arizona (+11)

DALLAS +7 over Washington (+6)

Monday

Indianapolis +3 over SAN DIEGO (+1)

WEEK: 8-6 (.571). Vs. line 6-8 (.429)

YEAR: 45-32 (.584) vs. line 39-38 (.506)

COLLEGES

Thursday

LOUISVILLE +20 over Rutgers (+19)

Saturday

GEORGIA +7 over Missouri (+8)

VA. TECH +7 over Pittsburgh (+9)

TEXAS TECH +20 over Iowa St.(+14)

Oklahoma +10 over TEXAS (+13.5)

S. Carolina +10 over ARKANSAS (+6)

CLEMSON +21 over Boston College (+24.5)

Baylor +21 over KANSAS STATE (+17)

LSU +6 over Florida (+7)

WISCONSIN +7 over Northwestern (+10)

Oregon +10 over WASHINGTON (+13.5)

Michigan +10 over PENN ST.(+2.5)

N. ILLINOIS +21 over Akron (+23.5)

Stanford +6 over UTAH (+8)

Alabama +24 over KENTUCKY (+27.5)

Texas A&M +7 over MISSISSIPPI (+6)

UCLA +24 over california (+25.5)

MICH.N ST. +10 over Indiana (+9.5)

Nebraska +10 over PURDUE (+14)

MARYLAND +3 over Virginia (+7.5)

WEEK: 18-2 (.900). Vs. Line 9-11 (.450)

YEAR: 85-15 (.850). Vs. line 46-54 (.460)