The Cold, Hard Football Facts don't like dogs. Well, we don't your dog: your schnauzer, dachshund or yip-yip pup.
We do, however, love our own healthy deep-fried hot dogs, we do love Led Zeppelin's "Black Dog" and we have a rather curious affinity for road dogs that seem to hit at a rather remarkable rate. A Week 5 tour de doggy force comes just two weeks after a slate in which we laid the Hammer of the Gridiron Gods upon the football world, much like the mighty Zeppelin did at MSG in '73.
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Longtime CHFF readers know that highlighting road dogs – especially those that are going to win outright – is a gift given to us by the Gridiron Gods that we pass on to you in our infinite wisdom and generosity.
Here in Week 5, we picked four road dogs to win outright on Sunday. Three of the four delivered huge road wins against favored opponents.
We picked the Giants to win outright in Houston (-3.5). As we said, "We predict the unpredictable Giants will show strong against flawed but highly entertaining Houston." The Giants won outright in Houston, 34-10.
We picked the Eagles to win outright in San Francisco (-3.5). As we said, "the Eagles simply look too strong in too many ways to lose – no matter who's at quarterback." The Eagles won outright in San Francisco, 27-24.
We picked the Titans to win outright in Dallas – a daring selection to most given the fact that the Cowboys, 6.5-point faves, enjoy most-favored-franchise status among the pigskin public and were in desperate need of a win at home. But as we said so brazenly, "we're calling bullsh*t on this game and on the 2010 Cowboys." The Titans won outright in Dallas, 34-27.
Only the Rams, 3.5-point dogs at Detroit, failed to deliver among CHFF road dogs picked to win outright. They were smoked badly, 44-6, in an outcome that nobody anticipated, not even the Cold, Hard Football Facts.
We also highlighted the Bucs, a 6.5-point dog in Cincinnati, as a team that would easily cover. We envisioned a one-point Bengals win. Instead, Tampa won outright, 24-21.
Remember, this is not a one-week phenomenon. For years, we've been highlighting our spiritual connection with road dogs. It was just two weeks ago – Week 3 – when we harvested and even greater collection of road dogs that delivered, nailing six of them in a single week.
We picked three to win outright and all three delivered (Dallas won at Houston, Tennessee won at N.Y. Giants, N.Y. Jets won at Miami).  
But that was only part of the story: We picked Atlanta to easily cover at New Orleans; the Falcons won outright. We picked Oakland to win outright at Arizona; they lost by one point thanks to late missed field goal, but easily covered the 4.5 points. We picked the Bills to easily cover two touchdowns at New England; the Bills easily covered two touchdowns at New England.
Bottom line: you better look twice next time we tell you a road dog is poised to not only cover, but to beat an opponent in their own house.