COWBOYS (1-0) at SEAHAWKS (0-1)
Line: DAL by 3.
Cote’s pick: DAL 24-18.
TV: 4:05 p.m., Fox (airing in South Florida).
Waiting 11 days to play again might not be a great thing for Dallas after that emotional win at NYG. Plus Seahawks tend to be appreciably different (better) at home, so give ’em a very large upset shot here. I can’t find the trigger, though. I like Dallas beating that SEA offensive line and living in the pocket of rookie quarterback Russell Wilson.
JETS (1-0) at STEELERS (0-1)
Line: PIT by 6.
Cote’s pick: PIT 27-16.
TV: 4:25 p.m., CBS (airing in South Florida).
Jets last week scored more season-opening points than any NFL team since 2003. Tony Sparano power! Now it’s back-to-Earth time for Planes. Good teams rarely lose two in a row; Pittsburgh is a good team. And a great team at home, winners of nine consecutive openers at the Ketchup Bottle. Also, Steelers are much healthier this week than last.
TITANS (0-1) at CHARGERS (1-0)
Line: SD by 6.
Cote’s pick: SD 27-23.
TV: 4:25 p.m., CBS.
Diego has won seven in a row over Tennessee, and this is a long trek for Titans, but I still like the visitors to somehow keep the final score inside the bet number. Think Tenners are a bit better than Tom Brady made them look last week. And the Bolts are one of those maddeningly inconsistent squads that can’t quite be trusted from week to week.
LIONS (1-0) at 49ERS (1-0)
Line: SF by 6 1/2.
Cote’s pick: SF 34-30.
TV: 8:20 p.m., NBC (airing in South Florida).
Niners have beaten Lions eight consecutive times including last year, when coaches Jim Schwartz and Jim Harbaugh forgot to put on their big-boy pants and didn’t shake hands afterward. This time I’d bet the Jims shake and make up. I’d also bet San Fran continues its series command in this prime-timer. Home and defense shape the call, but Motown has too much O in the air to not keep it close.
BRONCOS (1-0) at FALCONS (1-0)
Line: ATL by 3.
Cote’s pick: ATL 31-27.
TV: 8:30 p.m., ESPN (airing in South Florida).
I know that we are all breathlessly singing praises for the magical comeback of Peyton Manning. But guess what? While you weren’t watching, Matt Ryan turned into an elite quarterback. Or seems to be making that leap, at least. In what looks like a high-flying game between up-tempo attacks and matchup fit for the Monday stage, I make it a venue call. Home openers in prime time magnify an advantage. Last week Peyton rode that wave. Now Ryan will.