BILLS (2-2) at 49ERS (3-1)
Line: SF by 9 1/2.
Cotes pick: SF 27-20.
TV: 4:25 p.m., CBS.
Expect a bit of a hey-we-still-have-pride-after-all, bounce-back effort by Buffs after that egregious second-half collapse against Pats last week. And expect Niners to maybe be a bit flat after that 34-0 flattening of the Jets. Cant envision a San Fran loss, but Williams have enough going on the attack (NFL-best 16 TDs) to like them getting almost double figures here.
CHARGERS (3-1) at SAINTS (0-4)
Line: NO by 3 1/2.
Cotes pick: NO 41-38.
TV: 8:20 p.m., NBC (airing in South Florida).
Sunday nighter is our Game of the Week runnerup by a whisker. NFL gave special permission for suspended coach Sean Payton to attend, because Drew Brees, facing his former team, figures to break Johnny Unitas record for consecutive games with a TD pass (now tied at 47). That record, Payton in the house and NAwlins being winless/desperate all suggest a huge, emotional effort as Saints try to become first team since 1992 (San Diego) to start 0-4 but still make the playoffs.
TEXANS (4-0) at JETS (2-2)
Line: HOU by 8.
Cotes pick: HOU 23-19.
TV: 8:30 p.m., ESPN (airing in South Florida).
Its a Monday matchup made in ESPN heaven: A great, unbeaten team against a reeling, chaos-engulfed New York team. How long before Jon Gruden is leaning out the booth, Harry Caray-style, and leading the crowd in a We want Tebow! chant? I actually like the Stinkin Jets with the points here and give them a fair upset shot outright because they are struggling mightily and Mark Sanchezs future is imploding and Houston is really, really good and the NFL is absolutely crazy.
OFF THIS WEEK
BUCCANEERS (1-3; next vs. Chiefs): Tampa Bay has lost three in a row. The good news? Bucs are only one of this weeks four bye teams that will be home and likely favored next week.
COWBOYS (2-2; next at Ravens): Five Tony Romo picks in embarrassing home loss to Chicago on Monday, now a trip to Baltimore on deck. Jerry Jones is looking for somebody to punch.
LIONS (1-3; next at Eagles): Motown, with three consecutive Ls and staring at a 1-4 start, qualifies as one of leagues major early disappointments after making the playoffs last season.
RAIDERS (1-3; next at Falcons): Ever-erratic Oakland gets blown out by Denver now prepares to fly cross-country to face unbeaten Atlanta. Playoffs hopes waving goodbye fast.