COLTS (3-3) at TITANS (3-4)
Line: TEN by 3 1/2.
Cotes pick: TEN 27-24.
TV: 1 p.m., CBS.
No defense has seen its end zone breached more than Tennessees. But countering that Chris Johnson (fresh off a 195-yard game) is facing a way-below-average Indy run D, suggesting another payday for his fantasy owners (like me) who kept the faith. These squads as pretty even, but Matt Hasselbeck has given Tenners a little spark, and Nags have lost 10 in a row away from home.
GIANTS (5-2) at COWBOYS (3-3)
Line: NYG by 1.
Cotes pick: NYG 30-27.
TV: 4:25 p.m., Fox (airing in South Florida).
Boys have yet to beat Biggies in Jerry Jones new palace (0-3) and I dont see that changing here in a near-pick-em game writing next chapter in this NFC East grudge. Dallas opened season with 24-17 win at NYG behind Tony Romos three TD throws Romo usually is very good vs. Big Blue but Giants will have their revenge. Key is health of RB Ahmad Bradshaw, who has 359 rush yards in past three vs. Dallas.
49ERS (5-2) at CARDINALS (4-3)
Line: SF by 7.
Cotes pick: SF 21-17.
TV: 8:30 p.m. Monday, ESPN (airing in South Florida).
Fans of defense, gather round the cathode-ray tube or transistor radio and behold! First team to 20 wins. Niners RB Frank Gore is questionable, but I suspect 11 days off will have him ready for this division game on the big stage. Cacti QB John Skelton is 6-0 as home starter, but that ends. Arizonas 1-8 run on Monday night is a trend likelier to continue.
OFF THIS WEEK
BENGALS (3-4; next vs. Broncos): Cincy is on a three-game losing streak, and Peyton Manning coming to town next does not sound like a cure.
BILLS (3-4; next at Texans): Buffs have the 32nd-ranked run defense. Arian Foster is salivating.
RAVENS (5-2; next at Browns): Is Baltimore an aging, crumbling power? It sure looked like it in that humbling 43-13 spank of a loss to Texans.
TEXANS (6-1; next vs. Bills): Dont discount the Patriots, but last week established Houston as the clear AFC frontrunner to reach the Super Bowl.