JETS (3-5) at SEAHAWKS (5-4)
Line: SEA by 6 1/2.
Cotes pick: SEA 21-17.
TV: 4:05 p.m., CBS.
Rex Ryan, newly voted leagues most overrated coach, is talking playoffs. Although I suspect the volume on that will decrease sharply when his team falls to 3-6 here. Rookie QB Russell Wilson is hugely better at home, and Marshawn Lynch could roll a 150 on Planes lousy run D. See it close, though. Bonus fact: Cornerback Brother Bowl with Hawks Marcus Trufant and Jets Isaiah T.
RAMS (3-5) at 49ERS (6-2)
Line: SF by 11.
Cotes pick: SF 24-10.
TV: 4:25 p.m., Fox.
St. Lou on a three-game skid and winless on the road this season, while Frans have taken eight of past 10 in series including a 2011 sweep. Rams tempt with points, but nothing about this game says close to me. Cant see Sam Bradford seeing much end zone. Bears D and others are noisier and get more attention but Niners are giving up fewer points than anybody.
COWBOYS (3-5) at EAGLES (3-5)
Line: DAL by 1.
Cotes pick: DAL 23-20.
TV: 4:25 p.m., Fox.
Two proud old rivals come in stumbling. Desperate Philly is enticing as a (slight) home dog; Birds have won three of past four over Boys. But Phils lead the league in reeling, and Im not sure how poor Mike Vick stays in one piece behind that decimated offensive line of his. DeMarcus Ware is licking chops. No result would surprise me here, but the safest play is Dallas extending Andy Reids misery.
OFF THIS WEEK
BROWNS (2-7; next at Cowboys): Poor Cleveland last last made the playoffs in 2002 and its fans last celebrated a playoff victory in 1994. And the droughts go on!
CARDINALS (4-5; next at Falcons): Arizona has lost five in a row and next faces NFLs only unbeaten team. Is it just me, or is it starting to get uncomfortably hot in the desert?
PACKERS (6-3; next at Lions): Gee Bees have won four in a row. To quote Aaron Rodgers perfect response to those who wrote the Packers off (fingers to lips): Shhh.
REDSKINS (3-6; next vs. Eagles): Sounds like Mike Shanahan has pretty much given up on this Redskins season. So have I. But I can say it. Head coaches arent supposed to.