PACKERS AT 49ERS
Line: SF by 4.5
Cotes pick: SF 31-28
TV: 4:25 p.m., FOX (airing in South Florida)
NFC heavyweight bout between reigning division champs is a venue call for Colin Kaepernick and his Niners, although I like Aaron Rodgers and the Cheesers to keep it inside the betting number. Even an outright upset would not shock. Frans won two from Pack last year (including playoffs), and beating a great QB three straight times is a mountain to climb.
GIANTS AT COWBOYS
Line: DAL by 3.5
Cotes pick: DAL 30-27
TV: 8:30 p.m., NBC (airing in South Florida)
I guess I get why this rivalry is treated to the marquee Sunday night slot, although, honestly, I could as easily see both these teams scrambling for wild-card contention as winning the NFC East. NYG is 4-0 in Dallas new stadium, but Biggies are banged up on the O-line, and Boys will show better pass-D versus Eli Manning under the wing of sage old Monte Kiffin.
EAGLES AT REDSKINS
Line: WAS by 3.5
Cotes pick: WAS 34-17
TV: 8:10 p.m. Monday, ESPN (airing in South Florida)
Robert Griffin III had six TD passes as Skins swept both 2012 games. Meanwhile Mike Vick is trying, on the early Monday stage, to prove he has life left in his career. I give Philly a small upset shot, but its more likely Washers will win comfortably. RGIII and Alfred Morris are a tough duo for even a good defense to stop. Welcome to the NFL, Chip Kelly. Youre not in Oregon anymore.
TEXANS AT CHARGERS
Line: HOU by 4
Cotes pick: HOU 34-16
TV: 10:15 p.m. Monday, ESPN (airing in South Florida)
Houston has won four road openers in a row, and Mondays nightcap will likely make it five. Big weight on both clubs. Houston is dreaming Super Bowl, and Diego expects new life with stale Norv Turner finally gone and Mike McCoy in. Bolts a marginally tempting home dog here, but Im leading the Texans bandwagon until injuries or results lead me elsewhere.