REDSKINS (0-3) AT RAIDERS (1-2)
Line: WAS by 3.
Cotes pick: WAS 27-23.
TV: 4:25 p.m., FOX.
Terrelle Pryors iffy status (concussion) had Matt Flynn on call for Oakland, not a huge drop-off. Two really bad defenses here. Washingtons is worse, but Robert Griffin III is better equipped to take advantage of fissures on the Raiders side. Give Oaks a medium-large upset shot but stikc with the Unmentionable Nicknames.
EAGLES (1-2) AT BRONCOS (3-0)
Line: DEN by 10 1/2.
Cotes pick: DEN 41-24.
TV: 4:25 p.m., FOX (airing in South Florida).
The Saturday over/under (57 points) suggests an entertaining game if not a close one. How can you go wrong with Peyton Mannings awesome air-raid offense on one side and the flurry of Chip Kelly and his blitzkrieg rushing attack on the other? But heres the difference: Broncos put up a solid run defense against Phillys strength, but the Birds have little on pass-D to suggest Peyton wont put up huge numbers once again. Big point spread, but an even bigger faith in Manning right now.
COWBOYS (2-1) AT CHARGERS (1-2)
Line: DAL by 2.
Cotes pick: DAL 30-24.
TV: 4:25 p.m., FOX.
Chargers family jarred this week by the suicide of former teammate Paul Oliver, a safety from 2007 to 2011. Hard to read the effect of that, if any. More tangibly, Tony Romo and DeMarco Murray could fantasy-pleasing stats against a beatable Diego defebse, and Cows pass rush should really test a shaky Bolts O-line.
PATRIOTS (3-0) AT FALCONS (1-2)
Line: ATL by 2.
Cotes pick: ATL 27-23.
TV: 8:30 p.m., NBC (airing in South Florida).
Heres a game Id pay to watch. So strange for the Patriots to be getting points (even two), and thats makes English a seriously tempting underdog in this Sunday prime-timer. Its just that Atlanta is much more desperate and also is a very strong home club; Matt Ryan is 34-5 as a starter in the ATL. Tom Brady and his Pats are due an offensive bustout game, but with Rob Gronkowski and Danny Amendola likely both still out, this doesnt feel like the week for that.
OFF THIS WEEK
PACKERS (1-2; next vs. Lions): Aaron Rodgers Pack scored 30 unanswered points at Cincinnati last week and somehow managed to lose only the third time in NFL history that has happened.
PANTHERS (1-2; next at Cardinals): In last weeks 38-0 win Cats sacked NYGs Eli Manning seven times, forced three turnovers and held Lilliputians under 150 yards offense. The word is annihilation.