PANTHERS (1-2) AT CARDINALS (2-2)
Line: CAR by 1.5.
Cotes pick: CAR 17-13.
TV: 4:05 p.m., FOX (televised in South Florida).
I love that this for some reason is one of the games being televised in Miami. I dont trust either of these teams in a pick I think is coin-flip close, but I think Carolina puts up a pretty decent defense against a Zona offense that has struggled lately and just traded away its starting left tackle. Panthers also coming off a bye.
TEXANS (2-2) AT 49ERS (2-2)
Line: SF by 7.
Cotes pick: SF 24-21.
TV: 8:30 p.m., NBC (televised in South Florida).
Two Super Bowl hopefuls sittin here a bland 2-2, all humbled. Drives up the desperation to a degree this should be a game worthy of the prime-time stage. Love Niners at home outright, with extra time to prepare, but Texans too talented to not like getting a touch. By the way, did you hear that SF safety Donte Whitner is changing his surname to Hitner? That alone is almost reason enough to root for Houston.
CHARGERS (2-2) AT RAIDERS (1-3)
Line: SD by 4.5.
Cotes pick: SD 31-17.
TV: 11:35 p.m., NFL (televised in South Florida).
Red Bull ready? No-Doz? We in the East would be up until around 3 a.m. watching this game live, if we chose, thanks to the delayed start on account of the As baseball playoff game. I doubt itll worth the effort, especially for Raiders fans. Oaks get Terrelle Pryor back, but Bolts have won 16 of past 19 in series, and Philip Rivers is playing better than ever.
JETS (2-2) AT FALCONS (1-3)
Line: ATL by 10.
Cotes pick: ATL 27-13.
TV: 8:40 p.m. Monday, ESPN (televised in South Florida).
The Monday night crew will have to tap-dance a bit to proffer this as a sexy matchup. Falcs have been one of NFLs big early-season disappointments, but the self-detonating Jets appear magically as a likely remedy to help Atlanta avoid its first three-game losing skid since 2007. Matt Ryan is 34-6 at home, and Geno Smith [Bad Pun Alert] churns out more turnovers than most busy bakeries.
OFF THIS WEEK
BUCCANEERS (0-4; next vs. Eagles): Winless Bucs just cut benched QB Josh Freeman, have a second-year coach on hotseat. Tampa Bay looking for a fast-forward button to 2014.
REDSKINS (1-3; next at Cowboys): The Unmentionable Nicknames got off the schneid last week but it could be long season unless Robert Griffin III reclaims his rookie magic.
STEELERS (0-4; next at Jets): Loss in London put proud Steelers at 0-4 for first time since 1968. The good news? The Jets, on deck, could be the Advil for Pittsburghs headache.
VIKINGS (1-3; next vs. Panthers): Vikes felt cheery-o after winning in London but still have a ways to go to prove that last years playoff season was no fluke.