Line: SEA by 13 1/2.
Cotes pick: SEA 24-13.
TV: 4:05 p.m., CBS.
Tennessee has been a pleasant surprise so far, but Seattle is money at home. Russell Wilson is 10-0 in his young career in Javatown, with a 119.9 passer rating. That betting line seems awfully big, though, for what Id figure as a fairly low-scoring game.
CARDINALS (3-2) AT 49ERS (3-2)
Line: SF by 11.
Cotes pick: SF 27-17.
TV: 4:25 p.m., FOX.
San Fran has won seven of past eight in this series, including the past four by the Bay by a combined score of 112-36. Id hunch this one just inside the bet-line, though. Cardbirds arent that bad. In particular, Cacti bring a very solid run defense to present to Frank Gore.
REDSKINS (1-3) AT COWBOYS (2-3)
Line: DAL by 5 1/2.
Cotes pick: DAL 37-24.
TV: 8:30 p.m., NBC (airing in South Florida).
Washington swept this NFC East series last season with Robert Griffin III throwing for 304 yards and four TDs in Dallas but this year finds RG III still off his rookie form and the Cowboys improved despite their record. Tony Romo threw for 500 yards in the shootout loss to Denver last week and could approach that stratosphere again in this prime-timer versus the Unmentionable Nicknames abysmal air defense. Big D has won 17 of past 21 at home in series, and that trends continues.
COLTS (4-1) AT CHARGERS (2-3)
Line: IND by 1 1/2.
Cotes pick: IND 27-24.
TV: 8:40 p.m. Monday, ESPN (airing in South Florida).
Indianapolis hosts Denver and the emotional return of Peyron Manning next week, so lets find out how well the Colts set aside that distraction and deal with a Bolts squad that is typically inconsistent but good enough to win behind a hot-armed Philip Rivers. Monday nighter could be a good one. Give San-D a medium home-dog upset shot, but give me Andrew Luck in his MNF debut to pilot Indys road record to 3-0.
OFF THIS WEEK
DOLPHINS (3-2; next vs. Bills): I keep reminding hand-wringing Dolfans theyd have taken 3-2 with a smile if it were offered before the season, and that there is neither shock nor shame in losing to Drew Brees in NAwlins and then by three to the defending NFL champs. Im either right-on or a rose-colored homer. We shall begin to find out next week as the AFC East schedule commences.
FALCONS (1-4; next vs. Buccaneers): A team that had Super Bowl aspirations sinks to 1-4 on three straight losses, struggles on defense and now loses WR Julio Jones for the year. Need to find a bye-week reset button. Desperately.