NFL Countdown

STEVE COAD -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 7:27 AM ET

Miami (0-5) at Buffalo (0-4)

The line: None offered

The skinny: Sunday, 1 p.m. Jay Fiedler (cracked rib) and A.J. Feeley (concussion) are both listed as doubtful, meaning the Dolphins' starting quarterback may well be third-stringer Sage Rosenfels in this matchup of winless teams. Rosenfels -- just in case you've never heard of him -- has four career completions, one for a TD, in a four-year NFL career. Regardless of who gets the call at QB for Miami, the Bills will apply the pressure. Bills quarterback Drew Bledsoe has passed for 4,908 yards vs. Miami, the most by any opposing QB in Dolphins history. The Bills have been a bit buffaloed this season, losing three games by three points or less. Miami has scored just three TDs (and 42 points) in five games and have committed an NFL-high 16 turnovers.

Cody's call: Bills 20-10

Green Bay (1-4) at Detroit (3-1)

The line: Lions by 2

The skinny: Sunday, 1 p.m. This one hurls Detroit's 31st-ranked offence at Green Bay's 31st-ranked defence. The Pack was embarrassed Monday night in surrendering 48 points to the Titans. Six turnovers by Brett Favre and Co. didn't help but the defence neither tackled worth a darn nor defended against the pass. Green Bay is beyond desperate. After all, only eight teams in NFL history have overcome a 1-4 start to make the playoffs. The Lions may be without leading receiver Roy Williams (one source says knee, another says sprained ankle), leaving Az-Zahir Hakim as Joey Harrington's lone deep threat. A win gives the Lions their best start since 1991, the year they went to the NFC championship game.

Cody's call: The desperate Packers 28-27

Houston (2-3) at Tennessee (2-3)

The line: Titans by 7

The skinny: Sunday, 1 p.m. The Titans are on a high, coming off Monday's 48-27 dismantling on the road of the Packers. Tennessee's 48 points is a record for a visiting team at Lambeau Field. Houston's pass D, ranked No. 26, will need to play well in order to prevent Titans QB Steve McNair from having a big night. McNair owned the Texans last year, throwing for 689 yards and five TDs. Houston is giving up 368.2 yards a game, including 236.8 vs. the pass. Texans QB David Carr leads the AFC with 1,357 passing yards. Tennessee's Derrick Mason and Drew Bennett are the AFC's No. 1 receiving duo with 58 catches.

Cody's call: Titans 30-21

San Diego (3-2) at Atlanta (4-1)

The line: Falcons by 6

The skinny: Sunday, 1 p.m. LaDainian Tomlinson, San Diego's superstar running back, will butt heads with the NFL's No. 1 run defence. Tomlinson has 471 yards rushing this season, 4.6 a pop, and four TDs. Atlanta has surrendered just 70.4 yards per game on the ground. The Chargers have scored 72 points in the last two games, the most they've scored in back-to-back games since piling up 77 in their final two games in '93. Chargers head coach Marty Schottenheimer is 4-0 vs. the Falcons. Remember this? Before the 2001 NFL draft, San Diego traded the top pick to Atlanta. The Falcons selected Mike Vick No. 1 while the Chargers took Tomlinson No. 5.

Cody's call: Falcons 24-20

Washington (1-4) at Chicago (1-3)

The line: Redskins by 1

The skinny: Sunday, 1 p.m. The Redskins are coming off their worst offensive game in 43 years, gaining just 107 yards in a 17-10 loss to Baltimore. Quarterback Mark Brunell's 53-per-cent completion rate is last in the NFC, as is his 5.6 yards per attempt. The Bears are 10-5 after a bye week. A critical matchup may well be Bears QB Jonathan Quinn vs. the Redskins' No.3-ranked defence. Making his first start since 2001 last week, Quinn struggled against the Eagles. Philly stuffed Chicago's running game, holding Thomas Jones to just 32 yards on 13 carries and forcing Quinn to pass 43 times. The Redskins' D is allowing just 78.8 yards a game rushing and 170.2 via the air.

Cody's call: Redskins 13-10

San Francisco (1-4) at N.Y. Jets (4-0)

The line: Jets by 10

The skinny: Sunday, 1 p.m. Jets running back Curtis Martin has been cleared for takeoff. Martin is off to the best start of his 10-year career, already piling up 502 yards (4.7 a carry). Four of his five TDs have come via the rush. San Fran, meanwhile, is holding opponents to less than 3.5 yards a carry, fifth best in the NFL. The Niners, led by QB Tim Rattay, won in spectacular style last week, rebounding from a 16-point deficit in the fourth quarter to nip the Cardinals 31-28 in OT. The Jets started 4-0 in 2000, then faltered and missed the playoffs. The Jets lead the AFC in takeaways/giveaways (plus-7) while San Fran is last in the NFC at minus-10.

Cody's call: Jets 27-13

Seattle (3-1) at New England (4-0)

The line: Patriots by 4

The skinny: Sunday, 1 p.m. The Seahawks collapsed Sunday against the Rams, blowing a 27-10 lead in the fourth quarter and losing in OT. Ugly but it happens and no doubt it's already behind them. The Patriots set an NFL record last week with 19 straight wins in the regular season and playoffs. A win by the Patriots will tie the '33-34 Bears' record of 17 straight wins in the regular season. The Pats have allowed the fewest points in the AFC (63); the Seahawks have surrendered the fewest in the NFL (46, none of them in the first quarter). Seattle is looking for its fourth straight road win.

Cody's call: Seahawks 23-20

Kansas City (1-3) at Jacksonville (3-2)

The line: Chiefs by 1 1/2

The skinny: Sunday, 1 p.m. After their 3-0 start, the Jags were behind all the way in back-to-back losses. Last week in San Diego, still-settling-in QB Byron Leftwich completed 36 of 54 passes for 357 yards, all career highs. The Jags have the second-fewest fumbles in the AFC (two). KC's much-maligned defence really isn't so bad. In the stack of the 32 defences, the Chiefs come at No. 13 overall and No. 8 vs. the pass. KC is allowing 185.8 passing yards a game, fifth fewest in the league. Jacksonville's Chris Hanson has had only eight of his 26 punts returned.

Cody's call: Chiefs 21-17

Carolina (1-3) at Philadelphia (4-0)

The line: Eagles by 8 1/2

The skinny: Sunday, 1 p.m. It's a rematch of last year's NFC championship game, which turned into the Eagles' third straight loss in the conference final. Carolina QB Jake Delhomme will be going for his third straight win against the Eagles, playoffs included. But he'll be down a few weapons, wideout Steve Smith (broken leg)and running back DeShaun Foster (broken collarbone) in particular. Stephen Davis (knee) is questionable, which means he'll likely play. Here's some amazing numbers: In the last 14 regular-season games, Philly high flyer Donovan McNabb has passed for 3,530 yards, 23 TDs (six interceptions) and has run for five majors. In that span, the Eagles are 13-1.

Cody's call: Eagles 27-17

Cincinnati (1-3) at Cleveland (2-3)

The line: Browns by 2 1/2

The skinny: Sunday, 1 p.m. The Bengals, if they're to have a chance, will have to attack the Browns through the air. Cinci has three receivers averaging more than 10 yards a catch with 10 or more receptions: Chad Johnson (14.9-yard average, 20 catches), T.J. Houshmandzadeh (12.9, 17 catches) and Peter Warrick (11.5, 11 catches). Johnson is the most dangerous and will get the most attention from a Cleveland secondary that surrendered just TDs through the air. In four career games vs. the Brownies, Johnson has 15 catches for 257 yards and four TDs. The Browns haven't scored a TD in the first half.

Cody's call: Bengals 16-13

Pittsburgh (4-1) at Dallas (2-2)

The line: Cowboys by 3

The skinny: Sunday, 4:15 p.m. No doubt, the Cowboys' defensive front will get its fill of Steelers running back Duce Staley. Staley is off to the best start of his eight-year career as the Steelers have returned to their run-first mentality. The change in focus, says Associated Press football writer Paul Montella, has the Steelers looking more like the 13-3 team of 2001. Staley has run for 489 yards this season, 26 more than he had all last year in Philly. Dallas needs to shut down Daley, forcing the Steelers to pass. Pittsburgh's Ben Roethlisberger is the sixth rookie QB to win his first three starts since the NFL merger in 1970. Under Parcells, the Cowboys are 5-2 after a loss.

Cody's call: Cowboys 24-22

Denver (4-1) at Oakland (2-3)

The line: Broncos by 1 1/2

The skinny: Sunday, 4:15 p.m. Raiders quarterback Kerry Collins will tangle with the NFL's second-ranked defence. Collins has a passing arm to die for but he hasn't been especially accurate with his rockets. The Raiders have thrown nine interceptions in the last 2 1/2 games, seven of those by Collins. Lucky for him the Broncos have only one interception this season, that by Champ Bailey. Raiders punter Shane Leckler leads the league with a 49.9-yard average. No kicker in NFL history has ever averaged 50 yards for the season. Oakland, which has 48 penalties this season for 335 yards, has earned its rough-and-tumble reputation. Each year since 1995, the Raiders have been among the NFL's five most penalized teams.

Cody's call: Broncos 33-27

Minnesota (3-1) at New Orleans (2-3)

The line: Vikings by 3 1/2

The skinny: Sunday, 8:30 p.m. (TSN). It's almost not fair -- throwing that Saints defence against the Vikings, who have the NFL's No. 1 overall offence and the league's top-ranked passing game. The Vikings are plundering defences for a league-best 444.5 yards a game, while the Saints (29th in overall D) are allowing 376 a game, 14th in the NFC. Minnesota has an NFL-record 33 consecutive games of 300 yards-plus on offence. Of course, we know about Randy Moss (24 catches, 374 yards, seven TDs) but the Viking have trotted out a new weapon. In Sunday's win over Texas, rookie running back Mewelde Moore ran for 92 yards and snagged 12 passes more 90 more yards.

Cody's call: Vikings 30-21

Tampa Bay (1-4) at St. Louis (3-2)

The line: Rams by 6 1/2

The skinny: Monday, 9 p.m. (ABC). Sunday's comeback by the Rams -- 17 points in the last six minutes of regulation time -- is the second biggest in NFL history. This matchup pits the Rams' No. 4-ranked passing attack against the Buccaneers' third-ranked pass defence. The main combatants in this skirmish will be Tampa Bay corners Ronde Barber and Brian Kelly vs. Ram receivers Torry Holt and Issac Bruce. Barber has 30 tackles this season while Kelly has 17 takedowns, two interceptions and 17 passes defended as teams clearly try to steer clear of Barber. The Bucs are allowing just 143.8 passing yards a game. Bruce has 38 catches for 526 yards (13.9 average) while Holt has 30 snags for 363 yards (12.1 average).

Cody's call: Rams 30-17

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