Ravens' defence will test Harrington

STEVE COAD -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 8:17 AM ET

Baltimore (1-2) at Detroit (1-2)

The line: Lions by 1 1/2

The skinny: Sunday, 1 p.m. Which Joey Harrington will show up? Careful, the answer may well determine the outcome of this matchup. Two weeks after tossing five interceptions against Green Bay, the Detroit pivot completed 15 of 27 passes for 137 yards with no -- count 'em, zero -- turnovers in Sunday's 17-13 loss to the Tampa Bay Bucs. In the Ravens, Harrington faces a pass D that shares the AFC lead with five interceptions. Baltimore defence, ranked second overall, held the Jets to just eight first downs and 152 yards in a 13-3 win Sunday.

Cody's call: Ravens 20-10

Miami (2-1) at Buffalo (1-3)

The line: Bills by 2 1/2

The skinny: Sunday, 1 p.m. Bills coach Mike Milarkey announced yesterday that Kelly Holcomb, an offseason pickup from the Cleveland Browns, will start at quarterback. The move shouldn't shock anyone. J.P. Losman, the first-year starter out of Tulane, has struggled mightily since a season-opening win, earning a benching in two of his last three starts. Holcomb didn't fare that well in Sunday's 17-3 loss to the Saints, either, completing three of six passes for 28 yards and losing a fumble. The surprising Dolphins are giving up just 2.8 yards a rush, best in the NFL. Buffalo has scored only 29 points (two TDs, five field goals) in its last 14 quarters.

Cody's call: Bills 20-17

Seattle (2-2) at St. Louis (2-2)

The line: Rams by 3

The skinny: Sunday, 1 p.m. Critical matchup? How about the Seahawks versus the Edward Jones Dome, home of the Rams. Seattle, points out Associated Press football writer Paul Montella, hasn't won in St. Louis since joining the NFC West in 2002. The Rams won all three meetings last season, including 27-20 in the first round of the playoffs. It won't help that Seattle's Darrell Jackson and Bobby Engram, who lead the NFL with the most catches by a receiving duo (56: 29 by Jackson, 27 by Engram) are both listed as doubtful. Engram has cracked ribs, Jackson a bad knee.

Cody's call: Rams 28-20

Tampa Bay (4-0) at New York Jets (1-3)

The line: Bucs by 3

The skinny: Sunday, 1 p.m. With Chad Pennington shelved for the season (again) with a torn rotator cuff and backup Jay Fiedler out indefinitely with a shoulder injury, the Jets are hoping 41-year-old volunteer quarterback Vinny Testaverde can help them take flight. Jets running back Curtis Martin is struggling, rushing 82 times for a mere 226 yards -- 2.8 a carry. Speaking of tough times, Bucs stellar rookie rusher, Carnell (Cadillac) Williams was held to just 13 yards on 11 carries in Sunday's 17-13 win over the Lions.

Cody's call: Bucs 20-13

Tennessee (1-3) at Houston (0-3)

The line: Texans by 3

The skinny: Sunday, 1 p.m. Poor David Carr. The Houston quarterback has been sacked an unimaginable 20 times in three games this season and has a league-worst 65.5 passer rating. The Titans, for all their foibles, have a defence that specializes in negative-yard plays. Defensive end Kyle Van Bosch is the AFC sacks leader with five and third on the Titans with 24 tackles. The Texans, under the direction of new offensive co-ordinator Joe Pendry, managed to move the ball better Sunday against Cinci, but still only scored one touchdown in a 16-10 loss. Still, they're due.

Cody's call: Texans 14-10

New England (2-2) at Atlanta (3-1)

The line: Falcons by 3

The skinny: Sunday, 1 p.m. Never, ever count the Patriots out. Even though their defence this season is without inside linebackers Tedy Bruschi and Ted Johnson and strong safety Rodney Harrison, the Pats are no patsies. This week, they're facing the NFL's No. 1 ground attack. In a 30-10 win over Minnesota Sunday, the Falcons roamed the Georgia Dome for 285 rushing yards. The Falcons are the only team with three rushers with more than 100 yards this season -- running back Warrick Dunn (394), quarterback Mike Vick (234) and running back T.J. Duckett (148). Despite a slightly wonky knee, Vick is expected to play.

Cody's call: Falcons 28-24

New Orleans (2-2) at Green Bay (0-4)

The line: Packers by 3

The skinny: Sunday, 1 p.m. Brett Favre, who turns 37 Monday, tangles with New Orleans' sixth-ranked pass defence. Mike McKenzie, the former unhappy Packer who Green Bay packed off to the Saints last season, has six interceptions in his 14 games with New Orleans. Favre is battling with an inexperienced support cast, the lack of a running game forcing him to do everything himself. Despite the Pack's lack of an overall attack -- their offence is ranked 21st overall, 28th on the run and 10th in passing -- Favre's nine TD passes tie him for second in the league.

Cody's call: Packers 27-21

Chicago (1-2) at Cleveland (1-2)

The line: Browns by 3

The skinny: Sunday, 1 p.m. Da Bears are ranked fourth overall on defence (ninth against the run, fifth vs. the pass), surrendering an average of 267 total yards a game and 175 passing yards. Browns QB Trent Dilfer is 4-0 in four career home starts against Chicago. This season, Dilfer has completed 69 of 104 pass attempts (66.3 per cent) for 822 yards and four TDs. Chicago is holding opposing quarterbacks to a lowly 61.6 passer rating. The Bears are the NFL's No. 1 from inside the 20-yard line -- on both sides of the ball.

Cody's call: Browns 14-10

Indianapolis (4-0) at San Francisco (1-3)

The line: Colts by 14

The skinny: Sunday, 4:05 p.m. Excuse me for tossing out the suggestion that Colts QB Peyton Manning just might have a field day against San Fran's shoddy secondary. Heck, Arizona's Josh McCown riddled the Niners for a career-high 385 passing yards in a 31-14 victory Sunday. Manning is coming off his best game of the early season, a 31-10 Indy win over Tennessee, in which he threw four touchdown passes. San Francisco has been outscored 48-0 in the fourth quarter this season, blowing double-digit leads in its last two games.

Cody's call: Colts 38-17

Philadelphia (3-1) at Dallas (2-2)

The line: Eagles by 3 1/2

The skinny: Sunday, 4:15 p.m. Hardly surprising, the Eagles have the top offence in the NFL, averaging 432 yards a game, including a league-best 365.5 through the air. Despite injuries to his chest, groin and abdomen, Philly QB Donovan McNabb keeps soldiering on. All he's done in four games this season is throw for 1,333 yards and 11 touchdowns (three interceptions, too). The Eagles have the NFL leader in receptions at three positions: wide-receiver Terrell Owens has 32, tight end L.J. Smith has 26 and running back Brian Westbrook, 22.

Cody's call: Eagles 24-17

Carolina (2-2) at Arizona (1-3)

The line: Panthers by 3

The skinny: Sunday, 4:15 p.m. Cardinals quarterback Josh McCown is coming off a career game against San Francisco, a 31-14 win in which he passed for 385 yards. McCown has stellar targets in Anquan Boldin and Larry Fitzgerald, the only receiving tandem in the league with more than 350-plus yards: Boldin has 385, Fitzgerald, 268. The Panthers nearly gave one away to Brett Favre and the Packers Monday, winning 32-29 after leading 26-7 at the half. Carolina's offence is weird, sitting 25th in the rankings but sixth in scoring with 103 points.

Cody's call: Panthers 27-23

Washington (3-0) at Denver (3-1)

The line: Broncos by 7

The skinny: Sunday, 4:15 p.m. There's not a lot of difference between the Redskins team that finished 6-10 last season and this year's bunch, which is off to a 3-0 start. Washington's victories have been by two points, one point and three points. Its offence is actually averaging fewer points (14.3) than last year's bumbling attack, which averaged 15. Denver's defence will be a handful. Last week, the Broncos sacked Byron Leftwich four times and allowed Jacksonville just 12 yards rushing, a Jags franchise low.

Cody's call: Broncos 20-17

Cincinnati (4-0) at Jacksonville (2-2)

The line: Jags by 2 1/2

The skinny: Sunday, 8:30 p.m. (TSN). The Bengals are 4-0 for the first time since 1988, the last time they went to the Super Bowl. Cinci's Carson Palmer is the only passer in the league with a 100-plus passer rating in every start this season. He's completed an amazing 71.8 per cent of his passes and leads the AFC with nine TD tosses. One thing the Bengals are bungling is penalties. They've been flagged 45 times this season, second only to -- you guessed it -- the Oakland Raiders. The penalties have cost them 349 yards. Cinci's banged-up O-line will struggle against the Jags' stellar defensive line.

Cody's call: Jags 23-17

Pittsburgh (2-1) at San Diego (2-2)

The line: Chargers by 3

The skinny: Monday, 9 p.m. (ABC) A number of stats say Pittsburgh is the team to pick: head coach Bill Cowher is 6-1 versus San Diego; the Steelers are 16-6 under Cowher on Monday Night Football; and Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has yet to throw an interception this season and leads the NFL with a 131.8 passer rating. After starting the season 0-2, the Chargers have scored 86 points in back-to-back wins over the Giants and Patriots. After rushing for just 124 yards in San Diego's first two games, LaDainian Tomlinson now has 450 yards, second only to Shaun Alexander's 455 in the NFL.

Cody's call: Chargers 30-23

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