Brady questionable for critical game

STEVE COAD -- London Free Press

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Tampa Bay (9-4) at New England (8-5)

The line: Off

The skinny: Tomorrow, 1:30 p.m. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is listed as questionable due to an ailing right shoulder and shin. Brady is the player New England can least afford to lose heading into a critical game. A Pats win or Miami loss to the New York Jets locks up the AFC East for the Pats.

Cody's call: Bucs 24-23

Kansas City (8-5) at New York Giants (9-4)

The line: Giants by 3

The skinny: Tomorrow, 5 p.m. The Giants lost middle linebacker Antonio Pierce, tackles Luke Petitgout and Kareem McKenzie, and defensive tackle William Joseph in a 26-23 overtime win over the Eagles Sunday. Pierce is a particularly loss as the Chiefs will unleash running back Larry Johnson.

Cody's call: Giants 28-24

Denver (10-3) at Buffalo (4-9)

The line: Broncos by 9

The skinny: Tomorrow, 8:30 p.m. The Bills' 19th-ranked pass defence is capable of giving Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer fits. However, Plummer has the NFL's No. 2 passer rating, a dandy 107.2 with 11 touchdown tosses and just three interceptions.

Cody's call: Broncos 31-10

Pittsburgh (8-5) at Minnesota (8-5)

The line: Steelers by 3

The skinny: Sunday, 1 p.m. Both teams are looking up at the playoffs and need this game. The Vikings have handled the sex-boat scandal mightily, particularly QB Brad Johnson. The question is whether the combination of this week's charges and the Steelers' firepower won't be too much.

Cody's call: Steelers 24-17

New York Jets (3-10) at Miami (6-7)

The line: Dolphins by 8 1/2

The skinny: Sunday, 1 p.m. The Jets' offence -- now without star running back Curtis Martin, who's gone for the season with a knee injury -- simply doesn't fly. The Dolphins are on a three-game winning streak, including last week's 23-21 shocker over San Diego.

Cody's call: Dolphins 24-13

San Diego (8-5) at Indianapolis (13-0)

The line: Colts by 8

The skinny: Sunday, 1 p.m. The Colts are at home and have the motivation of maintaining their perfect season. However, San Diego is locked in a battle with the Chiefs and Steelers for the final AFC wild-card berth.

Cody's call: Colts 30-23

Carolina (9-4) vs. New Orleans (3-10)

The line: Panthers by 8

The skinny: Sunday, 1 p.m. in Baton Rouge, La. With a win, the Panthers will hang on to at least a share of first place with the Bucs in the NFC North. Meanwhile, the Saints have pulled the plug on struggling quarterback Aaron Brooks, going with Todd Bouman.

Cody's call: Panthers 26-17

Arizona (4-9) at Houston (1-12)

The line: Cardinals by 1

The skinny: Sunday, 1 p.m. While the Cardinals are destined to finish under .500 for the 16th time in 18 years, they're doing it with flare. Kurt Warner is piloting the No. 1 passing attack in the NFL, with Larry Fitzgerald (1,151 receiving yards) and Anquan Boldin (1,106).

Cody's call: Texans 20-17

Seattle (11-2) at Tennessee (4-9)

The line: Seahawks by 7

The skinny: Sunday, 1 p.m. The Seahawks can clinch a first-round NFC bye. A victory also would give Seattle its first 10-game winning streak ever and tie the franchise record for most wins in a season (12 in 1984).

Cody's call: Seahawks 37-7

San Francisco (2-11) at Jacksonville (9-4)

The line: Jaguars by 15

The skinny: Sunday, 1 p.m. San Francisco quarterback Alex Smith, the first pick in this year's NFL draft, is fighting the pigskin. He fumbled three times in Sunday's 41-3 hammering at the hands of the Seahawks. In his four starts this season, Smith has fumbled nine times, losing three of them.

Cody's call: Jags 27-14

Philadelphia (5-8) at St. Louis (5-8)

The line: Rams by 3 1/2

The skinny: Sunday, 1 p.m. The Rams are sticking with rookie QB Ryan Fitzpatrick despite his five interceptions last game. Fitzpatrick has yet to throw a TD pass, but has scrambled deftly for two TDs. Philly's D is ranked 25th overall, but picked off three Eli Manning passes in the fourth quarter and OT in Sunday's loss to the Giants.

Cody's call: Eagles 23-21

Cincinnati (10-3) at Detroit (4-9)

The line: Bengals by 7 1/2

The skinny: Sunday, 4 p.m. A win assures the Bengals the AFC North title. Cinci running back Rudi Johnson already has rambled for 1,235 yards this season. The Lions' D surrenders an average of 126.1 rushing yards a game, third worst in the NFC.

Cody's call: Bengals 31-21

Cleveland (4-9) at Oakland (4-9)

The line: Raiders by 3

The skinny: Sunday, 4:05 p.m. Marques Tuiasosopo's shot as the Raiders starting quarterback lasted a week -- a 26-10 loss to the Jets. Kerry Collins is back at Oakland's helm, a good thing for the most part. While Collins has thrown for 3,118 yards and 16 touchdowns this season, his lack of mobility has led to 32 sacks for 194 yards.

Cody's call: Raiders 23-17

Dallas (8-5) at Washington (7-6)

The line: Redskins by 3

The skinny: Sunday, 4:15 p.m. The Redskins' banged up cornerbacks will have their hands full with Cowboys crack receiver Terry Glenn, who is closing in on his third 1,000-yard receiving season. The Redskins' D is ranked ninth overall, the Cowboys are 10th.

Cody's call: Redskins 21-17

Atlanta (8-5) at Chicago (9-4)

The line: Off

The skinny: Sunday, 8:30 p.m. (TSN). Falcons quarterback Mike Vick is nursing sore ribs, but is listed as probable. The critical matchup pits Atlanta's No. 1 running attack against the Bears' run D, which is ranked ninth.

Cody's call: Bears 23-20

Green Bay (3-10) at Baltimore (4-9)

The line: Ravens by 3

The skinny: Monday, 9 p.m. (ABC, Citytv). Brett Favre's grandmother had a stroke this week, the latest in a series of off-field personal troubles to hit the three-time MVP and his family in recent years. Green Bay is 1-6 on the road.

Cody's call: Packers 28-24

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