Cracking the Coad

STEVE COAD -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 7:37 AM ET

Buffalo (2-3) at Detroit (0-5)

The line: Bills by 1

The skinny: Sunday, 1 p.m. I'm torn here, but my gut says with all of Motown focusing on the Tigers, no one will notice the Lions lose their sixth in a row.

Cody's call: Bills 23-21

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

The line: Cowboys by 13 1/2

The skinny: Sunday, 1 p.m. Whether or not Terrell Owens ever becomes part of the solution in Big D, the Cowboys need to crank up their game. That means the Texans' win streak is over.

Cody's call: Cowboys 24-20

New York Giants (2-2) at Atlanta (3-1)

The line: Falcons by 3

The skinny: Sunday, 1 p.m. With home-field advantage, fresh legs after a week off and that defence of theirs, the Falcons will soar.

Cody's call: Falcons 23-17

Seattle (3-1) at St. Louis (4-1)

The line: Seahawks by 3

The skinny: Sunday, 1 p.m. The Rams aren't as good as they appear. After shocking us all by downing Denver on opening day, they lost to San Fran the next week. Since then, they've beaten Arizona, Detroit and Green Bay. Big deal.

Cody's call: Seahawks 28-24

Tennessee (0-5) at Washington (2-3)

The line: Redskins by 10

The skinny: Sunday, 1 p.m. The Titans got everyone's attention last week by playing the Colts so tough. The Redskins should prevail, but will need to control the running of Travis Henry and Vince Young.

Cody's call: Redskins 20-13

Carolina (3-2) at Baltimore (4-1)

The line: Ravens by 3

The skinny: Sunday, 1 p.m. The Panthers are winning, but they have yet to impress.

Cody's call: Ravens 21-17

Philadelphia (4-1) at New Orleans (4-1)

The line: Eagles by 3

The skinny: Sunday, 1 p.m. The Saints, unbeaten in their Katrina-devastated hometown, will be severely challenged to keep a great thing going. Wish them well.

Cody's call: Saints 20-17

Cincinnati (3-1) at Tampa Bay (0-4)

The line: Bengals by 6

The skinny: Sunday, 1 p.m. The Bengals really need to stop being the Bungles.

Cody's call: Bengals 27-17

Miami (1-4) at New York Jets (2-3)

The line: Jets by 2 1/2

The skinny: Sunday, 4:15 p.m. The Jets nose-dived last Sunday after a smooth takeoff to their season. Now it's time to fly again.

Cody's call: Jets 23-20

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

The line: Steelers by 7

The skinny: Sunday, 4:15 p.m. The Chiefs rallied from 10 down last week to win in Arizona. The Steelers need to rally -- and now -- to save their season.

Cody's call: Steelers 20-14

San Diego (3-1) at San Francisco (2-3)

The line: Chargers by 10

The skinny: Sunday, 4:15 p.m. If you didn't believe in Philip Rivers before the Pittsburgh game, you should now. The Chargers' young QB has amazing presence.

Cody's call: Chargers 27-21

Oakland (0-4) at Denver (3-1)

The line: Broncos by 15

The skinny: Sunday, 8:15 p.m. (TSN). The word that describes this one: mismatch. The fans in Denver deserve a runaway after being put to sleep last week by the Broncos' 13-3 win over the Ravens.

Cody's call: Broncos 33-9

Chicago (5-0) at Arizona (1-4)

The line: Bears by 10 1/2

The skinny: Monday, 8:30 p.m. (TSN, NBC). Even living and playing in the desert haven't prepared Cards' stellar rookie QB Matt Leinart for the heat the Bears will bring.

Cody's call: Bears 27-10

Season record

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Last week: 12-2; overall: 50-24

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Last week: 6-8; overall: 32-41


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