Cracking the Coad

STEVE COAD -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 8:29 AM ET

Arizona (1-6) at Green Bay (2-4)

The line: Packers by 3 1/2

The skinny: Sunday, 1 p.m. The Packers are 0-3 at home this season, but this week Lambeau will bring them luck.

Cody's call: Packers 24-20

Atlanta (4-2) at Cincinnati (4-2)

The line: Bengals by 4 1/2

The skinny: Sunday, 1 p.m. If the Bengals are good enough to come back and beat Carolina, they're good enough to beat anybody. Plus they're at home.

Cody's call: Bengals 30-27

Baltimore (4-2) at New Orleans (5-1)

The line: Saints by 2

The skinny: Sunday, 1 p.m. Who doesn't want the Cinderella Saints to keep marching? The difference from past, undistinguished years is Drew Brees and a great defence.

Cody's call: Saints 17-14

Houston (2-4) at Tennessee (1-5)

The line: Titans by 3

The skinny: Sunday, 1 p.m. Rookie Wali Lundy may never become a household name, but for the time being he's giving the Texans a much-needed running game.

Cody's call: Texans 24-21

San Francisco (2-4) at Chicago (6-0)

The line: Bears by 16 1/2

The skinny: Sunday, 1 p.m. After their Monday night scare (or was that MNF embarrassment?) against the Cardinals, it's doubtful the Bears will take any opponent too lightly again. It was a good wakeup call for a great team.

Cody's call: Bears 28-13

Jacksonville (3-3) at Philadelphia (4-3)

The line: Eagles by 6

The skinny: Sunday, 1 p.m. Two straight losses should have the Eagles ravenous for a win this week. But they won't get it against the Jags if they fall behind 17-0 as they did last week against the Bucs.

Cody's call: Eagles 20-16

Seattle (4-2) at Kansas City (3-3)

The line: Chiefs by 6

The skinny: Sunday, 1 p.m. No Shaun Alexander. No Matt Hasselbeck. No Bobby Engram. No chance for the Seahawks.

Cody's call: Chiefs 27-20

Tampa Bay (2-4) at N.Y. Giants (4-2)

The line: Giants by 9

The skinny: Sunday, 1 p.m. The Bucs have beaten Cinci and the Eagles back-to-back, but Giants are sensing this might be their year. (I think they're dreaming.)

Cody's call: Giants 24-14

St. Louis (4-2) at San Diego (4-2)

The line: Chargers by 9

The skinny: Sunday, 4:05 p.m. The Chargers battled back from three early turnovers and a 17-point deficit against the Chiefs, only to lose on a field goal with six seconds left. The Chargers' chore is simple: Eliminate the turnovers.

Cody's call: Chargers 23-13

New York Jets (4-3) at Cleveland (1-5)

The line: Browns by 2

The skinny: Sunday, 4:15 p.m. The Jets have already matched their win total from last season, and for sure, there are more on the way. The Jets are fun to watch.

Cody's call: Jets 20-14

Indianapolis (6-0) at Denver (5-1)

The line: Broncos by 2 1/2

The skinny: Sunday, 4:15 p.m. In what will be a war between Denver's defence and Indy's offence, take Denver's D. It also helps that the Broncos are at home where they're 3-0.

Cody's call: Broncos 24-21

Pittsburgh (2-4) at Oakland (1-5)

The line: Steelers by 9

The skinny: Sunday, 4:15 p.m. With or without Ben Roethlisberger, the Steelers had better be able to beat these Raiders.

Cody's call: Steelers 24-17

Dallas (3-3) at Carolina (4-3)

The line: Panthers by 5

The skinny: Sunday, 8:15 p.m. (TSN). The Cowboys' skid is officially on.

Cody's call: Panthers 23-13

New England (5-1) at Minnesota (4-2)

The line: Pats by 2

The skinny: Monday, 8:30 p.m. (TSN). With Tom Brady at his methodical best these days and that running attack of theirs, the Patriots will move mountains.

Cody's call: Patriots 23-20

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