Cracking the Coad

STEVE COAD -- London Free Press

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Atlanta (5-4) at Baltimore (7-2)

The line: Ravens by 4

The skinny: Sunday, 1 p.m. The Falcons have the NFL's No. 1 rushing attack. The Ravens defence is No. 2 vs. the run. Baltimore is coming off a 19-point comeback win over the Titans.

Cody's call: Ravens 24-21

Pittsburgh (3-6) at Cleveland (3-6)

The line: Steelers by 3 1/2

The skinny: Sunday, 1 p.m. Just a feeling, but I'm getting excited about the Steelers. One worry: Ben Roethlisberger has thrown 10 touchdown passes and 14 interceptions.

Cody's call: Steelers 23-14

New England (6-3) at Green Bay (4-5)

The line: Patriots by 6

The skinny: Sunday, 1 p.m. Though not likely to put the Packers over the top this week, Brett Favre has thrown just two interceptions in his last five games.

Cody's call: Patriots 26-17

Buffalo (3-6) at Houston (3-6)

The line: Texans by 2 1/2

The skinny: Sunday, 1 p.m. If this game is close and it should be, the Texans are the better bet. (Yikes!) The Bills are 1-4 in games decided by five points or less.

Cody's call: Texans 10-7

Oakland (2-7) at Kansas City (5-4)

The line: Chiefs by 10

The skinny: Sunday, 1 p.m. Trent Green returns as the Chiefs QB after missing 10 weeks with a concussion. He'd better do well because Damon Huard earned the right to start.

Cody's call: Chiefs 27-10

Minnesota (4-5) at Miami (3-6)

The line: Dolphins by 3 1/2

The skinny: Sunday, 1 p.m. If you like defence, you'll love this one. Minnie leads the NFL in run D and the Dolphins have the No. 1 defence in the AFC. Not sure why . . .

Cody's call: Vikings 17-13

Cincinnati (4-5) at New Orleans (6-3)

The line: Saints by 3 1/2

The skinny: Sunday, 1 p.m. The Bungles are coming off a huge collapse, losing 49-41 to the Chargers after leading 21-0. If that doesn't make their blood boil, nothing will.

Cody's call: Bengals 33-30

St. Louis (4-5) at Carolina (5-4)

The line: Panthers by 7

The skinny: Sunday, 1 p.m. The Rams have lost four straight and depending on which Panthers team turns up, that number could easily grow to five.

Cody's call: Panthers 27-23

Chicago (8-1) at N.Y. Jets (5-4)

The line: Bears by 7

The skinny: Sunday, 1 p.m. The Jets have already beat the four wins of last season. Still, the Bears are 4-0 on the road this season.

Cody's call: Bears 24-20

Tennessee (2-7) at Philadelphia (5-4)

The line: Eagles by 13

The skinny: Sunday, 1 p.m. The Eagles offence is No. 1 in the NFL. The Titans are dead last in defence. Let's do the math together.

Cody's call: Eagles 33-21

Washington (3-6) at Tampa Bay (2-7)

The line: Bucs by 3

The skinny: Sunday, 1 p.m. The Redskins starting quarterback is Jason Campbell, a first-round pick in 2005 who has been a third-stringer for his first 25 NFL games.

Cody's call: Bucs 20-19

Detroit (2-7) at Arizona (1-8)

The line: Cardinals by 2 1/2

The skinny: Sunday, 4:05 p.m. Being the underdog against the Cards, even when they're at home on the desert, tells you how bad the Lions are. This game is an eyesore.

Cody's call: Cardinals 21-13

Seattle (6-3) at San Francisco (4-5)

The line: None

The skinny: Sunday, 4:05 p.m. Shaun Alexander may play. The Seahawks are 3-3 since he broke his foot Sept. 24. Seattle has killed the 49ers recently, winning the last six meetings.

Cody's call: Seahawks 27-21

Indianapolis (9-0) at Dallas (5-4)

The line: Colts by 1

The skinny: Sunday, 4:15 p.m. No doubt Cowboys kicker Mike Vanderjagt would love to put the boots to his former team. Indy isn't invincible, but pretty close.

Cody's call: Cowboys 30-27

San Diego (7-2) at Denver (7-2)

The line: Broncos by 2 1/2

The skinny: Sunday, 8:15 p.m. (TSN). These teams are tied atop the AFC West. The Broncos have beaten the Chargers six times in a row in Denver and in 10 of their last 11 meetings.

Cody's call: Broncos 23-21

N.Y. Giants (6-3) at Jacksonville (5-4)

The line: Jaguars by 3 1/2

The skinny: Monday, 8:30 p.m. (TSN, NBC). The Giants are battered and Eli Manning is coming off a brutal night against Da Bears. The Jags should be in an ugly mood after losing to the Texans.

Cody's call: Jaguars 23-20

Season record

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Last week: 10-6; overall: 85-59

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