Sunday, March 9, 2014
By Greg Cote
The Miami Herald
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EAGLES (2-3) at BUCCANEERS (0-4), 1 p.m.
Outlook: Philly has more talent, but the Eagles' awful defense should be at least a partial remedy for what has been ailing Tampa Bay's offense. Darrelle Revis on DeSean Jackson, a delicious matchup, also should diminish one of Nick Foles' top targets as he (likely) subs again for Michael Vick. Bucs, at home and off a bye, finally turn onto W Street and lessen the heat on Greg Schiano. At least for now.
The pick: Buccaneers, 27-24
RAMS (2-3) at TEXANS (2-3), 1 p.m.
Outlook: Houston, alleged Super Bowl hopeful, has lost three straight by a combined 87-32, and Matt Schaub has set a dubious NFL record with a pick-six in four straight games. I like the Texans to get well behind Arian Foster as he exploits a Rams run-D that has allowed an average of 169.3 yards the past three games.
The pick: Texans, 30-20
JAGUARS (0-5) at BRONCOS (5-0), 4:05 p.m.
Outlook: The opening 28-point line tied the all-time NFL mark for largest spread, a suggestion of lopsidedness that made easy work for the Dog of the Week panel. There has even been media chatter that Peyton Manning should sit this one out, so foregone is the conclusion. Jacksonville has lost its last three by 76 combined points, and Denver is on a record scoring pace, but I'll take anybody getting this many points.
The pick: Broncos, 34-10
TITANS (3-2) at SEAHAWKS (4-1), 4:05 p.m.
Outlook: Tennessee has been a pleasant surprise, but Seattle is money at home. Russell Wilson is 10-0 in his young career in Seattle, with a 119.9 passer rating. The betting line seems awfully big, though, for what I'd figure as a fairly low-scoring game.
The pick: Seahawks, 24-13
CARDINALS (3-2) at 49ERS (3-2), 4:25 p.m.
Outlook: San Francisco has won seven of the last eight in this series, including the last four at home by a combined score of 112-36. Cardinals could keep it close, though, with a very solid run defense to slow Frank Gore.
The pick: 49ers, 27-17
REDSKINS (1-3) at COWBOYS (2-3), 8:30 p.m.
Outlook: Washington swept this series last season -- with Robert Griffin III throwing for 304 yards and four TDs in Dallas -- but this year finds RG III still off his rookie form and the Cowboys improved despite their record. Tony Romo threw for 500 yards in the shootout loss to Denver last week and could approach that stratosphere again. Dallas has won 17 of last 21 at home in series, and that trends continues.
The pick: Cowboys, 37-24
COLTS (4-1) at CHARGERS (2-3), 8:40 p.m.
Outlook: Indianapolis hosts Denver and the emotional return of Peyton Manning next week, so let's find out how well the Colts set aside that distraction and deal with an opponent that is typically inconsistent but good enough to win behind a hot-armed Philip Rivers.
The pick: Colts, 27-24
(Greg Cote's record: last week -- 5-9; season -- 43-34)