The line • 49ers by 4.
The pick • 49ers. Last week's no-show against the Vikes aside, I still believe the Niners are a legit contender. There's at least a 0.0003 percent chance, anyway.
Oakland at Denver
2:05 p.m., TV • Ch. 2
The skinny • "Why are the Raiders even still popular?" my son asked me the other day. "Haven't they only had, like, eight really good seasons in their history?" I haven't verified his math, but the initial question is still valid. I know they used to be known for "Just Win Baby" and Lyle Alzado and "Bo Knows" and L.A. street gang attire and the oh-so-memorable Rich Gannon … but what now? Quick word-association game: What's the first thing that comes to mind when I say "Raiders"? If you answered "penalties," you are correct. So why are the Raiders still so popular? I have no idea. Why are Steve Martin, the Avett Brothers and Mumford & Sons leading a banjo resurgence? Some questions are just unanswerable.
The line • Broncos by 7.
The pick • Broncos. In the tune "Little Lion Man," the Mumfords sing, "I really [messed] it up this time." Could be the Raiders' theme song.
New Orleans at Green Bay
2:25 p.m., TV • Ch. 13
The skinny • Now that those Lingerie Football League washouts have exited stage left and the entire state of Wisconsin has begun its treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder, we can finally move past the debacle that nearly caused Steve Young's head to explode (soooo close, and yet so far away) and onto this marquee matchup … featuring teams that are a combined 1-5. Hmmm … maybe they'd like us to linger a bit longer on the replacement refs? Anyway, you could argue the Packers ought to be 2-1 instead of 1-2, but that doesn't change the fact that a team that was scoring more often than George Clooney last year is now averaging 19 ppg. As for the Saints, I'm sure their defense will get a stop sometime.
The line • Packers by 71/2.
The pick • Packers. If they can't put up points against New Orleans, they may need to redirect their accusations of incompetence.
N.Y. Giants at Philadelphia
6:20 p.m., TV • Ch. 5
The skinny • LeSean McCoy vs. Osi Umenyiora is more a "feud" in the Simon Cowell vs. Paula Abdul sense than Biggie vs. 2Pac, in that thus far they've been limited to colorful back-and-forths and no one's been shot. It's had some good lasting power: Shady calling Osi the Giants' third-best D-lineman (and since amending it to fourth); Osi calling Shady "Lady Gaga" and telling him to "enjoy your special day" on Mother's Day. In the latest version, Shady told ESPN's "E:60" crew that Osi is just a "ballerina in a Giants uniform." Not sure I'll ever see the 6-foot-3, 255-pound Umenyiora performing in "Swan Lake," but if he gets ahold of McCoy on Sunday, he may well have a starring role in "The Nutcracker."
The line • Eagles by 2.
The pick • Giants. There's no dancing around the issue of the Eagles flaming out again if Michael Vick keeps averaging 17 turnovers a game.
… and nine to go
Tennessee at Houston, 11 a.m. • Matt Schaub's four-TD effort last week was a work of art. Reminds me of a Van Gogh, for some reason.
San Diego at Kansas City, 11 a.m. • Hopefully Jamaal Charles doesn't have to rush for 200 yards in order for K.C. to get another win.
Seattle at St. Louis, 11 a.m. • Seahawks may not need the generous officiating this time around.
New England at Buffalo, 11 a.m. • Little Billy Belichick could use a kindergarten refresher on keeping his hands to himself.
Minnesota at Detroit, 11 a.m. • Probably a good idea to let your center know you don't intend to actually snap the ball.
Carolina at Atlanta, 11 a.m. • Bound to be a bigger rout than Reagan vs. Mondale.
Miami at Arizona, 2:05 p.m. • The Cards have beat the 'Hawks, the Pats and the Eagles. Maybe they're legit.
Cincinnati at Jacksonville, 2:05 p.m. • Catfight! Actually, the teams' cheerleaders brawling might be more interesting.
Washington at Tampa Bay, 2:25 p.m. • RG3 took almost as many hits last week as Mitt Romney.
Byes • Indianapolis, Pittsburgh