UPSET OF THE WEEK
VIKINGS (2-2) at BEARS (1-3)
LINE: MIN by 3.
COTE'S PICK: CHI, 24-21.
TV: 8:30 p.m. Monday, ESPN.
"AAAWWWK!" trills the Upset Bird. "Chicago Baaawwwk!" Chicago adds new starting quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, the rookie who could be very good very fast. And Minnesota subtracts running back Dalvin Cook, the dynamic rookie lost for the season. Those are equalizers in what suddenly is an interesting Monday night matchup. Factor the venue -- Bears have beaten Vikes eight of past nine at Soldier Field -- and the upset recipe is all laid out. Minny getting QB Sam Bradford back from injury is a wild-card here, but I'm betting it's Case Keenum again. "Yes, very eager to see the Bears new QB," notes U-Bird. "Mitchell Trubaaawwwk!"
At Dolphins (1-2, +3) over Titans (2-2), 24-17: Not sure this will prove to be much beyond an average Dolphins team, or a playoff team, but it is a team that wins this game at home. Or better be.
At Bengals (1-3, -3) over Bills (3-1), 19-17: Andy Dalton has found his touch after a rough start, and 'Gals' defense will stand up at home in a low-scoring game.
At Browns (0-4, even) over Jets (2-2), 21-20: I may be nuts. Browns have lost 27 of past 29. But I hunch Earthones at home with spark from debut of top pick Myles Garrett.
At Lions (3-1, -2 1/2) over Panthers (3-1), 24-20: Cam Newton belittled a female reporter. Time for Motown's turnover-inducing defense to befuddle Cam Newton.