PREVIEW | Sunday's games



MIAMI at BUFFALO, 1 p.m.
Record vs. spread: Dolphins 1-4. Bills 2-2.Series history: Dolphins lead 48-27-1. Last meeting: Dolphins beat Bills 20-3 on Dec. 21, 2003 at Orchard Park.Key matchup: Buffalo pass defense vs. Miami quarterbacks. Jay Fiedler has cracked rib and A.J. Feeley has concussion. Miami may have to turn to third-string quarterback Sage Rosenfels in a matchup of the NFL's last two winless teams. Rosenfels has not played this year. He is 4-for-9 for one touchdown in four NFL seasons. Either way, Bills will be applying pressure.
GREEN BAY at DETROIT, 1 p.m.
Record vs. spread: Packers 1-4. Lions 3-1.Series history: Packers lead 77-63-7. Last meeting: Lions beat Packers 22-17 on Nov. 27, 2003 at Detroit.Key matchup: Green Bay defense vs. Detroit offense. Both are ranked 31st in league. Green Bay was embarrassed Monday night giving up 48 points to Titans, who took advantage of six turnovers and Chris Brown ran for 148 yards. Lions' top receiver, Roy Williams, has sprained ankle and status is unknown. Without him, WR Az-Zahir Hakim (nine catches for a 14.7 average) is only deep threat. ... RB Artose Pinner got first start last week (68 yards, one TD) against Atlanta.
HOUSTON at TENNESSEE, 1 p.m.
Record vs. spread: Texans 2-3. Titans 2-3.Series history: Titans lead 4-0. Last meeting: Titans beat Texans 27-24 on Dec. 21, 2003 at Houston.Key matchup: Houston pass defense vs. Steve McNair. McNair had his way with Texans last year, 689 yards and five TDs in two games. McNair passed for career-high 421 yards in game in Nashville. Houston has allowed 368.2 yards per game, second worst in AFC. Of that total, 236.8 have come against pass. On upside, the Texans have 211 interception return yards (five INTs), bettering last year's total of 207.
SAN DIEGO at ATLANTA, 1 p.m.
Record vs. spread: Chargers 3-1. Falcons 2-3.Series history: Falcons lead 5-1. Last meeting: Falcons beat Chargers 14-3 on Dec. 7, 1997 at San Diego.Key matchup: LaDainian Tomlinson vs. NFL's top rushing defense. Tomlinson has 471 yards (4.6 avg.) and four TDs. He has 638 yards from scrimmage (212.7 per game) and six TDs in last three games vs. NFC opponents (337 receiving, 301 rushing). Atlanta has yielded just 70.4 yards per game on ground.
WASHINGTON at CHICAGO, 1 p.m.
Record vs. spread: Redskins 1-4. Bears 2-2.Series history: Bears lead series 20-15-1. Last meeting: Bears beat Redskins 27-24 on Dec. 21, 2003 at Chicago.Key matchup: QB Jonathan Quinn vs. third-ranked defense. Quinn, making his first start since 2001, struggled against good Eagles defense. Philadelphia stuffed Bears' running game -- leading rusher Thomas Jones had just 32 yards on 13 carries -- and made Quinn throw 43 times. Washington's defense has allowed 78.8 yards on the ground per game and 170.2 in the air.
SAN FRANCISCO at NEW YORK JETS, 1 p.m.
Record vs. spread: 49ers 3-2. Jets 3-0-1.Series history: 49ers lead 8-1. Last meeting: 49ers beat Jets 19-17 on Oct. 1, 2001, at East Rutherford, N.J.Key matchup: San Francisco run defense vs. Curtis Martin. Martin is off to best start of his 10-year career with 502 yards rushing in four games. 49ers defense has held opponents to 3.5 yards per rush, fifth best in NFL.
SEATTLE at NEW ENGLAND, 1 p.m.
TV: WYFX (17/62), WJW (8), WPGH (53)Record vs. spread: Seahawks 3-1. Patriots 3-0-1.Series history: Seahawks lead 7-6. Last meeting: Seahawks beat Patriots 10-9 on Oct. 24, 1993 at Seattle.Key matchup: Seattle offensive line vs. New England's pass rush. Seattle has allowed just seven sacks. Patriots lead AFC with 16 sacks, including three each from S Rodney Harrison and DE Willie McGinest. DE Richard Seymour has two sacks.
KANSAS CITY at JACKSONVILLE, 1 p.m.
Record vs. spread: Chiefs 1-3. Jaguars 3-2.Series history: Jaguars lead 3-1. Last meeting: Jaguars beat Chiefs 23-16 on Sept. 15, 2002 at Kansas City.Key matchup: KR Dante Hall vs. Jacksonville kicking teams. Hall has 11 returns for 23.0 average, with his longest being 45. Jacksonville leads AFC in kickoff coverage. Average drive start after kickoff is 24.4 for Jaguars' opponents. Hall has four punt returns for 14.0 average. Jacksonville P Chris Hanson has had only eight of his 26 punts returned.
CAROLINA at PHILADELPHIA, 1 p.m.
Radio: WBBW-AM (1240)Record vs. spread: Panthers 2-2. Eagles 4-0.Series history: Eagles lead 2-1. Last meeting: Panthers beat Eagles 14-3 on Jan. 18, 2004 at Philadelphia for NFC championship.Key matchup: Panthers QB Jake Delhomme vs. No. 3 pass defense in NFL. Delhomme seeks his third consecutive win vs. Eagles, including playoffs. He'll be facing them without WR Steve Smith (broken leg) and RB DeShaun Foster (broken collarbone). RB Stephen Davis (knee) might finally see action. If not, Eagles can concentrate on WR Muhsin Muhammad (14 catches, 214 yards) and rookie WR Keary Colbert (11 catches, 201 yards), making Delhomme's quest tougher.
DENVER at OAKLAND, 4:15 p.m.
Record vs. spread: Broncos 1-2-2. Raiders 1-4.Series history: Raiders lead 52-33-2. Last meeting: Broncos beat Raiders 22-8 on Nov. 30, 2003 at Oakland.Key matchup: Kerry Collins vs. second-ranked pass defense in NFL. Raiders have thrown nine interceptions, seven of those by Kerry Collins in past 21/2 games. Good news for Collins is Broncos have only one interception so far, by Champ Bailey.
MINNESOTA at NEW ORLEANS, 8:30 p.m.
TV: ESPNRecord vs. spread: Vikings 2-2. Saints 1-4.Series history: Vikings lead 15-7. Last meeting: Vikings beat Saints 32-31 on Dec. 15, 2002 at New Orleans. Key matchup: New Orleans defense against NFL's No. 1 offense. Vikings lead league with 444.5 yards per game, while Saints have allowed 376 per game, 14th in NFC. Minnesota has NFL-record 33 consecutive games of 300-plus yards on offense. Containing QB Daunte Culpepper and WR Randy Moss (24 catches, 305 yards, seven TDs). If that's not enough, last week rookie RB Mewelde Moore got first start and rushed for 92 yards and caught 12 passes for another 90.
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