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KANSAS CITY at CLEVELAND
Game time: 1 p.m.TV/radio: (27) (19) WKBN-AM (570) WNCD-FM (93.3)Opening line: Chiefs by 5. Record vs. spread: Chiefs 6-5; Browns 5-5-1.Series history: Chiefs lead 9-8-2 (2-0 since 1999). Last meeting: Chiefs 41, Browns 20, Nov. 9, 2003 at Kansas City.Notes: Kansas City has won five of its last six games. ... RB Larry Johnson, league's leading rusher, has 1,202 yards on 282 carries (4.3-yard average) and is on pace to break NFL record for rushes in a season (410). Johnson ranks second in NFL in yards from scrimmage at 1,551 (1,202 and 349) and has scored a TD in nine straight games. ... In his two starts against Cleveland, QB Trent Green has completed 49 of 71 (69 percent) for 644 yards, four TDs and one INT. ... CB Ty Law (3 INTs) needs one INT to reach 50 in his career. ... Cleveland has minus-11 turnover margin. ... Cleveland has worst rushing offense (80.1) in AFC. Prediction: Chiefs, 20-10
TAMPA BAY at PITTSBURGH
TV/radio: (17/62) (53) WBBG-FM (106.1)Game time: 4:15 p.m.Opening line: Steelers by 91/2. Record vs. spread: Bucs 4-6-1; Steelers 3-7-1.Series history: Steelers lead 6-1. Last meeting: Steelers 17, Bucs 7, Dec. 23, 2002 at Tampa Bay.Notes: Tampa Bay visits Pittsburgh for second time in history and first time since 1983. ... Bruce Gradkowski leads rookie QBs with nine TD passes. ... Last week, Carnell "Cadillac" Williams compiled his second 100-yard game of year on season-high 27 attempts after carrying just 35 times for 103 yards the previous three weeks. Williams has 697 yards rushing (3.8 per carry). ... WR Joey Galloway has 697 yards receiving (17.0 per catch), including 461 on road. ... Pittsburgh is last in NFL in turnover margin (minus-12). ... Last time Pittsburgh was shut out at least twice in season was 1989. Prediction: Steelers, 24-10
SAN DIEGO at BUFFALO
Game time: 1 p.m.Opening line: Chargers by 6. Record vs. spread: Chargers 7-4; Bills 7-4.Series history: Chargers lead 20-11-2. Last meeting: Chargers 48, Bills 10, Nov. 20, 2005 at San Diego.Notes: San Diego leads league in red-zone offense, scoring 31 TDs in 44 opportunities (70.5). ... Bills' defense has not allowed Chargers RB LaDanian Tomlinson more than 4.0-yard average in past two meetings.Prediction: Chargers, 20-17
MINNESOTA at CHICAGO
Game time: 1 p.m.TV: (17/62) Opening line: Bears by 10. Record vs. spread: Vikings 5-6; Bears 7-3-1.Series history: Vikings lead 48-41-2. Last meeting: Bears 19, Vikings 16, Sept. 24, 2006 at Minnesota.Notes: Minnesota has NFL's best rushing defense, allowing 56.6 yards per game (2.8 yards per rush). ... Vikings have worst passing defense in conference at 242.5 yards per game. Prediction: Bears, 21-2
NEW YORK JETS at GREEN BAY
Game time: 1 p.m.Opening line: Jets by 1. Record vs. spread: Jets 7-4; Packers 4-6-1.Series history: Jets lead 7-2. Last meeting: Jets 42, Packers 17, Dec. 29, 2002 at New York.Notes: New York has given up an average of 13 points over last three games. ... Last week, Jets had no turnovers and were called for one penalty. ... Packers rookie LB A.J. Hawk had 14 tackles against Seattle, his third double-digit tackle game.Prediction: Packers, 23-21
DETROIT at NEW ENGLAND
Game time: 1 p.m.Opening line: Patriots by 131/2. Record vs. spread: Lions 3-8; Patriots 6-4-1.Series history: Tied 4-4. Last meeting: Patriots 20, Lions 12, Nov. 28, 2002 at Detroit.Notes: Detroit is NFL-worst 23-68 (.253) since team president Matt Millen took control of franchise in 2001, including 1-5 on Thanksgiving.Prediction: Patriots, 31-10
SAN FRANCISCO at NEW ORLEANS
Game time: 1 p.m.Opening line: Saints by 61/2. Record vs. spread: 49ers 6-5; Saints 7-4.Series history: 49ers lead 45-20-2. Last meeting: Saints 30, 49ers 27, Sept. 19, 2004 at New Orleans.Notes: San Francisco has won 21 of past 30 meetings. ... RB Frank Gore has 505 yards rushing (168.3 per game) in past three, including team-record 212 yards two weeks ago.Prediction: Saints, 31-16
ARIZONA at ST. LOUIS
Game time: 1 p.m.Opening line: Rams by 61/2. Record vs. spread: Cardinals 4-7; Rams 6-5.Series history: Rams lead 30-23-2. Last meeting: Rams 16, Cardinals 14, Sept. 24, 2006 at Arizona.Notes: Arizona has worst defense in NFC, allowing 352.5 yards per game. ... Arizona, which has worst rushing offense in NFL (69.7 yards per game) ran six times last week, tying NFL record for fewest in a game, originally set by Chicago Cardinals against Boston in 1933.Prediction: Rams, 24-13
INDIANAPOLIS at TENNESSEE
Game time: 1 p.m.Opening line: Colts by 71/2. Record vs. spread: Colts 7-4; Titans 6-5.Series history: Colts lead 14-10. Last meeting: Colts 14, Titans 13, Oct. 8, 2006 at Indianapolis.Notes: Indianapolis can clinch fourth consecutive division title with win or Jacksonville loss. ... Indianapolis has won 12 straight AFC South games, including seven straight against Tennessee. Prediction: Colts, 14-13
ATLANTA at WASHINGTON
Game time: 1 p.m.Opening line: Redskins by 1. Record vs. spread: Falcons 5-6; Redskins 4-6-1.Series history: Redskins lead 15-4-1. Last meeting: Redskins 33, Falcons 31, Sept. 14, 2003 at Atlanta.Notes: Falcons are only team in NFL with two players with 850-plus yards rushing, QB Michael Vick (870) and RB Warrick Dunn (865). ... In eight games with 15-plus carries, RB Ladell Betts averages 96.1 yards per game (769 yards).Prediction: Redskins, 16-13
JACKSONVILLE at MIAMI
Game time: 4:05 p.m.Opening line: Dolphins by 21/2. Record vs. spread: Jaguars 6-5; Dolphins 4-7.Series history: Jaguars lead 2-1. Last meeting: Dolphins 24, Jaguars 10, Oct. 12, 2003 at Jacksonville.Notes: Last week, Jaguars allowed two TDs rushing in a game for first time this season. ... Miami's offense has allowed only three sacks in past four games.Prediction: Dolphins, 20-16
HOUSTON at OAKLAND
Game time: 4:05 p.m.Opening line: Raiders by 3. Record vs. spread: Texans 4-7; Raiders 6-5.Series history: Texans lead 1-0. Last meeting: Texans 30, Raiders 17, Oct. 3, 2004 at Houston.Notes: Houston, with 11 players on injured reserve, announced QB Sage Rosenfels and C Mike Flanagan will miss rest of season. ... DT Thomas Johnson is out for two weeks.Prediction: Raiders, 13-12
DALLAS at NEW YORK GIANTS
Game time: 4:15 p.m.Opening line: Cowboys by 31/2. Record vs. spread: Cowboys 7-4; Giants 5-6.Series history: Cowboys lead 51-35-2. Last meeting: Giants 36, Cowboys 22, Oct. 23, 2006 at Dallas.Notes: Dallas QB Tony Romo leads NFL with 110.8 passer rating. He's 4-1 as starter, with three straight wins. Prediction: Giants, 36-22
SEATTLE at DENVER
Game time: 8:15 p.m.TV: (21) (3) (11)Opening line: Broncos by 31/2. Record vs. spread: Seahawks 3-8-1; Broncos 4-7.Series history: Broncos lead 33-18. Last meeting: Broncos 31, Seahawks 9, Nov. 17, 2002 at Seattle.Notes: Seattle RB Shaun Alexander is back to MVP form after 201-yard performance on career-high 40 carries against Green Bay.Prediction: Seahawks, 16-12
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