PREVIEW | Today's games



CLEVELAND at HOUSTON
Game time: 1 p.m.TV/radio: (27) (19) WKBN-AM (570), WNCD-FM (93.3)Opening line: Texans by 41/2. Record vs. spread: Browns 7-7-1; Texans 6-9.Series history: Browns lead 2-1. Last meeting: Texans 19, Browns 16, Oct. 30, 2005, at Houston.Notes: Cleveland has minus-13 turnover margin. ... Cleveland has allowed 145.3 yards rushing per game, second worst in AFC. ... Cleveland has worst rushing offense in AFC (80.5). ... Rookie LB Kamerion Wimbley has 10 sacks. ... Kellen Winslow leads team and NFL TEs with 78 receptions (782 yards). ... Browns' strength of schedule (.547) is third highest in NFL. ... Houston is 5-6 vs. AFC and 0-4 vs. NFC opponents. ... Last week, RB Ron Dayne had career-high 153 yards rushing and two TDs, dominating Colts' NFL-worst run defense.Prediction: Texans, 24-14
PITTSBURGH at CINCINNATI
Game time: 1 p.m.TV/radio: (2) WBBG-FM (106.1)Opening line: Bengals by 61/2. Record vs. spread: Steelers 6-8-1; Bengals 8-6-1.Series history: Steelers lead 43-30. Last meeting: Bengals 28, Steelers 20, Sept. 24, 2006 at Pittsburgh.Notes: Pittsburgh coach Bill Cowher (20-9) has more wins vs. Cincinnati than any other opponent. Cowher, who has led Steelers to two Super Bowls and six AFC championship games since 1992, may be coaching his last game. ... QB Ben Roethlisberger is eighth in NFL with 3,233 yards passing. His 22 INTs are six more than any other AFC QB who has played most of season, and are most by Steelers QB since Terry Bradshaw also had 22 in 1980. ... RB Willie Parker has 1,360 yards rushing (4.5 per carry) and 11 TDs. ... WR Hines Ward leads team with 69 catches and 924 yards receiving. ... Rookie WR Santonio Holmes is second on team with 45 catches and 700 yards. ... Cincinnati has worst passing defense in AFC (236.2). ... QB Carson Palmer has 3,784 yards passing with 26 TDs and 13 INTs. Palmer needs 216 yards passing to become first Bengals QB to reach 4,000. ... RB Rudi Johnson is fourth in AFC in rushing with 1,262 yards. He has 12 TDs rushing for third consecutive year.Prediction: Steelers, 20-17
DETROIT at DALLAS
Game time: 1 p.m.Opening line: Cowboys by 121/2. Record vs. spread: Lions 5-10; Cowboys 8-6-1.Series history: Cowboys lead 11-9. Last meeting: Cowboys 20, Lions 7, Nov. 20, 2005 at Dallas.Notes: Detroit is 0-7 on road and has lost seven straight overall. ... Lions have NFC-low minus-12 turnover margin. ... Dallas RB Marion Barber, who has 639 yards rushing (5.0 per carry), leads NFC with 90 points, 15 TDs and 13 TDs rushing.Prediction: Cowboys, 41-13
JACKSONVILLE at KANSAS CITY
Game time: 1 p.m.Opening line: Chiefs by 21/2. Record vs. spread: Jaguars 8-6-1; Chiefs 7-8.Series history: Jaguars lead 4-1. Last meeting: Jaguars 22, Chiefs 16, Oct. 17, 2004 at Jacksonville.Notes: Jaguars QB David Garrard is 4-2 in last six road starts, completing 62.4 percent of passes, with eight TDs, four INTs and 91.3 passer rating. ... RB Larry Johnson (1,651) needs 100 yards rushing to surpass his own club record of 1,750.Prediction: Chiefs, 20-9
ST. LOUIS at MINNESOTA
Game time: 1 p.m.Opening line: Vikings by 1. Record vs. spread: Rams 8-7; Vikings 7-8.Series history: Vikings lead 22-15-2. Last meeting: Vikings 27, Rams 13, Dec. 11, 2005 at Minnesota.Notes: St. Louis has plus-12 turnover differential. ... RB Steven Jackson is second in NFL with 2,168 yards from scrimmage (1,386 rushing, 782 receiving). His 88 receptions are one shy of NFC lead. Prediction: Rams, 19-16
CAROLINA at NEW ORLEANS
Game time: 1 p.m.Opening line: Saints by 3. Record vs. spread: Panthers 5-9-1; Saints 10-5.Series history: Panthers lead 12-11. Last meeting: Panthers 21, Saints 18, Oct. 1, 2006 at Carolina.Notes: Carolina WR Steve Smith ranks fifth in NFC with 1,081 yards receiving (76 catches). ... Saints lead NFL in total offense (397.8) and passing offense (284.5).Prediction: Saints, 24-22
OAKLAND at NEW YORK JETS
Game time: 1 p.m.Opening line: Jets by 13. Record vs. spread: Raiders 6-9; Jets 10-5.Series history: Raiders lead 21-15-2. Last meeting: Jets 26, Raiders 10, Dec. 11, 2005 at New York.Notes: Raiders have league-low minus-20 turnover differential. ... Jets WR Laveranues Coles (1,074) and WR Jerricho Cotchery (908) aim to become first Jets duo to reach 1,000 yards receiving each since 1998 (Wayne Chrebet, 1,083; Keyshawn Johnson, 1,131). Prediction: Jets, 18-5
SEATTLE at TAMPA BAY
Game time: 1 p.m.Opening line: Bucs by 11/2. Record vs. spread: Seahawks 5-9-1; Bucs 6-8-1.Series history: Seahawks lead 5-1. Last meeting: Seahawks 10, Bucs 6, Sept. 19, 2004 at Tampa Bay.Notes: Seattle QB Matt Hasselbeck is 8-3 in his last 11 road games, with 14 TDs, three INTs and 99.5 passer rating.Prediction: Bucs, 21-10
NEW ENGLAND at TENNESSEE
Game time: 1 p.m.Opening line: Titans by 3. Record vs. spread: Patriots 7-6-2; Titans 11-4.Series history: Patriots lead 20-16-1. Last meeting: Patriots 17, Titans 14, Jan. 10, 2004 (divisional playoffs) at New England.Notes: New England QB Tom Brady is 20-4 for his career in December, with 31 TDs and 15 INTs. Brady has 3,304 yards passing with 23 TDs and 12 INTs. ... Titans rookie QB Vince Young is 8-4 as starter.Prediction: Titans, 20-10
BUFFALO at BALTIMORE
Game time: 4:15 p.m.TV: (27) (19) (2)Opening line: Ravens by 81/2. Record vs. spread: Bills 10-5; Ravens 9-6.Series history: Tied 1-1. Last meeting: Ravens 20, Bills 6, Oct. 24, 2004 at Baltimore.Notes: Buffalo QB J.P. Losman (2,814) needs 186 yards passing for his first 3,000-yard season. In his last three games, Losman has completed 42 of 67 passes (62.7 percent) with six TDs, two INTs for 110.5 passer rating.Prediction: Ravens, 20-13
SAN FRANCISCO at DENVER
Game time: 4:15 p.m.TV: (17/62)Opening line: Broncos by 10. Record vs. spread: 49ers 8-7; Broncos 5-10.Series history: Broncos lead 6-5. Last meeting: Broncos 24, 49ers 14, Sept. 15, 2002 at San Francisco.Notes: San Francisco RB Frank Gore, NFC's leading rusher with 1,542 yards, needs 29 yards to break Garrison Hearst's single-season franchise record. Gore averages 5.5 yards per carry and has 1,995 yards from scrimmage, fourth in NFL.Prediction: Broncos, 24-13
MIAMI at INDIANAPOLIS
Game time: 4:15 p.m.Opening line: Colts by 9. Record vs. spread: Dolphins 5-10; Colts 8-7.Series history: Dolphins lead 46-22. Last meeting: Colts 23, Dolphins 17, Nov. 2, 2003 at Miami.Notes: Miami has its second losing season in past three years -- but only third since 1969. ... Colts lead AFC in offense (378.1) and passing offense (268.4).Prediction: Colts, 21-16
ATLANTA at PHILADELPHIA
Game time: 4:15 p.m.Opening line: Eagles by 7. Record vs. spread: Falcons 7-8; Eagles 8-6-1.Series history: Eagles lead 13-11-1. Last meeting: Falcons 14, Eagles 10, Sept. 12, 2005 at Atlanta.Notes: Atlanta leads NFL in rushing with 185.3 yards per game. ... Falcons are first team in NFL history with a QB-RB tandem with 1,000 yards rushing: RB Warrick Dunn (1,082) and QB Michael Vick (1,022).Prediction: Eagles, 27-10
ARIZONA at SAN DIEGO
Game time: 4:15 p.m.Opening line: Chargers by 14. Record vs. spread: Cardinals 7-8; Chargers 9-6.Series history: Chargers lead 7-3. Last meeting: Chargers 23, Cardinals 15, Sept. 22, 2002 at Arizona.Notes: Arizona RB Edgerrin James, with three 100-yard games in December, has 1,093 yards rushing for his sixth 1,000-yard season of career.Prediction: Chargers, 31-10
GREEN BAY at CHICAGO
Game time: 8:15 p.m.TV: (21) (3) (11)Opening line: Bears by 3. Record vs. spread: Packers 6-8-1; Bears 9-5-1.Series history: Bears lead 88-78-6. Last meeting: Bears 26, Packers 0, Sept. 10, 2006 at Green Bay.Notes: Packers WR Donald Driver leads NFC with 89 catches and 1,272 yards receiving (14.3 average). ... CB Charles Woodson leads NFC with seven INTs.Prediction: Bears, 24-20
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