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PITTSBURGH at CLEVELAND
Game time: 1 p.m.TV/radio: (27) (19) (2) WKBN-AM (570), WNCD-FM (93.3), WBBG-FM (106.1)Opening line: Steelers by 4 1/2. Record vs. spread: Steelers 3-6; Browns 5-4.Series history: Cleveland leads 55-53 (Pittsburgh leads 12-3 since 1999). Last meeting: Steelers 41, Browns 0, Dec. 24, 2005 at Cleveland.Notes: Last week, Steelers didn't commit turnover for first time this season. They had 10 in their previous two games. ... RB Willie Parker, after rushing for club-record 213 yards last week, has 1,001 yards from scrimmage (847 rushing, 154 receiving), third in the AFC. Parker has only 200-yard game by an NFL back this season. ... WR Hines Ward has 46 catches for 672 yards and six TDs. ... QB Ben Roethlisberger, 3-0 vs. Cleveland, has completed 63.7 percent of his passes, but has 14 INTs to his 10 TDs. ... Cleveland is coming off its first road win against an above-.500 team under Romeo Crennel. ... Browns are 3-4 in seven games that have been decided by eight points or less. ... Cleveland has poorest rushing offense in AFC (81.8 yards per game). ... Dennis Northcutt leads NFL in punt returns with 14.8 yards per attempt. ... Kellen Winslow leads NFL TEs with 56 receptions (561 yards). ... S Sean Jones has five INTs, tied for second in league.Prediction: Browns, 20-17
ATLANTA at BALTIMORE
Game time: 1 p.m.TV: (17/62)Opening line: Ravens by 3 1/2. Record vs. spread: Falcons 5-4; Ravens 5-4.Series history: Tied 1-1. Last meeting: Falcons 20, Ravens 17, Nov. 3, 2002 at Atlanta.Notes: NFL's No. 1 rushing offense (Atlanta, 198.9) vs. No. 2 rushing defense (Baltimore, 79.7). ... Atlanta's Michael Vick (650 yards) and RB Warrick Dunn (761) are the only teammates in NFL ranked in top 15 in rushing. ... Baltimore leads NFL with a plus-13 turnover margin, including 18 INTs.Prediction: Ravens, 24-16
ST. LOUIS at CAROLINA
Game time: 1 p.m.Opening line: Panthers by 6. Record vs. spread: Rams 6-3; Panthers 3-5-1.Series history: Panthers lead 9-7. Last meeting: Panthers 20, Rams 7, Dec. 12, 2004.Notes: St. Louis leads NFC in turnover margin at plus-8. ... RB Steven Jackson ranks third in NFL with 1,236 yards from scrimmage (784 rushing, 452 receiving). ... Carolina is averaging 25.8 points per game in past six (155). ... DE Julius Peppers leads NFL with 11 sacks.Prediction: Panthers, 31-20
NEW ENGLAND at GREEN BAY
Game time: 1 p.m.Opening line: Patriots by 6. Record vs. spread: Patriots 5-4; Packers 4-5.Series history: Packers lead 5-3. Last meeting: Packers 28, Patriots 10, Oct. 13, 2002 at New England.Notes: New England has allowed 79.8 yards rushing per game, second best in AFC. ... Patriots visit Green Bay for the first time since 1979. ... Packers LB A.J. Hawk is second among NFC rookies with four sacks.Prediction: Patriots, 27-20
BUFFALO at HOUSTON
Game time: 1 p.m.Opening line: Texans by 2. Record vs. spread: Bills 5-4; Texans 4-5.Series history: Bills lead 2-1. Last meeting: Bills 22, Texans 7, Sept. 11, 2005 at Buffalo.Notes: Buffalo has played in five games decided by five points or less; Bills are 1-4 in those games. ... Last week, Buffalo mustered season-low 162 yards on offense -- fourth time this year Bills have been held under 200. ... Houston WR Andre Johnson leads NFL in receptions (68) and is second in yards receiving (808). Johnson has five straight home games with 100-plus yards receiving.Prediction: Texans, 16-13
OAKLAND at KANSAS CITY
Game time: 1 p.m.Opening line: Chiefs by 10 1/2. Record vs. spread: Raiders 4-5; Chiefs 5-4.Series history: Chiefs lead 49-43-2. Last meeting: Chiefs 27, Raiders 23, Nov. 6, 2005 at Kansas City.Notes: Oakland has scored fewest points (105) in NFL for an average of 11.7 per game. ... Kansas City leads league in red-zone offense (66.7), scoring 18 TDs in 27 visits.Prediction: Chiefs, 16-2
MINNESOTA at MIAMI
Game time: 1 p.m.Opening line: Dolphins by 5. Record vs. spread: Vikings 5-4; Dolphins 2-7.Series history: Dolphins lead 5-4. Last meeting: Vikings 20, Dolphins 17, Dec. 21, 2002 at Minnesota.Notes: Minnesota leads NFL in rushing defense, allowing 66.6 yards per game. ... Vikings are 25th in NFL in scoring, at 16.3 points per game, and offense has reached end zone only nine times. ... Miami has one first-quarter touchdown all season.Prediction: Dolphins, 20-10
CINCINNATI at NEW ORLEANS
Game time: 1 p.m.Opening line: Saints by 4. Record vs. spread: Bengals 3-5-1; Saints 6-3.Series history: Tied 5-5. Last meeting: Bengals 20, Saints 13, Dec. 22, 2002 at Cincinnati.Notes: Heisman Trophy winners from USC: Bengals QB Carson Palmer (2002) and Saints RB Reggie Bush (2005) meet. ... Bengals have lost three in row by a combined 16 points, and five of last six. ... New Orleans leads NFL in passing with 283 yards per game and has No. 2 offense in NFC (378.8).Prediction: Saints, 41-31
CHICAGO at NEW YORK JETS
Game time: 1 p.m.Opening line: Bears by 6 1/2. Record vs. spread: Bears 6-3; Jets 6-3.Series history: Bears lead 5-3. Last meeting: Bears 20, Jets 13, Dec. 15, 2002 at Chicago.Notes: Bears have scored most (272) and allowed fewest points (120) in NFC. ... K Robbie Gould is 23-for-23 on field goals this season. ... Bears, winners of 18 of last 21, are 4-0 on the road this year.Prediction: Jets, 16-15
TENNESSEE at PHILADELPHIA
Game time: 1 p.m.Opening line: Eagles by 13. Record vs. spread: Titans 5-4; Eagles 5-4.Series history: Eagles lead 6-2. Last meeting: Titans 27, Eagles 24, Sept. 8, 2002 at Tennessee.Notes: Tennessee has given up most points (243) in AFC. ... WR David Givens (knee), with only eight catches for 104 yards this season, will miss rest of season. ... Titans have league's worst defense, allowing 374.3 yards per game.Prediction: Eagles, 31-11
WASHINGTON at TAMPA BAY
Game time: 1 p.m.Opening line: Bucs by 3. Record vs. spread: Redskins 3-6; Bucs 4-5.Series history: Redskins lead 8-7. Last meeting: Redskins 17, Bucs 10 (NFC wild card), Jan. 7, 2006 at Tampa Bay.Notes: Washington's offense has failed to produce TD in any of its three NFC road games. ... QB Jason Campbell will make his NFL debut. ... Bucs Bruce Gradkowski, 2-4 as starter, leads rookie QBs with seven TDs.Prediction: Bucs, 9-8
DETROIT at ARIZONA
Game time: 4:05 p.m.Opening line: Cardinals by 1.Series history: Lions lead 31-21-5. Last meeting: Lions 29, Cardinals 21, Nov. 13, 2005 at Detroit.Notes: Lions QB Jon Kitna is fifth in league with 2,376 yards passing. ... Kevin Jones, with 628 yards rushing, is second among RBs with 50 receptions (367 yards). ... Arizona is off to its worst start since 1978.Prediction: Lions, 26-20
SEATTLE at SAN FRANCISCO
Game time: 4:05 p.m.Opening line: Seahawks OFF. Record vs. spread: Seahawks 3-6; 49ers 5-4.Series history: Seahawks lead 8-6. Last meeting: Seahawks 41, 49ers 3, Dec. 11, 2005 at Seattle.Notes: RB Shaun Alexander may play. Seattle is 3-3 since Alexander broke his foot Sept. 24 ... QB Matt Hasselbeck (questionable, knee) has 13 TDs, four INTs and a 108.4 passer rating in his past six games, all wins, against 49ers. 49ers RB Frank Gore had franchise-record 148 yards rushing in first half last week and finished with career-best 159 yards.Prediction: Seahawks, 27-25
INDIANAPOLIS at DALLAS
Game time: 4:15 p.m.TV/radio: (27) (19) (2) WBBW-AM (1240)Opening line: Cowboys by 2 1/2. Record vs. spread: Colts 6-3; Cowboys 5-4.Series history: Cowboys lead 7-6. Last meeting: Colts 20, Cowboys 3, Nov. 17, 2002 at Indianapolis.Notes: A win would give coach Tony Dungy his fifth 10-win season with Colts, surpassing Don Shula for most in franchise history. Dungy is 3-0 vs. Dallas. ... Cowboys QB Tony Romo is second in league in passer rating at 101.2.Prediction: Cowboys, 28-27
SAN DIEGO at DENVER
Game time: 8:15 p.m.TV: (21) (3) (11)Opening line: Broncos by 3. Record vs. spread: Chargers 6-3; Broncos 4-5.Series history: Broncos lead 52-39-1. Last meeting: Broncos 23, Chargers 7, Dec. 31, 2005 at San Diego.Notes: RB LaDainian Tomlinson leads NFL with 18 TDs (16 rushing, 2 receiving) and rushing with 932 yards (4.9 per carry). LT has 15 of those TDs in five-game span, most in NFL history. Tomlinson has never had a 100-yard game in five visits to Denver. ... San Diego has scored most points (297) in league. ... Denver has given up fewest points (111) in league, holding opponents under 20 points in seven games this year.Prediction: Broncos, 22-21
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