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Published: Sat, October 21, 2006 @ 12:00 a.m.



DENVER at CLEVELAND

Game time: 4:05 p.m.TV/radio: (27) (8) WKBN-AM (570), WNCD-FM (93.3)Opening line: Broncos by 41/2. Record vs. spread: Broncos 2-3; Browns 2-3.Series history: Broncos lead 15-5 (Broncos lead 2-0 since 1999). Last meeting: Broncos 23, Browns 20, OT, Dec. 14, 2003 at Denver.Notes: Denver has stingiest defense through five games since 1934 Lions, who shut out their first seven opponents. ... Broncos have allowed one TD in 12 trips inside their 20. ... Cleveland has minus-9 turnover margin, tied for worst in league.Prediction: Broncos, 10-6

PITTSBURGH at ATLANTA

Game time: 1 p.m.TV/radio: (27) (2) WBBG-FM (106.1)Opening line: Steelers by 11/2. Record vs. spread: Steelers 2-3; Falcons 3-2.Series history: Steelers lead 11-1-1. Last meeting: Steelers 34, Falcons 34, Nov. 10, 2002 at Pittsburgh.Notes: Pittsburgh is 114-12-1 under Bill Cowher when it leads at half, a .902 success rate that ranks behind only George Halas (.918) and Vince Lombardi (.905). ... WR Hines Ward -- 18 catches for 207 yards -- has caught a pass in 124 consecutive games. ... Falcons are only team with two players with 400-plus yards rushing: RB Warrick Dunn (511) and QB Michael Vick (401).Prediction: Steelers, 24-13

NEW ENGLAND at BUFFALO

Game time: 1 p.m.Opening line: Patriots by 6. Record vs. spread: Patriots 3-2; Bills 3-3.Series history: Patriots lead 52-41-1. Last meeting: Patriots 19, Bills 17, Sept. 10, 2006 at New England.Notes: New England is 28-7 (.800) vs. AFC East since 2001. ... QB Tom Brady is 10-1 vs. Buffalo with 19 TDs vs. 10 INTs. ... Buffalo's offense has yet to score more than 20 points in a game this season.Prediction: Patriots, 20-6

CAROLINA at CINCINNATI

Game time: 1 p.m.TV: (17/62) (8)Opening line: Bengals by 3. Record vs. spread: Panthers 2-4; Bengals 3-2.

Series history: Panthers lead 2-0. Last meeting: Panthers 52, Bengals 31, Dec. 8, 2002 at Carolina.Notes: Panthers have won eight of past 10 decided by eight points or less. ... Last week, Steve Smith had eight catches for 189 yards and QB Jake Delhomme threw for career-high 365 yards and two TDs. ... In seven career games vs. NFC, QB Carson Palmer is 6-1, completing 162 of 244 passes for 1,707 yards with 15 TDs vs. seven INTs.Prediction: Panthers, 19-13

JACKSONVILLE at HOUSTON

Game time: 1 p.m.Opening line: Jaguars by 91/2. Record vs. spread: Jaguars 3-2; Texans 1-4.Series history: Tied 4-4. Last meeting: Jaguars 38, Texans 28, Dec. 24, 2005 at Houston.Notes: Jacksonville is only team to have two shutouts. ... LB Mike Peterson (pectoral), team's top tackler last three years, is out for season. ... CB Rashean Mathis is tied for league lead with four INTs. ... Houston is averaging league-low 67.6 yards rushing per game. ... Texans are giving up league-high 418.8 yards per game.Prediction: Jaguars, 19-13

SAN DIEGO at KANSAS CITY

Game time: 1 p.m.Opening line: Chargers by 51/2. Record vs. spread: Chargers 4-1; Chiefs 2-3.Series history: Chiefs lead 48-43-1. Last meeting: Chiefs 20, Chargers 7, Dec. 24, 2005 at Kansas City.Prediction: Chargers, 27-10

GREEN BAY at MIAMI

Game time: 1 p.m.Opening line: Dolphins by 4. Record vs. spread: Packers 1-4; Dolphins 0-6.Series history: Dolphins lead 9-2. Last meeting: Packers 24, Dolphins 10, Nov. 4, 2002 at Green Bay.Prediction: Dolphins, 20-15

DETROIT at NEW YORK JETS

Game time: 1 p.m.Opening line: Jets by 31/2. Record vs. spread: Lions 2-4; Jets 4-2.Series history: Lions lead 6-4. Last meeting: Jets 31, Lions 14, Nov. 17, 2002 at Detroit.Prediction: Jets, 27-19

PHILADELPHIA at TAMPA BAY

Game time: 1 p.m.Opening line: Eagles by 51/2. Record vs. spread: Eagles 4-2; Bucs 3-2.Series history: Eagles lead 7-6. Last meeting: Bucs 17, Eagles 0, Sept. 8, 2003 at Philadelphia.Prediction: Eagles, 27-9

WASHINGTON at INDIANAPOLIS

Game time: 4:15 p.m.TV: (17/62) (53) WBBW-AM (1240)Opening line: Colts by 10. Record vs. spread: Redskins 2-4; Colts 3-2.Series history: Colts lead 17-10. Last meeting: Redskins 26, Colts 21, Oct. 27, 2002 at Washington.Prediction: Colts, 31-23

ARIZONA at OAKLAND

Game time: 4:15 p.m.Opening line: Cardinals by 3. Record vs. spread: Cardinals 2-4; Raiders 1-4.Series history: Raiders lead 4-2. Last meeting: Raiders 41, Cardinals 20, Nov. 24, 2002 at Arizona.Prediction: Cardinals, 24-23

MINNESOTA at SEATTLE

Game time: 4:15 p.m.Opening line: Seahawks by 7. Record vs. spread: Vikings 4-1; Seahawks 2-3.Series history: Seahawks lead 6-3. Last meeting: Seahawks 27, Vikings 23, Dec. 12, 2004 at Minnesota.Prediction: Seahawks, 19-16

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