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Published: Sat, October 28, 2006 @ 12:00 a.m.



NEW YORK JETS at CLEVELAND

Game time: 4:15 p.m.TV/radio: (19) WKBN-AM (570), WNCD-FM (93.3)Opening line: Browns by 11/2. Record vs. spread: Jets 5-2; Browns 2-4.Series history: Browns lead 11-7 (tied 1-1 since 1999). Last meeting: Jets 10, Browns 7, Nov. 21, 2004 at Cleveland.Notes: New York has matched last year's victory total. ... Last week, Leon Washington rushed for 129 yards on 20 carries and scored first two TDs of his career. ... Cleveland has minus-10 in turnover margin, second worst in NFL. ... Browns have worst offense in NFL with 245.2 yards per game.Prediction: Browns, 20-17

PITTSBURGH at OAKLAND

Game time: 4:15 p.m.TV/radio: (27) (2) WBBG-FM (106.1)Opening line: Steelers by 91/2. Record vs. spread: Steelers 2-4; Raiders 2-4.Series history: Tied 11-11. Last meeting: Steelers 24, Raiders 21, Sept. 12, 2004 at Pittsburgh.Notes: Pittsburgh coach Bill Cowher is 5-1 against Oakland. ... In past two games, QB Ben Roethlisberger has completed 32 of 41 passes (78.0 percent) for 476 yards with five TDs, and a 154.6 passer rating. ... Oakland, which committed five turnovers and eight penalties in its first win of season last week, has worst turnover differential in NFL (minus 12). ... Raiders have managed four TDs in 14 visits to red zone for AFC-low 28.6 percent.Prediction: Steelers, 20-2

SAN FRANCISCO at CHICAGO

Game time: 1 p.m.Opening line: Bears by 17. Record vs. spread: 49ers 3-3; Bears 4-2.Series history: 49ers lead 30-28-1. Last meeting: Bears 17, 49ers 9, Nov. 13, 2005 at Chicago.Notes: San Francisco has been outscored by 70 points in its first six games. The 194 points 49ers allowed are most in NFL. ... RB Frank Gore ranks sixth in NFC in yards rushing (502) and yards from scrimmage (722). Gore also has team-high 24 receptions. ... Bears have yielded fewest points (59) in NFC and second fewest in NFL. They've allowed three TDs in 11 trips inside their 20.Prediction: Bears, 49-5

ATLANTA at CINCINNATI

Game time: 1 p.m.TV: (17/62) (8) (53)Opening line: Bengals by 4. Record vs. spread: Falcons 4-2; Bengals 3-2-1.Series history: Bengals lead 7-3. Last meeting: Falcons 30, Bengals 3, Sept. 22, 2002 at Atlanta.Notes: Atlanta has best rushing game (222.2) and worst passing game (132.7) in NFL. ... Falcons have plus-7 turnover margin, tied for second in NFL. ... Cincinnati has plus-6 turnover differential, tied for second in AFC.Prediction: Bengals, 21-20

ARIZONA at GREEN BAY

Game time: 1 p.m.Opening line: Packers by 3. Record vs. spread: Cardinals 2-5; Packers 2-4.Series history: Packers lead 42-22-4. Last meeting: Cardinals 20, Packers 13, Sept. 21, 2003 at Arizona.Notes: Cardinals QB Matt Leinart, at 0-3, has lost more games as an NFL starter than he did in three seasons at USC. ... Arizona has worst rushing offense (66.9) in league. ... Packers have worst passing (293.3) and overall (389.7) defense in league, yet have allowed only eight TDs in 18 trips inside their 20.Prediction: Packers, 24-20

SEATTLE at KANSAS CITY

Game time: 1 p.m.Opening line: Chiefs by 41/2. Record vs. spread: Seahawks 2-4; Chiefs 3-3.Series history: Chiefs lead 30-18. Last meeting: Seahawks 39, Chiefs 32, Nov. 24, 2002 at Seattle.Notes: Seattle has NFC-worst 69.2 percentage in red-zone defense, allowing nine TDs in 13 visits. ... Kansas City has not allowed 100-yard rusher in 18 consecutive home games, longest such streak in NFL.Prediction: Chiefs, 23-10

BALTIMORE at NEW ORLEANS

Game time: 1 p.m.Opening line: Saints by 21/2. Record vs. spread: Ravens 3-3; Saints 5-1.Series history: Ravens lead 2-1. Last meeting: Saints 37, Ravens 25, Dec. 8, 2002 at Baltimore.Notes: Baltimore QB Steve McNair has 64.1 passer rating and has thrown seven INTs, compared to five TDs. ... Saints have outscored opponents 43-3 in second quarter.Prediction: Saints, 21-18

TAMPA BAY at NEW YORK GIANTS

Game time: 1 p.m.Opening line: Giants by 9. Record vs. spread: Bucs 4-2; Giants 4-2.Series history: Giants lead 9-6. Last meeting: Bucs 19, Giants 13, Nov. 24, 2003 at Tampa Bay.Notes: Twin brothers CB Ronde (Bucs) and RB Tiki (Giants) Barber meet for fourth time in their careers. Bucs have won three of those four. ... Tampa Bay has worst offense (267.3) in NFC and has scored fewest points (85) in conference. ... New York ranks second in total (389.5) and rushing (152.3) offenses.Prediction: Giants, 24-19

JACKSONVILLE at PHILADELPHIA

Game time: 1 p.m.TV: (27) (19) (2)Opening line: Eagles by 6. Record vs. spread: Jaguars 3-3; Eagles 4-3.Series history: Jaguars lead 2-0. Last meeting: Jaguars 28, Eagles 25, Oct. 6, 2002 at Jacksonville.Notes: Jacksonville RB Maurice Drew is one of two NFL players to have scored at least three TDs rushing and at least two TDs receiving. ... Philadelphia, behind leading offense (417.1) in NFL, has scored league-best 200 points.Prediction: Eagles, 31-11

HOUSTON at TENNESSEE

Game time: 1 p.m.Opening line: Titans by 3. Record vs. spread: Texans 2-4; Titans 3-3.Series history: Titans lead 6-2. Last meeting: Titans 13, Texans 10, Dec. 11, 2005 at Tennessee.Notes: Houston is coming off back-to-back home victories for first time in its five-year history but has lost 10 straight road games. ... Tennessee is allowing 164.5 yards rushing per game, most in league.Prediction: Titans, 10-9

ST. LOUIS at SAN DIEGO

Game time: 4:05 p.m.Opening line: Chargers by 10. Record vs. spread: Rams 5-1; Chargers 4-2.Series history: Rams lead 5-3. Last meeting: Rams 28, Chargers 24, Nov. 10, 2002 at St. Louis.Notes: St. Louis leads NFL with plus-11 turnover margin. K Jeff Wilkins is second in NFL in scoring with 65 points (11 for 11 in PATs and 18 for 21 in FGs). ... Chargers sacks leader LB Shaun Phillips, with six, is out for four to six weeks (calf).Prediction: Chargers, 27-17

INDIANAPOLIS at DENVER

Game time: 4:15 p.m.Opening line: Broncos by 3. Record vs. spread: Colts 4-2; Broncos 3-3.Series history: Broncos lead 11-6. Last meeting: Colts 49, Broncos 24, Jan. 2, 2006 at Indianapolis.Notes: Colts lead AFC in total offense (373.0) and passing offense (261.8) and lead NFL in red-zone offense (64.0) with 16 TDs in 25 visits. ... Broncos have allowed two TDs in 13 trips in red zone.Prediction: Broncos, 24-23

DALLAS at CAROLINA

Game time: 8:15 p.m.TV: (21) (3) (11)Opening line: Panthers by 41/2. Record vs. spread: Cowboys 3-3; Panthers 2-4-1.Series history: Cowboys lead 5-3. Last meeting: Cowboys 24, Panthers 20, Dec. 24, 2005 at Carolina.Notes: Past four games between these teams have been decided by four points or less. ... Dallas RB Julius Jones rushed for 194 yards and two TDs last year against Carolina. ... Panthers DE Julius Peppers leads NFL with eight sacks.Prediction: Panthers, 24-13

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