GREEN BAY (3-5) at minnesota (4-4) When: Noon Line: Vikings by 5 1/2 Key stat: The Vikings have outscored opponents 59-19 in the fourth quarter and OT. Outlook: Brett Favre has thrown 14 TD passes in his last five games vs. the Vikings. Chester T...
GREEN BAY (3-5) at minnesota (4-4)
Line: Vikings by 5½
Key stat: The Vikings have outscored opponents 59-19 in the fourth quarter and OT.
Outlook: Brett Favre has thrown 14 TD passes in his last five games vs. the Vikings. Chester Taylor has averaged 102.5 rushing yards in last four games for the Vikes. The Packers will have to throw to win, and it won't be easy. The Vikings have shown they can score enough at home.
Prediction: Vikings 27, Packers 24
TV: KQDS Ch. 21
BUFFALO (3-5) AT INDIANAPOLIS (8-0)
Line: Colts by 12
Outlook: Bills QB J. P. Losman has thrown eight TD passes in his last six road games. The Colts are unlikely to be savoring a win at New England too much to overlook the Bills. Joseph Addai (4.7 yards per carry) and Dominic Rhodes could exploit the Bills' weak run defense.
Prediction: Colts 34, Bills 17
BALTIMORE (6-2) at TENNESSee (2-6)
Line: Ravens by 7
Outlook: Ex-Titan QB Steve McNair returns to Nashville, having thrown seven TDs vs. seven interceptions. His successor, rookie Vince Young, has a 5-7 ratio. The Ravens have won two straight since their week off, saving a season that appeared to be slipping away with two straight losses.
Prediction: Ravens 23, Titans 20
CLEVELAND (2-6) at atlanta (5-3)
Line: Falcons by 8
Outlook: Both tight ends are key: Browns' Kellen Winslow has 51 catches and Falcons' Alge Crumpler has 30 catches and six TDs. The Falcons have proven to be tough at home and need to put pressure on Browns QB Charlie Frye.
Prediction: Falcons 30, Browns 20
kansas city (5-3) at miami (2-6)
Line: Chiefs by 1
Outlook: Larry Johnson, second in the NFL with 1,145 yards from scrimmage, has run for nine TDs. The Dolphins picked up a confidence-building win at Soldier Field last week, but will the Chiefs cooperate with six turnovers? Not the way QB Damon Huard is playing.
Prediction: Chiefs 24, Dolphins 20
san francisco (3-5) at detroit (2-6)
Line: Lions by 6
Outlook: Lions WR Roy Williams has caught TD passes in three straight and has eight in his last eight home games. The Lions have shown they can run ball with Kevin Jones and get it to Williams. The road has proven treacherous for the young 49ers.
Prediction: Lions 27, 49ers 17.
houston (2-6) at Jacksonville (5-3)
Line: Jaguars by 10½
Outlook: Owen Daniels is tied for second among tight ends with five TD catches for the Texans. Jaguars QB David Garrard is 6-1 as a starter and hasn't thrown an interception this season. Garrard has given the Jaguars a spark, leading them to two straight wins.
Prediction: Jaguars 23, Texans 17
N.Y. Jets (4-4) at new england (6-2)
Line: Patriots by 10½
Outlook: Jets QB Chad Pennington needs a big day to pull off the upset. Patriots rookie Laurence Maroney should improve his 4.3 yards-per-carry average against this defense. The Patriots get a chance to bounce back from loss to the Colts against a division rival they have plenty of experience beating.
Prediction: Patriots 31, Jets 17
san diego (6-2) at cincinnati (4-4)
Line: Chargers by 1
Outlook: LaDainian Tomlinson will continue to pile up touchdowns (12 rushing, 2 receiving). The Chargers have the ability to run vs. the Bengals and control ball. The Bengals' offense is still waiting to put it all together.
Prediction: Chargers 24, Bengals 21
washington (3-5) at philadelphia (4-4)
Line: Eagles by 7
Outlook: Eagles QB Donovan McNabb has accounted for 22 TDs (19 passing, three rushing) in 12 career games vs. the Redskins. Clinton Portis, who leads the NFC with seven rushing TDs, has scored five in his last three games vs. the Eagles.
Prediction: Eagles 27, Redskins 17
denver (6-2) at oakland (2-6)
When: 3:05 p.m.
Line: Broncos by 9
Outlook: Javon Walker is having a big first season in Denver: 39 catches, five TDs. Raiders WR Randy Moss has at least five catches in last four vs. the Broncos. The Broncos' only loss since opening day was to the Colts, so they'll breeze past this fading franchise that was once a respected rival.
Prediction: Broncos 24, Raiders 12
st. louis (4-4) at Seattle (5-3)
When: 3:15 p.m.
Line: Seahawks by 3½
Outlook: Rams WR Torry Holt is tied for the NFL lead with seven TD receptions. Seahawks WR Darrell Jackson has six TDs in eight career games vs. the Rams.
Prediction: Seahawks 31, Rams 30
new orleans (6-2) at pittsburgh (2-6)
When: 3:15 p.m.
Line: Steelers by 4
Outlook: Saints rookie Marques Colston continues to excel; he's fourth in the NFL with 700 receiving yards and tied for first with seven TD catches. It's a year to forget for Ben Roethlisberger with 14 interceptions.
Prediction: Saints 20, Steelers 17
TV: KQDS Ch. 21
dallas (4-4) at arizona (1-7)
When: 3:15 p.m.
Line: Cowboys by 7
Outlook: Receivers on stage: Terrell Owens (44 catches, six TDs) for the Cowboys; Anquan Boldin (48 catches, three TDs) for the Cardinals.
Prediction: Cowboys 30, Cardinals 20
chicago (7-1) at n.y. Giants (6-2)
When: 7:15 p.m.
Line: Giants by 3
Outlook: Rex Grossman, with 14 TD passes vs. 10 INTs, may have time to throw as he tries to bounce back from another bad game. Giants RB Tiki Barber averages 4.8 yards per carry and leads the NFL with 830 yards rushing. The Bears lead the league in defense, but can they slow down Barber in the Meadowlands?
Prediction: Giants 21, Bears 17