What they have to do to win on Sunday

If the Bears are going to break their four-game losing streak, Thomas Jones will have to carry the load.

San Francisco at Chicago

What the Bears have to do to win:

Offensively, make a great commitment to RB Thomas Jones. He's their best offensive weapon and get him at least 25 touches in the game.

Defensively, if Dorsey starts, pressure him early and often. If Tim Rattay starts, get after him and don't give him time to throw because he can get the ball down field. What the 49ers have to do to win:

Offensively, get RB Kevan Barlow involved early and make a commitment to him. That way, if QB Ken Dorsey starts, he won't have to win the game for them.

Defensively, make QB Craig Krenzel beat them. If that's the case, they'll be in the game late.

Green Bay at Washington

What the Packers have to do to win:

Get the ball in the hands of running back Ahman Green early and often. Why? The Packer secondary is banged up and if Green's productive, they can control the clock and they would be able to keep their defense off of the field.

Washington blitzes most of the time so they'll be overly aggressive. Run some screens and draws to throw them off.

Defensively, muster a pass rush so QB Mark Brunell doesn't have enough time to challenge their injured secondary.

What the Redskins have to do to win:

Offensively, challenge the beat-up Packer secondary from the outset of the game. Challenge rookie CB Ahmad Carroll as other teams have done.

Defensively, control the Packer running game, as the Redskins have done against most other teams. Keep the pressure on QB Brett Favre so he can't get the ball down field. Shorten the field up so his speedy receivers can't make plays.



Baltimore at Philadelphia

What the Ravens have to do to win:

They must be able to run the ball in order to control the clock. This way, they can take the ball out of QB Kyle Boller's hands and not put pressure on him to win the game. If their running game is successful, that will keep the high-powered Eagle offense off of the field.

Defensively, Keep the pressure on QB Donovan McNabb all game and make him get rid of the ball before he wants to. Blitz S Ed Reed and make McNabb make a mistake.

What the Eagles have to do to win:

Offensively, someone other than WR Terrell Owens must make plays. Without star RB Brian Westbrook, they'll need someone other than Owens to make a big play. This would be a good time for second-year TE LJ. Smith to reemerge.

Defensively, stop their running game and make Boller beat them.



Arizona at Buffalo

What the Cardinals have to do to win:

The Bills' run defense is pretty stout but they must find a way to run the football. That will help set up the passing game which will finally have second-year WR Anquan Boldin back in the fold.

Defensively, control the running game and make QB Drew Bledsoe beat them. He hasn't been able to get the job done consistently this season and the Cardinals are among the league leaders and turnovers recorded.

What the Bills have to do to win:

Offensively, challenge the Cardinal run defense, which has been playing well of late. They had been giving up plenty of yardage through their first three games. If they can be successful, that will help open up their deep passing game.

Defensively, make QB Josh McCown beat them. He's still a little skittish and if the Bills can put pressure on them, McCown will turn the ball over.



New York Giants at Minnesota

What the Giants have to do to win:

Offensively, they have to run the ball well and control the clock. That way, they'll be able to keep the Viking offense off the field for as long as possible. Also, get TE Jeremy Shockey involved again in the red zone offense.

Defensively, LDE Michael Strahan must be more effective than he was last week. He should be able to handle Vikings' rookie RT Nat Dorsey. Limit the effectiveness of the Viking running game. If they can, they can play the Vikings more honest and can double their receivers if need be.

What the Vikings have to do to win:

Offensively, get the running game started early. That way they can get their deep passing game going. Get RB Mewelde Moore involved in the screen game. Getting him out in space against the Giants' linebackers gives them a big advantage.

Defensively, pressure QB Kurt Warner as Detroit did last week. Warner had three fumbles last week. Don't let RB Tiki Barber run wild or make plays in the passing game as he done against many of their opponents this season.



Cincinnati at Tennessee

What the Bengals have to do to win:

Offensively, establish the running game as they did against Denver last week. Go after CB Samari Rolle as they went against top CB Champ Bailey. If #1 WR Chad Johnson isn't successful against Bailey, someone else must step up and make plays.

Defensively, ends Justin Smith and Duane Clemons must put pressure on whoever starts at quarterback for Tennessee.

The linebackers must tackle well as they did in the second half last week against Denver.

What the Titans have to do to win:

Offensively, run the ball effectively early against the shaky Bengal run defense. If successful, get the ball down field to receivers Derrick Mason and Drew Bennett.

Defensively, stop the Bengal running game and make QB Carson Palmer beat them. Palmer has to prove that he can play consistently well on road to take the next step in his young career.



Indianapolis at Kansas City

What the Colts have to do to win:

Offensively, keep doing what they have been doing. Run the ball well and keep the defense guessing. If RB Edgerrin James gets off early, that will open up the passing game all day.

Defensively, they must control RB Priest Holmes. Have him rush for less than 4.0 yards a carry. They also must get pressure on QB Trent Green so he can't pick their injured secondary apart.

What the Chiefs have to do to win:

Offensively, establish the run game early in order to keep the high-powered Colt offense off the field. If they can accomplish that, they'll be able to make plays in the passing game because the Colts won't be able to double any of their receivers consistently.



Detroit at Dallas

What the Lions have to do to win:

Offensively, control the ball on the ground, as they have been able to do in recent weeks on the road. Go after the young defensive backs of Dallas as other teams have done.

Defensively, get after QB Vinny Testaverde because Dallas has become a passing team this season.

What the Cowboys have to do to win:

Offensively, although it has been tough to do for the club, try to establish some sort of a running game. Head coach Bill Parcells said earlier this week that he wanted to make more of a commitment to running the football.

Defensively, don't give QB Joey Harrington time to operate. Also, make sure to tackle better. They did a poor job of tackling in the running game of Green Bay.



Jacksonville at Houston

What the Jaguars have to do to win:

Offensively, get RB Fred Taylor involved in the pass and run game as they have in recent weeks. He may be their best offensive weapon.

Defensively, take away QB David Carr's short passing game. Carr loves to throw short slants over the middle that can be make in to long gains. Carr isn't a good deep thrower.

What the Texans have to do to win:

Offensively, run the ball on the perimeter. It's very hard to run inside so run sweeps or stretch plays.

Defensively, get after QB Byron Leftwich. Don't let him sit back in the pocket or he'll pick them apart.



Atlanta at Denver

What the Falcons have to do to win:

They have to get the running game jump started early so they can keep the ball as much as possible. If called upon, one of their receivers must be able to make a big play.

Defensively, find a way to control the Bronco running game.

What the Broncos have to do to win:

Offensively, run the ball down the throat of the Falcons as the Chiefs did last week. If they are successful, that will help open up the deep passing game.

Defensively, make QB Michael Vick beat them. If they stop the running game, Vick will be forced to make plays and that's something they haven't been able to do.



Carolina at Seattle

What the Panthers have to do to win:

Offensively, QB Jake Delhomme must play much better than he has in recent weeks. To do this, they have to run the ball effectively and often. That will mean they won't have to play from behind.

Defensively, get after QB Matt Hasselbeck who has struggled this season. Also, tackle well against the Seahawk running game.

What the Seahawks have to do to win:

Offensively, get the ball to RB Shaun Alexander a lot more than they did last week. They must make a better commitment to the running game to get better balance on offense.

Defensively, pressure Delhomme who has been making too many mistakes for the last several games.



New England at Pittsburgh

What the Patriots have to do to win:

Offensively, spread their formations. The Steeler secondary is banged up and they don't have a quality cover cornerback.

Defensively, confuse rookie QB Ben Roethlisberger as they have done against so many signal callers during their 21-game winning streak.

What the Steelers have to do to win:

Offensively, get the running game started early in order to control the clock. That will keep the ball away from QB Tom Brady and the solid Patriot offense.

Defensively, find a way to pressure Brady so he can't get the deep passing game going. Also, DTs Chris Hoke and Kendrick Clancy must play well in place of starter Casey Hampton who is out for the season.



Oakland at San Diego

What the Raiders have to do to win:

Offensively, QB Kerry Collins must build off of last week's solid game and not turn the ball over. If they can run the ball well, that will open things up in the passing game.

Defensively, control the solid Charger running game and make QB Drew Brees beat them.

What the Chargers have to do to win:

Offensively, get their running game established. If RB LaDainian Tomlinson isn't effective early, get his backups Jesse Chatman and Michael Turner the ball.

Defensively, pressure Collins in to mistakes as other teams have done since he took over the starting job.


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