Minnesota (2-4) at Carolina (4-2): That was a nice comeback victory for the Vikings last week against Green Bay, but this is still a flawed team. Carolina, 24-16.
Green Bay (1-5) at Cincinnati (5-2): The Bengals were exposed a bit last week against Pittsburgh, particularly with their run defense, but the Packers have way too many injuries on offense to win at Cincy. Cincinnati, 33-20.
Arizona (2-4) at Dallas (4-3): The Cardinals won because of their defense last week against Tennessee, but they'll need more than that against a Dallas team coming off a heartbreaking loss at Seattle. Dallas, 24-13.
Chicago (3-3) at Detroit (3-3): Yes, this is a battle for sole possession of first place in the horrible NFC North. It's a tough game to call because both teams have struggled on offense. We just like the Bears' defense a little bit more. Chicago, 16-13.
Cleveland (2-4) at Houston (0-6): The Texans have to win sometime, right? This might be their best chance all season. Houston, 16-15.
Miami (2-4) at New Orleans (2-5): This game actually will be played in Baton Rouge, but the Dolphins will need to play much better for Nick Saban's homecoming to be a happy one. Unfortunately, the Saints have played much better than the Dolphins lately. New Orleans, 27-17.
Washington (4-2) at New York Giants (4-2): This is the second-best matchup of the weekend. The Redskins have the edge on defense, the Giants on offense. Home field makes the difference. N.Y. Giants, 21-20.
Jacksonville (4-2) at St. Louis (3-4): The Rams can score, but they'll be going up against a good Jaguars defense. Jacksonville, on the other hand, has struggled on offense all year. Tough call. St. Louis, 24-23.
Oakland (2-4) at Tennessee (2-5): The Raiders finally got off the schneid last week against Buffalo and they might be ready to get a little streak going. The Titans simply are not very good. Oakland, 30-20.
Kansas City (4-2) at San Diego (3-4): The Chargers have perfected the art of losing close games this season and at some point that's going to have a long-term effect. The Chiefs, meanwhile, have been up-and-down. Should be a lot of scoring in this one. San Diego, 35-31.
Philadelphia (4-2) at Denver (5-2): The Eagles got lucky last week against San Diego, while Denver lost in the final seconds. Philly's lack of a running game is a problem. Denver, 23-19.
Tampa Bay (5-1) at San Francisco (1-5): Former University of Miami star Ken Dorsey gets the call at quarterback for the 49ers, while Carnell Williams remains a question mark for the Bucs. None of it matters, though. The 49ers are that bad. Tampa Bay, 24-10.
Buffalo (3-4) at New England (3-3): The Patriots are coming off their bye week and could have Tedy Bruschi back in the lineup. The Bills, meanwhile, got hammered at Oakland last weekend and will need a big effort from Kelly Holcomb. Don't count on it, though. New England, 28-13.
Monday, October 31
Baltimore (2-4) at Pittsburgh (4-2): The Ravens have no offense and now they have injury concerns on defense as well. The Steelers, meanwhile, have been awesome in prime time under Bill Cowher. Pittsburgh, 27-6.
Last week's record: 12-2
Season record: 66-36