Cleveland (5-3) at Pittsburgh (6-2): The Steelers spanked the Browns on opening day, but Cleveland has come a long way since that game. Still, the Browns defense ranks last in the league and Derek Anderson simply won't be able to keep up with Ben Roethlisberger. Pittsburgh, 28-17.
Philadelphia (3-5) at Washington (5-3): The Redskins beat the Eagles, 20-12 in a Week 2 Monday night game at Philadelphia, and this one shouldn't be high-scoring, either. We'll go with the Eagles to even the score. Philadelphia, 17-16.
Atlanta (2-6) at Carolina (4-4): The NFC South is a bad division, as evidenced by this matchup. It's going to be Joey Harrington at quarterback for Atlanta, and either Vinny Testaverde or Matt Moore for Carolina. Either way, there shouldn't be much scoring. Carolina, 17-14.
St. Louis (0-8) at New Orleans (4-4): The Rams should be a little healthier than they've been all season coming off their bye, but the Saints are on a roll with four consecutive victories. Make it five, but this game will be closer than many people think. New Orleans, 28-26.
Buffalo (4-4) at Miami (0-8): This would seem like a very winnable game for the Dolphins, but the reality is the Bills have been playing well and they have some weapons -- Marshawn Lynch, Lee Evans and KOR Terrence McGee -- that can hurt the Dolphins. MIami will win a game this season, but it won't be this one. Buffalo, 24-16.
Denver (3-5) at Kansas City (4-4): The Chiefs wil have to make do without Larry Johnson in this one, but the Denver defense is a mess. Jay Cutler is expected to start at quarterback for the Broncos after being injured last weekend, and we think he'll help his team pull out a road victory. Denver, 24-21.
Jacksonville (5-3) at Tennessee (6-2): The Titans are a very quiet 6-2, and they've gotten there thanks to great defensive play. That doesn't bode well for the Jaguars, especially if David Garrard can't play. The Jaguars defense will rebound after being abused by New Orleans, but we like Tennessee in a close one. Tennessee, 14-13.
Minnesota (3-5) at Green Bay (7-1): Adrian Peterson is coming off the greatest rushing performance in NFL history, but he's going to find the going a lot tougher against the Packers' solid defense. Brett Favre will take care of the rest. Green Bay, 24-17.
Cincinnati (2-6) at Baltimore (4-4): This is an interesting matchup between a really bad offensive team (Baltimore) and a really bad defensive team (Cincinnati). Right now, the Ravens offense is just that bad; besides, we expect Carson Palmer to make a few plays. Cincinnati, 20-17.
Dallas (7-1) at NY Giants (6-2): The Giants have won six in a row, but look who they've beaten -- Washington, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Atlanta, the Jets and the Dolphins. This is not a great team, whereas Dallas looks totally legit. Dallas, 31-17.
Detroit (6-2) at Arizona (3-5): The Lions have been one of the biggest surprises of the season, and a big reason has been the play of their defense. Arizona, meanwhile, is having a typical year. Kurt Warner is still playing with torn ligaments in his left elbow, and his offensive line can't protect him. Detroit, 23-17.
Chicago (3-5) at Oakland (2-6): The Bears are coming off their bye and badly need this game. The Raiders have been playing decent defense lately, but their offense is horrible, whether it's Daunte Culpepper or Josh McCown at quarterback. Chicago, 17-10.
Indianapolis (7-1) at San Diego (4-4): Forget the letdown factor here as hurting the Colts. Their biggest issue is injuries. They will be without wideouts Marvin Harrison and Anthony Gonzalez, and tight end Dallas Clark is a question mark. That's an awful lot of pressure on Reggie Wayne and Joseph Addai, especially against a defense that will be looking to rebound after an embarrassing showing at Minnesota. San Diego, 23-20.
Monday, November 12
San Francisco (2-6) at Seattle (4-4): Does anybody remember that the 49ers started the season 0-2? Since then, their offense has been brutal, particularly at quarterback where Alex Smith continues to look like a bust. Seattle hasn't been that much better, but Matt Hasselbeck has been a lot better than Smith, and that will be the difference in this matchup. Seattle, 20-16.