The Big Game
New England (10-0) at Denver (8-2)
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7:20 p.m., KXAS/5
Line: Patriots by 2 1/2
Patriots’ search for perfection gets its stiffest test as their top-ranked offense (320.4 yards) meets Denver’s top-ranked defense (284.3). Denver has thrown NFL’s most interceptions (18) — but 17 belong to injured Peyton Manning — while Tom Brady is tied for the fewest (3).
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NY Giants (5-5) at Washington (4-6)
Line: Giants by 2 1/2
A week after a 33-point win over Saints, ’Skins didn’t run a single play (of their 47) in the red zone vs. Panthers, rushed 12 times for 14 yards, had nine first downs, were sacked five times, and fumbled five times. Giants share the best turnover margin (+13) but can’t put away weak division.
Pittsburgh (6-4) at Seattle (5-5)
3:25 p.m., KTVT/11
Line: ’Hawks by 3 1/2
Seattle’s youth served notice against 49ers. RB Thomas Rawls rocked Beast Mode role for injured Marshawn Lynch with a 203-yard effort, and fellow rookie WR Tyler Lockett caught 2 TD passes. Steelers’ 6-4 record is better than every other AFC team not leading its division.
Minnesota (7-3) at Atlanta (6-4)
Line: Falcons by 1 1/2
Vikes’ six-game win streak ended thanks to six sacks and 45 rushing yards by NFL leader Adrian Peterson. Remember Atlanta’s 5-0 start? Neither do the Falcons. After leading Colts 21-7, Atlanta gained 62 yards its last seven possessions and had four turnovers on the day.
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Tampa Bay (5-5) at Indianapolis (5-5)
Line: Colts by 3
Bucs have a winning streak for the first time in 31 games. Against Atlanta, Indy won a game for the aged as 40-year-old QB Matt Hasselbeck threw two TD passes and set up 42-year-old kicker Adam Vinatieri, playing his 300th game, for his 26th winning FG in the final minute of a game.
St. Louis (4-6) at Cincinnati (8-2)
Line: Bengals by 9
Rams lost a 10-point lead, four fumbles, missed two long field goals late and an extra point. Their biggest offensive play was a 49-yard pass interference play on the Ravens. Bengals have lost two in a row, but still hold two-game edge in AFC North. QB Andy Dalton has 20 TDs, 5 INTs.
Buffalo (5-5) at Kansas City (5-5)
Line: Chiefs by 5 1/2
Bills RB LeSean McCoy has 100 yards rushing in four consecutive games. Chiefs have won four in a row — all by double digits — and QB Alex Smith hasn’t been intercepted in seven games, a string of 253 consecutive passes. But he’s only thrown seven TDs since last pick.
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New Orleans (4-6) at Houston (5-5)
Line: Texans by 3
Texans have won three straight and share AFC South lead. Added wildcat wrinkle was a boost to offense. Saints’ last-place defense (424.3) gets new look with former Raiders coach Dennis Allen taking over for discarded Rob Ryan. Offense is NFL’s second best (414.5).
Oakland (4-6) at Tennessee (2-8)
Line: Raiders by 1
Raiders’ explosive offense was a dud, held to season lows in yards (214), rushing (50), passing (164) and first downs (13) against the Lions as they lost their season-high third game in a row. Titans’ 10 consecutive home losses is nearing NFL-record 14. Only positive left is positioning for draft.
Arizona (8-2) at
San Francisco (3-7)
Line: Cardinals by 10
Cardinals have won four in a row and four of five on the road. QB Carson Palmer has 11 TDs in past three games and was only QB to pass for more than 300 yards last week. 49ers’ losses are by an average of 19.4 points, including 40-point hammering Week 3 at Arizona.
San Diego (2-8) at Jacksonville (4-6)
Line: Jaguars by 5 1/2
Philip Rivers had his worst passing day (178 yards) as Chargers lost sixth straight, held to a season-low 3 points. Defense has forced nine turnovers but only two in past five games. Stop the presses! Jags have won three of four and are favored for second week in a row.
Miami (4-6) at
NY Jets (5-5)
Line: Jets by 4
Dolphins ran only 38 offensive plays vs. Dallas and are on verge of missing the playoffs for a seventh year in a row. Jets were held to a season-low 267 yards of offense and have 41 first downs the past three games. They’ve lost four of five, but beat the Dolphins 27-14 in Week 4 at Miami.