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Power Rankings: Could a short week hurt the undefeated Tennessee Titans?

The Titans, the league’s only undefeated team, face the Packers on a short week.

“The Monday night game is all well and good and the experience was terrific,” Titans coach Jeff Fisher told The Tennessean. “… It’s over, and now we have the challenge of a short week, and it’s against a good opponent.”

Tennessee hasn’t fared well coming off Monday night games. They have lost the past four such games, including a blowout loss at Cincinnati last season.

1. Tennessee, 7-0 -- Kerry Collins, 35, is 76-85 as a starter for five teams. He is 0-3 against Green Bay.

2. NY Giants, 6-1 -- In his past two games vs. Dallas, Plaxico Burress has 12 receptions for 168 yards and three touchdowns.

3. Pittsburgh, 5-2 -- Ben Roethlisberger is 1-7 when he throws three or more interceptions.

4. Washington, 6-2 -- Despite having faced five of the top-eight offenses, the Redskins are sixth in total defense, fifth against the run and 11th against the pass.

5. Buffalo, 5-2 -- The Bills rank 12th in the NFL in passing yards at 222 per game.

6. New England, 5-2 -- Wes Welker has caught at least six passes in each of the first seven games of the season.

7. Carolina, 6-2 -- The Panthers are 17th in total offense.

8. Philadelphia, 4-3 -- The Eagles are ranked 29th in the league in third-and-one conversions. They have converted only 6-of-13, including 4-of-10 rushing attempts.

9. New Orleans, 4-4 -- The Saints are first in total offense, first in passing but 28th in rushing.

10. Dallas, 5-3 -- The Cowboys have won three consecutive regular-season games vs. the Giants.

11. Tampa Bay, 5-3 -- The Bucs are 4-0 at Raymond James Stadium but 1-3 on the road, losing three close games.

12. Green Bay, 4-3 -- The Packers are 21-6 in their past 27 games.

13. Chicago, 4-3 -- The Bears have seven players with at least 200 receiving yards, something the team hasn’t accomplished in an entire season since 1989.

14. Arizona, 4-3 -- The Cardinals average only 86.1 rushing yards per game, ranking 29th in the league.

15. Denver, 4-3 -- The Broncos, having played out of the shotgun a lot, are 12th in the league in rushing, have had only one 100-yard game from a back and haven’t had a rushing touchdown in the past four games.

17. Baltimore, 4-3 -- Willis McGahee has 100 or more yards in three of his past four games against Cleveland, averaging 93.8 rushing yards per game vs. the Browns in his career.

18. NY Jets, 4-3 -- The Jets have lost their past three games vs. the Bills.

19. Cleveland, 3-4 -- The Browns have won two of their past three games against the Ravens.

20. Indianapolis, 3-4 -- Peyton Manning has won three of his past four starts vs. the Patriots, completing 61.9 percent of his passes for 1,221 yards, seven touchdowns, four interceptions and a 92.8 rating.

21. San Diego, 3-5 -- The Chargers have given up more passing yards per game (265.1) than any NFL team.

22. Houston, 3-4 -- In his past four starts, Matt Schaub is 101-of-141 (71.6) for 1,233 yards, nine touchdowns, two interceptions and a 113.6 rating.

23. Atlanta, 4-3 -- Jason Elam ranks fifth in NFL history with 411 field goals, including 38 of at least 50 yards.

24. Miami, 3-4 -- The Dolphins have won seven of the past eight against the Dolphins.

25. St. Louis, 2-5 -- The Rams have faced the toughest schedule in the NFC and the second-toughest schedule in the NFL. The Rams’ seven opponents are a combined 33-18.

26. Minnesota, 3-4 -- Adrian Peterson has 2,025 rushing yards in his first 21 games. His average of 96.4 yards per game is the best in the league since the start of the 2007 season.

27. Jacksonville, 3-4 -- The Jags play Cincinnati and Detroit back-to-back before getting the Titans at home.

28. Seattle, 2-5 -- The Seahawks still are off to their worst start since 2002.

29. San Francisco, 2-6 -- The 49ers have been outscored 230-171.

30. Kansas City, 1-6 -- The Chiefs, who used to have the best home-field advantage in football, are 1-2 at Arrowhead.

31. Cincinnati, 0-8 -- The Bengals have played the toughest schedule in the NFL. Their opponents are a combined 33-16.

32. Detroit, 0-7 -- The Lions rank 29th in total offense and 32nd in total defense.

Cowboys' pick

In his past four games vs. Dallas, including the postseason, Eli Manning has completed 67.4 percent of his passes for 981 yards with nine touchdowns and three interceptions for a 103.5 passer rating. The Cowboys travel to The Meadowlands with a depleted secondary now featuring two rookies and a seventh-round draft choice from 2007. Combined with Brad Johnson starting at quarterback for the Cowboys, this one has blowout written all over it.

GIANTS 31, Cowboys 10

Charean’s season record: 5-3

Upset special

Houston (+ 4 1/2) over MINNESOTA -- After losing their first two at Pittsburgh and at Tennessee, the Texans are 3-2. That includes an overtime loss at Jacksonville and a blown 17-point, fourth-quarter lead to Indianapolis. The Texans are averaging a league-best 410 yards per game the past five games.

Texans 20, VIKINGS 17

Charean’s season record: 2-5

Best bet

BUFFALO (- 5 1/2) over NY Jets -- The Bills are missing Josh Reed, who has 26 catches, 17 for first downs. That’s 22 percent of the Bills’ passing first downs. But Roscoe Parrish, who has 10 catches in five games, is ready for a bigger role.

“That’s what I came in for, not to be a special teams player,” Parrish, who missed two games with a thumb injury, told the Buffalo News. “[I] don’t want to start a conflict, but I want to have more on offense and do what I do, which is make plays and do whatever I can to help the team.” Parrish, like Reed, works best out of the slot, so he has been stuck as the No. 4 receiver role during his three-plus seasons. He caught a career-high 35 passes last season.

BILLS 27, Jets 21

Charean’s season record straight up: 7-0

Charean’s season record against spread: 6-0-1

-- Home team in caps.

Fantasy Tips

1. The Vikings have given up five special teams touchdowns in seven games. Jacoby Jones has returned two punts for touchdowns this season for the Texans.

2. The Bengals have been outscored 73-16 in the past two games, losses to Pittsburgh and to Houston. In the second halves of the past two games, the Bengals have allowed 49 points and scored just three. In the past two games, the Bengals have given up six touchdown passes and have only one.

3. Receiver Kevin Curtis, who missed the first six games recovering from sports hernia surgery, was on the field for 59 of the Eagles’ 68 offensive plays last week. Curtis, who caught 77 passes for 1,110 yards and six touchdowns last season, had three catches for 45 yards against the Falcons.

4. Clinton Portis, the NFC’s Offensive Player of the Month for October, will join Hall of Famers Earl Campbell (1980) and Eric Dickerson (1984) if he can top 120 yards for a sixth consecutive game. But the Steelers are allowing only 72 rushing yards per game.