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Game Scout - Week 11
November 17, 2006

Atlanta Falcons (5-4) at Baltimore Ravens (7-2)

GAME SNAPSHOT
KICKOFF: Sunday, 1:00 ET
GAMEDATE: 11/19/06
SURFACE: Sportexe Momentum
TV: FOX, Dick Stockton, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusa
SERIES: 3rd meeting, tied 1-1; Falcons last victory 20-17 in 2002 in Atlanta. Ravens won the only other time they played, 19-13 in overtime in 1999.
2006 RANKINGS: Falcons: offense 9th (1st rush, 30th pass); defense 20th (9th rush, 30th pass). Ravens: offense 21st (25th rush, 15th pass); defense 5th (2nd rush, 12th pass)

KEYS TO THE GAME: The Falcons won't win by trying to attack the Ravens while coming from behind, so they must get off to a strong start in a tough road environment. QB Michael Vick has committed six turnovers the past two games while the running game has not been as dominant with young OGs P.J. Alexander and Tyson Clabo in the lineup. Vick needs to protect the ball and put some points on the board because the Ravens have averaged 29.3 points since coach Brian Billick took over the play-calling three games ago. Baltimore's running game is hardly explosive, but RB Jamal Lewis can still be a big factor against Atlanta's depleted defensive line that lost DE Patrick Kerney for the season and will feature youngsters Chauncey Davis, Paul Carrington and Josh Mallard.

FAST FACTS: Falcons: Coach Jim Mora is 8-3 against the AFC, including a four-game road winning streak. ... TE Alge Crumpler has five touchdowns in his past four games. Ravens: K Matt Stover's streak of 36 consecutive field goals made is the third-longest in NFL history. ... McNair has completed 66 percent of his passes with five touchdown passes since Billick took over play-calling.

Buffalo Bills (3-6) at Houston Texans (3-6)

GAME SNAPSHOT
KICKOFF: Sunday, 1:00 ET
GAMEDATE: 11/19/06
SURFACE: Grass
TV: CBS, Don Criqui, Steve Beuerlein
SERIES: 4th meeting, Bills lead series 2-1. Buffalo scored a 31-24 victory in 2002 at expansion Houston early in Drew Bledsoe's tenure with the club. The Texans came back the next season to win 12-10 in Orchard Park. That loss was the third in a four-game losing streak for Buffalo that accelerated a disappointing 6-10 finish and led to the firing of coach Gregg Williams. Buffalo won last year at home 22-7.
2006 RANKINGS: Bills: offense 31st (20th rush, 31st pass); defense 21st (20th rush, 18th pass). Texans: offense 24th (27th rush, 20th pass); defense 27th (27th rush, 20th pass)

KEYS TO THE GAME: The Bills aren't good enough to waste scoring opportunities, and must improve in the red zone where they have scored just eight touchdowns in 20 trips this season. RB Willis McGahee will miss another game, although Anthony Thomas hasn't been much of a drop-off thus far. Buffalo has allowed nine sacks in two games since shuffling three spots on the offensive line, and now will play without injured OG Chris Villarrial. Houston would like to exploit that weakness, but has its own injury issues along the defensive line -- including plantar fasciitis bothering rookie DE Mario Williams. The Texans won last week thanks to creating four turnovers, but Houston needs its running game to step up and provide a decent complement to QB David Carr.

FAST FACTS: Bills: WR Peerless Price needs 10 receptions to tie Frank Lewis (269) for eighth place in franchise history. ... DE Aaron Schobel has 9.0 sacks in his past 11 road games. Texans: LB Demeco Ryans leads all NFL rookies with 79 tackles, and is tied for the overall lead with 64 solo tackles. .. WR Andre Johnson leads the NFL with 68 receptions.

Chicago Bears (8-1) at New York Jets (5-4)

GAME SNAPSHOT
KICKOFF: Sunday, 1:00 ET
GAMEDATE: 11/19/06
SURFACE: FieldTurf
TV: FOX, Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Pam Oliver
SERIES: 9th meeting. Bears lead series 5-3, including a 20-13 victory in the most recent meeting at home, Dec. 15, 2002.
2006 RANKINGS: Bears: offense 13th (19th rush, 10th pass); defense 1st (10th rush, 1st pass). Jets: offense 25th (15th rush, 23rd pass); defense 31st (28th rush, 21st pass)

KEYS TO THE GAME: After knocking off the Giants last weekend, the Bears go for the rare back-to-back at the Meadowlands. Chicago suddenly has reason to worry about its run defense, which has allowed an average of 141 yards over the past three games. The Jets hardly have a dominating ground game, but they certainly want to use the tandem of RBs Leon Washington and Kevan Barlow to set up the play-action pass for QB Chad Pennington. Defensively, the Jets know they have to get after Bears QB Rex Grossman and force him into costly mistakes downfield. However, Chicago has to be encouraged by RB Thomas Jones' 113-yard outing last Sunday. If the ground game can be more consistent, the Bears can limit how aggressive they need Grossman to be through the air.

FAST FACTS: Bears: Rookie Devin Hester needs one return for a touchdown to tie the NFL record of four combined punt/kick returns in a single-season. ... K Robbie Gould has made a franchise record 25 consecutive field goals. Jets: Remaining opponents have a combined 19-35 record. ... Pennington is 8-3 in November starts.

Cincinnati Bengals (5-4) at New Orleans Saints (6-3)

GAME SNAPSHOT
KICKOFF: Sunday, 1:00 ET
GAMEDATE: 11/19/06
SURFACE: Sportexe Momentum
TV: CBS, Dick Enberg, Randy Cross
SERIES: 11th meeting. The Bengals and New Orleans Saints are tied at 5-5 in the series. The Bengals won the last meeting, 20-13, at Paul Brown Stadium in 2002. The Saints won the last meeting in New Orleans, 20-13, in the 1993 season. That game was played Jan. 2, 1994, the last day of the '93 season. No NFL city has been off the Bengals' road schedule as lone as New Orleans. Next is Green Bay, where the Bengals have not played since 1995.
2006 RANKINGS: Bengals: offense 12th (23rd rush, 8th pass); defense 28th (23rd rush, 28th pass). Saints: offense 3rd (26th rush, 1st pass); defense 15th (22nd rush, 7th pass)

KEYS TO THE GAME: With Saints rookie WR Marques Colston leading the league in receiving and Joe Horn close to returning from a groin injury, the Bengals have to be very concerned about their secondary. CB Tory James has clearly lost a step and now Deltha O'Neal is questionable with a shoulder injury, which could lead to significant snaps for rookie Johnathan Joseph. New Orleans boasts a balanced attack, but Cincinnati still has a chance to make an impact defensively with the Saints minus-6 in turnover margin. Regardless, the Bengals must make an effort to establish the running game and control the clock. QB Carson Palmer can be very effective running the no-huddle, but the Saints are vulnerable against the run and the Bengals can take the crowd out of the game with a long early scoring drive or two.

FAST FACTS: Bengals: Are 31-26 under coach Marvin Lewis after going 15-42 in the 57 games before he was hired. ... Palmer is 7-2 against the NFC. Saints: Colston (54) and Reggie Bush (53) are the first rookie teammates in NFL history with at least 50 receptions. ... QB Drew Brees has a 95.8 passer rating. No Saint has finished a season with a rating of at least 90.0.

Minnesota Vikings (4-5) at Miami Dolphins (3-6)

GAME SNAPSHOT
KICKOFF: Sunday, 1:00 ET
GAMEDATE: 11/19/06
SURFACE: Grass
TV: FOX, Sam Rosen, Tim Ryan
SERIES: 10th meeting. The Dolphins lead the series 5-4, including a 24-7 victory over the Vikings in Super Bowl VIII on Jan. 13, 1974 at Rice Stadium in Houston. The Vikings, however, have won the past three meetings. Sunday's game will mark only the fourth time these teams have played in Miami.
2006 RANKINGS: Vikings: offense 18th (17th rush, 18th pass); defense 6th (1st rush, 26th pass). Dolphins: offense 15th (22nd rush, 12th pass); defense 2nd (12th rush, 4th pass)

KEYS TO THE GAME: The Dolphins have finally put the focus on RB Ronnie Brown, and his 54 carries the past two weeks are a big reason Miami has won consecutive games. But Brown is nursing a groin injury that kept him out of practice mid-week and LG Jeno James (knee) is out, so making headway against the league's top-ranked run defense could be difficult. The Vikings would love nothing more than to put the onus on inconsistent QB Joey Harrington. Minnesota has its own quarterback issues with QB Brad Johnson throwing five interceptions against one interception during the team's three-game losing streak. Miami will stack the box against RB Chester Taylor and dare Johnson to beat them through the air. Part of Johnson's struggles is a lack of a go-to receiver to beat the Dolphins' shaky secondary.

FAST FACTS: Vikings: Johnson's 26 victories as a Vikings rank fifth on the franchise's all-time list. ... First game in Miami since 1988. Dolphins: Harrington is 0-6 against Minnesota. ... WR Chris Chambers needs 56 receiving yards to pass O.J. McDuffie (5,074) for fourth in franchise history.

New England Patriots (6-3) at Green Bay Packers (4-5)

GAME SNAPSHOT
KICKOFF: Sunday, 1:00 ET
GAMEDATE: 11/19/06
SURFACE: Grass
TV: CBS, Greg Gumbel, Dan Dierdorf
SERIES: 8th meeting. The Patriots and Packers have only met seven times, with Green Bay winning five of those meetings. The biggest matchup came in Super Bowl XXXI when Brett Favre and the Packers outlasted New England 35-21. Green Bay has won four straight in this series, with the Patriots last victory coming way back in 1985. The last time these two met was in 2002 at Gillette Stadium. In that game, Favre threw for three touchdowns, while Tom Brady tossed three interceptions in a convincing 28-10 Packers victory.

2006 RANKINGS: Patriots: offense 11th (7th rush, 13th pass); defense 9th (3rd rush, 23rd pass). Packers: offense 7th (16th rush, 6th pass); defense 22nd (7th rush, 31st pass)

KEYS TO THE GAME: The Patriots are still without FS Rodney Harrison, and Packers QB Brett Favre should put up big numbers if he's allowed to sit in the pocket and survey the field. New England's pass rush couldn't pressure Jets QB Chad Pennington much last Sunday, but will get a chance to work against three rookies on Green Bay's offensive line -- including Tony Moll starting for injured veteran RT Mark Tauscher. This has the potential to be a horse race up and down the field with Patriots QB Tom Brady working against the league's lowest-rated pass defense. However, with temperatures expected in the high 30s with a chance of snow showers, New England's ground game led by RBs Corey Dillon and Laurence Maroney could prove to play an important role if conditions turn poor.

FAST FACTS: Patriots: First visit to Lambeau Field in 27 years. ... Are 21-3 since 1993 when the temperature at kickoff is 34 degrees or below. Packers: OLB A.J. Hawk is on pace for 160 tackles, which would be six shy of Rich Wingo's franchise rookie record set in 1979. ... Have 38 players who weren't born the last time New England played in Lambeau in 1979.

Oakland Raiders (2-7) at Kansas City Chiefs (5-4)

GAME SNAPSHOT
KICKOFF: Sunday, 1:00 ET
GAMEDATE: 11/19/06
SURFACE: Grass
TV: CBS, Kevin Harlan, Rich Gannon
SERIES: 92nd meeting. Chiefs lead 47-42-2 and have won the last six dating back to 24-0 Raiders in 2002 regular season finale. Chiefs won last game 27-23 on Nov. 6, 2005, at Arrowhead Stadium when Larry Johnson scored on a 1-yard run as time expired. None of the six games has been decided by more than seven points.
2006 RANKINGS: Raiders: offense 32nd (24th rush, 32nd pass); defense 7th (26th rush, 3rd pass). Chiefs: offense 17th (13th rush, 19th pass); defense 14th (15th rush, 11th pass)

KEYS TO THE GAME: The Chiefs expect QB Trent Green to be rusty in his first game since the season opener, but they're hoping they don't need to rely on him to win the game. The Raiders' offense has been inept all season, its offensive line is beat up and coach Art Shell spent the better part of the week trying to decide between QBs Andrew Walter and Aaron Brooks, neither of whom has a passer rating above 58.0. Kansas City would be content to dominate a field-position game with RB Larry Johnson, especially with the Raiders' defense having allowed just 68 points and five touchdowns over the past five games. The Chiefs will be without LG Brian Waters, TE Tony Gonzalez and possibly DE Tamba Hali, so they would be happy to squeak out any type of victory.

FAST FACTS: Raiders: WR Randy Moss has at least one touchdown reception in all four career games against Kansas City. ... Allowing just 4.65 yards on first down, second in the AFC. Chiefs: Have won the past six meetings. ... Are 20-1 since 2002 when recording at least two sacks.

Pittsburgh Steelers (3-6) at Cleveland Browns (3-6)

GAME SNAPSHOT
KICKOFF: Sunday, 1:00 ET
GAMEDATE: 11/19/06
SURFACE: Grass
TV: CBS, Gus Johnson, Steve Tasker
SERIES: 109th meeting, Cleveland leads the series 55-53, including an 0-2 record in the playoffs. The Steelers have won 11 of the past 12 games, including the past five games. Pittsburgh won the last time they met in Cleveland, 43-0, on Dec. 24. The series began in 1950. Steelers coach Bill Cowher is 7-3 in Cleveland, 17-5 overall against the Browns, where he started his coaching career.
2006 RANKINGS: Steelers: offense 5th (10th rush, 5th pass); defense 11th (10th rush, 16th pass). Browns: offense 29th (30th rush, 26th pass); defense 19th (30th rush, 6th pass)

KEYS TO THE GAME: This will be a litmus test for the Browns' revised blocking schemes designed to better protect QB Charlie Frye. He was dropped eight times in a 41-0 loss to Pittsburgh last December, and the Steelers will attempt to come after him again. Pittsburgh might be without CB Deshea Townsend and SS Troy Polamalu is coming off a concussion suffered Sunday, so the Steelers want to get to Frye before he can work the ball to playmakers WR Braylon Edwards and TE Kellen Winslow. Steelers RB Willie Parker is coming off a 213-yard effort, and will pound away against a Browns run defense allowing 143.6 yards per game. But with QB Ben Roethlisberger appearing to regain his form, the Steelers also will attack Cleveland's injury-ravaged secondary.

FAST FACTS: Steelers: Roethlisberger is on pace to throw for 3,830 yards, which would break Terry Bradshaw's single-season franchise record of 3,724 in 1979. Browns: Coach Romeo Crennel is 1-7 against the AFC North. ... Winslow leads all NFL tight ends with 56 receptions.

St. Louis Rams (4-5) at Carolina Panthers (5-4)

GAME SNAPSHOT
KICKOFF: Sunday, 1:00 ET
GAMEDATE: 11/19/06
SURFACE: Grass
TV: FOX, Kenny Albert, Brian Baldinger, Jay Glazer
SERIES: 16th regular-season meeting. Panthers lead 8-7. Except for a 2003 meeting in the playoffs won by Carolina, this is only the second time the teams have met since 2001, the last year they were in the same division. The Panthers won in Carolina in 2004, 20-7.
2006 RANKINGS: Rams: offense 8th (21st rush, 4th pass); defense 23rd (29th rush, 10th pass). Panthers: offense 23rd (28th rush, 16th pass); defense 17th (16th rush, 13th pass)

KEYS TO THE GAME: The Rams don't want to lose their aggressive approach offensively, but they still have to be concerned about the Panthers exploiting LT Adam Goldberg making his first start in place of injured Orlando Pace. Expect the Rams to lean more on RB Steven Jackson in the early going to get Goldberg into the flow of the game and hopefully take some of the sting out of the Panthers' pass rush -- especially now that it will be difficult to provide RT Alex Barron help against DE Julius Peppers. The Panthers' offense is still seeking to put together four quarters of solid football. The unit has been very inconsistent, which can be dangerous against a Rams team that is plus-eight in turnover margin and capable of putting up points in a hurry.

FAST FACTS: Rams: Are 39-1 since 1995 when having a 100-yard rusher. ... Bulger has thrown just two interceptions in 330 pass attempts -- both against Seattle. Panthers: Peppers has 14.0 sacks in his past 10 games. ... WR Keyshawn Johnson needs 13 receptions to reach 800 for his career.

Tennessee Titans (2-7) at Philadelphia Eagles (5-4)

GAME SNAPSHOT
KICKOFF: Sunday, 1:00 ET
GAMEDATE: 11/19/06
SURFACE: Grass
TV: CBS, Ian Eagle, Solomon Wilcots
SERIES: 9th meeting. Eagles lead series 6-2. The Titans won the last two meetings, 27-24 in Nashville in 2002 and 15-13 in Philadelphia in 2000.
2006 RANKINGS: Titans: offense 27th (12th rush, 29th pass); defense 32nd (31st rush, 25th pass). Eagles: offense 1st (9th rush, 3rd pass); defense 12th (10th rush, 8th pass)

KEYS TO THE GAME: It's critical for the Titans that they keep the game close, because the Eagles' defense is built to defend the pass when opponents are trying to come from behind. And Tennessee should have an opportunity to pound away with RB Travis Henry against Philadelphia's undersized defensive line that has struggled against the run. If the Titans have to rely on QB Vince Young's arm to win the game, they're in serious trouble. It will be difficult to avoid that scenario, however, with Tennessee's secondary often suffering from communication breakdowns and going up against the league's No. 3 passing attack. Elusive RB Brian Westbrook presents another challenge for the Titans, who don't tackle particularly well.

FAST FACTS: Titans: Are 10-4 against the NFC East under coach Jeff Fisher. ... Are 2-14 in their past 16 road games. Eagles: QB Donovan McNabb has thrown an interception in just three of nine games. ... Westbrook leads the team in rushing yards (613) and receptions (41)

Washington Redskins (3-6) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-7)

GAME SNAPSHOT
KICKOFF: Sunday, 1:00 ET
GAMEDATE: 11/19/06
SURFACE: Grass
TV: FOX, Matt Devlin, Bill Maas, Chip Carter
SERIES: 17th meeting. The series is tied 8-8 with the teams splitting their two playoff matchups. Tampa Bay ousted the Redskins 14-13 in 1999. Washington upset the host Bucs 17-10 last year. The wildest game in the series probably came last Nov. 13 when the Redskins rallied from a 21-13 halftime deficit to take a 35-29 lead into the final minutes only to have Chris Simms hit Edell Shepherd with a 30-yard touchdown pass and Mike Alstott just squeezed across the goal line on the subsequent two-point conversion with 54 seconds left to win the game.
2006 RANKINGS: Redskins: offense 16th (8th rush, 22nd pass); defense 30th (17th rush, 32nd pass). Bucs: offense 30th (30th rush, 28th pass); defense 24th (24th rush, 17th pass)

KEYS TO THE GAME: QB Jason Campbell not only makes his first career start for the Redskins, he will see his first ever regular-season action. RB Clinton Portis is out for the season, so Ladell Betts will be counted on to pound away at the Bucs' beat up defense and allow Campbell to get comfortable. The Redskins hope that Campbell's size, mobility and arm strength will enable them to eventually take advantage of the Bucs' faltering deep pass defense. Defensively, Washington will load the box like all of Tampa Bay's recent opponents in an effort to clamp down on RB Carnell Williams. Rookie QB Bruce Gradkowski is struggling to hit on open receivers deep, and he's often under intense pressure with defenses attacking the Bucs' two rookies on the right side of the line.

FAST FACTS: Redskins: DE Phillip Daniels will play in his 150th regular-season game. ... Betts averages 95.0 yards in seven career games with at least 15 carries. Bucs: CB Ronde Barber's 31 interceptions is tied with Donnie Abraham for the franchise record. ... Gradkowski has already set rookie franchise records with 115 completions, 218 attempts and seven touchdowns.

Detroit Lions (2-7) at Arizona Cardinals (1-8)

GAME SNAPSHOT
KICKOFF: Sunday, 4:05 ET
GAMEDATE: 11/19/06
SURFACE: Grass
TV: FOX, Ron Pitts, Terry Donahue, Kevin McCabe
SERIES: 58th game in the series, dating back to a scoreless tie between the Chicago Cardinals and Portsmouth Spartans in 1930. Overall, the Lions hold a 31-21-5 lead, including home wins in each of the last three years. The Cardinals have won the last three meetings in Arizona, though, including a 23-20 overtime victory in 2002.
2006 RANKINGS: Lions: offense 14th (29th rush, 7th pass); defense 26th (25th rush, 19th pass). Cardinals: offense 28th (32nd rush, 14th pass); defense 29th (21st rush, 29th pass)

KEYS TO THE GAME: The Lions want to attack the Cardinals' secondary, which will be overmatched on the outside against WRs Roy Williams and Mike Furrey. But Lions QB Jon Kitna acknowledged he must be wary of SS Adrian Wilson, the Cardinals' top defensive playmaker who is also used liberally in blitz packages. Arizona is still searching for an offensive line combination that can create some running lanes for RB Edgerrin James. The Lions are minus DT Shaun Rogers and DE James Hall, and starting DEs Kalimba Edwards and Jared DeVries don't have a sack between them this season, so rookie QB Matt Leinart shouldn't be under as much heat as he has been accustomed to. Still, he needs to improve his accuracy and WR Larry Fitzgerald isn't fully recovered from his hamstring injury.

FAST FACTS: Teams meet for the sixth consecutive season. Lions: LB Ernie Sims is second among NFL rookies with 72 tackles. ... Furrey already has a career-high 516 receiving yards. Cardinals: RB Edgerrin James doesn't have a 100-yard game this season, but has climbed into 19th-place all-time with 9,820 career rushing yards.

Seattle Seahawks (6-3) at San Francisco 49ers (4-5)

GAME SNAPSHOT
KICKOFF: Sunday, 4:05 ET
GAMEDATE: 11/19/06
SURFACE: Grass
TV: FOX, Matt Vasgersian, JC Pearson, Chris Myers
SERIES: 15th meeting. Seattle leads the series, 8-6. The Seahawks have won six consecutive games against the 49ers, including 27-24 at San Francisco last season. The Seahawks prevailed in the most recent meeting, a 41-3 victory at Qwest Field.
2006 RANKINGS: Seahawks: offense 22nd (14th rush, 21st pass); defense 18th (13th rush, 22nd pass). 49ers: offense 26th (11th rush, 25th pass); defense 25th (18th rush, 24th pass)

KEYS TO THE GAME: The 49ers are riding a two-game winning streak, but have still been outscored by a combined 115 points against their four opponents that currently have winning records. To change that trend, RB Frank Gore needs to recover from the concussion he suffered last Sunday and control the clock on the ground. Seattle's secondary is vulnerable, but the Seahawks also blitz heavily from the linebacker spot and could abuse QB Alex Smith against a line not as adept at pass blocking. Seahawks RB Shaun Alexander practiced this week and should split duty with backup Maurice Morris, but QB Matt Hasselbeck is likely another week away from playing. Seneca Wallace has managed the offense well in his absence, and coach Mike Holmgren won't be shy about spreading the field and allowing Wallace to attack a 49ers secondary that will have trouble keeping tabs on all of Seattle's receiving options.

FAST FACTS: Seahawks: OLB Julian Peterson, a former 49er, has a career-high 8.0 sacks. ... Have won the past six meetings, scoring an average of 31.3 points. 49ers: Coach Mike Nolan will wear a suit on the sideline -- the first of two games the NFL approved him to allow the attire this season. ... Are 4-0 when Gore has at least 20 carries.

Indianapolis Colts (9-0) at Dallas Cowboys (5-4)

GAME SNAPSHOT
KICKOFF: Sunday, 4:15 ET
GAMEDATE: 11/19/06
SURFACE: Sportfield Realgrass
TV: CBS, Jim Nantz, Phil Simms
SERIES: 14th meeting. Dallas leads series 7-6. Indianapolis has won the last three contests. Dallas won six consecutive contests against the Colts from 1972-1993. The Cowboys have faced the Colts just five times since they moved from Baltimore to Indianapolis.
2006 RANKINGS: Colts: offense 2nd (18th rush, 2nd pass); defense 16th (32nd rush, 2nd pass). Cowboys: offense 6th (5th rush, 9th pass); defense 3rd (4th rush, 9th pass)

KEYS TO THE GAME: Cowboys RB Julius Jones has averaged just 3.3 yards per carry the past four games, but he and Marion Barber will get a big helping of carries as Dallas attempts to keep the ball away from the Colts' high-powered offense. Indianapolis has the league's worst run defense, allowing 159.3 yards per game and 5.1 yards per carry, and the Cowboys want to exploit that to set up shots downfield against the Colts' small cornerbacks. Meanwhile, the Colts want to get off to a quick start and force Cowboys QB Tony Romo to come from behind. Indianapolis has a big advantage in its passing game -- Cowboys CB Anthony Henry has been plagued by interference calls and S Roy Williams is a big part of a secondary that doesn't defend the vertical pass well. Dallas, which has 21 touchdowns in 36 red-zone possessions, must maximize its scoring opportunities.

FAST FACTS: Colts: The first team in NFL history to begin consecutive seasons 9-0. ... WR Marvin Harrison needs one touchdown to tie RB John Riggins (116) for eighth-place on the all-time list. Cowboys: Will play franchise's 700th game. Team is 397-296-6. ... WR Terrell Owens has eight drops in nine games.

San Diego Chargers (7-2) at Denver Broncos (7-2)

GAME SNAPSHOT
KICKOFF: Sunday, 8:15 ET
GAMEDATE: 11/19/06
SURFACE: Grass
TV: NBC, Al Michaels, John Madden, Andrea Kremer
SERIES: 93rd meeting. The Broncos lead the series 52-39-1, including a 34-11-1 mark in home games -- Sunday's game is at Denver. The Broncos 52 wins against San Diego are their highest total against any team. The Chargers have won but twice in Denver since 1987; that includes a six-game losing streak in Colorado.
2006 RANKINGS: Chargers: offense 4th (2nd rush, 11th pass); defense 8th (6th rush, 15th pass). Broncos: offense 19th (4th rush, 27th pass); defense 13th (5th rush, 27th pass)

KEYS TO THE GAME: Chargers RB LaDainian Tomlinson is second in the league in rushing and has 15 touchdowns over his past five games, but he has averaged just 52.8 yards in five career games in Denver. Anything Tomlinson can produce on first and second down takes pressure off QB Philip Rivers, who has shown plenty of poise but is still making his first start in hostile Denver. The Broncos' own running game has struggled of late with RB Tatum Bell nicked up and LT Matt Lepsis out for the year. With the ground game sputtering, QB Jake Plummer has increasingly turned to his tight ends in the short passing game. But the outcome could hinge on the Chargers' ability to prevent WR Javon Walker from cashing in on back-breaking big plays downfield.

FAST FACTS: Chargers: Have lost 10 of past 11 games in Denver. ... Rivers has eight touchdown passes and one interception in his past five games. Broncos: Have a five-game winning streak against AFC West teams. ... C Tom Nalen will tie for third-most in franchise history with his 177th start.

New York Giants (6-3) at Jacksonville Jaguars (5-4)

GAME SNAPSHOT
KICKOFF: Monday, 8:30 ET
GAMEDATE: 11/20/06
SURFACE: Grass
TV: ESPN, Mike Tirico, Joe Theismann, Tony Kornheiser, Suzy Kolber, Michele Tafoya
SERIES: 4th meeting. The Giants, who haven't played at Alltel Stadium since 1997 when they lost 40-13, lead the series 2-1. They won the last two meetings at Giants Stadium in 2000 and 2002. The teams don't really have a rivalry but the fact that Tom Coughlin was the Jaguars first coach will add another dimension to the game.
2006 RANKINGS: Giants: offense 10th (3rd rush, 17th pass); defense 10th (8th rush, 14th pass). Jaguars: offense 20th (6th rush, 24th pass); defense 4th (14th rush, 5th pass)

KEYS TO THE GAME: Both offenses run the ball well, but need better play from their quarterbacks to keep defenses off balance. Giants QB Eli Manning's accuracy can go awry at times and he must do a better job of getting TE Jeremy Shockey involved early on. The short passing game will be especially important with the Giants minus veteran LT Luke Petitgout, likely for the remainder of the season. Jaguars QB David Garrard is coming off a four-interception outing in a home loss to Houston. But he was also the victim of a number of dropped balls, and the Jaguars will rotate fourth WR Cortez Hankton into the mix with none of the other receivers stepping up on a consistent basis. Still, the Jaguars need RBs Fred Taylor and Maurice Jones-Drew to be effective against the Giants' eighth-ranked run defense to have any hope of moving the chains consistently.

FAST FACTS: Giants: Coach Tom Coughlin led Jacksonville to two AFC title games a coach from 1995-2002. ... Are 17-32 on Monday nights. Jaguars: Are 6-3 on MNF. ... Are 23-5 under coach Jack Del Rio when scoring at least 20 points. ... CB Rashean Mathis leads the league and has tied the single-season franchise record with six interceptions.

   
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