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Game Scout - Week 12
November 24, 2006

Miami Dolphins (4-6) at Detroit Lions (2-8)

GAME SNAPSHOT
KICKOFF: Thursday, 12:30 ET
GAMEDATE: 11/23/06
SURFACE: FieldTurf
TV: CBS, Jim Nantz, Phil Simms
SERIES: 9th meeting. The Dolphins lead the all-time series, 6-2, after winning the most recent meeting in the 2002 season opener.
2006 RANKINGS: Dolphins: offense 18th (29th rush, 10th pass); defense 5th (12th rush, 6th pass). Lions: offense 14th (31st rush, 5th pass); defense 25th (23rd rush, 22nd pass)

KEYS TO THE GAME: The short week will be rough with both teams hoping key players can overcome injuries. Lions RB Kevin Jones might be a game-time decision with a sprained ankle, and backups Arlen Harris and Aveion Cason don't provide the versatility Jones brings to the offense. QB Jon Kitna continues to post good numbers, but the offense is stalling far too often in the red zone. Detroit must maximize its scoring opportunities because the defense continues to struggle. DT Shaun Rogers returns from his four-game suspension, but his availability is uncertain as he recovers from knee surgery and the run defense suffers when he's out of the lineup. Dolphins RB Ronnie Brown is coming off a 2-yard game and is also slowed by a sore groin. QB Joey Harrington is spreading the ball around well, but still puts a few balls per game up for grabs that the Lions need to take advantage of.

FAST FACTS: Dolphins: DE Jason Taylor's seven career touchdowns are tied with former Giants lineman George Martin (1975-88) for the most by a defensive lineman. ... First game at Ford Field. Lions: Are 33-21-2 on Thanksgiving, but have lost four of their past five on the holiday. ... WR Roy Williams needs 133 receiving yards for his first 1,000-yard season.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-7) at Dallas Cowboys (6-4)

GAME SNAPSHOT
KICKOFF: Thursday, 4:15 ET
GAMEDATE: 11/23/06
SURFACE: Sportfield Realgrass
TV: FOX, Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Pam Oliver
SERIES: 12th meeting. Dallas leads series 8-3. The Bucs have won the last three meetings dating back to 2000. Dallas won the first eight contests against the Bucs from 1977-1990.
2006 RANKINGS: Bucs: offense 29th (28th rush, 28th pass); defense 21st (20th rush, 17th pass). Cowboys: offense 6th (5th rush, 8th pass); defense 6th (4th rush, 13th pass)

KEYS TO THE GAME: The Bucs' injury-depleted defense could be overwhelmed by a Cowboys offense finding a good rhythm under QB Tony Romo. Tampa Bay's secondary has given up too many big plays and now could be without CB Juran Bolden, which would leave Torrie Cox to help Ronde Barber against WRs Terrell Owens and Terry Glenn. If the Cowboys build a lead, they should be able to turn to the ground game and slowly wear down the Bucs' thin defensive line. That makes it critical for the Bucs to keep the game close and control the clock as much as possible. RB Carnell Williams rushed for a season-high 122 yards last Sunday, and FB Mike Alstott gave the offense a boost with a few hard-nosed runs early on. QB Bruce Gradkowski struggles to complete the deep passes that have often hurt the Cowboys this season, and it will be interesting to see how the young offensive line holds up against the Cowboys' complex 3-4 scheme.

FAST FACTS: Bucs: Have a five-game road losing streak. ... This will be the team's third game in 11 days. Cowboys: Romo seeks to join Gary Hogeboom as only players in franchise history to pass for at least 220 yards in each of his first five starts. ... Are 22-14 on Thanksgiving Day.

Denver Broncos (7-3) at Kansas City Chiefs (6-4)

GAME SNAPSHOT
KICKOFF: Thursday, 8:00 ET
GAMEDATE: 11/23/06
SURFACE: Grass
TV: NFL Network, Bryant Gumbel, Cris Collinsworth
SERIES: 93rd meeting. The Chiefs lead the series 51-41 over the Broncos. The Broncos beat Kansas City 9-6 in overtime earlier this season at Denver, which was the Chiefs' first game without quarterback Trent Green. The Broncos haven't swept the Chiefs since 2002.
2006 RANKINGS: Broncos: offense 20th (3rd rush, 27th pass); defense 14th (5th rush, 24th pass). Chiefs: offense 17th (10th rush, 21st pass); defense 13th (16th rush, 12th pass)

KEYS TO THE GAME: With QB Trent Green making just his second start since returning from a Week 1 concussion and the uncertain status of TE Tony Gonzalez and LG Brian Edwards, expect another conservative game plan from the Chiefs. Green completed just nine passes last Sunday while Kansas City featured formations with three tackles and blocking TE Jason Dunn. RB Larry Johnson produced 167 total yards in a season-opening loss in Denver, and will be leaned on heavily again as the Chiefs' receivers typically struggle to gain separation against the Broncos' solid cover men. With RB Tatum Bell (toes) day-to-day, the Broncos could need another solid effort out of youngsters Mike Bell and Damien Nash. They also need QB Jake Plummer to rebound from an unever effort against San Diego. The Chiefs produced just one sack against Oakland's poor offensive line, but will certainly look to test Broncos first-year starting LT Erik Pears.

FAST FACTS: First NFL game broadcast live on NFL Network. Broncos: Have a four-game road winning streak. ... Are 12-33 on the road in the series. ... Seek 11th sweep of the season series. Chiefs: Johnson is on pace for 397 carries this season, which would shatter Christian Okoye's franchise record of 370 set in 1989. ... Have won 21 consecutive home games when holding the opponent to 21 points or less.

Arizona Cardinals (2-8) at Minnesota Vikings (4-6)

GAME SNAPSHOT
KICKOFF: Sunday, 1:00 ET
GAMEDATE: 11/26/06
SURFACE: FieldTurf
TV: FOX, Matt Vasgersian, JC Pearson
SERIES: 20th meeting. The Vikings lead the series 10-9. That includes playoff victories by Minnesota in 1974 and 1998. The Vikings won the 1974 Divisional playoff game, 30-14, and then beat the Los Angeles Rams the following week in the NFC Championship game to advance to Super Bowl IX against Pittsburgh in New Orleans' Tulane Stadium.
2006 RANKINGS: Cardinals: offense 28th (32nd rush, 15th pass); defense 26th (18th rush, 27th pass). Vikings: offense 16th (17th rush, 14th pass); defense 7th (1st rush, 26th pass)

KEYS TO THE GAME: The Cardinals' offense was clearly more effective with RB Edgerrin James involved in a more balanced attack last weekend. But recreating that success will be difficult against the league's top-ranked run defense. Then again, it's not always necessary to run against Minnesota with the Vikings allowing 227.2 yards per game through the air. QB Matt Leinart was more comfortable with help from James, but he'll likely be asked to spread the ball around in three- and four-receiver sets in Minnesota. Meanwhile, the Vikings come in needing to improve everything offensively -- from QB Brad Johnson's decision making to the receivers hanging onto the ball to coach Brad Childress' play-calling. With the Cardinals soft against the run, expect to see plenty of RB Chester Taylor early on to help create more manageable passing situations.

FAST FACTS: Cardinals: Dennis Green will coach in the Metrodome for the first time since being fired as Minnesota's coach with one game remaining in 2001. ... WR Anquan Boldin's 89.6 receiving yards per game since 2005 is third-best in the NFL. Vikings: Johnson is 5-0 in his career against Arizona. ... Taylor needs 137 rushing yards for his first 1,000-yard season.

Carolina Panthers (6-4) at Washington Redskins (3-7)

GAME SNAPSHOT
KICKOFF: Sunday, 1:00 ET
GAMEDATE: 11/26/06
SURFACE: Grass
TV: FOX, Sam Rosen, Tim Ryan, Jay Glazer
SERIES: 8th meeting. The Panthers lost the first six meetings with the Redskins before finally breaking through with a win in 2003. Of the seven meetings, five have been decided by four points or less.
2006 RANKINGS: Panthers: offense 21st (18th rush, 19th pass); defense 9th (14th rush, 10th pass). Redskins: offense 19th (12th rush, 22nd pass); defense 30th (19th rush, 30th pass)

KEYS TO THE GAME: One of the reasons the Redskins like QB Jason Campbell is his mobility, which will need to be on display with the Panthers registering seven sacks last Sunday -- without any from DE Julius Peppers. But for Campbell to be effective in his first career start, he needs help from RB Ladell Betts. The ground game was shut down in Tampa Bay, and the prospects for a rebound aren't great with the Panthers allowing an average of just 83.3 rushing yards the past eight games. The Panthers aren't sure if RB DeShaun Foster will be ready to go, but rookie DeAngelo Williams is equally effective. And with WRs Steve Smith and Keyshawn Johnson attacking Washington's 30th-ranked pass defense, Carolina might not need much help from its ground game.

FAST FACTS: Panthers: Peppers and DE Mike Rucker have a combined 88 sacks since 2002, the most by any tandem in the NFL. ... Are 0-4 on the road against Washington, with each loss by three points or less. Redskins: RB Ladell Betts has set career-highs with 381 rushing yards, 279 receiving yards and a team-leading 35 receptions. ... TE Chris Cooley has a touchdown reception in four of his past five games.

Cincinnati Bengals (5-5) at Cleveland Browns (3-7)

GAME SNAPSHOT
KICKOFF: Sunday, 1:00 ET
GAMEDATE: 11/26/06
SURFACE: Grass
TV: CBS, Kevin Harlan, Rich Gannon
SERIES: 67th meeting. The series is tied at 33. The Browns lead 20-12 as the home team. The Bengals have won four in a row in the "Battle of Ohio" to draw even. They won 34-17 on Sept. 17 at Paul Brown Stadium.
2006 RANKINGS: Bengals: offense 8th (23rd rush, 6th pass); defense 32nd (21st rush, 32nd pass). Browns: offense 31st (30th rush, 25th pass); defense 18th (28th rush, 7th pass)

KEYS TO THE GAME: All eyes will be on red-hot WR Chad Johnson working against the Browns' injury-depleted secondary, but it's RB Rudi Johnson who Cleveland might be most concerned with. The Browns allow 136.9 rushing yards per game, and Johnson has rushed for a combined 440 yards on 5.4 yards per carry in his past three games against Romeo Crennel-coached defenses. Bengals QB Chad Johnson needs to orchestrate scoring drives because even the Browns' moribund offense can move the ball against Cincinnati. The problem for Cleveland is capitalizing on its drives, with the Browns scoring just one touchdown in eight red-zone possessions since Jeff Davidson took over as offensive coordinator four weeks ago. But something has to give with the Bengals allowing 27 touchdowns over their past 10 games.

FAST FACTS: Bengals: WR Chad Johnson set an NFL record with 450 combined receiving yards the past two games. ... Are 22-2 under coach Marvin Lewis when posting a positive turnover ratio. Browns: TE Kellen Winslow's 60 receptions are the most in team history through 10 games. ... DE Kamerion Wimbley has a rookie franchise record 6.5 sacks.

Houston Texans (3-7) at New York Jets (5-5)

GAME SNAPSHOT
KICKOFF: Sunday, 1:00 ET
GAMEDATE: 11/26/06
SURFACE: FieldTurf
TV: CBS, Gus Johnson, Steve Tasker
SERIES: 3rd meeting. The New York Jets lead the series 2-0. The Texans entered The Meadowlands with a 5-6 record on Dec. 5, 2004 in search of a .500 record. The Texans jumped out to a 7-6 lead at halftime, but relinquished the lead, giving up 22 unanswered points in the loss.
2006 RANKINGS: Texans: offense 23rd (21st rush, 18th pass); defense 28th (22nd rush, 25th pass). Jets: offense 26th (15th rush, 24th pass); defense 29th (29th rush, 16th pass)

KEYS TO THE GAME: Coming off their second shutout loss of the season, the Jets need QB Chad Pennington to rebound from a tough stretch that has seen him throw four touchdown passes against nine interceptions the past six games. The opportunities should be there against a Houston defense that allowed a pair of 83-yard touchdown passes last week, and the Texans must get consistent pressure on Pennington to protect that secondary. Offensively, Houston is looking to minimize its mistakes. QB David Carr completed 22 consecutive passes last week and leads the NFL with a 69.5 completion percentage, but a red zone turnover likely cost the team the game. RBs Wali Lundy and Samkon Gado will again share the rushing load and while Houston is averaging just 3.9 yards per carry, the Jets are still struggling to stop opposing ground games in their 3-4 scheme.

FAST FACTS: Texans: Past four games have been decided by six points or less. ... WR Andre Johnson needs 116 receiving yards for his second 1,000-yard season. Jets: RB Kevan Barlow needs one touchdown to tie his career record of seven set in 2004. ... S Kerry Rhodes leads the team with 4.0 sacks.

Jacksonville Jaguars (6-4) at Buffalo Bills (4-6)

GAME SNAPSHOT
KICKOFF: Sunday, 1:00 ET
GAMEDATE: 11/26/06
SURFACE: AstroPlay
TV: CBS, Ian Eagle, Solomon Wilcots
SERIES: 6th meeting. The Jaguars trail in the series, 3-2, although they won the last meeting in the 2004 season opener when Ernest Wilford caught a touchdown pass on the final play of the game. The Jaguars also won their first playoff game in Buffalo in 1996.
2006 RANKINGS: Jaguars: offense 15th (4th rush, 23rd pass); defense 3rd (6th rush, 5th pass). Bills: offense 30th (24th rush, 29th pass); defense 23rd (25th rush, 20th pass)

KEYS TO THE GAME: With RB Willis McGahee's status uncertain as he recovers from broken ribs that sidelined him the past two games, the Bills need QB J.P. Losman to continue the progress he showed last week. But consistency could be hard to find against Jacksonville, especially if Jaguars DTs Marcus Stroud and John Henderson shut down the Bills' ground game and stick Losman in long passing situations. Offensively, the Jaguars will attempt to control field position and time of possession with RBs Fred Taylor and Maurice Jones-Drew. QB David Garrard continues to play well, but his receiving corps is a liability with WRs Matt Jones and Reggie Williams dropping far too many passes. The team's most consistent receiving threat has been Ernest Wilford, but his availability is in question after suffering an ankle injury Monday night.

FAST FACTS: Jaguars: Garrard is 7-2 in his past nine starts, including three straight road wins. ... Wilford's last 10 receptions have resulted in first downs. Bills: WR Lee Evans already has a career-high 55 receptions. ... LB London Fletcher-Baker has reached 100 tackles for the eighth consecutive season.

New Orleans Saints (6-4) at Atlanta Falcons (6-4)

GAME SNAPSHOT
KICKOFF: Sunday, 1:00 ET
GAMEDATE: 11/26/06
SURFACE: FieldTurf
TV: FOX, Dick Stockton, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusa
SERIES: 75th meeting. The Falcons lead the series, 42-32, after the Saints ended a two-game losing streak to their longtime archrivals with a dominating 23-3 win in their return to the Superdome in Week 3. The Saints have lost two straight in the Georgia Dome after winning three of their previous four games starting with the 2000 contest.
2006 RANKINGS: Saints: offense 1st (26th rush, 1st pass); defense 17th (24th rush, 11th pass). Falcons: offense 9th (1st rush, 31st pass); defense 20th (9th rush, 29th pass)

KEYS TO THE GAME: QB Drew Brees is riding a franchise-record four-game streak of 300-yard passing games, but WRs Marques Colston and Terrance Copper are both trying to recover from ankle injuries in time to face Atlanta. The Falcons also hope to take advantage of the Saints' carelessness with the ball -- New Orleans has 20 turnovers and a minus-9 turnover margin. But Atlanta is thin in the secondary and at defensive end, so keeping Brees in check could prove difficult. The offensive philosophies are polar opposites, with the Falcons searching to reclaim their dominant running game. Atlanta hasn't scored more than 14 points during its three-game losing streak and rushed for a season-low 104 yards last Sunday. With a one-dimensional offense, it's critical for the Falcons to keep the game close and the run-first game plan in place.

FAST FACTS: Saints: Have their first two-game losing streak under coach Sean Payton. ... WR Joe Horn's 50 touchdowns as a Saint are three shy of Dalton Hilliard's franchise record. Falcons: RB Warrick Dunn has 924 rushing yards against the Saints, 60 shy of becoming the all-time leading rusher against the franchise. ... PK Morten Andersen needs 20 points to break Gary Anderson's all-time scoring record (2,434).

Pittsburgh Steelers (4-6) at Baltimore Ravens (8-2)

GAME SNAPSHOT
KICKOFF: Sunday, 1:00 ET
GAMEDATE: 11/26/06
SURFACE: Sportexe Momentum
TV: CBS, Greg Gumbel, Dan Dierdorf
SERIES: 22nd meeting in a series that began in 1996 when the Browns moved to Baltimore and became the Ravens. The Steelers lead the series 14-7, including one victory in the playoffs. They split last season, with Pittsburgh winning by a point at home and the Ravens taking an overtime victory in Baltimore. The Steelers have lost three straight in Baltimore, but are 6-4 overall there. The teams have played two overtime games in their past five meetings.
2006 RANKINGS: Steelers: offense 5th (13th rush, 4th pass); defense 11th (8th rush, 18th pass). Ravens: offense 22nd (25th rush, 16th pass); defense 2nd (3rd rush, 8th pass)

KEYS TO THE GAME: Ravens QB Steve McNair has averaged 253 passing yards with a 95.7 rating in four games since coach Brian Billick took over the play-calling. A big reason for McNair's improvement has been Billick's willingness to stick by the run even if Jamal Lewis is averaging under 4.0 yards per carry. Billick will look to establish the run again in an effort to set up play-action. Defensively, the Ravens want to force the game onto QB Ben Roethlisberger's arm. Baltimore defensive coordinator Rex Ryan has a "Steeler" defense that uses three linemen and five linebackers against Pittsburgh's two-back two-tight end set. With RB Willie Parker averaging just 50.6 rushing yards on the road, it will likely be up to Roethlisberger to move the ball, and he must avoid turnovers for the Steelers to stay within striking distance.

FAST FACTS: Steelers: Roethlisberger is three interceptions shy of becoming the first Steelers quarterback to throw 20 in the past 22 seasons. ... Parker needs 107 yards to become franchise's third player with consecutive 1,000-yard seasons. Ravens: Have led by at least 14 points in five of 10 games. ... Lead the league with a plus-12 turnover ratio.

San Francisco 49ers (5-5) at St. Louis Rams (4-6)

GAME SNAPSHOT
KICKOFF: Sunday, 1:00 ET
GAMEDATE: 11/26/06
SURFACE: FieldTurf
TV: FOX, Ron Pitts, Jesse Palmer
SERIES: 116th meeting. The Rams lead 58-55-2, but the 49ers have won the previous three meetings, including a 20-13 victory in San Francisco in the second week of the season.
2006 RANKINGS: 49ers: offense 24th (6th rush, 26th pass); defense 22nd (15th rush, 23rd pass). Rams: offense 12th (27th rush, 7th pass); defense 27th (31st rush, 9th pass)

KEYS TO THE GAME: Fortunately for the Rams and their beat-up offensive line, the 49ers have only 22.0 sacks on the season. St. Louis allowed seven last Sunday, but if the Rams can provide time for QB Marc Bulger he should be able to work downfield. WRs Torry Holt and Isaac Bruce already pose problems for the 49ers secondary, which could be without top CB Shawntae Spencer. That would force Sammy Davis, who was torched by Seattle as soon as he entered the game, into the starting lineup. The key for San Francisco is keeping the game close so RB Frank Gore, who has 379 rushing yards the past two games, remains the focal point of the offense. St. Louis is 31st in the league allowing 153.2 rushing yards per game and dead last giving up 5.2 yards per carry. With the Rams likely to load the box in an effort to contain Gore, QB Alex Smith will be asked to do more than simply manage the game. Rookie TE Vernon Smith is finally healthy and could be a factor over the middle.

FAST FACTS: 49ers: Smith has been sacked 22 times this season, compared to 29 last season in 109 fewer passing attempts. ... CB Walt Harris has a career-high six interceptions, which is tied for the NFL lead. Rams: Holt is on pace for 1,224 receiving yards, which would break a streak of six consecutive 1,300-yard seasons. ... Have been outscored 62-30 in the first half the past four games.

Oakland Raiders (2-8) at San Diego Chargers (8-2)

GAME SNAPSHOT
KICKOFF: Sunday, 4:05 ET
GAMEDATE: 11/26/06
SURFACE: Grass
TV: CBS, Dick Enberg, Randy Cross
SERIES: 94th meeting. Raiders lead 54-37-2 but Chargers have won last six, including 27-0 win in Week 1. In last game in San Diego, Chargers won last game at Qualcomm Stadium 34-10. Last Raiders win was 34-31 in Oakland on Sept. 28, 2003.
2006 RANKINGS: Raiders: offense 32nd (22nd rush, 32nd pass); defense 8th (27th rush, 2nd pass). Chargers: offense 4th (2nd rush, 10th pass); defense 10th (7th rush, 14th pass)

KEYS TO THE GAME: The uphill climb is a steep one for the Raiders, whose offense has scored 14 fewer touchdowns than Chargers RB LaDainian Tomlinson has managed by himself (22). QB Aaron Brooks provided a bit of a spark last weekend, but the Chargers sacked him seven times (and Andrew Walter twice more) in the season opener. Now Brooks is playing behind an injury-ravaged offensive line and without injured RB LaMont Jordan. Backup Justin Fargas must be productive on first and second down for Brooks to have a fighting chance. Defensively, the Raiders have the ability to keep the game respectable into the second half and Tomlinson has been held under 100 yards in four of the past five meetings. QB Philip Rivers has proven he can make teams pay when they over-play the run, but he has to be careful against an underrated Raiders defense that has 13 interceptions.

FAST FACTS: Raiders: Have held past six opponents under 20 points. ... Allowing 157.1 passing yards per game, which would be franchise's best mark since 1977 (157.8). Chargers: Tomlinson needs seven touchdowns to break Seattle RB Shaun Alexander's single-season record of 28 set last season. ... First team in NFL history to come back from at least 17 points down to win in consecutive games.

Chicago Bears (9-1) at New England Patriots (7-3)

GAME SNAPSHOT
KICKOFF: Sunday, 4:05 ET
GAMEDATE: 11/26/06
SURFACE: FieldTurf
TV: FOX, Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Pam Oliver
SERIES: 11th meeting. The Patriots lead the series 6-4, including a 33-30 victory in the most recent meeting on Nov. 10, 2002, which was played at the University of Illinois' Memorial Stadium while the Bears' new Soldier Field was being built. The Patriots outscored the Bears 27-3 in the final 18:04. Tom Brady's third touchdown pass won it for New England with 21 seconds remaining.
2006 RANKINGS: Bears: offense 13th (14th rush, 13th pass); defense 1st (10th rush, 1st pass). Patriots: offense 7th (8th rush, 12th pass); defense 4th (2nd rush, 15th pass)

KEYS TO THE GAME: The Patriots will be happy to set foot on the FieldTurf installed since the team's last home game. New England has to run the ball effectively, and the Bears have allowed a 100-yard rusher in three of their past four games. Chicago's secondary can be vulnerable, but New England also doesn't want to over-expose QB Tom Brady to the Bears' deep and talented group of pass rushers. Chicago's offense will lean on its ground game, which produced a season-high 173 yards last weekend. Of course, the Bears offense will likely go only as far as QB Rex Grossman takes them -- which is a matter of whether Jekyll or Hyde shows up. The Patriots are still minus FS Rodney Harrison, but coach Bill Belichick is a master of devising game plans to confuse inexperienced quarterbacks -- and a few Grossman turnovers could swing the outcome.

FAST FACTS: Bears: Can clinch NFC North title with victory and losses by Green Bay and Minnesota. ... Are 11-1 all-time when Grossman throws a touchdown pass. Patriots: WR Reche Caldwell has set career highs in receptions (35), receiving yards (405) and touchdowns (four). ... Are 18-4 when playing a team visiting Gillette Stadium for the first time.

New York Giants (6-4) at Tennessee Titans (3-7)

GAME SNAPSHOT
KICKOFF: Sunday, 4:15 ET
GAMEDATE: 11/26/06
SURFACE: Grass
TV: FOX, Kenny Albert, Brian Baldinger, Chris Myers
SERIES: 9th meeting. Giants lead series 5-3 but the Titans have won the last three in a row including a 32-29 overtime game at Giants Stadium on Dec. 1, 2002.
2006 RANKINGS: Giants: offense 11th (7th rush, 17th pass); defense 15th (13th rush, 21st pass). Titans: offense 27th (9th rush, 30th pass); defense 31st (30th rush, 28th pass)

KEYS TO THE GAME: Giants QB Eli Manning spent the better part of the week insisting he hasn't lost confidence, but he has completed less than 50 percent of his passes in consecutive games. That coincides with the loss of WR Amani Toomer, and the Giants need to make a concerted effort to get TE Jeremy Shockey involved in the offense early and attempt to find some sort of rhythm. They also need to stick with the running game after RB Tiki Barber sounded off on the play-calling this week. If not, the Giants run the risk of getting hammered in time of possession with the Titans leading the league with an average of 166.2 rushing yards the past seven weeks. Included in that rushing attack is rookie QB Vince Young, whose mobility has to concern the Giants after they struggled to bring down Jaguars QB Byron Leftwich on Monday.

FAST FACTS: Giants: Barber has averaged 135 rushing yards in his past five games against the AFC. ... Are 9-2 when RB Brandon Jacobs rushes for a touchdown. Titans: Young's 45.7 completion percentage is last among the 34 quarterbacks rated in the NFL this season. ... CB Pacman Jones is the first Titan since Billy "White Shoes" Johnson in 1977 to return two punts for touchdowns in one season.

Philadelphia Eagles (5-5) at Indianapolis Colts (9-1)

GAME SNAPSHOT
KICKOFF: Sunday, 8:15 ET
GAMEDATE: 11/26/06
SURFACE: FieldTurf
TV: NBC, Al Michaels, John Madden, Andrea Kremer
SERIES: 17th meeting. The Colts lead the series, 9-7. The Colts won the last meeting, in Philadelphia, in 2002, 35-13. In that one, Peyton Manning shredded the Eagles' defense, completing 18 of 23 passes for 319 yards and 3 touchdowns.
2006 RANKINGS: Eagles: offense 2nd (11th rush, 2nd pass); defense 12th (26th rush, 4th pass). Colts: offense 3rd (19th rush, 3rd pass); defense 16th (32nd rush, 3rd pass)

KEYS TO THE GAME: With RB Brian Westbrook showing no ill effects from 59 combined touches the past two games, he can expect another heavy workload Sunday night. QB Jeff Garcia makes his first start in place of Donovan McNabb and while he lacks the strong arm the Eagles prefer for their passing attack, he has been very effective utilizing running backs and tight ends in the passing game throughout his career. Putting together long drives is never a bad idea against the Colts. While the Eagles have held three of their past four opponents under 100 net yards passing, that's highly unlikely to continue against Peyton Manning & Co. Still, look for Indianapolis to test the ground game early on in an attempt to set up play-action, and the Eagles practiced in pads this week for the first time since the season started following a pitiful tackling performance against Tennessee.

FAST FACTS: Eagles: Westbrook has consecutive 100-yard rushing games for the first time in his career. ... WR Reggie Brown leads the NFL with nine drops and the Eagles lead the league with 36 as a team. Colts: WR Marvin Harrison has caught at least 60 passes in eight consecutive seasons. ... With 219 passing yards, Manning will tie Dan Marino for second all-time with nine 3,000-yard passing seasons.

Green Bay Packers (4-6) at Seattle Seahawks (6-4)

GAME SNAPSHOT
KICKOFF: Monday, 8:30 ET
GAMEDATE: 11/27/06
SURFACE: FieldTurf
TV: ESPN, Mike Tirico, Joe Theismann, Tony Kornheiser, Suzy Kolber, Michele Tafoya
SERIES: 11th meeting. The Packers lead the series, 6-4, plus 1-0 in the playoffs. Eight of those games were played in Wisconsin. Mike Holmgren led Seattle to a victory over his former team in 1999, but the Packers have won both regular-season games since then, plus a playoff game.
2006 RANKINGS: Packers: offense 10th (20th rush, 9th pass); defense 24th (11th rush, 31st pass). Seahawks: offense 25th (16th rush, 20th pass); defense 19th (17th rush, 19th pass)

KEYS TO THE GAME: Packers QB Brett Favre said he expects to play despite an elbow injury that forced him out of last Sunday's game, and Seahawks QB Matt Hasselbeck is slated to return after missing four games with a knee injury. Look for Green Bay to get back to the ground game after watching film of Seattle getting torched for 262 rushing yards by San Francisco. The Seahawks aren't tackling well and coach Mike Holmgren said too many assignments are being missed. Seattle's defense is very aggressive at home, where the noise at Qwest Field causes significant problems for opposing offenses, and will take any opportunity to rush linebackers against Green Bay's young offensive line likely to start three rookies. The Seahawks are second with 35 sacks and the Packers third with 33, so Green Bay will attempt to pressure Hasselbeck and test his mobility. Seattle hopes RB Shaun Alexander is better able to hit the holes after looking tentative in his first game back from a broken foot.

FAST FACTS: Packers: Favre holds the NFL record with 197 touchdown passes on the road. ... Favre is seconds in Monday night history with 7,281 passing yards and 54 touchdown passes behind Dan Marino (9,654; 74). Seahawks: Have not allowed a 25-plus-yard pass play in three games after allowing 13 through seven games. ... Are 26-4 (.867) in past 30 home games, outscoring opponents 806-517.

   
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