Oakland at Denver
The Broncos dominated the Raiders 31-3 when the teams met in Oakland in Week Six, and they appear to hold many edges in this rematch, including the
home field. Could this be Mike Shanahans revenge yet again? Fired by Raiders owner Al Davis 15 years ago, Shanahan owns an impressive 15-4 record
against them. And will look to beat them down again! The Raiders' veteran defense will have to come up big to slow down the Broncos' attack. On the
other side of the ball, QB Kerry Collins managed to avoid throwing an interception last week in a close loss to San Diego, but that was the first time
in eight games this season in which he had done that. But Collins went just 15-of-31 for 136 yards with an interception in the first meeting against
the Broncos. Going against the Broncos' top-flight pass defense, Collins can't afford to turn the ball over.
Tennessee at Houston
The Titans (4-6) have injury problems on both sides of the ball but still managed to grind out an 18-15 victory at Jacksonville last week. Steve
McNair was left frustrated in the first meeting against the Houston Texans. On Sunday, McNair gets another crack at the Texans when the Tennessee
Titans visit Reliant Stadium in an AFC South matchup. Whether they can win a second straight game will depend on how their secondary holds up vs.
Houston's passing attack. The Texans (4-6) have lost three straight, with their secondary being picked apart in each game. David Carr and Andre
Johnson will try to exploit the Titans defense and lead Houston to victory.
Philadelphia at New York Giants
The Philadelphia Eagles can secure their fourth straight NFC East title with a victory over the New York Giants on Sunday. The Eagles rolled to a
31-17 victory over the Giants in the season opener and have won six of the last seven meetings between the teams. The Giants, meanwhile, just hope to
stay above .500 and remain in the postseason picture. It will be start No. 2 for rookie QB Eli Manning, who fared moderately well in his first start
last week in a loss to Atlanta. To take some pressure off Manning, the Giants could pound Tiki Barber at the Eagles. He rushed for 125 yards and a
touchdown in the first meeting and is fourth in the NFL with 1,035 yards to go along with nine TDs.
Baltimore at New England
Can the Patriots slow down Kyle Boller? The Ravens are on a roll. They've won three in a row and five of six. Their only loss since Week 4 was at
Philadelphia. Baltimore's young quarterback has played well the last two weeks, and New England's secondary has been hit by a wave of injuries. But
the Ravens still are built around their defense. They have surrendered a league-low 140 points and have had four interceptions returned for
touchdowns. The Patriots (9-1) will give up yards between the 20-yard lines, but they put the clamps down when it counts. A matchup to watch is
Baltimore's secondary vs. Patriots QB Tom Brady, who is accurate throwing downfield. New England has won 24 of its last 25 games, including playoffs.
The Patriots also have won 16 straight at home, including playoffs since a loss to the New York Jets on December 14, 2002. The patriots have one thing
that will win them the game: Tom Brady's going to outplay Kyle Boller this week.
Tampa Bay at Carolina: Tampa Bay
New Orleans at Atlanta: Atlanta
Jacksonville at Minnesota: Minnesota
Washington at Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh
[Edited on 26/11/04 by TRD]