New York Jets (9-3) at Pittsburgh Steelers (11-1)
The Steelers host the New York Jets with a chance to take the AFC North Division title with a win. The Jets have never won here, losing all five
meetings, and, of course, Steelers rookie quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has yet to lose, compiling a 10-0 record since becoming the starter. The Jets
have allowed the fewest points in the NFL (175), but will not have Pro Bowl defensive end John Abraham, who is expected to miss two weeks with a
sprained right knee ligament.
The Steelers will certainly look to wear down the Jets with the tandem of Duce Staley and Jerome Bettis. While New York has the league's leading
rusher in Curtis Martin (1,305 yards) and LaMont Jordan, who is averaging 5.4 yards per carry. The Steelers have yielded 184 points and are first in
the league against the run. The Jets rushed for more than 200 yards in a game for the third time this season in last week's 29-7 win over Houston.
This is a tough matchup this week.
New York Giants (5-7) at Baltimore Ravens (7-5)
This season, the Giants are having the same kind of meltdown under coach Tom Coughlin. They enter Sunday on a five-game losing streak - the low point
coming last week in a 31-7 loss to the Washington Redskins. Yet in the weak NFC, the Giants are bunched with six teams, one game behind Seattle for
the last wild-card spot. Three of the losses in the streak have come since Coughlin handed the quarterback job to Manning, who has completed just 42
per cent (35-of-83) of his passes for 423 yards with four interceptions and just one touchdown.
The Ravens are hoping to snap a two-game losing streak. Their defence had a rare breakdown last week, allowing 24 points in the fourth quarter of a
27-26 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. The Ravens had been 35-0 under Billick when holding a 14-point lead, but blew a 17-point advantage against the
Bengals. Baltimore are tied with Denver for the last AFC wild-card spot, two games behind the New York Jets, who hold the first wild card position.
With two tough games comming up next for the Ravens this game is a must win.
Miami Dolphins (2-10) at Denver Broncos (7-5)
The Denver Broncos, coming off a pair of disappointing losses, aim to get back on the winning track against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. Two weeks
ago, the Broncos endured a last-second defeat to the Oakland Raiders here. And last week, they committed costly mistakes in a 20-17 loss at San Diego.
Now, instead of being tied with San Diego on top of the AFC West, Denver are tied with Baltimore for the final wild-card spot.
The Dolphins were plagued by turnovers last week as they committed seven in a 42-32 loss to Buffalo. They have 35 turnovers this season. AJ Feeley
threw for a career-high 303 yards with three touchdowns, but was intercepted five times against Buffalo.
Denver will be looking to get the win here in a must win game.
Seattle Seahawks (6-6) at Minnesota Vikings (7-5)
The Seahawks have little to no defense to speak of and seem to have every key linebacker on the roster injured. The Vikings on the other hand are
continuing the late-season freefall they seem to have perfected over the years. The Seahawks look to avoid their third straight loss on Sunday when
they meet the Vikings in a pivotal game for both teams in the NFC play-off race. The Vikings won their first six games last season, only to miss the
play-offs. The Seahawks won their first three games this season, but now find themselves at the .500 mark. Seattle are tied for first place in the NFC
West with the St Louis Rams, but would be the second wild card based on two losses to division rivals. Minnesota are tied with Green Bay in the North,
but also would be relegated to a wild-card spot.
Last Monday night, the Seahawks rallied from a 15-point deficit, then squandered a 10-point lead with under two minutes remaining in a shocking 43-39
loss to Dallas. Seattle have surrendered 81 points in its last two games. It could be another challenge here against the duo of Daunte Culpepper and
Randy Moss, who pace the NFL's third-ranked offence. It also has been another struggle for the Vikings, who have lost four of their last six games
following a 5-1 start. Last week, Culpepper threw three interceptions in a disappointing 24-14 loss at Chicago. Moss also was quiet, catching four
passes for 31 yards while losing a fumble.
Another tough game and a must win for both teams.
Cleveland Browns at Buffalo Bills: Bills
Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers: Packers
Indianapolis Colts at Houston Texans: Colts
San Francisco 49ers at Arizona Cardinals: Arizona