Miami (6-3) at Buffalo (1-8) Time: 1 p.m. today. Line...

November 25, 2001|By Los Angeles Times

Miami (6-3) at Buffalo (1-8)

Time: 1 p.m. today.

Line: Dolphins by 4 1/2 .

Outlook: After last week's debacle against the Jets, Dolphins starter Jay Fiedler could use a good outing. He is 2-0 vs. the Bills with a 105.4 passer rating. ... Alex Van Pelt's favorite receiver is Peerless Price, who has 14 catches for 241 yards and two touchdowns in Van Pelt's two starts.

The pick: Miami. The Bills are off to their worst start in 16 years and have lost seven consecutive home games, dating to last season.

Atlanta (5-4) at Carolina (1-9)

Time: 1 p.m. today.

Line: Falcons by 3.

Outlook: Part of the Falcons' success has been their quick start, as they have outscored opponents 68-9 in the first quarter. ... With the road victory at Green Bay last Sunday, Atlanta surpassed its win total from last season. ... Four Panthers' losses have come by three points or fewer.

The pick: Atlanta. The Falcons have three straight wins and six victories in their last seven meetings with the Panthers.

Seattle (5-4) at Kansas City (2-7)

Time: 1 p.m. today.

Line: Chiefs by 1 1/2 .

Outlook: Seattle quarterback Matt Hasselbeck has turned his season around, compiling a 91.8 passer rating in his past four games with a .616 completion percentage. ... Shaun Alexander has rushed for 824 yards in just six starts (137.3 average). ... The Chiefs' Priest Holmes has emerged as a big play threat with nine carries of 20 or more yards, most in the NFL.

The pick: Seattle. Supported by a strong running game, Hasselbeck has enough confidence to pull off a road win.

San Francisco (7-2) at Indianapolis (4-5)

Time: 1 p.m. today.

Line: Colts by 3.

Outlook: This matchup features the two best offenses outside St. Louis. You can't keep the 49ers down; they are 3-1 in overtime and 5-0 when trailing at halftime this season. Running backs Garrison Hearst and Kevan Barlow are averaging 4.8 and 4.3 yards a carry, respectively, for the 49ers.

The pick: San Francisco. With Edgerrin James and Jerome Pathon injured, Peyton Manning is running out of weapons.

Pittsburgh (7-2) at Tennessee (4-5)

Time: 1 p.m. today, chs. 13, 9.

Line: Titans by 2.

Outlook: The Titans will be looking to avenge a 34-7 pasting by the Steelers earlier this season. ... The Steelers' Jerome Bettis needs 82 rushing yards for his eighth 1,000-yard season. ... Tennessee needs more out of Eddie George, who has only one touchdown and has not posted a 100-yard game.

The pick: Tennessee. The Titans' defense should rattle the Steelers' mistake-prone quarterback Kordell Stewart.

Cincinnati (4-5) at Cleveland (5-4)

Time: 1 p.m. today.

Line: Browns by 4 1/2 .

Outlook: Bengals quarterback Jon Kitna had better beware of a Browns secondary that leads the NFL with 20 interceptions this season. ... Corey Dillon has 678 yards rushing and five touchdowns in five games vs. the Browns. ... Cleveland may have found a gem in rookie running back Ben Gay, who ran for 58 yards and a touchdown against the Ravens last Sunday.

The pick: Cleveland. The Bengals' 1-3 road record surrenders the battle of Ohio to the Browns.

Washington (4-5) at Philadelphia (6-3)

Time: 1 p.m. today, chs. 45, 5.

Line: Eagles by 7 1/2 .

Outlook: Always down to the wire, the past three games of this series have been decided by three points each. ... Donovan McNabb had a career-high 125 rushing yards vs. the Redskins last season. ... Duce Staley is back, with 248 yards rushing and 116 yards receiving in the past two games. ... After a slow start Stephen Davis has 531 yards rushing in his past five games. ... The Redskins have won four consecutive games.

The pick: Philadelphia. The Redskins' recent success will be halted by the Eagles' tough defense.

Arizona (3-6) at San Diego (5-5)

Time: 4:05 p.m. today.

Line: Chargers by 7.

Outlook: In his past seven games, Jake Plummer has 10 touchdown passes and six interceptions. ... Receiver David Boston leads the NFL with 104.9 yards receiving a game. ... The Chargers are 0-5 when they score fewer than 27 points. Doug Flutie is 21-4 all time (.840) starting at home. ... PK Wade Richey leads AFC with 84 points (24-for-24 on PATs, 20-for-27 on FGs).

The pick: San Diego. Look for the Chargers' ground game to be effective against the Cardinals' undersized line.

New Orleans (5-4) at New England (5-5)

Time: 4:05 p.m. today.

Line: Pick 'em.

Outlook: In what could be the start of a quarterback controversy, Tom Brady gets the nod over a healthy Drew Bledsoe. Brady is 5-3 as a starter, including 3-1 at Foxboro. ... The Patriots are 0-5 when scoring fewer than 21 points. ... Brady faces a Saints front four that has accounted for 15 sacks in the past three games. ... Ricky Williams needs 144 yards rushing to become first Saint with consecutive 1,000-yard seasons. ... Troy Brown is third in AFC with 794 yards receiving. ... Patriots' defense has 15 sacks in the past three games.

The pick: New England. The Patriots proved they can play with the big boys when they went toe to toe with the Rams last Sunday.

Oakland (7-2) at N.Y. Giants (5-5)

Time: 4:15 p.m. today.

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