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December 27, 2003|By Los Angeles Times

Buffalo (6-9) at New England (13-2)

Time: 1:30 p.m.

TV: Chs. 13, 9.

Line: Patriots by 8.

Story line: Coach Bill Belichick has the Patriots in position to claim the best record in the NFL.

Outlook: New England has won 11 consecutive games and has a first-round bye in the playoffs. QB Tom Brady has thrown for 3,416 yards and 19 TDs with 12 interceptions. New England is 31st in the NFL with only 3.4 yards per rush. Buffalo, which has lost two games in a row, is coming off a dismal 20-3 loss at home to Miami.

Seattle (9-6) at San Francisco (7-8)

Time: 5 p.m.

TV: Chs. 45, 5.

Line: Pick 'em.

Story line: The Seahawks are 1-6 on the road and need a victory to have a chance at a wild-card berth.

Outlook: Seattle QB Matt Hasselbeck is expected to play despite suffering ankle and shoulder injuries in last week's victory over Arizona. RB Shaun Alexander leads the Seahawks' ground attack with 1,351 yards. The 49ers will be without WR Terrell Owens, who broke his collarbone in last week's overtime victory over Philadelphia.

Philadelphia (11-4) at Washington (5-10)

Time: 8:30 p.m.

TV: Ch. 7, ESPN.

Line: Eagles by 7.

Story line: QB Donovan McNabb and the Eagles will try to bounce back from last week's overtime loss to San Francisco.

Outlook: The Redskins are 1-4 since Tim Hasselbeck took over at quarterback. Washington WR Laveranues Coles has 76 catches for 1,117 yards and six TDs. The Eagles need a victory to secure a first-round playoff bye. McNabb needs 26 passing yards to reach 3,000 for the season.

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