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December 18, 2004|By Ken Murray

Steelers (12-1) at Giants (5-8)

Time: 1:30 p.m.

TV: Chs. 13, 9

Line: Steelers by 10

Lowdown: The Steelers' passing game took another dip last week, but their running game should be sufficient to get them past the reeling Giants. Revitalized Jerome Bettis is Pittsburgh's most effective weapon. Until QB Eli Manning finds his rhythm, the Giants won't have any weapons.

The pick: Steelers

Panthers (6-7) at Falcons (10-3)

Time: 8:30 p.m.

TV: ESPN

Line: Falcons by 3

Lowdown: Trying to come back from a 1-7 start, Carolina is the more desperate team. The Panthers got a break this week when the Falcons lost fullback Justin Griffith and running back T.J. Duckett to injury. But they'll still have to deal with RB Warrick Dunn and QB Michael Vick. Atlanta won in Week 4, 27-10.

The pick: Falcons

- Ken Murray

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