Today's Games

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Games of the week

GIANTS (7-3) @ SEAHAWKS (8-2)

TIME, TV -- 4:15 p.m., Ch. 5

LINE -- Seahawks by 4 1/2

SKINNY -- The Giants caught a break when Dallas lost Thursday. If they can win in Seattle, they'll take a one-game lead in the NFC East. But the task will be more difficult if DE Michael Strahan can't play against the rampaging Seattle offense.

PICK -- Seahawks

BEARS (7-3) @ BUCCANEERS (7-3)

TIME, TV -- 1 p.m., Ch. 45

LINE -- Buccaneers by 3

SKINNY -- The Bears' defense has given up more than 300 total yards just once this season - in Week 1 vs. the Redskins. The Buccaneers won their past two games at the gun. This could go either way.

PICK -- Bears

Worth seeing

PATRIOTS(6-4) @ CHIEFS (6-4)

TIME -- 1 p.m.

LINE -- Chiefs by 3

SKINNY -- The return of DE Richard Seymour two weeks ago from knee injury put teeth back in the Patriots' defense. They are primed for another January run and this is their last tough road test.

PICK -- Chiefs

BROWNS (4-6) @ VIKINGS (5-5)

TIME -- 1 p.m.

LINE -- Vikings by 4

SKINNY -- Trent Dilfer is looking over his shoulder again, this time at Browns rookie QB Charlie Frye. The Browns are just 1-4 on the road, losing in Baltimore and Houston. The Vikings have new playoff hope.

PICK -- Vikings

PANTHERS (7-3) @ BILLS (4-6)

TIME -- 1 p.m.

LINE -- Panthers by 3 1/2

SKINNY -- The Panthers' margin of error dissipated with the loss in Chicago. QB Jake Delhomme has struggled the past three weeks with just two touchdown passes and four interceptions.

PICK -- Panthers


TIME -- 4:05 p.m.

LINE -- Jaguars by 3

SKINNY -- Kurt Warner has revived Arizona's passing game (No. 3 in the NFL) since returning three weeks ago, but the Cardinals' defense has dropped off. The Jaguars are No. 1 in pass defense.

PICK -- Jaguars

DOLPHINS (3-7) @ RAIDERS (4-6)

TIME -- 4:05 p.m.

LINE -- Raiders by 7

SKINNY -- The Raiders think they're still in the playoff hunt. Dolphins coach Nick Saban has suggested he's playing for next year.

PICK -- Raiders

SAINTS (2-8) @ JETS (2-8)

TIME, TV -- 8:30 p.m., ESPN

LINE -- Jets by 1

SKINNY -- Dubbed the Reggie Bush Bowl in New York, this game pits two teams in the pits. Kliff Kingsbury is just one more injury (Brooks Bollinger) away from quarterbacking the Jets.

PICK -- Saints

Easy to miss

49ERS (2-8) @ TITANS (2-8)

TIME -- 1 p.m.

LINE -- Titans by 8 1/2

SKINNY -- 49ers QB Ken Dorsey played a credible game against Seattle to keep Alex Smith on the bench one more week. The Titans have lost five games in a row.

PICK -- Titans

PACKERS (2-8) @ EAGLES (4-6)

TIME, TV -- 4:15 p.m., Ch. 45

LINE -- Eagles by 4 1/2

SKINNY -- The Eagles will try one more time to put Terrell Owens behind them. Despite their eight losses, the Packers aren't getting blown out.

PICK -- Packers

RAMS (4-6) @ TEXANS (1-9)

TIME -- 1 p.m.

LINE -- Rams by 3 1/2

SKINNY -- This game will determine how far the Rams have fallen.

PICK -- Texans

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