Today's TV games

Nfl Week

November 05, 2006|By Chicago Tribune

VIKINGS (4-3) @ 49ERS (2-5)

Time, TV -- 4:05 p.m., Ch. 45

Line -- Vikings by 5

Last meeting -- Vikings won, 35-7, at Minnesota on Sept. 28, 2003.

Key stat -- Vikings lead NFL with four defensive touchdowns.

The buzz -- The Vikings are still searching for more offensive punch. The 49ers have shown progress, but they've lost two in a row (against the Chargers and Bears) by a combined 89-29.

BRONCOS (5-2) @ STEELERS (2-5)

Time, TV -- 4:15 p.m., chs. 13, 9

Line -- Steelers by 3

Last meeting -- Steelers won, 34-17, at Denver on Jan. 22 in AFC championship game.

Key stat -- Steelers' biggest loss has been by 10 points.

The buzz -- After a tough home loss to the Colts, can the Broncos get it together for a trip to Pittsburgh? This is probably the last chance for the desperate Steelers to be a factor in the AFC.

COLTS (7-0) @ PATRIOTS (6-1)

Time, TV -- 8:15 p.m., chs. 11, 4

Line -- Patriots by 3

Last meeting -- Colts won, 40-21, at New England on Nov. 7, 2005.

Key stat -- Patriots have won four straight by average of 20.3 points per game.

The buzz -- Until last year, the Patriots had won six straight against their former AFC East rivals. Tom Brady & Co. playing like champions again, figure to win a memorable game.

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