Playoff mind-set

A loss to the Falcons at home today would all but end any postseason hopes the Redskins may be harboring

Nfl Week

December 03, 2006|By Don Markus | Don Markus,Sun reporter

ASHBURN, Va. -- At practice here last week, the Washington Redskins simulated what it would be like to play against Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick by using wide receiver Antwaan Randle El, who played the position in college at Indiana.

The Redskins also had some other make-believe: fantasizing that today's game against the Falcons at FedEx Field is a playoff game in January instead of one between two teams barely hanging on to their postseason dreams in early December.

Falcons @Redskins Today, 1 p.m., Ch. 5, 1430 AM Line: Redskins by 1 1/2

Today's TV games

Vikings (5-6) @ Bears (9-2)

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

Line -- Bears by 9.

The buzz -- The Vikings play run defense well enough to make things interesting, especially if Bears QB Rex Grossman has another off day. However, he has been at his best at Soldier Field, where the Vikings are often at their worst.

Jets (6-5) @ Packers (4-7)

Time, TV -- 1 p.m, Ch. 13

Line -- Pick 'em

The buzz -- Packers QB Brett Favre isn't 100 percent healthy, but Ahman Green's running gives the Packers a chance for a home upset.

Cowboys (7-4) @ Giants (6-5)

Time, TV -- 4:15 p.m, chs. 45, 5

Line -- Cowboys by 3 1/2 .

The buzz -- Bill Parcells brings one of the NFL's hottest teams back to his old neighborhood and should go home with a win that will all but clinch the NFC East.

Seahawks (7-4) @ Broncos (7-4)

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

Line -- Broncos by 4.

The buzz -- New Broncos QB Jay Cutler faces a tough first assignment, even at Invesco Field at Mile High, considering that Seahawks RB Shaun Alexander is healthy again.

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