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C-6 — Sunday, October 27, 2002 NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE ®fye ,3f»ihiana Cards battle for first place | By The Associated Press Maybe all the Arizona Cardinals needed was a change of division. Now in the NFC West after being booted from the NFC East in realignment, they go to San Francisco on Sunday tied with the 49ers at 4-2. A win and they have the division lead outright. The Cardinals made the playoffs as a wild card in 1998 and won their first postseason game since 1947. But they've rarely contended for a division lead this late in the season. They seem more the beneficiary of ineptitude by the opposition than their own heroics. Last week, they beat old NFC East rival Dallas 9-6 in overtime as both teams blew numerous chances to win. "Everything will come to us if we do what we're supposed to do, and that means winning games however we have to win them," says coach Dave McGinnis. "But there are things we have to do better. We have to score touchdowns." Seattle (1-5) at Dallas (3-4) Emmitt Smith's pursuit of the record is the main focus, but an intriguing subplot is the debut of quarterback Chad Hutchinson, whose last pass came five years ago as a sophomore at Stanford. He throws a faster, tighter spiral than Quincy Carter, but his decision-making could be rusty and he's not very mobile. He's also playing behind a devastated line and the Cowboys will have a new holder, punter and kickoff man. The Seahawks have been run on all season, giving up a league-worst 189.5 yards per game. Big plays have hurt: They've allowed a run of 22 yards or more in all but one game. Atlanta (3-3) at New Orleans (5-1) The Saints have started fast before, only to end up on the sidelines at playoff time. Just last year New Orleans was 7-5, then lost four straight. Atlanta climbed to .500 with its first shutout since 1993, 30-0 over Carolina. The offense had a season-high 393 yards against the Panthers, who went into the game with the No. 2 defense in the league. Denver (5-2) at New England (3-3) A battle of former Wolverines quarterbacks highlights this matchup. Brian Griese is coming off his fourth straight 300-plus passing game, a Broncos record, and has the NFL's longest current streak for touchdown passes, 22 games. Like Denver, the Patriots won their first three games. They spent their bye week working on stopping offensive turnovers (10), penalties and other mistakes that plagued them in their three-game losing streak. Tampa Bay (5-2) at Carolina (3-4) Tampa Bay's top-rated defense looks to rattle the Panthers' poor offense. The Bucs defense has scored five touchdowns and allowed an NFL-low 76 points. But their offense has struggled, and could be run by Rob Johnson if starter Brad Johnson is unable to play (broken rib). Carolina's offense has serious problems at quarterback. Rodney Peete is out (knee), Chris Weinke is questionable because of a concussion suffered last week, and rookie Randy Fasani is the only healthy quarterback on the roster. Detroit (2-4) at Buffalo (4-3) Firmly in the AFC East hunt, this is no time for the Drew Bledsoe-led Bills to take anyone for granted. The Bills, coming off last week's heady win over Miami, aren't the pushovers they were last year, but neither are the Lions. Bolstered by rookie Joey Harrington's emergence and James Stewart's running, the Lions are well ahead of last year's 2-14 finish. Indianapolis (4-2) at Washington (2-4) Both teams are coming off bad losses. Coach Steve Spurrier, whose Redskins lost by three touchdowns at Green Bay, has switched quarterbacks for the third time, benching rookie Patrick Ramsey for Shane Matthews. The offensive line is still a mess, with Chris Samuels and Brendan Stai hampered by injuries. The Colts, who haven't looked all that good in their victories, lost by 18 points to Pittsburgh and have a short weekof preparation. Oakland (4-2) at Kansas City (3-4) The top two offenses in the league could provide a Shootout. The Raiders average 433.8 yards and 32.7 points per game, while the Chiefs are No. 1 in scoring at 34.1 ppg. But Kansas City can't play defense and has surrendered an average of 441 yards and 32.9 points each week. Chiefs RB Priest Holmes is being compared, in a historical sense at least, to Jim Brown. Through seven games, he has scored 14 touchdowns, the most since Brown had 15 in 1958. Houston (1-5) at Jacksonville (3-3) Houston's biggest contribution on defense is coming from former Jacksonville linebacker Jeff Posey, who played the last seven games of 2001 with the Jaguars and was signed as a free agent by the Texans this year. Posey leads Houston with 4'/z sacks. Jacksonville has a former Houston player, as strange as mat may sound with the Texans being an expansion team. The Jaguars signed backup QB Kent Graham after Houston released him in the preseason. Chicago (2-4) at Minnesota (1-5) Jim Miller threw for 288 yards in the opener against the Vikings, but is questionable (shoulder tendinitis). Miller or sub Chris Chandler will face the league's 31st-ranked pass defense. The Vikings lost to the Bears in Week 1 when Daunte Culpepper was intercepted by Mike Brown with 2'/2 minutes left to set up the winning touchdown. They can — get . this! — tie the Bears for second place in the NFC North with a win and a loss by Detroit. They'll have to hang onto the ball, though: Minnesota's 20 turnovers are most in the league. Cleveland (3-4) at New York Jets (2-4) Both teams hope they began turnarounds with victories last week, although they came against weak teams. The Browns, who might be without three-fourths of their secondary because of injury, beat Houston. The Jets, who are passing more downfield behind Chad Pennington, defeated Minnesota. Tennessee (2-4) at Cincinnati (0-6) The Titans have won seven of the last eight meetings by relying on Eddie George and Steve McNair. George comes off his first 100-yard game of the season, but has run for 100 yards five times vs. Cincinnati, the most against any opponent McNair has thrown for 17 touchdows in 12 games against Cincinnati, by far his best total against anyone. The Bengals beat the Titans in Tennessee to end last season, and haven't won since. A kws would drop the NFEs only winless team to 0-7 for the fifth time in franchise history and the fourth time since 1991. N.Y. Giants (3-3) at Philadelphia (4-2), Monday First place was on the line three times and a berth in the NFC championship game was at stake once in the last four meetings between die New Jersey Turnpike rivals. "We had our way with them for a while," Giants coach Jim Fassel said. "They beat us twice in two very, very extremely close games. Those two games still sit in my craw quite a bit." STANDINGS NATIONAL CONFERENCE AMERICAN CONFERENCE North Pittsburgh Baltimore Cleveland Cincinnati East Miami Buffalo New England N.Y. Jets WLT 330 330 340 060 WLT 520 430 330 240 Pet PF PA .500 138122 .500 104111 .429 161151 .000 51 181 Pet PF PA .714 190143 .571 217214 .500 152134 .333 95 169 HomeAway 2-1-0 1-2-0 2-1-0 1-2-0 2-2-0 1-2-0 0-3-0 0-3-0 HomeAway 3-1-0 2-1-0 1-2-0 3-1-0 2-1-0 1-2-0 1-2-0 1-2-0 AFC NFC 3-2-0 0-1-0 3-1-0 0-2-0 3-3-0 0-1-0 0-4-0 0-2-0 AFC NFC 4-2-0 1-0-0 2-3-0 2-0-0 3-2-0 0-1-0 1-4-0 1-0-0 Div 2-0-0 1-0-0 1-2-0 0-P-O Div 2-1-0 1-1-0 1-1-0 1-2-0 South Indianapolis Jacksonville Tennessee Houston . West San Diego Denver Oakland Kansas City WLT 4 2 0 330 240 1 5 0 WLT 6 1 0 520 420 340 Pet PF PA .667 124118 .500 128112 .333 130173 .167 83 157 Pet PF PA .857 173119 .714 183154 .667 196145 .429 239230 HomeAway AFC 2-1-0 2-1-0 4-2-0 2-1-0 1-2-0 2-3-0 2-2-0 0-2-0 1-2-0 1-2-0 0-3-0 0-4-0 HomeAway AFC 3-0-0 3-1-0 5-1-0 3-1-0 2-1-0 3-2-0 2-1-0 2-1-0 3-1-0 1-2-0 2-2-0 3-4-0 NFC Div 0-0-0 2-0-0 1-0-0 0-2-0 1-2-01-0-0 1-1-0 0-1-0 NFC Div 1-0-02-1-0 2-0-0 2-0-0 1-1-0 0-1-0 0-0-0 0-2-0 East Philadelphia N.Y. Giants Dallas Washington South New Orleans Tampa Bay Atlanta Carolina WLT 420 330 340 240 WLT 6 1 0 520 330 340 Pet PF PA .667 185102 .500 86 98 .429 94 129 .333 115167 Pet PF PA .857 221172 .714 153 76 .500 130 84 .429 102105 HomeAway 3-0-0 1-2-0 1-2-0 2-1-0 2-1-0 1-3-0 1-2-0 1-2-0 Home Away 3-0-0 3-1-0 2-1-0 3-1-0 2-2-0 1-1-0 2-1-0 1-3-0 NFC AFC 3-0-0 1-2-0 3-3-0 0-0-0 2-3-0 1-1-0 1-4-0 1-0-0 NFC AFC 5-1-0 1-0-0 2-2-0 3-0-0 2-3-0 1-0-0 2-4-0 1-0-0 Div 2-0-0 1-0-0 0-2-0 0-1-0 Div 1-0-0 1-1-0 1-1-0 0-1 -0 North Green Bay Chicago Detroit Minnesota West Arizona WLT 6 1 0 240 240 1 5 0 WLT 420 San Francisco 4 2 0 St. Louis Seattle 250 1 5 0 Pet PF PA .857 203154 .333 132155 .333 132189 .167 137185 Pet PF PA .667 10893 .667 142116 .286 139158 .167 125152 HomeAway NFC 3-0-0 3-1-0 5-1-0 1-2-0 1-2-0 2-3-0 2-1-0 0-3-0 2-3-0 1-2-0 0-3-0 1-3-0 Home Away NFC 2-1-0 2-1-0 4-1-0 2-1-0 2-1-0 4-1-0 2-2-0 0-3-0 1-4-0 1-2-0 0-3-0 1-4-0 AFC Div 1-0-0 2-0-0 0-1-0 1-2-0 0-1-0 1-2-0 0-2-0 1-1-0 AFC Div 0-1-0 1-0-0 0-1-0 2-0-0 1-1-0 1-1-0 0-1-0 0-3-0 New division, same rivalry By DAVID GINSBURG AP Sports Writer BALTIMORE — New division, fresh faces, same old rivalry. The Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers still don't like each other, and nothing's going to change that. The Ravens have 17 rookies and first-year players, many of whom started the season with no concept of just how intense the hatred is between the two teams. They began to get the picture a week ago. "This is the game that you look forward to every year. Everyone was talking about it last week, even before we played Jacksonville," Ravens offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden said. So much for taking it one game at a time. The Ravens (3-3) beat the Jaguars anyway and Pittsburgh (3-3) defeated Indianapolis on Monday, so the winner of Sunday's game will earn sole possession of first place in the AFC North. Just as important, the winner gets bragging rights until the rematch in Pittsburgh on Dec. 29. "It's going to be a bad-blood type of game. They don't like us; we don't like them," Steelers receiver Plaxico Burress said. "I don't know what it is, but every time you get that Raven game on your schedule, it's like, 'It's the Ravens.' And everybody kind of gets a little pep in his step. It's good. You go out there and play hard against a team you basically don't like." Ravens Pro Bowl linebacker Ray Lewis will probably be held out of a third straight game because of a partially separated left shoulder. If it were up to him, he'd play with a broken arm. "Everyone knows about this rivalry. There's really nothing friendly about it," Lewis said. Last year, the Steelers split with Baltimore en route to winning the AFC Central crown, which earned them home-field advantage when the teams met in the playoffs. Pittsburgh won 27-10, and Lewis was asked if the Ravens were looking for revenge Sunday. "There's bad blood between us, regardless," he said. "Do we owe them? They didn't go on to win the Super Bowl, so they didn't take nothing from us. This game, though, is for the division lead, so it could be big." It's not exactly winner take all, but a victory would certainly be meaningful. "It's early in the season, but anytime you can take the division lead, you want that chance to be in the driver's seat," Ravens kicker Matt Stover said. "You don't want to be the guy catching up. We understand the ramifications of a game like this." Stover has been playing in big games against the Steelers since the days when the Ravens were playing in Cleveland as the Browns. The rivalry was intense back then, and nothing has changed. "One thing that this organization has never done is look at the Steelers game as an ordinary game," he said. Ogden planned to share a few words with those Ravens unfamiliar with the rivalry—for their own protection. "I'm going to tell them to strap it up and get ready. It's going to be a battle out there, a very physical football game," he said. TODAY'S ROSTERS STEELERS Head coach: Bill Cowher No. Name 2 Todd Peterson 4 Josh Miller 8 Tommy Maddox 10 Kordell Stewart 16 Charlie Batch 20 Dewayne Washington 21 Amos Zereoue 22 Hank Poteat 26 Deshea Townsend 27 Brent Alexander 28 Chris Hope 30 Chad Scott 31 Mike Logan 34 Verron Haynes 35 Dan Kreider 36 Jerome Bettis 41 Lee Flowers 45 Chris Fuamatu-Ma'afala 48 Matt Cushing 50 Larry Foote 51 James Farrior 53 Clark Haggans 54 Mike Schneck 55 Joey Porter 56 ChukkyOkobi 57 John Fiala 64 Jeff Hartings 66 Alan Faneca 67 Kimo von Oelhoffen 68 Keydrick Vincent 72 Wayne Gandy 73 Kendall Simmons 76 Chris Hoke 77 Marvel Smith 78 Mathias Nkwenti 79 Oliver Ross 80 Plaxico Burress 81 Dan O'Leary 82 Antwaan Randle El 83 Lenzie Jackson 84 Jerame Tuman 85 John Allred 86 Mines Ward 87 Mark Bruener 88 Terance Mathis 89 Lee Mays 91 Aaron Smith 92 Jason Gildon 94 Rodney Bailey 96 Kendrick Clancy 97 Kendrell Bel! 98 Casey Hampton 99 Brett Keisel RAVENS Head coach: Brian Billick Pas. Ht. K 5-10 P 6-4 QB 6-4 OB 6-1 QB 6-2 CB 6-0 RB 5-8 CB 5-10 CB 5-10 S 5-11 S 6-0 CB 6-1 S 6-1 FB 5-10 FB 5-11 RB 5-11 S 6-0 RB 6-0 TE 6-4 LB 6-1 ILB 6-2 LB 6-4 LS 6-1 LB 6-3 C 6-1 LB 6-3 C 6-3 G 6-5 DE 6-4 G 6-5 OT 6-5 G 6-3 DT 6-3 OT 6-5 OT 6-3 06 6-5 WR 6-5 LS 6-3 WR 5-10 WR 6-0 TE 6-4 TE 6-4 WR 6-0 TE 6-4 WR 5-10 WR 6-2 DE 6-5 L8 6-4 DE 6-3 DT 6-1 LB 6-1 DT 6-1 DE 6-5 Wt. 177 220 220 217 220 193 207 192 191 200 204 200 210 223 246 256 214 254 260 234 242 251 246 248 310 237 295 305 300 330 308 313 290 308 300 309 226 248 184 191 270 246 200 260 185 192 300 250 300 289 254 320 269 No. Name 2 Anthony Wright 3 Matt Stover 6 J.R. Jenkins 7 Chris Redman 11 Jeff Blake' 15 Dave Zaztudil 20 Ed Reed 21 Chris McAlister 22 Robert Tale 23 Dameon Hunter 24 Aivin Porter 28 Gary Baxter 29 Chester Taylor 31 Jamal Lewis 32 Sam Gash 33 Tellis Redmon 38 James Trapp 39 Alan Ricard 42 Anthony Mitchell 45 Lamont Brightful 47 Will Demps 49 Chad Williams 51 Bernardo Harris 52 Ray Lewis 54 Shannon Taylor 56 Edgerton Hartwell 57 Bart Scott 58 Peter Boulware 59 Joe Maese 61 Casey Rabach 62 Mike Flynn 63 Mike Collins 64 Edwin Mulitalo 65 Jason Thomas 66 Bennie Anderson 72 DamionCook 75 Jonathan Ogden 77 Ethan Brooks 80 Brandon Stokely 82 Terry Jones 83 Ron Johnson 84 Javin Hunter 86 Todd Heap 87 Jeff Ogden 88 John Jones 89 Travis Taylor 90 Cornell Brown 91 Riddick Parker 92 Maeke Kemoetu 94 Marques Douglas 95 Howard Green 96 Adalius Thomas 97 Kelly Gregg Pos. QB PK K QB QB P S DB DB RB DB DB RB RB FB RB DB FB S S S S LB LB LB LB LB LB LS C C G G OT G OT OT OT WR TE WR WR TE WR TE WR LB DE DT DE DT LB DT The Steelers will play without running back Jerome Bettis, who has a knee injury. [AP photo) The matchup became a war of the words last year when Baltimore's Shannon Sharpe referred to Burress as "Plexiglas" and Tony Siragusa suggested Ravensjans rough up any visiting Pittsburgh fans. Lewis alsc^daredPittoburgh'sTefoltrie Bettis to run right at him. Bettis is out with a knee injury, Lewis may remain sidelined, and Sharpe and Siragusa are no longer with the Ravens. But while the names may change, nothing could affect the intensity. "This is like a college rivalry," Pittsburgh safety Lee Flowers said. "Sure, they've lost a couple players, but Jamal Lewis is running the ball extremely hard, harder than ever. Chris Redman is doing his thing, so they look pretty good to me." Redman was a third-string quarterback when Kordell Stewart and Bettis' backup, Amos Zereoue, helped the Steelers score 20 first-half points in their playoff victory. Now Redman is the Ravens' starter, and Tommy Maddox has taken over at quarterback for an ineffective Stewart. Maddox will be taking the snaps Sunday from Chukky Okobi, who played only four plays all season until starter Jeff Hartings injured his knee against the Colts. Zereoue will again sub for Bettis. After running for 87 yards against the Colts, he hopes to reach the 100-yard mark for the first time against Baltimore. Ht. 6-1 5-11 6-1 6-2 6-0 6-3 5-11 6-0 5-10 5-11 5-11 6-2 5-11 5-11 6-0 5-11 6-0 5-11 6-1 5-9 5-11 5-9 6-2 6-1 6-3 6-1 6-2 6-4 6-0 6-4 6-3 6-6 6-3 6-3 6-5 6-5 6-8 6-6 5-11 6-3 6-2 5-11 6-5 6-0 6-4 6-1 6-0 6-3 6-5 6-2 6-2 6-2 6-0 Wt. 211 178 195 223 210 225 205 206 193 221 175 204 213 231 240 210 190 237 211 160 205 207 250 245 247 250 235 255 241 301 300 290 340 300 335 315 340 297 197 265 225 190 252 190 255 200 245 295 330 285 320 320 310 Steelers (3-3) at Ravens (3-3) WHEN - Today, 1 p.m. WHERE — Ravens Stadium (69,084), Baltimore. TV - KDKA (Channel 2). WTAJ (Channel 10), with Gus Johnson, Brent Jones. RADIO - WQMU-FM (92.5), Steelers Radio Network, with Bill Hillgrove, Myron Cope, Tunch I [kin, Craig Wolfley. HARRAH'S LINE - Steelers by 2%. RECORD VS. SPREAD — Steelers 3-3; Ravens 3-3. SERIES RECORD — Steelers lead series 8-4. LAST MEETING — Steelers beat Ravens 26-21 on Dec. 16, 2001 at Baltimore. LASTWEEK — Steelers beat Colts 28-10; Ravens beat Jaguars 17-10. PITTSBURGH OFFENSE — Rush (11), pass (16), overall (14). PITTSBURGH DEFENSE - Rush (6), pass (25t), overall (16). BALTIMORE OFFENSE — Rush (18), pass (31), overall (30). BALTIMORE DEFENSE - Rush (13), pass (28), overall (24). KEY MATCHUP — Jamal Lewis vs. Steelers' run defense. Lewis, with 576 yards and 4.3 yards per carry, is key for Ravens. Steelers held Ravens to 99 yards rushing in two games without Lewis last year. STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Pittsburgh has won last five road games in series. ... Five of past six meetings have been decided by seven points or less.... Road team has won past six meetings.... Steelers coach Bill Cowher in 9-4 vs. Baltimore. Pittsburgh RB Jerome Bettis is out (knee).... Amos Zere- oue took over for Bettis and gained 87 yards on 15 carries. ... Steelers have scored at least 28 points in each of Tommy Maddox's three starts after scoring only 37 points in three games with Kordell Stewart.... Ravens have won 18 of past 23 home games, including playoffs. ... Balitmore coach Brian Billick is 38-22 (.633) for third-best winning percentage among active coaches.... Ravens are 14-1 when Jamal Lewis carries ball 20 times or more.... Baltimore is 18-9 at home under Billick. ... Over last four starts, Baltimore QB Chris Redman has thrown sixTDs and one INT. He leads AFC with an INT percentage of 1.6. STEELERS' NEXT GAME — Sunday, 1 p.m., at Cleveland. LINE 2'/2 3 1 4 3 7 7 514 2& 8 3 10J* Pk MONDAY 7 UNDERDOG at Baltimore at Kansas City Chicago Atlanta Cleveland Detroit at Carolina at Cincinnati Seattle Arizona Denver Houston at Washington N.Y. Giants WEEK EIGHT TODAY Pittsburgh at Baltimore, 1 p.m. Seattle at Dallas, t p.m. Detroit at Buffalo, 1 p.m. Cleveland at N.Y. Jets, 1 p.m. Oakland at Kansas City, 1 p.m. Tampa Bay at Carolina, t p.m. Atlanta at New Orleans, 1 p.m. Tennessee at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. Chicago at Minnesota, 1 p.m. Arizona at San Francisco, 4:05 p.m. Denver at New England, 4:16 p.m.' Houston at Jacksonville, 4:15 p.m. Indianapolis at Washington, 8:30 p.m. TOMORROW N.Y. Giants at Philadelphia, 9 p.m. Open: Miami, San Diego, Green Bay, St. Louis HARRAH'S ODDS TODAY FAVORITE Pittsburgh Oakland at Minnesota at New Orleans at N.Y. Jets at Buffalo Tampa Bay Tennessee at Dallas at San Francisco at New England at Jacksonville Indianapolis at Philadelphia INJURY REPORT NEW YORK (AP) — The updated National Football League injury report for this week's games as provided by the league: Sunday ARIZONA CARDINALS (4-2) AT SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (4-2) — Arizona Cardinals: OUT: T Anthony Clement (arm); CB Duane Starks (neck). QUESTIONABLE: DE Kyle Vanden Bosch (ribs). PROBABLE: CB David Barrett (back); G Chris Dishman (knee); LB Levar Fisher (knee). San Francisco 49ers: OUT: S Zack Bronson (foot); LB Jamie Winborn (knee). OUT: LB Frank Strong (shoulder-injured reserve). DOUBTFUL: LB Saleem Rasheed (thigh). QUESTIONABLE: RB Garrison Hearst (hamstring); TE Eric Johnson (back); RB Paul Smith (hamstring). PROBABLE: DE John Engeloerger (ankle); WR Terrell Owens (heel); WR J.J. Stokes (knee). ATLANTA FALCONS (3-3) AT NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (6-1) — Atlanta Falcons: OUT: WR Darrin Chlaverini (quadricep); C Roberto Garza (foot). DOUBTFUL: RB T.J. Duckett (foot); CB Kevin Mathis (knee); T Todd Weiner (calf). QUESTIONABLE: RB Bob Christian (concussion). PROBABLE: CB Juran Bolden (hip); LB Matt Stewart (ribs); LB John Thierry (neck). New Orleans Saints: OUT: LB Travis Carroll (leg); CB Michael Hawthorne (knee). DOUBTFUL: LB J.R. Johnson (hamstring); RB Fred McAfee (hamstring); DE Willie Whitehead (leg). QUESTIONABLE: LB Charlie demons (groin); CB Keyuo Craver (knee); DT Norman Hand (hamstring); WR Donte' Stallworth (hamstring). CHICAGO BEARS (2-4) AT MINNESOTA VIKINGS (1-5) — Chicago Bears: OUT: C Patrick Mannelly (knee); WR David Terrell (foot); DT Ted Washington (ankle). QUESTIONABLE: TE Fred Baxter (side): TE John Davis (side); CB R.W. McQuarters (hamstring). PROBABLE: C Olin Kreutz (ankle); QB Jim Miller (elbow/shoulder); DE Bryan Robinson (ankle). Minnesota Vikings: OUT: RB Doug Chapman (stomach); DT Talance Sawyer (knee). QUESTIONABLE: WR D'Wayne Bates (hack). PROBABLE: C Matt Birk (knee); CB Tyrone Carter (knee); CB Corey Chavous (ankle); DT Chris Hovan (leg). CLEVELAND BROWNS (3-4) AT NEW YORK JETS (2-4) — Cleveland Browns: OUT: CB Corey Fuller (hamstring); S Robert Griffith (shoulder); LB Ben Taylor (hamstring). QUESTIONABLE: QB Kelly Holcomb (knee); WR Andre King (toe); CB Daylon McCutcheon (elbow). PROBABLE: S Devin Bush (groin). New York Jets: PROBABLE: S Jon McGraw (shoulder). DENVER BRONCOS (5-2) AT NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (3-3) — Denver Broncos: PROBABLE: S Sam Brandon (knee); LB Keith Burns (hand); DT Chester McGlockton (leg); DT Monsanto Pope (ankle); TE Shannon Sharpc (knee). New England Patriots: QUESTIONABLE: G Joe Andruzzi (knee); WR-PR Troy Brown (knee); TE Daniel Graham (shoulder); DE Rick Lyle (back); DE Anthony Pleasant (shoulder); C Grey Ruegamer (foot). DETROIT LIONS (2-4) AT BUFFALO BILLS (4-3) — Detroit Lions: DOUBTFUL: WR Eddie Orummond (ankle); LB Clint Kriewaldl (foot). QUESTIONABLE: RB Aveion Cason (ankle); TE John Owens (shoulder): TE Mikhael Ricks (groin); WR Bill Schroeder (ankle). PROBABLE: DT Shaun Rogers (thumb); RB Cory Schlesinger (back); S Brian Walker (toe). Buffalo Bills: DOUBTFUL: CB Antoine Winfield (knee). QUESTIONABLE: S Tony Driver (hip); TE Dave Moore (hand); T Mike Williams (hamstring). HOUSTON TEXANS (1-5) AT JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (3-3) — Houston Texans: QUESTIONABLE: CB Jason Bell (arm); S Eric Brown (shoulder); TE Rod RutlerJge (fool)- PROBABLE: LB Erik Flowers (ankle); CB Jason Simmons (hamstring); T Ryan Young (groin). Jacksonville Jaguars: QUESTIONABLE: WR Pat Johnson (abdomen). PROBABLE: RB Stacey Mack (ankle); WR-PR Bobby Shaw (toe); OT Larry Smith (knee); T Zach Wiegert (knee) OAKLAND RAIDERS (4-2) AT KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (3-4) — Oakland Raiders: OUT: CB-PR Phillip Buchanon (wrist). DOUBTFUL: RB Randy Jordan (groin); RB Tyrone Wheatley (hamstring). QUESTIONABLE: CB Clarence Love (leg); RB Jon Ritchie (elbow); T Barry Sims (toe); S Rod Woodson (quadri- cep); CB Charles Woodson (shoulder). Kansas City Chiefs: QUESTIONABLE: RB Michael Cloud (loot); TE Jason Dunn (shoulder); T Marcus Spears (elbow); S Greg Wesley (shoulder), PROBABLE: K Morten Andersen (hamstring); CB William Bartee (back); QB Trent Green (ankle); S Shaunard Harts (shoulder). PITTSBURGH STEELERS (3-3) AT BALTIMORE RAVENS (3-3) — Pittsburgh Sleelers: OUT: RB Jerome Bettis (knee); C Jeff Hartings (knee). DOUBTFUL: TE Jerame Tuman (quad). QUESTIONABLE: TE John Allred (call). PROBABLE: DE Rodney Bailey (ribs); C Mike Sctineck (elbow): T Marvel Smith (knee). Baltimore Ravens: DOUBTFUL: DE Michael McCrary (knee). QUESTIONABLE: K J.R. Jenkins (leg); LB Ray Lewis (shoulder). PROBABLE: T Ethan Brooks (back/knee); G Jason Thomas (call). SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (1-5) AT DALLAS COWBOYS (3-4) — Seattle Seahawks: OUT: G Steve Hutchinson (leg). QUESTIONABLE: TE Ryan Hannam (flu); LB Anthony Simmons (ankle); CB Shawn Springs (foot); TE Jerramy Stevens (ankle). Dallas Cowboys: OUT: G Matt Lehr (knee); T Marques McFadden (shoulder)LB Dat Nguyen (wrist). DOUBTFUL: CB Pete Hunter (ankle). QUESTIONABLE: G Larry Allen (ankle); S Lynn Scott (toe). PROBABLE: C Andre Gurode (toe)RB Emmitt Smith (ankle). TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (5-2) AT CAROLINA PANTHERS (3-4)—Tampa Bay Buccaneers: DOUBTFUL: QB Brad Johnson (rib); WR Keenan McCardell (scapula). PROBABLE: C Jeff Christy (knee); CB Brian Kelly (knee); DT Warren Sapp (knee): CB Dwight Smith (stomach virus); RB Aaron Sleeker (stomach virus). Carolina Panlhers: OUT: QB Rodney Peete (knee); RB DeSnaun Foster (knee). QUESTIONABLE: LB Mark Reids (groin); S Mike Minter (arm); LB Dan Morgan (groin); TE Wesley Walls (finger); QB Chris Weinke (concussion); IB Will Witherspoon (head). TENNESSEE TITAMS (2-4) AT CINCINNATI BEN- GALS (0-6) — Tennessee Titans: OUT: RB Robert Holcomhe (hip); DE Jevon Kearse (foot). QUESTIONABLE: RB Greg Cornelia (shoulder); CB Mike Echols (leg); LB Randall Godfrey (ankle); DE Carlos Hall (knee); WR-KR Derrick Mason (shoulder). Cincinnali Bengals: DOUBTFUL: DE Vaughn Booker (knee). QUESTIONABLE: TE Sean Brewer (knee); S Mark Roman (head); LB Adrian Ross (knee); WR Michael Westbrook (hamstring). PROBABLE: G Mike Goff (knee); S Lamont Thompson (knee) INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (4-2) AT WASHINGTON REDSKINS (2-4) — Indianapolis Colts: OUT: TE Joe Dean Davenport (shoulder). DOUBTFUL: OT Josh Williams (foot/arm). QUESTIONABLE: S Cory Bird (hip); T Adam Meadows (hip); DT Larry Tripptett (shoulder/elbow). PROBABLE: DT James Cannida (thumb); CB Cliff Crosby (knee/shoulder); T Tarik Glenn (calf); WR Oadry Ismail (knee); TE Marcus Pollard (knee); WR Troy Walters (shoulder). Washington Redskins: QUESTIONABLE: T Chris , Samuels (ankle); G Brenden Slai (knee); QB Danny Wuertle! (shoulder). PROBABLE: LB LaVar Arlington (wrist); DT Daryl Gardener (back); DE Renaldo Wynn (knee).

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