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GAMEDAY / WEEK 13

Capsules

November 26, 2000|ROBYN NORWOOD and ROY JURGENS

PITTSBURGH AT CINCINNATI, 10 a.m.

* The line: Pittsburgh by 4.

* Key injuries: PIT--C Dermontti Dawson (hamstring, out); RB Jerome Bettis (leg, questionable). CIN--QB Scott Mitchell (knee, doubtful).

* Key elements: The Steelers have surrendered six touchdowns in the last two games after not allowing any in the previous five contests. The Steelers' red-zone defense (22.6% TD) is the best in the NFL. Bengal RB Corey Dillon needs only 66 yards to become the eighth player in NFL history to rush for more than 1,000 yards in each of his first four seasons.

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THE MATCHUPS PIT CIN Points scored 16.7 (25) 9.6 (31) Points allowed 13.9 (3) 21.2 (17) Passing Off. 148.8 (29) 118.5 (31) Rushing Off. 135.1 (5) 140.5 (2) Passing Def. 179.5 (6) 221.0 (20) Rushing Def. 109.5 (15) 118.5 (19) Time of Poss. 30:58 (13) 27:15 (28) Turnover Ratio +7 (7) -11 (28) Red Zone TD% 41.4 (23) 30.0 (30)

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The pick: Pittsburgh. Surge sputtered, but not so much Steelers can't handle Bengals.

NEW ORLEANS AT ST.LOUIS, 10 a.m.

* The line: St. Louis by 13 1/2.

* Key injuries: NO--QB Jeff Blake (foot, injured reserve, out); RB Ricky Williams (fibula, out) STL--QB Kurt Warner (finger, doubtful).

* Key elements: Saint DL Joe Johnson and La'Roi Glover lead the NFL's best pass rush (49 sacks) against a Ram offensive line that has allowed 31. Saint QB Aaron Brooks played in his NFL game last Sunday vs. Oakland, completing 14 of 22 passes for 187 yards and two touchdowns. QB Trent Green might be making last start for Rams.

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THE MATCHUPS NO STL Points scored 20.5 (14) 37.5 (1) Points allowed 16.6 (8) 30.5 (31) Passing Off. 188.2 (21) 357.3 (1) Rushing Off. 138.1 (3) 110.7 (19) Passing Def. 182.3 (7) 254.4 (29) Rushing Def. 85.5 (4) 100.0 (12) Time of Poss. 31:45 (8) 31:54 (7) Turnover Ratio +5 (9) -2 (T18) Red Zone TD% 50.0 (15) 65.5 (1)

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The pick: St. Louis. Too bad this game wasn't played before Williams and Blake were injured.

CHICAGO AT NEW YORK JETS, 10 a.m.

* The line: New York Jets by 7.

* Key injuries: CHI--QB Cade McNown (shoulder, questionable). NYJ--WR Laveranues Coles (knee, out); RB Curtis Martin (gluteus maximus, questionable).

* Key elements: Martin needs 138 yards to become the third player in NFL history to rush for 1,000 yards in each of his six seasons. Jet QB Vinnie Testaverde has thrown at least two interceptions in each of the last five games. Bear LB and defensive rookie of the year candidate Brian Urlacher has 87 tackles and six sacks in only nine starts. Chicago leads the all-time series, 4-2.

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THE MATCHUPS CHI NYJ Points scored 13.9 (29) 22.1 (9) Points allowed 23.3 (22) 19.9 (13) Passing Off. 181.6 (22) 223.9 (12) Rushing Off. 113.7 (18) 99.0 (22) Passing Def. 203.6 (13) 200.2 (12) Rushing Def. 133.8 (27) 113.6 (17) Time of Poss. 28:35 (26) 29:39 (18) Turnover Ratio -4 (22) -1 (T16) Red Zone TD% 38.9 (25) 53.9 (10)

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The pick: Jets. It's must-win time, so maybe Jets will rev engines earlier.

BUFFALO AT TAMPA BAY, 10 a.m.

* The line: Tampa Bay by 3 1/2.

* Key injuries: BUF--RB Sammy Morris (ankle, questionable). TB--FB Mike Alstott (knee, out); S John Lynch (shoulder, questionable).

* Key elements: The Buccaneers may have a rough time without Alstott against a Bill defense that has yielded fewer than 100 yards rushing in nine of 11 games. Bill WR Eric Moulds leads the NFL with 76 catches. Tampa Bay ranks second in the NFL with 43 sacks and needs two to set break the team record. The Buccaneers lead the all-time series, 4-2--with all six games in Tampa.

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THE MATCHUPS BUF TB Points scored 20.0 (T15) 23.8 (8) Points allowed 18.7 (11) 16.4 (7) Passing Off. 225.8 (10) 172.6 (25) Rushing Off. 105.9 (20) 120.9 (14) Passing Def. 196.1 (11) 186.6 (9) Rushing Def. 79.6 (3) 98.8 (11) Time of Poss. 32:15 (5) 30:22 (16) Turnover Ratio +12 (4) +3 (10) Red Zone TD% 47.1 (18) 61.3 (3)

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The pick: Buffalo. Buccaneers inspired no confidence with Chicago loss.

PHILADELPHIA AT WASHINGTON, 10 a.m.

* The line: Washington by 7.

* Key injuries: PHI--T Jon Runyan (ankle, questionable). WAS--QB Brad Johnson (knee, doubtful); CB Darrell Green (calf, questionable).

* Key elements: Eagles have won three in a row and five of six to move atop the NFC East. The Redskins have given up only three rushing touchdowns. Five of the last six games in this series have been decided by seven points or less.

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THE MATCHUPS PHI WAS Points scored 22.0 (10) 19.8 (18) Points allowed 14.9 (5) 16.2 (6) Passing Off. 188.9 (20) 230.2 (9) Rushing Off. 123.0 (13) 126.5 (9) Passing Def. 167.4 (2) 177.5 (5) Rushing Def. 122.1 (23) 90.5 (5) Time of Poss. 29:32 (20) 32:29 (4) Turnover Ratio 0 (15) +2 (T11) Red Zone TD% 51.4 (14) 48.7 (16)

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The pick: Washington. Redskin defense showed its worth against Rams. Eagles aren't quite the same challenge.

CLEVELAND AT BALTIMORE, 10 a.m.

* The line: Baltimore by 16.

* Key injuries: CLE--WR Darrin Chiaverini (knee, questionable); WR David Patten (shoulder, questionable). BAL--None.

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