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December 28, 2003|Lonnie White

**** Makings of a classic

*** No remote needed

** Good to keep checking

* Strictly fantasy fodder

** Jacksonville (5-10) at Atlanta (4-11), 10 a.m. -- This might not be an exciting matchup based on records but Michael Vick and Byron Leftwich make the game interesting. LINE: Falcons 3.

** St. Louis (12-3) at Detroit (4-11), 10 a.m. -- The Rams may not play too many regulars if NFC home-field advantage is wrapped up prior to kickoff. LINE: Rams by 10.

** Indianapolis (11-4) at Houston (5-10), 10 a.m., Ch. 2 -- The Texans have hung tough all season but will be overmatched against the playoff-bound Colts. LINE: Colts by 7 1/2.

** Cleveland (4-11) at Cincinnati (8-7), 10 a.m. -- If the Bengals' dream season is to continue into the playoffs, they will have to avoid being upset by the Browns. LINE: Bengals by 7 1/2.

* Chicago (7-8) at Kansas City (12-3), 10 a.m. -- The Chiefs will be looking to pull things together before the playoffs against the Bears, who have been playing impressive football in recent weeks. LINE: Chiefs by 7 1/2.

** N.Y. Jets (6-9) at Miami (9-6), 10 a.m., KFWB (980) -- This will be a game for pride for both teams and may be Miami Coach Dave Wannstedt's final game with the Dolphins. LINE: Dolphins by 4.

** Dallas (10-5) at New Orleans (7-8), 10 a.m. -- The Saints may not make the playoffs this season but they have been entertaining, while the Cowboys will be looking to finish the regular season strong under Coach Bill Parcells. LINE: Cowboys by 1 1/2.

** Tampa Bay (7-8) at Tennessee (11-4), 10 a.m., KLSX-FM (97.1) -- The Titans' Steve McNair keeps getting the job done despite his injuries, while the Buccaneers continue to make excuses for their poor season. LINE: Titans by 7.

** Minnesota (9-6) at Arizona (3-12), 1 p.m. -- If Daunte Culpepper, Randy Moss and the Vikings do not make the playoffs, they will only have themselves to blame. LINE: Vikings by 7 1/2.

** Carolina (10-5) at N.Y. Giants (4-11), 1 p.m. -- The Panthers already are in the playoffs, while the Giants will be trying to end Coach Jim Fassel's run on a winning note. LINE: Panthers by 4 1/2.

** Denver (10-5) at Green Bay (9-6), 1:15 p.m., Ch. 2, KLSX-FM (97.1) -- The Packers need a victory to qualify for the playoffs and they know that the Broncos already have clinched a postseason berth. LINE: Packers by 7.

** Oakland (4-11) at San Diego (3-12), 1:15 p.m., KMPC (1540), XTRA (690), KFWB (980) -- Throw the records out because anytime the Raiders play the Chargers, expect fireworks on the field and off. LINE: Chargers by 4.

** Pittsburgh (6-9) at Baltimore (9-6), 5:30 p.m., ESPN, ESPND, KLSX-FM (97.1) -- The Ravens' Jamal Lewis has a chance to make NFL history and Baltimore may need a victory to clinch a playoff position. LINE: Ravens by 7 1/2.

-- Lonnie White

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