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Rating The Games

November 23, 2003|Lonnie White

**** Makings of a classic

*** No remote needed

** Good to keep checking

* Strictly fantasy fodder

*** Seattle (7-3) at Baltimore (5-5), 10 a.m. It's time to see which of these teams really wants to win a division title. LINE: Ravens by 3.

** Indianapolis (8-2) at Buffalo (4-6), 10 a.m., Channel 2. The Colts still have a lot to play for and Peyton Manning seems to be on a mission. And the Bills? Time to think about who will coach them next season. LINE: Colts by 3.

** Pittsburgh (3-7) at Cleveland (4-6), 10 a.m. Despite the Browns' problems, they are still in the playoff hunt -- because they play in the AFC North. LINE: Browns by 3.

*** Carolina (8-2) at Dallas (7-3), 10 a.m. The Cowboys are coming off a shutout loss at New England; the Panthers lead the NFC South by three games. LINE: Cowboys by 3.

** New England (8-2) at Houston (4-6), 10 a.m. The Patriots aren't flashy, but they play solid football, which will be a problem for the Texans. LINE: Patriots by 5 1/2.

** Detroit (3-7) at Minnesota (6-4), 10 a.m. If the Vikings are to get back on track, the Lions are the perfect opponent. Minnesota needs to remember it has Randy Moss. LINE: Vikings by 10 1/2.

** Jacksonville (2-8) at N.Y. Jets (3-7) , 10 a.m. Two losing teams could make for a close and entertaining game. LINE: Jets by 4.

** New Orleans (5-5) at Philadelphia (7-3), 10 a.m. It's fun to see a confident Donovan McNabb making plays. It's also nice to see the Saints' Deuce McAllister run the ball. LINE: Eagles by 5 1/2.

*** San Francisco (5-5) at Green Bay (5-5), 10 a.m., Channel 11. The 49ers and Packers are playing solid football, which should make for a playoff-type game at Lambeau Field. LINE: Packers by 4 1/2.

** St. Louis (7-3) at Arizona (3-7), 1 p.m. The Rams have been getting the job done with Marc Bulger at quarterback, but they can't afford a setback on the road against the Cardinals. LINE: Rams by 7 1/2.

** Chicago (3-7) at Denver (6-4), 1 p.m. Quarterback Jake Plummer has people around Denver excited about the Broncos, but he has to stay healthy. LINE: Broncos by 10 1/2.

** Tennessee (8-2) at Atlanta (2-8), 1:15 p.m. Titan quarterback Steve McNair should have a huge game against the weak Falcon secondary. LINE: Titans by 6 1/2.

** Oakland (3-7) at Kansas City (9-1), 1:15 p.m., Channel 2. Any time the Raiders play the Chiefs, it's a good game. Look for Oakland to throw everything at the Chiefs, who are looking to bounce back after suffering their first loss. LINE: Chiefs by 11.

** Cincinnati (5-5) at San Diego (2-8), 1:15 p.m. Unless quarterback Doug Flutie has a few more tricks in his bag, the Chargers can only hope that the Bengals are overconfident. LINE: Bengals by 3.

** Washington (4-6) at Miami (6-4), 5:30 p.m., ESPN. The Redskins' once-promising season has gone south. LINE: Dolphins by 6 1/2.

** N.Y. Giants (4-6) at Tampa Bay (4-6), 6 p.m. Monday, Channel 7. The loser of this game is virtually out of the playoffs, which should make for a passionate contest. LINE: Buccaneers by 5 1/2.

-- Lonnie White

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