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The Matchups

October 30, 2005|SAM FARMER


* Arizona (2-4) at Dallas (4-3) -- The Cardinals have lost 22 of 23 road games and 13 straight on turf. Dallas has blown two fourth-quarter leads this season.

* Chicago (3-3) at Detroit (3-3) -- In three starts against the Bears, Jeff Garcia has averaged 300 yards passing. But the Bears have held four of six opponents to fewer than 10 points.

* Cleveland (2-4) at Houston (0-6) -- The Browns have not scored a touchdown in their last two road games. The Texans had only six yards passing in last Sunday's loss to the Colts.

* Green Bay (1-5) at Cincinnati (5-2) -- Since Brett Favre has been a Packer, Green Bay has never lost its first four road games in a season. That could happen today.

* Jacksonville (4-2) at St. Louis (3-4) -- The Rams have fallen apart against the run. They allowed an average of 67.7 yards rushing through Week 3, and 148.3 in the last four games.

* Miami (2-4) at New Orleans (2-5) -- Although the Dolphins are 1-10 in their last 11 road games, this marks Nick Saban's return to LSU's Tiger Stadium.

* Minnesota (2-4) at Carolina (4-2) -- The Vikings are 2-22 outdoors since the start of the 2001 season. In his last four games against the Panthers, Daunte Culpepper has two TD passes, seven interceptions and four fumbles.

* Oakland (2-4) at Tennessee (2-5) -- The Raiders are bad on the road, having lost 17 of 19, but the Titans are bad at home, losers of eight of 11.

* Washington (4-2) at N.Y. Giants (4-2) -- The Redskins are looking to win consecutive divisional road games for the first time since 2001. The Giants are 3-0 at home, averaging 36.7 points.

* Kansas City (4-2) at San Diego (3-4) -- The Chiefs haven't had a turnover in the last two games. The Chargers are ranked second against the rush but 29th against the pass.

* Philadelphia (4-2) at Denver (5-2) -- Jake Plummer, who is 6-4 as a starter against the Eagles, has gone a career-high five consecutive games without an interception.

* Tampa Bay (5-1) at San Francisco (1-5) -- A tale of two youngsters: 49er backup quarterback Ken Dorsey faces the ball-hawking Buccaneers, and Cadillac Williams makes his return against a feeble 49er defense.

* Buffalo (3-4) at New England (3-3) -- The Patriots might get Tedy Bruschi back, but will that be enough to slow bruising Bill running back Willis McGahee?


* Baltimore (2-4) at Pittsburgh (4-2) -- The Steelers have four consecutive victories over Baltimore at Heinz Field and have won the last 10 Monday night games played on their home turf.


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