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The Matchups

January 01, 2006|SAM FARMER


* Arizona (5-10) at Indianapolis (13-2) -- The Colts are looking to stop their two-game losing slide as they head into the playoffs. The Cardinals have lost 25 of 28 road games.

* Buffalo (5-10) at N.Y. Jets (3-12) -- Buffalo has gone seven games in a row without rushing for 100 yards. The Jets have won their last three Week 17 home games.

* New Orleans (3-12) at Tampa Bay (10-5) -- The Saints won their last three games at Tampa, recording a plus-eight turnover differential. The Buccaneers would clinch the NFC South with a victory.

* Seattle (13-2) at Green Bay (3-12) -- The Seahawks, riding a franchise-record 11-game winning streak, have committed a league-low 15 turnovers this season with one in the last four games.

* Carolina (10-5) at Atlanta (8-7) -- Carolina, which can make the playoffs with a victory or tie, posted a 24-6 victory over Atlanta in their first meeting this season. The playoffs are out, but the Falcons can record consecutive winning seasons for the first time in team history.

* Baltimore (6-9) at Cleveland (5-10) -- The Ravens have lost a franchise-record 10 consecutive road games. The Browns haven't scored a touchdown in 10 consecutive quarters.

* Cincinnati (11-4) at Kansas City (9-6) -- The Bengals are one victory away from a team-record 7-1 road mark. The Chiefs have won 18 consecutive home games in December.

* Detroit (5-10) at Pittsburgh (10-5) -- Pittsburgh has all the incentive it needs, considering a victory means a playoff berth. Jeff Garcia is 0-3 against the Steelers, completing less than 50% of his passes in each loss.

* Miami (8-7) at New England (10-5) -- The Patriots have won five of their last six games against the Dolphins. Although Miami has won five in a row, it has lost its last five divisional road games.

* Chicago (11-4) at Minnesota (8-7) -- Although they've already clinched the NFC North, the Bears need one more victory for their first undefeated division record since 1987. Minnesota has committed at least one turnover in 64 of its last 66 games against the Bears.

* Houston (2-13) at San Francisco (3-12) -- Houston, which is 0-7 on the road, could go winless away from home for the first time. Then again, that would give them the first crack at USC's Reggie Bush.

* Tennessee (4-11) at Jacksonville (11-4) -- The Titans have lost nine of 10 road games. The Jaguars have the option of inserting quarterback Byron Leftwich back into the lineup or sticking with David Garrard.

* Washington (9-6) at Philadelphia (6-9) -- The Redskins are looking to sweep the Eagles for the first time since 1988. Washington quarterback Mark Brunell, nursing an injured knee, might have to step aside for Patrick Ramsey.

* St. Louis (5-10) at Dallas (9-6) -- The Rams, who have lost four in a row, have double-digit defeats for the first time since 1998. In the last five Ram-Cowboy games, the road team went 5-0.


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