Capsule comments, predictions for weekend NFL games

Jeff Legwold

Published: Friday, Nov. 5 2010 12:00 a.m. MDT

Talk about taking your time to make a decision.

Just over 12 years ago the Tennessee Titans had the 16th pick of the 1998 draft. Staring at the risk-reward equation that was a young Marshall University wide receiver named Randy Moss, the Titans took a pass.

Instead, the Titans opted for better character, they said, and almost the same straight-away speed in Kevin Dyson. Dyson, who never went to a Pro Bowl, was involved in the most notable play in Titans' history when he was stopped a yard short of sending a Super Bowl into overtime.

Moss has built a potential Hall of Fame career.

So, the Titans stared at the risk-reward equation once again and were the only team to put in a waiver claim on the controversial Moss this week.

With half a season to go, the Titans decided it was now-or-never in an AFC race where seven teams have at least five wins and 10 have records better than .500.

— Must see game of the week

Buccaneers (5-2) at Falcons (5-2)

Kickoff: 1 p.m.

The skinny: This is a big outing in a tight, three-way NFC South race, the first of two meetings this season for these division rivals. The Falcons swept last season's series and have won the last three meetings between them.

If the Falcons are at home and QB Matt Ryan makes the start, they have been money. Ryan is 16-1 in his career starts at the Georgia Dome. He's almost always looking to Roddy White first and White has had at least 100 yards receiving in three of his last four games.

The difference will be: If the Buccaneers can play with the lead. To let the Falcons ease into a run-first game where they protect a lead of their own, is to ask for trouble.

Tampa QB Josh Freeman is the comeback artist with six of his eight career wins having been fourth-quarter comebacks, but that's no way to do business against the Falcons. Atlanta is third in the league at 32.7 rushing attempts per game and that's the tempo the Falcons want.

The call: Falcons 27-21.

— Catch them if you can

Dolphins (4-3) at Ravens (5-2)

Kickoff: 1 p.m.

All four of the Miami wins have come on the road this season and Dolphins QB Chad Henne is 7-3 in road starts in his career. The key will be the Dolphins running game.

The Ravens don't give up 100-yard rushing games to backs, but Ricky Williams has two 100-yard games in three career starts against Baltimore.

Ravens 20-17.

Chargers (3-5) at Texans (4-3)

Kickoff: 1 p.m.

These are the kinds of games that make defensive coordinators weep. The Chargers lead the league in total offense at 426.9 yards per game and lead the league in passing at 315.3 yards per game.

The Texans are eighth in the league in rushing and lead the league in rushing touchdowns. The defense that can force the opposing offense to at least pause once in a while could be the winner.

Chargers 35-31.

Giants (5-2) at Seahawks (4-3)

Kickoff: 4:05 p.m.

Charlie Whitehurst has waited quite some time to be a starter, but this may not be what he had in mind. Whitehurst will start for the injured Matt Hasselbeck and gets a Giants defense that batters quarterbacks weekly.

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