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Capsule comments, predictions for weekend NFL games

Jeff Legwold

Published: Friday, Nov. 5 2010 7:02 p.m. MDT

New York is tied for third in the league in sacks. New York DE Osi Umenyiora has seven sacks and six forced fumbles in his last four games.

Giants 27-13.

Chiefs (5-2) at Raiders (4-4)

Kickoff: 4:15 p.m.

It's been quite some time since a Raiders-Chiefs matchup meant something in the AFC West race, but this one certainly does. The Chiefs have won eight consecutive games against the Raiders.

Kansas City has also made the most of close games, going 3-1 already this season in games decided by seven points or less. The Raiders are 3-1 at home this season.

Raiders 24-17.

— Quick hits

Bears (4-3) at Bills (0-7)

Kickoff: 1 p.m.

This game is a Bills "home" game in Toronto and the first meeting between the two teams since 2006. Turnovers have crushed the Bears this season — they've had four games with at least three turnovers already this season.

Bears 24-21.

Patriots (6-1) at Browns (2-5)

Kickoff: 1 p.m.

There may be more drama between the two head coaches — former associates who have parted ways — than on the field. The Patriots continue to be one of the league's most charitable defenses (28th at 384 yards allowed per game) yet they are the only one-loss team left in the NFL.

Patriots 31-16.

Saints (5-3) at Panthers (1-6)

Kickoff: 1 p.m.

The Saints escaped with a two-point win over the Panthers early last month, but seem to have righted themselves with a big-time effort against the Steelers this past Sunday night. The Panthers league-worst offense doesn't have enough firepower to stay in this one.

Saints 30-10.

Jets (5-2) at Lions (2-5)

Kickoff: 1 p.m.

QB Matt Stafford's return to the lineup last week helped settle things down some in the Lions offense, but he gets a tall order here. The Jets make life difficult on even experienced QBs with their unorthodox looks and blitzes. Jets have won their last six road games.

Jets 27-19.

Cardinals (3-4) at Vikings (2-5)

Kickoff: 1 p.m.

The Vikings have the look of a torn and frayed team after opening the season with Super Bowl aspirations. Head coach Brad Childress, in the wake of his criticism of Brett Favre and the release of Randy Moss, would feel the heat with a loss here.

Vikings 28-21.

Colts (5-2) at Eagles (4-3)

Kickoff: 4:15 p.m.

The pass-first mentality of Eagles head coach Andy Reid flies in the face of the strategy that works best against Colts QB Peyton Manning when most teams believe you have to limit Manning's possessions.

Colts 31-28.

Cowboys (1-6) at Packers (5-3)

Kickoff: 8:20 p.m.

The Cowboys' shortcomings will be played out in prime time plenty this year since the networks believed they would be in the Super Bowl hunt and scheduled them that way. Dallas has won eight out of the last 11 between these two.

Packers 35-20.

Steelers (5-2) at Bengals (2-5)

Kickoff: 8:30 p.m. Monday

The skinny: The Bengals swept the season series in '09 between these two teams. The Steelers are feeling a little put upon these days with the league's crackdown on hits deemed out of line.

Steelers' linebacker James Harrison has been fined the most this season — a total of $100,000 — and his teammates came to his defense this week. They'll play with an edge in this one and Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin is 5-0 on Monday Night Football.

For their part, in a limited MNF resume, the Bengals have won four of their last five home games on MNF.

The difference will be: If the Bengals can get anything going on the ground against the league's top run defense. The Steelers are surrendering just 58.9 yards rushing per game. That's an eye-popping 24.2 yards per game better than the No. 2 team.

The Bengals flourish when they get RB Cedric Benson going and have a 9-1 record in Benson's 100-yard rushing games with the team. Cincinnati hasn't given Benson more than 23 carries in a game since September and he doesn't have a rushing TD in a game since Sept. 26.

No team has rushed for more than 75 yards against the Steelers this season and five teams haven't topped 70.

The call: Steelers 20-10.

The Broncos (2-6), Titans (5-3), Rams (4-4), 49ers (2-6), Redskins (4-4), Jaguars (4-4) have byes.

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