The Minnesota Vikings may be out of their element when they try and extend their winning streak to six games against the New York Giants.
The Vikings (6-6) have not won any of their four games outdoors this season, and outside a domed stadium they are 1-11 over the past two years.On Sunday, it's Vikings vs. Giants outdoors at Giants Stadium.
Meanwhile, the Giants (11-2) are 6-0 at home, their only two defeats coming in their last two games - at Philadelphia and at San Francisco. Their defense has allowed an NFC low of 148 points, but their offense has sputtered in the past two weeks, scoring only one touchdown, none in the last seven quarters.
The Vikings, on the other hand, have rebounded from a 1-6 start and moved into a second-place tie with Green Bay in the NFC Central, and more importantly, into position for a wild-card playoff berth.
"Being 1-6 obviously was the low point of the season," Vikings coach Jerry Burns said. "We had a team meeting and resolved to play and prepare as hard as we could. At that point to get back in the playoff race was a longshot, but we're in position now ... "
Other Sunday games include San Francisco at Cincinnati, Chicago at Washington, Buffalo at Indianapolis, Denver at Kansas City, Seattle at Green Bay, Cleveland at Houston, New Orleans at the Los Angeles Rams, New England at Pittsburgh and Phoenix at Atlanta.
Sunday night, Philadelphia is at Miami, and Monday night, it's the Los Angeles Raiders at Detroit.
Dallas, the New York Jets, San Diego and Tampa Bay have the week off.
The Giants already have clinched a wild card playoff berth.
49ers (11-1) at Bengals (7-5)
This is the first time San Francisco and Cincinnati have met since the 49ers beat the Bengals 20-16 in the Super Bowl two years ago. The loss still hurts.
"They took our Super Bowl ring," Cincinnati defensive lineman Tim Krumrie said.
The 49ers also won the Super Bowl last season and have the league's best record this season, putting them atop the NFC West.
The Bengals also are division leaders - in the AFC Central - but have been inconsistent.
"We're playing against supposedly the best team in football," Cincinnati safety David Fulcher said. "That's incentive to do well."
Bears (10-2) at Redskins (7-5)
Chicago already has clinched the NFC Central title for the sixth time in seven years, while Washington, another inconsistent team, is fighting for a wild card berth.
"It's our last game against an NFC team and we need it to get in the playoffs," Redskins quarterback Mark Rypien said.
Washington has been a memorable place for Chicago coach Mike Ditka. Two years ago, after suffering a heart attack, the Bears beat the Redskins handily in his first game back. Last year, after the Bears were beaten 38-14 at Washington, Ditka went into one of his wild tantrums.
Bills (10-2) at Colts (5-7)
Buffalo has the best record in the AFC and the top-ranked quarterback in the league in Jim Kelly.
Kelly started his run toward the top in the season's opener when Buffalo beat the Colts 26-10. He completed his first 14 passes and finished 28-for-37 for 283 yards. For the season, Kelly is 194 of 309 for 2,453 yards and 21 touchdowns.
"He reads coverages well and he releases earlier this year than he did in the past," Colts linebacker Jeff Herrod said. "That's made him a better quarterback. He's done a solid job bringing that offense together and we just have to shut him down."
Broncos (3-9) at Chiefs (8-4)
Kansas City has won three straight to gain a share of the AFC West lead with the Raiders, while the Broncos have lost four in a row and occupy last place.
However, one of Denver's victories this season was over Kansas City - 24-23 on David Treadwell's 22-yeard field goal as time expired.
The Chiefs last won four straight in 1986 and are in first place this late in the season for the first time since 1981, when they were tied with Denver and Seattle.
Raiders (8-4) at Lions (4-8)
It's the Bo vs. Barry Show.
The Raiders' Bo Jackson is coming off his best rushing game of the season - 117 yards on 13 carries and two touchdowns in a 23-20 victory over Denver.
The Lions' Barry Sanders, the defending NFC rushing champion, leads the conference again, with 905 yards on 184 carries.
The Raiders have the league's best record on Monday Night Football - 28-6-1 - but all six losses and the one tie have been on the road.
Eagles (7-5) at Dolphins (9-3)
For the second straight week, the Dolphins, ranked second in the league in defense, face a high-powered offense. Last Sunday, Washington riddled the vaunted Miami defense for a season-high point total in winning 42-20. Still, the Dolphins have the NFL's No. 1 pass defense and their 164 points allowed are the fewest in the AFC.
Their mission Sunday will be to contain Randall Cunningham, who has helped the Eagles score 305 points, most in the NFC. Cunningham is third in the conference in passing with 211 of 362 for 2,711 yards and a career-tying 24 touchdowns. He also leads the Eagles in rushing with a career-high 678 yards.
Seahawks (6-6) at Packers (6-6)
Green Bay hopes to have quarterback Don Majkowski back. The decision to return will be his.
Majkowski has missed 21/2 games with a deep bruise of the rotator cuff of his throwing shoulder.
Meanwhile, the Seahawks have become the league's masters of the frantic finish. Their last four games have been decided on the final play. They have won three, including consecutive overtime victories over San Diego and Houston the past two weeks.
Browns (2-10) at Oilers (6-6)
Cleveland has lost seven in a row and is on pace to set a club record for losses in a season. In their last four losses, including three under Jim Shofner, who replaced Bud Carson as coach, the Browns have yielded an average of 36 points per game.
Shofner's first defeat was 35-23 to the Oilers on Nov. 18.
In that game, Houston's Warren Moon passed for 322 yards and five touchdowns.
Saints (5-7) at Rams (5-7)
Both teams still are in the playoff chase. This is the first of four straight division games for the Rams, who play San Francisco, Atlanta and New Orleans again on New Year's Eve in the season finale at the Superdome.
Los Angeles' Jim Everett had one of his best games of the season last Sunday, completing 22 of 29 passes for 411 yards and four TDs against Cleveland.
The Saints are looking to rebound from a 17-13 loss to Dallas.
Patriots (1-11) at Steelers (6-6)
New England has lost a franchise-record 10 straight games, while the Steelers are hoping to make the playoffs despite two losses in three weeks to Cincinnati.
Cardinals (4-8) at Falcons (3-9)
Scott Campbell starts at quarterback for slumping Atlanta, in place of Chris Miller, who suffered a fractured clavicle in last Sunday's 23-17 loss at Tampa Bay - the Falcons' fifth defeat in a row overall and their 17th straight on the road. The Cardinals have a modest two-game winning streak, including a 20-17 triumph over Indianapolis last Sunday.