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Alex Smith (left) will be in uniform but Trent Dilfer (right) will start today.
CAN'T MISS

49ERS (2-3) AT GIANTS (4-2)

11 a.m.

Did you know Eli Manning-to-Plexico Burress have combined for as many touchdowns as Peyton Manning-to-Marvin Harrison (25) since 2005?

Prediction: Giants, 27-13

VIKINGS (2-3) AT COWBOYS (5-1)

2:15 p.m.

The Cowboys (NFC-high 203 points) will score easily against the Vikings (31 points to the Bears. But can they stop Texas-born Vikings' super-rookie RB Adrian Peterson?

Prediction: Cowboys 34-20

STEELERS (4-1) AT BRONCOS (2-3)

6:15 p.m.

Let's see, the Steelers are one of only two teams to win four games by 21 or more points. The Broncos have allowed 79 points in the past two games.

Prediction: Steelers, 27-17

WORTH WATCHING

CARDINALS (3-3) AT REDSKINS (3-2)

11 a.m.

Once involved in a quarterback quandary, the Cardinals are down to Tim Rattay. Against the Redskins, that's like playing Oakmont without your sand wedge.

Prediction: Redskins, 24-9

BUCCANEERS (4-2) AT LIONS (3-2)

11 a.m.

The Bucs have won the past four and six of past seven against the Lions. They will need some of that stingy defense in Detroit.

Prediction: Buccaneers, 23-21

TITANS (3-2) AT TEXANS (3-3)

11 a.m.

The Titans finally lost a road game after five consecutive wins. They might lose another after losing quarterback Vince Young.

Prediction: Texans, 17-13

RAVENS (4-2) AT BILLS (1-4)

11 a.m.

With a bye week approaching, Ravens QB Steve McNair gets another game off. He will return in time for the Nov. 5 showdown in Pittsburgh with the Steelers.

Prediction: Ravens, 14-9

CHIEFS (3-3) AT RAIDERS (2-3)

2 p.m.

The Chiefs have won three of their past four overall and two in a row on the road against the AFC West. Holy cow, Priest Holmes might return.

Prediction: Chiefs, 20-17

JETS (1-5) AT BENGALS (1-4)

2 p.m.

At least Marvin Lewis is propped on crutches. The Bengals need something to keep them standing after losing four in a row.

Prediction: Bengals, 27-17

FAST FORWARD

FALCONS (1-5) AT SAINTS (1-4)

11 a.m.

New Orleans finally won a game that counted for the first time since the '06 playoffs. The Saints might even make it two in a row against the Falcons.

Prediction: Saints, 30-10

PATRIOTS (6-0) AT DOLPHINS (0-6)

11 a.m.

The Patriots have scored 34 or more points in every game this season. The Dolphins are one of two winless teams and just gave up 41 to the Browns.

Prediction: Patriots, 38-7

RAMS (0-6) AT SEAHAWKS (3-3)

2:15 p.m.

QB Marc Bulger is scheduled to return for the Rams. They will need something to end their four-game losing streak.

Prediction: Seahawks, 23-21

BEARS (2-4) AT EAGLES (2-3)

2:15 p.m.

It wasn't that long ago they were the dominant teams in the NFC. Now it's like watching Carol Burnett and Harvey Korman.

Prediction: Bears, 17-16