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Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick (R) avoids a tackle from the Dallas Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee during the first quarter of their NFL football game in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania October 30, 2011. The Eagles won 34-7. REUTERS/Tim Shaffer (Tim Shaffer/Reuters)
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick (R) avoids a tackle from the Dallas Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee during the first quarter of their NFL football game in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania October 30, 2011. The Eagles won 34-7. REUTERS/Tim Shaffer (Tim Shaffer/Reuters)

Predictions

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SUNDAY

Atlanta Falcons (4-3) at Indianapolis Colts (0-8)

ATLANTA minus 8

The Colts are 6-0 against the Falcons at home. Seems Atlanta is long overdue a breakthrough in this series.

The pick FALCONS

New York Jets (4-3) at Buffalo Bills (5-2)

NEW YORK plus 2

Seems like the Bills face a must-win every week, but a win in this crucial AFC East matchup could go a long way to fulfilling their playoff dreams.

The pick BILLS

Seattle Seahawks (2-5) at Dallas Cowboys (3-4)

SEATTLE plus 12

The Cowboys were dismantled and embarrassed by the Eagles last week on the road. They get to take it out on the woeful Seahawks at home.

The pick COWBOYS

Miami Dolphins (0-7) at Kansas City Chiefs (4-3)

MIAMI plus 5

The Dolphins haven’t won a game since Dec. 12, 2010. With Matt Moore at quarterback, why start now?

The pick CHIEFS

Cleveland Browns (3-4) at Houston Texans (5-3)

CLEVELAND plus 11

The surprisingly stout Cleveland pass defence (No. 2 in NFL) will mean another big day for Houston running back Arian Foster.

The pick TEXANS

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-3) at New Orleans Saints (5-3)

TAMPA BAY plus 9

Tampa always plays tough at the Superdome (5-1 since 2001), and needs this game to stay in close NFC South race.

The pick BUCCANEERS

San Francisco 49ers (6-1) at Washington Redskins (3-4)

SAN FRANCISCO minus 4

A middle-of-the-road Bills defence held the Redskins to 26 yards rushing last week in Toronto. The top-ranked 49ers could shut them out.

The pick 49ERS

Denver Broncos (2-5) at Oakland Raiders (4-3)

DENVER plus 9

Thus ends Denver’s Tim Tebow experiment? On the other side, after two weeks of learning the playbook, the Raiders’ Carson Palmer experiment truly begins.

The pick RAIDERS

St. Louis Rams (1-6) at Arizona Cardinals (1-6)

ST. LOUIS minus 3

It could be a battle of the backups, as Rams QB Sam Bradford (ankle) and Cards QB Kevin Kolb (toe) might sit this one out.

The pick CARDINALS

Cincinnati Bengals (5-2) at Tennessee Titans (4-3)

CINCINNATI plus 3

With Chris Johnson seemingly still slowed by the bags of money he received in the off-season, the Titans’ hopes will once again rest on the 36-year-old arm of Matt Hasselbeck.

The pick TITANS

New York Giants (5-2) at New England Patriots (5-2)

NEW YORK plus 9

Hmm, the Giants have been made the underdogs against the Patriots. Haven’t we seen that somewhere before?

The pick GIANTS

Green Bay Packers (7-0) at San Diego Chargers (4-3)

GREEN BAY minus 6

With a touchdown-to-interception ratio of 7 to 11 this season, things don’t look good for Phillip Rivers and the Chargers against Green Bay’s ball-hawking secondary.

The pick PACKERS

Baltimore Ravens (5-2) at Pittsburgh Steelers (6-2)

BALTIMORE plus 4

Game-time temperature will hover around zero in the first matchup between the two rivals since Baltimore’s season-opening 35-7 rout. But then revenge is a dish best served cold.

The pick STEELERS

MONDAY

Chicago Bears (4-3) at Philadelphia Eagles (3-4)

CHICAGO plus 8

The Bears, having given up an average of 5.2 yards a rush this season, head to Philadelphia to take on Michael Vick and LeSean McCoy, who have combined for 414 yards on the ground their past two games. Ouch.

The pick EAGLES

Bye Week: Detroit, Minnesota, Carolina, Jacksonville

Last week: 5-7-1

Season: 53-56-7

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