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Sunday, November 28, 2004; Page E08

Tennessee (-1 1/2) at Houston, 1 p.m.

Titans quarterback Steve McNair threw for 689 yards and five touchdowns in two games against the Texans last year. He didn't play in the teams' first meeting this year because of a bruised sternum.

Philadelphia (-7) at New York Giants, 1 p.m.

The Eagles can clinch their fourth straight NFC East title with a win. Only four teams -- the 1984 Dolphins, 1985 Bears, 1995 Chiefs and 1997 49ers -- have done so after just 11 games since the 16-game schedule was introduced in 1978.

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Cleveland (+6) at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. (WJZ-13)

The Browns' brass has said Coach Butch Davis will remain the team's coach for the rest of the season, unless he chooses to resign. But that hasn't changed the mood on the shores of Lake Erie, where many on the coaching staff and front office are expecting to get the ax. "It's like a funeral parlor," one unnamed team source told the Cleveland Plain Dealer last week.

San Diego (+2 1/2) at Kansas City, 1 p.m.

The Chargers haven't won at Arrowhead Stadium since 1996, which may explain the bizarre point spread for this game. Making it even more strange is the fact that Priest Holmes will miss another game with a strained right knee.

Tampa Bay (-2) at Carolina, 1 p.m.

Bucs wide receiver Michael Clayton needs 68 yards to pass Lawrence Dawsey for the most by a rookie in club history. He has 90 or more yards in four of the last seven games.

Jacksonville (+6) at Minnesota, 1 p.m. (WUSA-9)

Vikings wide receiver Randy Moss was pronounced "superb" by Coach Mike Tice in practice, and he'll likely play for the first time in the Vikings' last five games. The same goes for Jags quarterback Byron Leftwich, who has missed the past two games with a sprained knee ligament.

New Orleans (+9 1/2) at Atlanta, 4:05 p.m.

After last week's loss to Denver, Saints owner Tom Benson said it was "the worst performance" he had seen in his 20-year tenure. Considering that this is the Saints he's talking about, the performance must have been dreadful indeed.

Buffalo (+5 1/2) at Seattle, 4:15 p.m.

Seattle's Jerry Rice will return to the starting lineup, replacing Koren Robinson, who is serving the first game of his four-game suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy.

New York Jets (-3) at Arizona, 4:15 p.m.

The Jets' Curtis Martin and the Cardinals' Emmitt Smith have combined for 30,817 career rushing yards, the most ever by two running backs playing in the same game.

Miami (+1 1/2) at San Francisco, 4:15 p.m.

Stat of the week that probably means nothing: The Dolphins have won eight of their past 10 when playing in the Pacific or Mountain time zones.

Baltimore (+7) at New England, 4:15 p.m. (WUSA-9, WJZ-13)

The Patriots and Ravens have been two of the league's best teams over the last six weeks of the season since 2000. New England is 19-5, and Baltimore is 18-6. This season, the Ravens are 7-0 when they get an interception, 0-3 when they don't.

Oakland (+11) at Denver, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Denver running back Reuben Droughns, who has more rushing yards than the entire Oakland team, needs 156 yards for 1,000 this season in only seven starts. The Raiders rank 25th in the league in rushing defense.

St. Louis (+6) at Green Bay, 9 p.m. Monday (WJLA-7, WMAR-2)

The Rams haven't exactly been coming out of halftime like gangbusters. They've been outscored 40-3 in the third quarter their last three games.


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