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Sunday, December 12, 2004; Page E12

New York Giants (+10) at Baltimore, 1 p.m. (WTTG-5, WBFF-45)

The Giants have scored 16 points in the last three games, and running back Tiki Barber, tight end Jeremy Shockey and wide receiver Amani Toomer have suggested that their play-calling is too predictable.

Oakland (+7 1/2) at Atlanta, 1 p.m.

The Raiders have been very nice to opposing quarterbacks this season. Oakland has a league-low 16 sacks (after registering nine in its first two games), has allowed opposing quarterbacks to throw for a league-high 102.8 passer rating and has allowed four times as many touchdowns as it has interceptions.

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New Orleans (+7) at Dallas, 1 p.m.

About the best thing that can be said about Jim Haslett's tenure as Saints coach is that he has a 21-16 road record, but New Orleans has never won in Dallas in nine attempts.

Cleveland (+11) at Buffalo, 1 p.m.

After the first six games of the season, the Bills ranked 30th in the league in scoring. Now they're 12th after scoring 37, 38 and 42 points in their last three games.

Chicago (+7) at Jacksonville, 1 p.m.

Bears quarterback Chad Hutchinson's 213 passing yards last week were five more than Jonathan Quinn had in his last three games combined. "Chad has nothing to lose," wide receiver Bobby Wade said. "He's like, 'I'm going to take my shots, I'm the third quarterback and I'm finally starting.' "

Cincinnati (+11) at New England, 1 p.m.

Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer leads the AFC in passing attempts at 408, and Cincinnati is 4-1 when he completes at least 57.1 percent. But Palmer also has a league-high 17 interceptions, and the Patriots are third in the league with 16 picks (tied with the Bengals).

Seattle (+7) at Minnesota, 1 p.m.

Seahawks Coach Mike Holmgren sounds like a boxer who knows he can't win. "I've been at it a while now so that it's starting to . . . it's like taking too many body blows," he said this week. "Boom, boom. Pretty soon you know you can't take so many anymore."

Indianapolis (-11) at Houston, 1 p.m.

Colts quarterback Peyton Manning needs five touchdown passes to break Dan Marino's single-season record. He has thrown at least five touchdowns in a game four times this season, including in Indianapolis's 49-14 thrashing of the Texans on Nov. 14.

New York Jets (+6) at Pittsburgh, 4:05 p.m. (WUSA-9, WJZ-13)

Jets defensive end John Abraham sprained his right knee last week and will miss today's game. Abraham leads the team with 9 1/2 sacks, but with the Steelers running the ball so much, perhaps he won't be missed that much.

Miami (+11) at Denver, 4:05 p.m.

Former Broncos tight end Shannon Sharpe is apparently a perfect match for the loudmouth world of sports-talk radio. "They're about to take out the 'sn' in Snake and put an 'f' in front of it," Sharpe said this week on his satellite radio show of Denver quarterback Jake "The Snake" Plummer, who threw four interceptions last week.

Detroit (+9 1/2) at Green Bay, 4:15 p.m. (WTTG-5, WBFF-45)

Despite last week's Philadelphia flop, the Packers are 16-3 in December under Coach Mike Sherman and are 36-9 in December over the past 10 years, the best mark in the league.

St. Louis (+7) at Carolina, 4:15 p.m.

The Rams signed quarterback Jamie Martin as insurance for the oft-injured Chris Chandler. Martin, whom the Rams, then in Los Angeles, first signed as an undrafted free agent in 1993, has been cut by the team four times.

San Francisco (+7) at Arizona, 4:15 p.m.

The Cardinals have scored 25 points and have 12 turnovers the last three games, all losses, which may be why Coach Dennis Green is again turning to quarterback Josh McCown, who led the team to a 4-5 start.

Tampa Bay (+5) at San Diego, 4:15 p.m.

The Bucs are 3-23 all-time in the regular season when playing in the Pacific Time Zone and haven't won in California during the regular season since 1996. But the biggest win in team history -- Super Bowl XXXVII -- came in San Diego.

Kansas City (+2) at Tennessee, 9 p.m. Monday (WJLA-7, WMAR-2)

Chiefs quarterback Trent Green has the most 300-yard passing games in the league this year, yet Kansas City also has the most rushing touchdowns (23) in the league.


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