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What Do You Think? Which Teams Will Win This Week's Games?
By Mark Maske
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2004; 12:36 p.m. EST
Vikings at Redskins
Without RB Clinton Portis, the Redskins have no one left on offense who scares a defense.
Dolphins at Ravens
Miami has been respectable under interim coach Jim Bates, but the Ravens will be intent on keeping their long-shot playoff hopes alive.
Games of the Week
Saints at Panthers
Two comeback teams square off, perhaps for a wild-card spot.
Steelers at Bills
Steelers Coach Bill Cowher says he's playing to win. But he'll probably be without QB Ben Roethlisberger and RB Jerome Bettis. The Bills have played as well as anyone lately and are trying to reach the postseason.
Jets at Rams
Jets can't compete with the elite teams, but the Rams aren't in that group.
Lock of the Week
Browns at Texans
Houston goes for a .500 season, and Cleveland can't beat anyone.
Upset of the Week
Colts at Broncos
Denver is a heavy favorite because Indy has so little to gain. But the Broncos just aren't a team worth trusting, even with a playoff spot on the line.
Jaguars at Raiders
Jags came up small last week at home against the Texans, and their playoff hopes could be finished by the time they kick off.
Bengals at Eagles
Eagles apparently plan to treat this one like another exhibition.
Falcons at Seahawks
Michael Vick returns to the Atlanta lineup.
Chiefs at Chargers
Kansas City can reach .500 and San Diego is locked into the fourth playoff seed in the AFC no matter what happens. But the Chargers simply are better.
49ers at Patriots
New England could play its practice squad and still win.
Packers at Bears
It's a rivalry game and this one means more to the Bears, but their quarterbacking is just so inept.
Buccaneers at Cardinals
Neither of the high-profile head coaches in this game did a very good job this season.
Lions at Titans
Titans are running on fumes.
Cowboys at Giants (Sunday night)
Eli Manning keeps getting closer and closer to his first win as an NFL starter, and this is his last chance to avoid a rookie-year shutout.
Last Week: 12-4
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