The Redskins and Cardinals, both wild-card hopefuls, play in St. Louis Saturday afternoon and the home field and the Cards' Jim Hart should make the difference.

Quarterback Hart should be able to connect with his receivers in the less-than-speedy Washington secondary. St. Louis by 4.

Elsewhere in the NFL:

Miami (9-3) at New England (8-4) - If Russ Francis, the All-Pro tight end, is available, Miami could be in trouble. New England by 3.

Pittsburg (8-4) at Cincinnati (7-5) (Saturday) - The outcome of the AFC Central hinges on this one. Pittsburg by 4.

Houston (6-6) at Cleveland (6-6) - Houston defense is very strong against the run. Houston by 3.

N.Y. Giants (5-7) at Philadephia (3-9) - Eagles are playing everbody tough despite their record. Philadelphia by 5.

Buffalo (2-10) at N.Y. Jets (3-9) - Jets are improving while Bills are grumbling because of trades that have put 27 players on ohter teams. New York by 7.

Seattle (3-9) at Kansas City (2-10) - There should be a lot of scoring in this one. Kansas City by 5.

Tampa bay (0-12) at New Orleans (3-9) - Bucs have been shut out four of last five games. New Orleans by 11.

Detroit (5-7) at Baltimore (9-3) - Colts questioning their offensive planning, which has been a mite conservative. Baltimore by 14.

Green bay (3-9) at Chicago (7-5) - The Packers can be run against, which should aid Walter Payton, who is within reach of O.J. Simpson's single-season rushing record. Chicago by 10.

San Diego (7-5) at Denver (11-1) - Dan Fouts has aroused the Chargers with a pair of 30-plus scoring performances. Denver by 7.

Minnesota (8-4) at Oakland (9-3) - A critical game for the Raiders' wild-card chances. Oakland by 11.

Atlanta (6-6) at Los Angeles (9-3) - An opportunity for the Rams to reverse an opening-day loss to the Falcons. Los Angeles by 10.

Dallas (10-2) at San Francisco (5-7) [Monday] - Dallas worried about Roger Staubach's sub-par throwing of late. The 49ers continue to turn the ball over and make special-team mistakes. Dallas by 7.