The games involving wild-card prospects for the playoffs head up the interest today in the National Football League.

The Dallas Cowboys are not as far ahead in the National Conference that they won't be watching the results of Philadelphia (7-5) at St. Louis (4-8); the Central Division leadership battle between the Packers (7-5) and Minnesota (7-5) at Green Bay and New Orleans (5-7) at Atlanta (7-5).

The Cowboys (9-4) lead the NFC Eastern Division by a game over the Redskins (8-5).

In the AFC, Miami (8-4), a game behind New England (9-3) in the Eastern Division, will be keeping an eye on the Patriots' visit to Baltimore (5-7) in a nationally telecast game at 4 p.m. (but blacked out in the local area). The Dolphins host the New York Jets (6-6) (1 p.m. WRC-TV-4).

Oakland could take a game lead over Denver with a win today.

Denver is 8-5 record after losing to Detroit Thursday. The Raiders are 8-4 and play at home against Seatle (6-6).

The Houston Oilers (8-4) have momentum and will be at home against Cincinnatti (1-11).

The Patriots have won eight of nine game since the Colts rallied for 27 points in the final quarter to beat New England in the rain on Monday night, Sept. 18.

The Patriots began a three-game road trip by sneaking past the Jets, 19-17, while the Colts were trounced by CLeveland, 45-24.

New England finishes its season with a game at Dallas, one at home against Buffalo, and wind up at Miami.

The Patriots go into Baltimore with five straight victories on the road.

It is questionable whether Bert Jones will play for the Colts because of his tender throwing shoulder.

The Packers will be trying to end a three-game losing streak by regenerating their offense and regrouping a defense that gave up 537 yeards to Dallas and 359 to Denver.

They have lost four of their last five games and have shared or held first place since the first week of the season.

Running back Terdell Middleton rushed for 842 yards in Green Bay's first 10 games but was held to 29 by Dallas and 32 by Denver.

Quarterback David Whitehurst threw eight touchdown passes in the first seven games but hasn't had one for the last five weeks.

The Vikings have won seven straight games from the Packers and 19 of their last 23, including a 21-7 victory on Oct 22.

Both teams lost Sunday, Minnesota to San Diego and Green Bay to Denver.

Fran Tarkenton has thrown 42 or more passes in the Vikings' last three games.

The Pittsburgh Steelers (10-2) appear to have an easy assignment tomorrow night at San Francisco (1-11).