Washington (6-3) at Pittsburgh (7-2) -- Pivotal game for the Redskins, who will be keeping an eye on the scoreboard. Washington must improve pass protection and play better pass defense. Tough assignment against Terry Bradshaw and the rest of the Steeler attack. Pittsburgh by 11.

Cleveland (6-3) at Philadelphia (6-3) -- Eagles cannot afford third straight defeat. Browns have enough offense to remain in contention but will miss Greg Pruitt, out for the season with knee problems. Vital game for suddenly error-prone Eagles who fumbled away golden chance against the Bengals. Philadelphia by 3.

Dallas (7-2) at N.Y. Giants (4-5) -- Cowboys cannot afford to take streaking Giants lightly in what will be most important home game since Giants arrived in Meadowlands. New York has enough offense with Phil Simms to pressure Cowboy defense, but offensive line must do better job of protecting rookie QB. Dallas by 9. b


Atlanta 1 over Tampa Bay, New England 5 over Buffalo, San Diego 6 over Kansas City, St. Louis 5 over Minnesota, Baltimore 3 over Cincinnati, Oakland 12 over San Francisco, Seattle 3 over Los Angeles, Chicago 7 over Detroit, N.Y. Jets 4 over Green Bay, Denver 6 over New Orleans, (Monday) Miami 3 over Houston.