St. Louis (3-7) at Washington (6-4) -- Redskins must avoid third straight defeat to remain in contention of NFC wild-card berth. But it won't be easy to rebound at the expense of an improved Cardinal team paced by Ottis Anderson and Jim Hart. Washington by 3.

Oakland (6-4) at Houston (7-3) -- Raiders have 1-4 mark on the road and need to improve in this category to stay within hailing distance of Chargers and Broncos. Oilers need to regain offensive consistency and regenerate faltering passing attack to keep pace with the Browns and one game off the lead of the Steelers. Houston by 1.

New England (7-3) at Denver (7-3) -- Vital game for both clubs. Patriots need to win to retain one-game lead over Miami while Broncos need a victory to keep their share of first place in AFC West. Key to contest will reside in ability of Bronco offensive line to control Patroit pass rush. Both Steve Grogan and Craig Morton have ben especially effective in their last two games, but potential of either QB going sour is quite good. New England by 1.

Philadelphia (6-4) at Dallas (8-2) (Monday) -- Up until last two minutes in their respective games with the Browns and the Giants last Sunday, it seemed as though Dallas and Philadelphia would be playing for first place this Monday. Not so. Now the Eagles face the most difficult challenge during Dick Vermeil's tenure. Having wasted the win over the Steelers with three successive losses. Philly must win to stay in contention. It's a tough assignment, especially since the Eagles last won in Dallas in 1965. Dallas by 10.

Elsewhere: Cleveland 6 over Seattle, Miami 6 over Baltimore, Tampa Bay 5 over Detroit, N.Y. Jets 6 over Buffalo, Pittsburgh 10 over Kansas City, San Diego 4 ovr Cincinnati, Chicago-Los Angeles even New Orleans 7 over San Francisco, Green Bay 2 over Minnesota, N.Y. Giants 2 over Atlanta.