A win Sunday by New York (5-7) over the hated Washington Redskins would give much meaning to the Giants, and Washington, which has a 5-1 record within its division, can ill-afford to lose any possible edge over the Cowboys (3-3 in the division).

Joe Theismann needs to underscore his playoff credentials with another good showing to follow up his performance against Dallas. Washington's defense should give rookie quarterback Phil Simms more than he can handle. Washington by 3.

Buffalo (6-6) at New England (8-4) -- If the Patriots are looking ahead to next week's showdown in Miami, Ron Erhardt would be wise to remind them that they can't afford to take the Bills for granted. New England by 10.

Cleveland (8-4) at Pittsburgh (9-3) -- Cleveland will once again catch the Steelers on the rebound, and the Browns haven't won in Pittsburgh since Chuck Noll's first season in 1969. However, Brian Sipe and Cleveland's talented corps of receivers will seek to duplicate Dan Fouts' achievement of a week ago. Pittsburgh by 10.

Kansas City (5-7) at San Diego (9-3) -- Chargers can't afford to savor last week's win over Pittsburgh too long, otherwise the Chiefs will prove to be an extremely dangerous in San Diego, where the Chiefs had won six straight prior to the Chargers' overtime victory a year ago. San Diego by 10.

Los Angeles (6-6) at San Francisco (1-11) -- The 49ers will win another game before the season is over. But the Rams -- with an opportunity to make up for near-disastrous slump which ended against Falcons -- can't afford to play the role of a stunned victim. Los Angeles by 6.

Miami (7-5) at Baltimore (4-8) -- The Dolphins must win the remainder of their games to remain in contention and will need help from the likes of Buffalo, the Jets or Vikings to wind up as divisional champions. Miami by 4.