NATIONAL CONFERENCE Vikings (3-5) at Redskins (3-5)
TV: WDVM-TV-9, WMAR-TV-2, 4 p.m.
Radio: WMAL-630, WQRA-FM-94.3, 4 p.m.
Data: Redskins favored by 7 1/2 . . . Although Redskin Coach Jack Pardee says "you have to be next to insane, with a 3-5 record, to talk about the playoffs," some Redskins fans are again thinking postseason thoughts. . . Vikings, suffering offensive line woes, have gone eight straight quarters without TD . . . Redskin QB Joe Theismann, host of his own Virginia restaurant, keeps clean of late: no sacks in four of last five games. . . Redskin pass defense, best in NFC, welcomes erratic Viking QB Tommy Kramer (17 interceptions).
Viking injuries: CB Bobby Bryant, shoulder (O); QB Tommy Kramer, (Q); DE Mark Mullaney, groin (Q); LB Matt Blair, shoulder (Q); S Kurt Knoff, groin (Q); DE Scott Studwell, knee (Q); G Wes Hamilton, ankle (Q).
Redskin injuries: G Jeff Williams, thigh (Q); RB Clarence Harmon, ankle (P); RB Buddy Hardeman, ankle (P); DE Coy Bacon, knee (P); T Terry Hermeling, hand (P). Saints (0-8) at Rams (5-3)
Data: Rams favored by 14 . . . As usual, Rams prance in sickly Nfc West; winless Saints need victory to challenge Giants as next-to-worst team in NFC . . . Ram FS Nelson Cronwell totals five interceptins while DE Jack Youngblood harasses QBs (three sacks last week) . . . Saints buoyed by rookie RB Jimmy Rogers' 114 yards rushing vs. Redskins.
Saint injuries: T Stan Brock, shoulder (P); LB Jim Kovach, shoulder (P); WR Tinker Owens, hamstring (P).
Rams injuries: G Doug Smith, knee (IR); RB Wendell Tyler, hip (P); DT Cody Jones, ankle (P); RB Jewerl Thomas, ankle (P); T Doug France, shoulder (P). Giants (1-7) at Bucs (3-4-1)
Data: Buccaneers favored by 6 1/2. Doggedly presistent Giant Coach Ray Perkins, who predicted a win last week, says, "We should have won," and predicts, "We can win Sunday with our defense" . . . Buc Coach John McKay, watching his tottering offense the past month, remarks, "We've kind of killed grass at midfield" . . . Two lowest percentage QBs in league met -- Giant Phil Simms (44.7) and Buc Doug Williams (47.8). . . Yes, there is some sunshine among skyscrapers: Giant P Dave Jennings leads NFL with 48.1 average and K Joe Danelo hit three straight FGs last week.
Giant injuries: CB Terry Jackson, shoulder (IR); LBjohn Skorupan, calf (Q); T Vern Holland, hamstring (P).
Buccaneer injuries: G Greg ROBERTS, KNEE (IR); DE Dave Stalls, back (D); FS Neal Colzie, hand (P); LB Andy Hawkins, thigh (P). 49ers (3-5) at Lions (5-3)
Data: Lions favored by 9 . . . 49ers best defense is a Bay area fog; otherwise, opposition scores and scores and scores (32 points per game) . . . Both these teams were 3-0 back when John Anderson was still a candidate for president . . . Lion offense explosive behind spectacular RB Billy Sims (859 yards rushing) and steady Qb gYary Danielson (56 percent completions).
49ers injuries: TE Eason Ramson, shoulder (P): G Randy Cross, knee (P); CB Charles Johnson, thigh (P); FS Dwight Hicks, ankle (P); TE Charles Young, groin (P).
Lions injuries: C Amos Fowler, leg (Q); DT John Mendenhall, leg (P). Cowboys (6-2) at Cards (3-5)
Radio: WEER-1250, WEER-FM-107.7, 2 p.m.
Data: Cowboys favored by 5 . . . Cowboys start Robert Newhouse and Tony Dorsett in backfield . . . Cardinal DE Curtis Greer recorded 4 1/2 sacks last week as team totaled 12 vs. Colts . . . When the Cowboys rebuild, they use lethal materials: QB Danny White has 1,847 yards and 16 TDs passing, team averaging 28,5 ppg while dfense has 17 interceptions, including three by Howard U. alumnus CB Steve Wilson.
Cowboy injuries: RB Preston Pearson, arm (Q); T Jim Cooper, knee (Q); LB Guy Brown, ankle (P); FS Roland Solomon, shoulder (P); SS Charlie Waters, thigh and knee (P).
Cardinal injuries: CB Tim Collier, knee (O); G Ron Coder, knee (O); SS Roy Green, leg (P); LB Tim Kearney, hand (P); RB Randy Love, hand (P). AMERICAN CONFERENCE Colts (4-4) at Chiefs (4-4)
TV: WBAL-TV-11, 1 p.m.
Radio: WCBM-680, 1 p.m.
Data: Chiefs favored by 2 . . . Colt T Wade Griffin says, "It seems like I was in the twilight zone" after watching the most prized Colt, QB Bert Jones, get sacked 12 times by Cardinals last week . . . Chiefs' 3-4 defense, featuring DE Art Still and LB Gary Spani, learning to be brutal . . . Bert Jones' favorite target, WR Roger Carr, has 34 catches for 577 yards, AFC's best performance outside of San Diego's Terrific Trio . . . Chief K Nick Lowery, with range well over 50 yards, good on 11 of 12 FG's.
Colt injuries: RB Don McCauley, neck (P): DE Fred Cook, hamstring (P).
Chief injuries: No new injuries reported. Oilers (5-3) at Broncos (4-4)
Data: Oilers favored by 3 1/2 . . . Denver may be a mile high, but Oiler RB Earl Campbell can gain that much in a half. Campbell (807 yards) tries to become first to gain 200 yards rushing three straight weeks . . . It's "Orange Sunday" in Denver, and 75,000 fans will be issued orange flashcards. ". . Lethargic Broncos (heck, they only beat the Giants by five) next-to-last in passing offense and last in total defense in AFC.
Oiler injuries: QB Craig Bradshaw, shoulder (O); RB Tim Wilson, toe (Q); WR Billy Johnson, knee (Q); TE Dave Casper, toe (Q); CB C.B. Wilson, knee (Q); G Ed Fisher, shoulder (P); G Morris Towns, toe (P); DE Elvin Bethea, shoulder (P); DE Jesse Baker, calf (P).
Bronco injuries: QB Craig Morton, concusion (Q); G Tom Glassic, hand (P); S Maurice Harvey, knee (Q); QB Matt Robinson, shoulder (P); S Mike Harden, ankle (P); C Keith Bishop, knee (P). Dolphins (4-4) at Raiders (5-3)
TV: WBAL-TV-11, 4 p.m.
Data: Raiders favored by 7 1/2 . . . "He has turned this team around," says Raider WR Bob Chandler of reborn/reconstructed/revitalized QB Jim Plunkett, who is 61 of 113 for 881 yards, 10 TDs and zero interceptions in 3 1/2 games. . . Dolphins still praying for miracles from rookie QB David Woodley . . . Raider pass defense awful, but CB Lester Hayes leads AFC with six thefts.
Dolphin injuries: QB Bob Griese, shoulder (Q); WR Nat Moore, ankle (P); DE A.J. Duhe, neck (P).
Raider injuries: C Dave Dalby, groin (Q); DE Willie Jones, ankle (P); RB Kenny King, angle (P). Jets (2-6) at Patriots (6-2)
Data: Patriots favored by 9 . . . Jets losers of four straight in Foxboro, fell there last year, 56-3 . . . Jets rushing game finally clicking . . . Pats stumbled last week in swirling winds with season-low 39 yards rushing, four Steve Grogan interceptions and zero-for-11 conversions on third down situations. . . Jets dedicated Monday night win over Dolphins to shutting up Howard Cosell.
Jet injuries: T Chris Ward, ankle (O); RB Scott Dierking, calf (Q); LB John Sullivan, shoulder (Q); LB Ron Crosby, shoulder (P); DT Bob Winkel, hip (Q); RB Woody Bennett, knee (P).
Patriot injuries: DT Ray Hamilton, knee (P); LB Steve Nelson, hip (P); G Sam Adams, knee (P); DT Steve McMichael, back (P). Chargers (5-3) at Bengals (3-5)
TV: WRC-TV-4, 1 p.m.
Data: Chargers favored by 3 1/2. . How greedy can land-hungry Californians be? Charger QB Dan Fouts -- (19 TD passes) has thrown for 1,203 yards in last three weeks; Chargers John Jefferson, Kellen Winslow and Charlie Joiner rank 1-2-3 in AFC in receptions and yards and all are headed for 1,000-yard campaigns. . . On the other hand, Bengals move ball slower than U.S. Postal Service moves mail. . . Charger rushing defense suspect; Bengal RB Charles Alexander averaging 4.6 yards per carry . . . Chargers drop RB Chuck Muncie from traveling squad for missing practice.
Charger injuries: CB Hal Stringert, hamstring (Q); DE Leroy Jones, groin (Q); DT Gary Johnson, neck (P); DT Wilbur Young, knee (P); S Glen Edwards, hamstring (P).
Bengal injuries: TE M. L. Harris, thumb (O); RB Pete Johnson, knee (D); T Mike Wilson, knee (Q); C Blair Rush, thumb (P). INTERCONFERENCE
Falcons (5-3) at Bills (6-2)
Data: Bills favored by 4 1/2. . . Falcon RBs William Andrews and Lynn Cain, ranked four-five in NFC, face AFC's top-rated rushing defense. . . Bill rookie RB Joe Cribbs has scored nine of the team's 11 rushing TDs. . . FS Bill Simpson, a Bill for three weeks, has three interceptions. . . Falcon LB Joel Williams' three sacks last week gives him team-leading 9 1/2. . . Bills have outscored opponents in final period, 76-14.
Falcon injuries: G Chuck Herman, shoulder (O); K Tim Mazzetti, groin (P); DE Jeff Yeates, shoulder (P); LB Al Richardson, knee (P). g
Bill injuries: TE Reuben Gant, knee (P); S Steve Freeman, shoulder (P). Packers (3-4-1) at Steelers (4-4)
Data: Steelers favored by 13 1/2. . . Can you imagine what the mad, mighty Steelers, losers of three straight, are going to do to the poor, peasant Packers?. . . QB Terry Bradshaw and a cast of thousands sidelined recently for battered Steelers, but health has returned. . . "Right now we can play with anyone in the league," says giddy Packer QB Lynn Dickey, who has completed 86 of 131 in past four games. . . "We're not losing because we're fat cats," says 260-pound Steeler DT Joe Greene.
Packer injuries: LB Ed O'Neil, shoulder (O); DE Mike Butler, arm (P); QB Terry Bradshaw, thumb (P); RB Franco Harris, knee (P); WR Lynn Swann, ribs (P). Eagles (7-1) at Seahawks (4-4)
Data: Eagles favored by 2 1/2. . . "Philadelphia just might be the most illegal team in football," charges Seahawk Coach Jack Patera, upset after watching Eagle tactics on film. . . Eagles look awesome: defense giving up 12 points per game and totals 17 sacks and 13 interceptions; offense has gained 300 yards or more in every game but one. . . Seahawks 0-3 at home.
Eagle injuries: RB Wilbert Montgomery, knee (D); QB Ron Jaworski, concussion (P); LB Bill Bergey, shoulder (P); RB Louis Giammona, elbow (P); RB Billy Campfield, thigh (P); DT Charlie Johnson, ankle (P); T Jerry Sisemore, concussion (P); QB Joe Pisarcik, back (P); LB Ray Phillips, arm (P); T Stan Walters, elbow (P); C Guy Morris, knee (P).
Seahawk injuries: FB Jim Walsh, groin (O); WR Jesse Green, hamstring (P); WR Sam McCullum, thigh (P). MONDAY GAME Bears (3-5) at Browns (5-3)
TV: WJLA-TV-7, WJZ-TV-13, 9 p.m.
Radio: WTOP-1500, 9 p.m.
Data: Browns favored by 5 1/2. . . "We have persevered long enough," says Brown Coach Sam Rutigliano. "Now it is time to prosper". . . Bears' oldest and youngest defensive starters, Alan Page and Dan Hampton have combined for 15 sacks this season. . . Bear defense second best in NFL. . .Brown RB Greg Pruitt starting ahead of rookie Charles White.
Bear injuries: LB Tom Hicks, shoulder (Q).
Brown injuries: G Henry Sheppard, ankle (Q); LB R. L. Jackson, knee (Q); WR Reggie Rucker, thigh (Q).
Key: IR -- Injured reserve; O -- Out for undetermined length of time; D -- Doubtful, at least 75 percent chance will not play; Q -- Questionable, 50-50 chance will play; P -- Probable, virtual certainty player will be available for normal duty.