Oakland (-21/2) at Houston, 1

The Texans have had trouble keeping opponents from scoring through the air this season; against 79 pass attempts, they've allowed a league-high eight touchdowns.

Philadelphia (-9) at Chicago, 1

It's a homecoming for Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb, who went to Mount Carmel High in Chicago. McNabb has been superb, with eight touchdown passes and no interceptions. Jonathan Quinn, who has started only three games in his seven-year NFL career, will get the call at quarterback for the Bears in place of the injured Rex Grossman.

New York Giants (+7) at Green Bay, 1

Packers quarterback Brett Favre has thrown a touchdown pass in 28 straight games; with another today he will pass Dave Krieg for the third-longest all-time streak.

Cincinnati (+41/2) at Pittsburgh, 1 (WUSA-9, WJZ-13)

The Steelers have the NFL's best record (28-11) in October since 1994, and Coach Bill Cowher is 17-7 against the Bengals. Duce Staley has started slowly for the Steelers and has yet to reach the end zone, but he could have a big day against a Bengals rushing defense that ranks 31st in the league.

New England (-51/2) at Buffalo, 1

A win would move New England into a tie with five other teams for most consecutive victories (18) in NFL history. But don't ask any of the Patriots about it: "I'm sick of talking about the streak," tight end Christian Fauria said. "When people ask, I just change the subject. The streak won't put more money in my pocket."

Indianapolis (-4) at Jacksonville, 1

Injuries are at least partly to blame for the Colts' dismal defense this season. Safeties Mike Doss, Idrees Bashir and Bob Sanders will miss today's game. Indianapolis wide receiver Reggie Wayne, who had 11 catches for 184 yards and a touchdown last week against Green Bay, had 187 yards and two touchdowns in two games against the Jaguars last season.

New Orleans (-31/2) at Arizona, 4:05

Running back Aaron Stecker played well last week as the replacement for the injured Deuce McAllister, posting his first 100-yard game and scoring on a 42-yard touchdown run. And against a Cardinals rushing defense that is by far the worst in the league, expect Stecker to get his share of carries today.

Atlanta (+31/2) at Carolina, 4:05

The Falcons are looking for only their second 4-0 start (the other came in 1986). Quarterback Michael Vick struggled to find his receivers in last week's 6-3 win over the lifeless Cardinals, mostly because Arizona put five defenders on the line to block his view. Vick also has been sacked an alarming once every 7.1 attempts this season, worst in the league among starters.

New York Jets (-6) at Miami, 4:15 (WUSA-9, WJZ-13)

Things have gotten so bad for the Dolphins that the team has taken down a fan forum on its official Web site because the postings were too mean-spirited. Miami defensive end Jason Taylor did his best to anger what should be a sizable Jets fan contingent today when he said there will be "a bunch of them chanting their dumb . . . chant and all that other stuff, being the ignorant fans they are."

Tennessee (-3) at San Diego, 4:15

We've seen it all before: Titans quarterback Steve McNair suffers some sort of heinous injury yet comes back and leads Tennessee to victory the next week. Well, it's probably not going to happen this week, as McNair's severely bruised sternum will likely keep him out and Billy Volek will probably get the start.

Denver (-3) at Tampa Bay, 4:15

Running back Michael Pittman makes his 2004 debut for the Bucs; he was suspended the first three games for violating the league's personal conduct policy. His return comes at a crucial time, as Charlie Garner is out for the season with a knee injury.

St. Louis (-31/2) at San Francisco, 8:30 (ESPN)

The 49ers' game plan is simple: Run Kevan Barlow against a Rams defense that ranks 30th in total defense, rushing defense and rushing yards per attempt. St. Louis quarterback Marc Bulger had 358 yards last week against the Saints but was in a lot of pain afterward, since Coach Mike Martz has abandoned the ground game, leaving Bulger to take a lot of hits.

Kansas City (+51/2) at Baltimore, 9, Monday (WJLA-7, WMAR-2)

The decision by the Chiefs not to upgrade their defensive personnel during the offseason is starting to look like a big mistake. Kansas City is giving up nearly 29 points per game, putting too much pressure on an offense that, without any viable wide receivers, must rely almost exclusively on an aging Priest Holmes.