Buffalo at New Orleans (pick 'em), 1
Aaron Brooks is one of four quarterbacks to have started every regular season game over the past four-plus seasons. Given that the Saints are 33-34 in that span, you can decide if that's a good thing. The other three are Brett Favre (44-23), Peyton Manning (43-24) and Trent Green (36-31).
New York Jets (+7) at Baltimore, 1 (WUSA-9, WJZ-13)
Think the Ravens' defense isn't excited about facing third-string Jets quarterback Brooks Bollinger today? The Ravens have no interceptions, one fumble recovery, one sack and have given up 49 points in two games.
Denver (+4) at Jacksonville, 1
Jaguars Coach Jack Del Rio once attacked Hall of Famer Otis Taylor in a picket line during the 1987 NFL strike. His defense plays with similar fire: So far this season, they have knocked two Jets quarterbacks from the game, sacked Seattle's Matt Hasselbeck three times and held Peyton Manning without a touchdown pass.
Detroit (+61/2) at Tampa Bay, 1
A good bye-week for the Lions. They took over first place in the NFC North -- though that division is a combined 3-8 this year. "Life's good when you're in the [worst] division in the NFL," said cornerback Dre Bly.
Houston (+10) at Cincinnati 1
The Bengals have one of the best coaching staffs in the NFL, led by Coach Marvin Lewis and defensive coordinator Chuck Bresnahan, a graduate of St. Mary's-Annapolis and Navy. Cincinnati has 12 interceptions and five fumble recoveries. Texans have yet to force a turnover.
Indianapolis (-7) at Tennessee, 1
Titans defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch leads the NFL with five sacks. The Colts are the only team not to have given up a sack this season. That's nothing new: Manning has been sacked only 139 times in 115 career starts.
San Diego (+5) at New England, 1
The Patriots could be without three of their four starters in the defensive backfield. Safety Rodney Harrison is out for the year with torn knee ligaments; starting cornerbacks Tyrone Poole and Randall Gay are questionable with ankle problems.
St. Louis (+3) at N.Y. Giants, 1
Welcome to the NFL, Alex Barron. The Rams' first-round pick, a right tackle, missed 21 practices while holding out in the offseason. He was in street clothes for the first two games. He will start opposite Giants defensive end Michael Strahan today.
Dallas (+3) at Oakland, 4:15
The Cowboys stayed in the Bay Area following a 34-31 win over host San Francisco last week. They practiced at San Jose State and used the weight room there. Coach Bill Parcells also put in a curfew. "If you want to spend $18,000, you can break it," he said. "If it's worth it, take me with you."
Minnesota (+6) at Atlanta, 4:15
The Falcons average 183.7 yards rushing -- best in the NFL -- but only 131.3 passing. They also led the league in rushing last year (2,672 yards). "Kind of like high school numbers," Falcons Coach Jim Mora said. Atlanta tends to run people ragged, so spare a thought for Minnesota's Spencer Johnson. He is listed as the team's only backup at both defensive tackle positions and left end.
Philadelphia (+11/2) at Kansas City, 4:15 (WTTG-5)
Chiefs Coach Dick Vermeil coached the Eagles from 1976 to 1982 and led them to Super Bowl XV. He remains popular enough that his face is on advertising billboards around the city. Philadelphia fans are "very loyal if you're hard-working and give them the time of day," said Eagles Coach Andy Reid. And if you ignore the fact that they boo Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny.
San Francisco (+21/2) vs. Arizona
in Mexico City, 8:30 (ESPN)
La NFL jugara esta noche un partido fuera de los Estados Unidos por primera vez desde su formacion hace ochenta y seis anos. El martes se habian vendido unas 65.000 entradas (boletos). El numero maximo de entradas vendidas por el equipo de Arizona el ano pasado fue 51.557 para el partido que perdio frente a los Patriots.
Green Bay (+71/2) at Carolina, 9 (WJLA-7, WMAR-2)
Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith has eight receptions on third down, tops in the league. He is expected to go against Ahmad Carroll, the fastest of the Packers' defensive backs.