Pittsburgh (-31/2) at Baltimore,

1 p.m., WJZ-13

No offense. Really. With starting QB Ben Roethlisberger recovering from knee surgery and backup Charlie Batch out with a broken hand, it's looking increasingly likely the Steelers will turn to Tommy Maddox, who lost his starter's job last year and his number two spot last month. And while the Ravens handed Pittsburgh its last road loss, on Sept. 19, 2004, they haven't scored an offensive touchdown in 11 quarters.

Arizona (+9) at St. Louis, 1 p.m.

Stand in awe, for ye may be witnessing the greatest season by a Cardinals player. Okay, so he's a place kicker, but still: Neil Rackers has two or more field goals in 10 consecutive games, tying him with Cary Blanchard in 1996 for the longest such run in NFL history.

Carolina (-3) at Chicago, 1 p.m.

Defense figures to loom large as the Panthers pit their six-game winning streak against the Bears' five-game roll. The Bears allow the fewest total yards (253.7 per game) and points (107) and have held passers to a cumulative rating of 60.0. The Panthers are second in turnovers forced (26) and second in rushing defense (81 yards per game).

Detroit (+8) at Dallas, 1 p.m.

Not only are the Cowboys embarking on a closing stretch in which their opponents are a combined 38-25, today they will play the second of three games in 11 days. The Lions are 4-1 when they out-rush opponents, 0-4 when they don't. That'll happen when you have Detroit's quarterbacks.

Jacksonville (-4) at Tennessee, 1 p.m.

The Jaguars appear poised to fatten up, with their next three games against the 2-7 Titans, 2-7 Cardinals and 3-6 Browns before a crucial game against the Colts. The potential problem: All three games are on the road. As the Florida Times-Union pointed out last week, 11 teams since 2001 have played three straight regular season road games, and only one, the 2001 Jaguars, won all three.

Miami (+21/2) at Cleveland, 1 p.m.

Both rookie coaches, Nick Saban and Romeo Crennel, used to serve as defensive coordinators under Bill Belichick. With Dolphins QB Gus Frerotte questionable to play because of a sprained right index finger, Sage Rosenfels might get his first career start.

New Orleans (+91/2) at New England,

1 p.m.

The Patriots are 31st in total defense, and last week Randall Gay became the team's sixth defensive back to go on injured reserve. But since 2001 New England is a league-best 40-6 after Nov. 1, including playoffs.

Philadelphia (+7) at N.Y. Giants,

1 p.m.

With their next win, the Giants will join the Bears and Packers as the only NFL franchises with 600 wins, a fitting tribute to co-owners Wellington Mara and Robert Tisch, both of whom died in the last three weeks.

Tampa Bay (+6) at Atlanta, 1 p.m.

Bucs RB Carnell "Cadillac" Williams says he is healthy after missing the team's fifth and sixth games with foot and hamstring injuries, but he has 69 rushing yards on 34 carries in his last three games.

Seattle (-121/2) at San Francisco,

4 p.m., WTTG-5, WBFF-45

Seahawks RB Shaun Alexander has 17 rushing touchdowns, the most by a player in a season's first nine games in NFL history, and a league-high 1,114 rushing yards. The 49ers have allowed 13 rushing touchdowns, tied for most in the league.

Indianapolis (-51/2) at Cincinnati,

4:15 p.m., WUSA-9, WJZ-13

Break out the band: A locally televised matchup that doesn't stink! The Colts' last six games have been decided by 14 points or more, during which time QB Peyton Manning has thrown 15 of his 17 touchdown passes. Meanwhile, Bengals QB Carson Palmer's nine consecutive 100.0 passer-rating games ties the record set by Manning in 2004.

Buffalo (+11) at San Diego,

4:15 p.m.

Bills QB J.P. Losman seems likely to make his first start since losing his job in September to Kelly Holcomb, who is recovering from a concussion last week.

N.Y. Jets (+13) at Denver, 4:15 p.m.

The Jets have scored 44 points in their five road games, all losses. Stunningly, given his career-long reputation, Broncos QB and MVP candidate Jake Plummer has thrown 193 straight passes without an interception, the 11th-longest streak in NFL history.

Kansas City (-7) at Houston,

8:30 p.m., ESPN

Speculation of whether Jets Coach Herman Edwards might be pursued to take the Chiefs job after this season has come just in time to distract Chiefs fans from having to pass the time talking about how awful tonight's opponent is.

Minnesota (+41/2) at Green Bay, tomorrow, 9 p.m., WJLA-7, WMAR-2

The Vikings are looking to win consecutive outdoor games for the first time since winning at New England and Chicago in 2000. Safety Darren Sharper -- who in eight seasons with the Packers scored seven touchdowns, tops among defensive players over that time -- returns to Lambeau Field as a Viking and fresh off a three-interception, one-touchdown performance against the Giants.