TODAY

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS AT ATLANTA FALCONS

The Falcons' shortcomings were laid bare in a sputtering loss to the Panthers last week, as Michael Vick continued to play his part in the "Michael Jordan of football" analogy. But this time it was Michael Jordan: the Wizards Years. [WJLA-7, WMAR-2, 9]

SATURDAY

NFL TRIPLEHEADER

This year's kickoff to a month-long serving of Saturday pro football features a "faceoff" of gaping "Wha?!"-faces from the Chiefs' Dick Vermeil and the Giants' Tom Coughlin. [Tampa Bay at New England, WTTG-5, WBFF-45, 1:30; Kansas City Chiefs at New York Giants, WUSA-9, WJZ-13, 5; Denver Broncos at Buffalo Bills, ESPN, 8:30]

SATURDAY

LOUISVILLE AT KENTUCKY

Sure the basketball's good and yeah, yeah, Rick Pitino walks into Rupp Arena in red and black again, but this is just an excuse to run a picture of that Wildcat diehard, Ashley Judd. Happy holidays. [WUSA-9, WJZ-13, 2]

SUNDAY

DALLAS COWBOYS AT REDSKINS

The last time this matchup meant something to both teams Bill Parcells was leading a team to an AFC title, Jerry Jones had a different face and Joe Gibbs was getting his NASCAR fix through SpeedWeek. [WTTG-5, WBFF-45, 4:15]

REDSKINS vs. COWBOYS

Sunday, 4:15

vs. NETS Tomorrow, 7

at LAKERS Fri., 10:30

at BLAZERS Sun., 9

at KINGS Wed., 10:30

at SHARKS Fri., 10:30

vs. PANTHERS Sun., 6