Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Today's NFL Previews

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Today's NFL Previews

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1 p.m.; Georgia Dome

Line: Falcons by 6.

Last meeting: Bucs won 27-0 on Dec. 5 at Tampa Bay.

Quick hits: Tampa Bay has won four of last five games in Atlanta. . . . Bucs already have surpassed victory total for 2004. . . . Four of Falcons' final seven regular-season games are against Tampa Bay and Carolina.

Fantasy tip: Atlanta RB Warrick Dunn, No. 3 in league in rushing (896 yards), has never broken the 100-yard barrier in four games against his former team.


1 p.m.; Browns Stadium

Line: Browns by 2 1/2.

Last meeting: Dolphins won 10-7 on Dec. 26 at Miami.

Quick hits: Miami QB Gus Frerotte (sprained index finger) is listed as questionable. His replacement would be Sage Rosenfels. . . . Cleveland is one victory from matching last year's total. . . . Browns QB Trent Dilfer has won six consecutive November starts at home.

Fantasy tip: Browns RB Reuben Droughns is one of five players with 700-plus rushing yards and 200-plus receiving.


1 p.m.; Giants Stadium

Line: Giants by 7.

Last meeting: Eagles won 27-6 on Nov. 28 at New York.

Quick hits: Eagles QB Mike McMahon, who had been third-team quarterback, starts in place of injured Donovan McNabb. . . . Giants need win to join Chicago Bears (665) and Green Bay Packers (637) as only franchises with 600 victories. . . . Giants QB Eli Manning has TD pass in 10 consecutive games, longest active streak in league.

Fantasy tip: Eagles RB Brian Westbrook had 100-plus yards from scrimmage in past three games vs. Giants.


1 p.m.; Soldier Field

Line: Panthers by 3.

Last meeting: Panthers won 24-14 in 2002 at Carolina.

Quick hits: Both teams come in with winning streaks, Panthers six in a row and Bears five. . . . Carolina ranks first in NFL inside opponent's 20-yard line with 73.3 touchdown percentage. Bears are first in defense inside their 20.

Fantasy tip: Bears hold opponents to 60.0 passer rating, second best in NFL.


1 p.m.; Edward Jones Dome

Line: Rams by 9.

Last meeting: Rams won 17-12 on Sept. 18 at Arizona.

Quick hits: Cardinals have had 23 players miss at least one game due to injury. . . . St. Louis has won six of last seven vs. Arizona. . . . Rams QB Marc Bulger has won 20 of 23 career starts in St. Louis, and Rams have won 42 of past 52 home games (.808).

Fantasy tip: Cardinals WR Anquan Boldin (questionable, knee) expected to start after missing last two games.


1 p.m.; Texas Stadium

Line: Cowboys by 8.

Last meeting: Cowboys won 31-21 last season at Dallas.

Quick hits: Jeff Garcia expected to start at QB for Detroit. . . . Detroit is 4-1 when outrushing opponents, 0-4 when not. . . . Cowboys QB Drew Bledsoe has 64.6 completion rate, highest of his 13-year NFL career.

Fantasy tip: Lions WR Roy Williams made his first start last week since Oct. 9 and had seven catches for 117 yards and three TDs. In 16 career starts, Williams has 64 catches for 1,033 yards and 12 TDs.


1 p.m.; M&T Bank Stadium

Line: Steelers by 3 1/2.

Last meeting: Steelers won 20-19 on Oct. 31.

Quick hits: Pittsburgh's Tommy Maddox starts at QB in place of injured Ben Roethlisberger. . . . Steelers are looking for 12th consecutive road victory. . . . Baltimore handed Steelers last road loss on Sept. 19, 2004. . . . Ravens' offense hasn't scored TD in 11 quarters.

Fantasy tip: Steelers RB Willie Parker (ankle) is questionable. RBs Jerome Bettis (quadricep) and Duce Staley (knee) are probable. …

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