Today's games

Chicago Bears (8-1) at New York Jets (5-4): Jets have won three of last four, including Sunday's stunner at New England. Can they beat one of NFL's elite 2 weeks in row? Only if they can put a lot of pressure on Bears QB Rex Grossman.

Atlanta Falcons (5-4) at Baltimore Ravens (7-2): Falcons' No. 1 rushing offense challenges Ravens' No. 2 rushing defense. ... Ravens' offense has hit higher gear with head coach Brian Billick calling plays. They've won three in row, scoring 88 points.

St. Louis Rams (4-5) at Carolina Panthers (5-4): Rams have lost 4 straight, allowing at least 24 points each game. ... Panthers regrouped with Monday night win over Bucs, but may have to throw to win this one. With WR Steve Smith to throw to, they can do it.

Pittsburgh Steelers (3-6) at Cleveland Browns (3-6): Steelers have won 10 of last 11 meetings in this series. ... Steelers showed some mettle in beating Saints last week, but inconsistency has been their byword this season. Can Browns actually win two in a row?

New England Patriots (6-3) at Green Bay Packers (4-5): After losing two straight at home, Pats face a winnable game on road. It's Brett Favre vs. Tom Brady - but it's Brady who'll be attacking tghe NFL's worst pass defense.

Buffalo Bills (3-6) at Houston Texans (3-6): Bills (1-4 on road) showed some toughness Sunday, losing close one to Colts. Texans still struggling on offense.

Oakland Raiders (2-7) at Kansas City Chiefs (5-4): Chiefs have won last 6 meetings and Oakland is 0-4 on the road. ... QB Trent Green returns from concussion for Chiefs and faces defense that hasn't allowed more than 17 points in last 5 games.

Minnesota Vikings (4-5) at Miami Dolphins (3-6): Dolphins' on two-game win streak accomplished against teams that had been combined 12-3 (Bears, Chiefs). ... Vikings, who appear lost on offense, have dropped 3 straight.

Cincinnati Bengals (4-5) at New Orleans Saints (6-3): Bengals have allowed 34.7 points per game in 3-game losing streak. ...Saints QB Drew Brees is making good use of rookies Marques Colston (54 catches, 21 in last 2 games) and Reggie Bush (53 catches).

Tennessee Titans (2-7) at Philadelphia Eagles (5-4): Eagles' league-leading offense has been held under 21 points only once all season, and Titans have the league's worst defense (374 ypg).

Washington Redskins (3-6) at Tampa Bay Bucs (2-7): Redskins won in Tampa in last year's playoffs. Now both teams are in last place. ... QB Jason Campbell, Redskins' first-round pick last season, takes over for Mark Brunell.

Detroit Lions (2-7) at Arizona Cardinals (1-8): With eight straight losses, it's hard to believe in Cardinals, even at home with WR Larry Fitzgerald back. If Lions can get RB Kevin Jones going, they can win.

Seattle Seahawks (6-3) at San Francisco 49ers (4-5): Seahawks have won last 6 meetings. ... Seahawks have chance to get RB Shaun Alexander back from broken foot, and maybe QB Matt Hasselbeck (knee) too. Without them, 49ers have chance.

Indianapolis Colts (9-0) at Dallas Cowboys (5-4): Colts 4-0 on road, but no wins by more than 7. ... Can QB Tony Romo lead Cowboys to upset? Colts have developed habit of playing just well enough to win at times, but until proven otherwise, they're NFL's best.

San Diego Chargers (7-2) at Denver Broncos (7-2): Broncos have won 5 of last 6 meetings. ... Big showdown for 1st place in AFC West, and they'll do it again in three weeks. ... Tough assignment for Chargers after come-from-behind win at Cincinnati. Broncos have big home-field advantage.

Monday's game

New York Giants (6-3) at Jacksonville Jaguars (5-4): Jaguars 4-1 at home, losing only to Texans. ... Jags are 6-2 in games QB David Garrard has started, but still need to find way to score more points. ... So do Giants, who are ravaged by injuries on defense.

Chicago Tribune, St. Louis Post Disptach

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