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Browns (9-5) at Bengals (5-9)

The Browns have won four of their last five games and can clinch their first playoff berth since 2002 with a victory. They rank fifth in the NFL with 26.3 points a game. The Bengals are averaging only 14 points over their last three games, losing two of them. The Bengals defense is out for revenge after surrendering 51 points to the Browns on Sept. 16.

Packers (12-2) at Bears (5-9)

The Packers have already clinched a first-round playoff bye, but have their sights set on home field advantage, so they'll need to win out and hope Dallas loses. Kyle Orton will start at quarterback for the Bears, who have lost three consecutive games. The Packers will be out to avenge one of their two losses this season.

Texans (7-7) at Colts (12-2)

The Colts have already clinched the No. 2 seeding in the AFC and have won five consecutive games. They are the first team in NFL history with five consecutive 12-win seasons. The Texans are 3-0 under quarterback Sage Rosenfels, and have won consecutive games. The Colts may rest some starters, but they're still too strong for the Texans.

Chiefs (4-10) at Lions (6-8)

The Lions have lost six consecutive games and have been eliminated from the playoffs despite a 6-2 start. They've given up 34.1 points a game during their last six. The Chiefs are on a seven-game losing streak, averaging only 13.4 points during the streak. The Chiefs have only five rushing touchdowns this season -- tied for last in the league.

Giants (9-5) at Bills (7-7)

The Giants need a victory to secure a playoff berth and would like to get it this week because they play undefeated New England next week. They are 6-1 on the road this season. The Bills, eliminated from the postseason, are averaging only 15.3 points in their last six games. Injured Bills tight end Kevin Everett will be in attendance and could inspire an emotional victory.

Eagles (6-8) at Saints (7-7)

The Saints have won three of their last four games and running back Reggie Bush may return from a knee injury. Backup Aaron Stecker has 195 yards rushing the last two games. Eagles running back Brian Westbrook is second in the NFC with 1,191 yards rushing. Saints quarterback Drew Brees is on a roll with 10 touchdowns and one interception in four games.

Falcons (3-11) at Cardinals (6-8)

The Falcons have seemingly given up on the season, losing five consecutive games by a combined score of 161-53. The Cardinals will miss the playoffs for the ninth consecutive season but can finish at .500 for the first time since 1998 if they win their last two games. The Cardinals are close to contending, having lost six times by a touchdown or less.

Ravens (4-10) at Seahawks (9-5)

The Seahawks have already clinched the NFC West, but a running attack that's averaging only 93.4 yards a game is a concern. The Ravens have lost eight consecutive games, but are giving up only 77 yards rushing a game, which is second best in the NFL. After losing to Miami last week, the Ravens have flown south for the winter.

Jets (3-11) at Titans (8-6)

The Titans, who have lost four of their last six, need to win their last two games and get some help to make the playoffs. The Jets have given up only 172.3 yards and five touchdowns passing over the last six games and have eight interceptions during that span. The Titans will look to use back LenDale White against a defense that's 30th against the run.

Dolphins (1-13) at Patriots (14-0)

The Patriots have clinched the top seeding in the playoffs and now can focus on joining the 1972 Dolphins as the only modern teams to complete a regular season undefeated. The Dolphins, coming off their first victory, are the last team to defeat the Patriots. The 1972 Dolphins won't even bother to pull the champagne out of the refrigerator for this one.

Redskins (7-7) at Vikings (8-6)

The Vikings are on a five-game win streak and can clinch a playoff berth with a victory and a New Orleans loss. The Redskins have won consecutive games and must win their final two games to keep alive their slim chances of making the playoffs. The Vikings' league-leading rushing attack should help win a ball-control battle.

-- LOS ANGELES TIMES

RANKINGS

1. Patriots, 2. Colts, 3. Cowboys.

4. Packers, 5. Jaguars, 6. Steelers,

7. Chargers, 8. Browns, 9. Seahawks, 10. Bucs, 11. Giants, 12. Vikings,

13. Saints, 14. Titans, 15. Redskins, 16. Texans, 17. Bills, 18. Panthers, 19. Cardinals, 20. Broncos,

21. Eagles, 22. Lions, 23. Bengals, 24. Bears, 25. Raiders, 26. Ravens, 27. 49ers, 28. Chiefs, 29. Jets,

30. Falcons, 31. Rams, 32. Dolphins.

-- THE BALTIMORE SUN

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