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By ROGER MILLS
Published November 2, 2003

Saints (3-5) at Bucs (4-3)

You can see the swagger coming back to the Bucs, particularly their defense. That doesn't bode well for the Saints.

Mills pick: Bucs 28, Saints 9

Colts (6-1) at Dolphins (5-2)

Marquee matchup of the weekend features longtime rivals meeting for the first time since realignment. Dolphins steal the thunder.

Mills pick: Dolphins 23, Colts 20

Jaguars (1-6) at Ravens (4-3)

It may be a matchup of outstanding rookie quarterbacks (Byron Leftwich and Kyle Boller), but the Ravens running game should prove too much.

Mills pick: Ravens 17, Jaguars 13

Raiders (2-5) at Lions (1-6)

QB Marques Tuiasosopo starts for the injured Rich Gannon and shoots some life into the hapless Raiders.

Mills pick: Raiders 21, Lions 14

Chargers (1-6) at Bears (2-5)

Time spent away from burning San Diego will help bring together a crumbling team. Just enough to beat another crumbling team.

Mills pick: Chargers 24, Bears 22

Giants (3-4) at Jets (2-5)

Jets are 7-0 in November under coach Herman Edwards and have outscored opponents 186-66 during that stretch. Who cares. Giants defense prevails.

Mills pick: Giants 17, Jets 12

Panthers (6-1) at Texans (2-5)

The Panthers bring in a top-notched defense and running back Stephen Davis. The Texans counter with Tony Banks? Ouch!

Mills pick: Panthers 30, Texans 10

Steelers (2-5) at Seahawks (5-2)

The Steelers are too good, too talented and too experienced to have just two victories.

Mills pick: Steelers 24, Seahawks 20 Bengals (3-4) at Cardinals (2-5)

Gradually, Marvin Lewis' impact is becoming obvious. The Bengals are better than last season's team and better than the Cardinals.

Mills pick: Bengals 30, Cardinals 13

Redskins (3-4) at Cowboys (5-2)

Some have said the Cowboys wins have come against weak teams. Well, here comes another weak team.

Mills pick: Cowboys 17, Redskins 16

Eagles (4-3) at Falcons (1-6)

You know how they say on any given Sunday? Not on this given Sunday. And not with a completely changed Atlanta secondary.

Mills pick: Eagles 34, Falcons 15

Rams (5-2) at 49ers (3-5)

With Jeff Garcia hurt and Tim Rattay at the helm, you have to think the 49ers won't click as well as they should. Right? Wrong!

Mills pick: 49ers 21, Rams 20

Packers (3-4) at Vikings (6-1)

The way the Vikings own the Pack at the Metrodome, they don't appear to be in danger of losing ground. Look for a big day from Daunte Culpepper.

Mills pick: Vikings 33, Packers 17

[Last modified November 2, 2003, 07:26:04]


College football

  • Alive and Kicking
  • Hokies ground Hurricanes
  • Seminoles return the favor against Notre Dame
  • Pitt WR sets touchdown record
  • State: Opportunistic FAMU stops Hampton 34-23
  • Banner day for Seminoles backup CB
  • FSU by the numbers
  • FSU game balls
  • Seminoles' D clamps down on command
  • Trojans force their way into Sugar Bowl picture
  • USF: Banks battling a tough standard
  • Michigan runs over MSU
  • Sooners leave no doubt with intrastate thrashing
  • Nation: NIU gets D back on track in easy win
  • The fill-in fills big shoes
  • UF game balls
  • Ailing Bulldogs defense finally runs out of gas
  • UF by the numbers
  • UF: Ratliff gets INT No. 7 to tie mark

  • Conferences
  • Big East: Trick play helps Pitt seal Eagles' fate 24-13
  • ACC: N.C. State QB surpasses Cavs QB
  • C-USA: Win places Memphis in bowl hunt
  • Pac-10: Cardinal upset brings UCLA back to pack
  • Big Ten: Buckeye rally extends Nittany Lions' misery
  • Big XII: Texas gives Nebraska taste of its medicine
  • SEC: Arkansas survives in 7 OTs

  • Golf
  • Hnatiuk can live and die by 'The 125'
  • Sunday showdown
  • Up in the air, nearly down in the dumps
  • For today's caddies ...
  • Petrovic poised to reach top 30

  • In brief
  • Cohen tops in Canada

  • Motorsports
  • Hamilton Jr. wins, points race tightens
  • NASCAR's diversity goals get lineman-sized push

  • NBA
  • Pippen back where he belongs: Chicago
  • Pistons still have Magic's number

  • NFL
  • Bottom line
  • Picks
  • Reviews in: Coaches back replay
  • Things that make you go hmm ...

  • NHL
  • Friesen's goal spurs champions to victory
  • Slapshots

  • Opinion
  • Rant, Rave

  • Outdoors
  • Daily fishing report
  • Fall hunting season in high gear

  • Preps
  • Friendly rivals vie for title
  • Bishop Moore takes boys, girls titles
  • Nauta follows sister's tough title act
  • Three Cowboys are riding high on state trail
  • Zephyrhills scores at Class A meet

  • Running
  • Kenyans can make names in NYC run
  • Letters: Your turn
  • Rays
  • Lee testing market by his choice, not Rays'
  • Bucs
  • Saying 'when' no easy call
  • A one-for-all, all-for-one free-for-all
  • Bucs-Saints matchup ...
  • Kickin' back: Now just tell the doctor what you see
  • Sideline
  • Letters: Chat: Johnson's throws look a bit wobbly
  • Lightning
  • In the end, it's another win
  • St. Louis, team steamed about slash
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