By ROGER MILLS
Published December 7, 2003
Bucs (5-7) at Saints (6-6)
The Saints have won three straight against the Bucs, a team that can't string together wins. But didn't the Eagles once win three in a row against the Bucs?
Mills pick: Bucs 23, Saints 20
Texans (5-7) at Jaguars (3-9)
One week ago, this would have been a real snoozer. Now, it's more like a short nap.
Mills pick: Jaguars 17, Texans 14
Chargers (2-10) at Lions (4-8)
Sadly, both teams have to play this game because it's on the schedule. Happily, at least one of them will get another win.
Mills pick: Lions 21, Chargers 20
Bears (5-7) at Packers (6-6)
Remarkably, a Bears win puts them within one game of the division lead. But the Packers can't afford to slip.
Mills pick: Packers 30, Bears 21
Raiders (3-9) at Steelers (4-8)
Two teams many considered the cream of the NFL crop are now playing like sour milk. But internal friction makes things worse for the Raiders.
Mills pick: Steelers 25, Raiders 13
Redskins (4-8) at Giants (4-8)
Going nowhere and going there quickly, both teams are playing out the string. But the games are important to their coaches.
Mills pick: Giants 20, Redskins 17
Colts (9-3) at the Titans (9-3)
Classic match up between two of the game's best quarterbacks, but it will come down to a special teams play.
Mills pick: Titans 34, Colts 28
Bengals (7-5) at the Ravens (7-5)
The storybook debut season for Marvin Lewis is already special. But the Ravens defense is beginning to look like the one that won the Super Bowl.
Mills pick: Ravens 19, Bengals 18
Cowboys (8-4) at Eagles (9-3).
The Cowboys have a win over the Eagles already this season. But this is not the same Eagles team.
Mills pick: Eagles 21, Cowboys 19
Seahawks (8-4) at Vikings (7-5).
Daunte Culpepper's turnovers do not bode well for the Vikings. The fact that the Vikings are determined to run Michael Bennett doesn't bode well for the Seahawks.
Mills pick: Vikings 28, Seahawks 24
Dolphins (8-4) at Patriots (10-2)
Considering the way things have gone for the Patriots, this should be a slam dunk. But this rivalry always means close games.
Mills pick: Patriots 24, Dolphins 23
Cardinals (3-9) at 49ers (5-7)
San Francisco is not yet out of it, but needs a miracle, or the next best thing, a game against the Cardinals.
Mills pick: 49ers 32, Cardinals 27
Jets (5-7) at Bills (5-7)
Their spirits and productivity has been lifted by the return of quarterback Chad Pennington. That's good news for the Jets, bad news for the Bills.
Mills pick: Jets 24, Bills 18
Chiefs (11-1) at Broncos (7-5)
Kansas City has the best record in the NFL for a reason. And the smack talk coming from receiver Eddie Kennison only adds to it. Too bad. Denver prevails.
Mills pick: Broncos 30, Chiefs 28
Panthers (8-4) at Falcons (2-10)
With Michael Vick at the helm, the Falcons dominated the Panthers last year. Well, he's back.
Mills pick: Falcons 27, Panthers 25
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