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Today's games

By JOANNE KORTH
Published October 30, 2005


THE HOT TICKET: Steelers at Bengals

1 p.m., Ch. 10

THE SCOOP: These teams meet with winning records for the first time in 15 years in this surprising AFC showdown. Cincinnati has waited decades for a statement game. The Steelers will look to win a franchise-record 10th consecutive road game. The NFL's two highest-rated quarterbacks are also among its youngest: the Steelers' Ben Roethlisberger (123.8) and the Bengals' Carson Palmer (113.6). Palmer could set an NFL record with his 10th consecutive game with a passer rating of 100 or better. Pittsburgh was the last team to deny Palmer.

KORTH'S PICK: Steelers 27, Bengals 24

OTHER MATCHUPS Lions at Browns

1 p.m.

THE SCOOP: Notable only for the possible end of the Joey Harrington era in Detroit.

KORTH'S PICK: Lions 14, Browns 13

Colts at Texans

1 p.m.

THE SCOOP: Does the NFL have a mercy rule? It needs one.

KORTH'S PICK: Colts 100, Texans 0

Packers at Vikings

1 p.m.

THE SCOOP: Sadly, this is a crucial NFC North game.

KORTH'S PICK: Packers 21, Vikings 7

Chargers at Eagles

1 p.m.

THE SCOOP: This might be the day LaDainian Tomlinson kicks a winning field goal.

KORTH'S PICK: Chargers 17, Eagles 14

Saints at Rams

1 p.m.

THE SCOOP: The Saints have lost their past two road games by a combined 85-19.

KORTH'S PICK: Rams 28, Saints 17

49ers at Redskins

1 p.m.

THE SCOOP: Gee, think the Redskins will blitz rookie quarterback Alex Smith?

KORTH'S PICK: Redskins 24, 49ers 6

Cowboys at Seahawks

4:05 p.m., Ch. 13

THE SCOOP: The Seahawks are too tough at home for the Cowboys, playing their fourth on the West Coast.

KORTH'S PICK: Seahawks 28, Cowboys 17

Titans at Cardinals

4:15 p.m.

THE SCOOP: Cardinals quarterback Josh McCown becomes the latest to put Kurt Warner on the bench.

KORTH'S PICK: Cardinals 17, Titans 14

Ravens at Bears

4:15 p.m.

THE SCOOP: This game gives all new meaning to offensive football.

KORTH'S PICK: Bears 6, Ravens 2

Broncos at Giants

4:15 p.m., Ch. 10

THE SCOOP: The Broncos seem ripe for a letdown after thrashing the Patriots. But they're not.

KORTH'S PICK: Broncos 21, Giants 17

Bills at Raiders

4:15 p.m.

THE SCOOP: Kelly Holcomb wins the Bills quarterback job for the rest of the season.

KORTH'S PICK: Bills 28, Raiders 21

MNF: Jets at Falcons

BYE: Bucs, Jaguars, Panthers, Patriots.

THE TALLY

LAST WEEK: 10-4, SEASON: 51-35.

Confirming my expert status, I'm 6-0 picking the Colts.