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 24OTHER MATCHUPS Lions at Browns
THE SCOOP: Notable only for the possible end of the Joey Harrington era in Detroit.
KORTH'S PICK: Lions 14, Browns 13Colts at Texans
THE SCOOP: Does the NFL have a mercy rule? It needs one.
KORTH'S PICK: Colts 100, Texans 0Packers at Vikings
THE SCOOP: Sadly, this is a crucial NFC North game.
KORTH'S PICK: Packers 21, Vikings 7Chargers at Eagles
THE SCOOP: This might be the day LaDainian Tomlinson kicks a winning field goal.
KORTH'S PICK: Chargers 17, Eagles 14Saints at Rams
THE SCOOP: The Saints have lost their past two road games by a combined 85-19.
KORTH'S PICK: Rams 28, Saints 1749ers at Redskins
THE SCOOP: Gee, think the Redskins will blitz rookie quarterback Alex Smith?
KORTH'S PICK: Redskins 24, 49ers 6Cowboys 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 17Titans at Cardinals
THE SCOOP: Cardinals quarterback Josh McCown becomes the latest to put Kurt Warner on the bench.
KORTH'S PICK: Cardinals 17, Titans 14Ravens at Bears
THE SCOOP: This game gives all new meaning to offensive football.
KORTH'S PICK: Bears 6, Ravens 2Broncos 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 17Bills at Raiders
THE SCOOP: Kelly Holcomb wins the Bills quarterback job for the rest of the season.
KORTH'S PICK: Bills 28, Raiders 21MNF: 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.