By JOANNE KORTH, Times Staff Writer
Published December 18, 2005
THE HOT TICKETS
Chargers (8-5) at Colts (13-0)
1 p.m., Ch. 10
THE SCOOP: Now that Indy has clinched homefield advantage throughout the playoffs, the only thing left to play for in the final three weeks of the regular season is perfection. It's a high-minded goal, whereas San Diego's need is more dire. After losing at home to the Dolphins last weekend, the Chargers must win to keep pace in the AFC wild-card race. Then again, it's possible the Colts are just too good.
KORTH'S PICK: Colts 27, Chargers 17
Falcons (8-5) at Bears (9-4)
8:30 p.m., ESPN
THE SCOOP: Falcons quarterback Michael Vick has taken a pounding this season, and he'll get no sympathy from the Bears' front four. With Atlanta fighting for the final playoff spot in the NFC, the ailing Vick will need running backs Warrick Dunn and T.J. Duckett to carry the load in the cold. Chicago's top-ranked defense knows that, too. Bears quarterback Kyle Orton can be a hero with one touchdown drive.
KORTH'S PICK: Bears 13, Falcons 10
OTHER MATCHUPSCardinals (4-9) at Texans (1-12)
THE SCOOP: Puh-lease.
KORTH'S PICK: Cardinals 21, Texans 17
49ers (2-11) at Jaguars (9-4)
THE SCOOP: This won't be the blowout it appears.
KORTH'S PICK: Jaguars 17, 49ers 10
Jets (3-10) at Dolphins (6-7)
THE SCOOP: How many passes will Chris Chambers catch today?
KORTH'S PICK: Dolphins 21, Jets 10
Steelers (8-5) at Vikings (8-5)
THE SCOOP: Pittsburgh's running game will be the difference.
KORTH'S PICK: Steelers 21, Vikings 13
Panthers (9-4) vs. Saints (3-10) at Baton Rouge, La.
1 p.m., Ch. 13
THE SCOOP: Quick, name the Saints' starting quarterback.
KORTH'S PICK: Panthers 28, Saints 3
Eagles (5-8) at Rams (5-8)
THE SCOOP: High-powered offenses led by ... oh, wait. Nevermind.
KORTH'S PICK: Rams 17, Eagles 13
Seahawks (11-2) at Titans (4-9)
THE SCOOP: It might be time to pay attention to Seattle.
KORTH'S PICK: Seahawks 28, Titans 12
Bengals (10-3) at Lions (4-9)
THE SCOOP: Sea of orange shirts calling for Matt Millen's firing makes Bengals think it's a home game.
KORTH'S PICK: Bengals 34, Lions 7
Browns (4-9) at Raiders (4-9)
THE SCOOP: Let's hope for a lot of handoffs.
KORTH'S PICK: Raiders 16, Browns 9
Cowboys (8-5) at Redskins (7-6)
4:15 p.m., Ch. 13
THE SCOOP: One more Parcells-Gibbs matchup for the aged, er, ages.
KORTH'S PICK: Cowboys 21, Redskins 20
MNF: Packers (3-10) at Ravens (4-9)THE TALLY
LAST WEEK: 14-2.
How many of you named 33-year-old Todd Bouman as the Saints' starting quarterback in place of the benched Aaron Brooks? C'mon, tell the truth.