TV Clicks and Picks
Analysis and predictions by Chris Cluff of The Seattle Times
|7||San Diego at Indianapolis||10 a.m.||After 15 combined wins in a row, someone has to lose.||Colts, 31-27|
|Houston at Jacksonville||10 a.m.||Jags, 20-14|
|N.Y. Giants at Cincinnati||10 a.m.||Palmer’s experience wins battle of No. 1 picks.||Bengals, 30-17|
|Chicago at Detroit||10 a.m.||If Lions blow this one, Mariucci might snap.||Lions, 23-10|
|13||Atlanta at New Orleans||10 a.m.||Cousin Aaron is playing, cousin Michael is not.||Saints, 21-14|
|Baltimore at Pittsburgh||10 a.m.||Steelers will avenge lone loss and clinch AFC’s top seed.||Steelers, 23-13|
|Buffalo at San Francisco||1:05 p.m.||Bills get an easy one to stay in wild-card race.||Bills, 38-3|
|New England at N.Y. Jets||1:05 p.m.||Pennington gets another shot to beat top team.||Jets, 20-13|
|13||Arizona at Seattle||1:15 p.m.||Payback at home is even sweeter with no defense.||Hawks, 27-24|
|Carolina at Tampa Bay||1:15 p.m.||Bucs are a dysfunctional bunch this year.||Panthers, 24-13|
|Washington at Dallas||1:15 p.m.||Gibbs’ team has learned how to beat bad teams.||Redskins, 24-10|
|ESPN||Cleveland at Miami||5:30 p.m.||Coaches quit long ago, but Miami didn’t.||Dolphins, 20-6|
|4||Philadelphia at St. Louis||6 p.m.||Bulger & Co. will keep pressure on Hawks.||Rams, 24-21|
|Last week: 7-6. Season: 141-76 (.650).|
Games of the Day
San Diego at Indianapolis, 10 a.m., Ch. 7
The Chargers and Colts are playing for the No. 3 seed in the AFC playoffs, and Colts quarterback Peyton Manning figures to at least tie Dan Marino’s 1984 record of 48 touchdown passes in a season. Manning has 47. The game features two of the AFC’s three Pro Bowl quarterbacks, as San Diego’s Drew Brees turned a resurgent season into a spot on the NFL’s all-star roster alongside Manning. Brees has led the Chargers to eight straight wins, and Manning’s Colts have won seven straight, so something has to give.
New England at N.Y. Jets, 1:05 p.m.
The Jets have been trying to silence the doubters all season, and a victory over their AFC East rivals would do the trick. The Jets lost to the Patriots 13-7 on Oct. 24, and a win would not only avenge that loss but secure the top wild card in the AFC. The Patriots are coming off an upset loss in Miami and seek to avoid consecutive losses for the first time in two years.