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OUTLOOK AND PREDICTIONS

OUTLOOK AND PREDICTIONS

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BROWNS (1-2) AT TITANS (1-3)

NOON NO LOCAL TV

Line: Titans by 1/2 Prediction: Titans 17-16

Last meeting: Titans won 31-13, Oct. 2, 2011

Lowdown: With a quarter of the season done, the Titans' main weakness is obvious: lack of offense. Specifically, Shonn Greene isn't running like a franchise back and Bishop Sankey is a rookie who's learning. The Browns, who've had their bye, offer a smaller sample. But they've been in every game, and coach Mike Pettine has kept the Manziel circus mostly in tow.

RAMS (1-2) AT EAGLES (3-1)

NOON NO LOCAL TV

Line: Eagles by 6 1/2 Prediction: Eagles 30-21

Last meeting: Eagles won 31-13,

Sept. 11, 2011

Lowdown: Quarterly report: The tougher defensive fronts (see the 49ers last week) will give the Eagles problems because of injuries on the offensive line. All-Pro running back LeSean McCoy hasn't gotten untracked yet. The Rams' many problems include lack of a pass rush — they have one sack, and it's not from star defensive end Robert Quinn.

BILLS (2-2) AT LIONS (3-1)

NOON NO LOCAL TV

Line: Lions by 6 1/2 Prediction: Lions 31-19

Last meeting: Bills won 14-12, Nov. 14, 2010

Lowdown: With the AFC East wide open, the Bills are switching from young EJ Manuel to veteran Kyle Orton at quarterback. Anything to shake up a disappointing offense. The Lions had one of the league's best defensive performances in the season's first quarter. The front line gets most of the praise, but don't forget versatile linebacker DeAndre Levy.

STEELERS (2-2) AT JAGUARS (0-4)

NOON NO LOCAL TV

Line: Steelers by 6 Prediction: Steelers 33-21

Last meeting: Steelers won 17-13, Oct. 16, 2011

Lowdown: The Steelers are on a .500 treadmill and 8-8 the past two years. This season, they've won twice when AFC rushing leader Le'Veon Bell paces a 100-yard-plus ground game. They're 0-2 when under 100, including last week's shocker against Tampa Bay. The Jaguars are still running in place; after the Blaine Gabbert experience, they're force-feeding rookie QB Blake Bortles.

JETS (1-3) AT CHARGERS (3-1)

3:25 P.M. NO LOCAL TV

Line: Chargers by 6 1/2 Prediction: Chargers 28-16

Last meeting Chargers won 27-17, Dec. 23, 2012

Lowdown: First-quarter report card: If there were an H (for ho-hum), that would be the Jets' grade. Little offense. The fans want a quarterback switch to Michael Vick. The Chargers are one of the feel-good stories of the early going. Philip Rivers is making use of all of his receivers, with the running game stunned by injuries.

BUCS (1-3) AT SAINTS (1-3)

NOON NO LOCAL TV

Line: Saints by 10 1/2 Prediction: Saints 27-24

Last meeting: Saints won 42-17, Dec. 29

Lowdown: Who would have expected that, at the season's quarter pole, these teams would each be 1-3? The Saints seem dysfunctional, with the real warning sign that sluggish victory over Minnesota two weeks ago. They're starting to resemble the 2012 club that was missing coach Sean Payton to the Bountygate suspension — no defense and unable to finish.

TEXANS (3-1) AT COWBOYS (3-1)

NOON KMTV

Line: Cowboys by 6 1/2 Prediction: Cowboys 22-17

Last meeting: Cowboys won 27-13,

Sept. 26, 2010

Lowdown: A real Dallas bandwagon to jump on? The Cowboys' first-quarter stock has risen because — dare we say? — they've figured it out. Behind league leader DeMarco Murray, Dallas is atop the NFL in rushing. It's not all on the QB's shoulders. The Texans could be a test. Their early MVP is defensive end J.J. Watt.

BEARS (2-2) AT PANTHERS (2-2)

NOON KPTM

Line: Panthers by 2 1/2 Prediction: Bears 24-23

Last meeting: Bears won 23-22, Oct. 28, 2012

Lowdown: The old Jay Cutler resurfaced in the third quarter of Chicago's loss to Green Bay last week. He threw two interceptions as the Bears were shut out in the second half. That mirrors most of the early season, their lone complete game coming against the Jets. The Panthers grade out incomplete so far, with QB Cam Newton not running at full speed.

FALCONS (2-2) AT GIANTS (2-2)

NOON NO LOCAL TV

Line: Giants by 4 Prediction: Giants 26-20

Last meeting: Falcons won 34-0, Dec. 16, 2012

Lowdown: In addition to the earlier loss of offensive tackle Sam Baker, Falcons center Joe Hawley and tackle Lamar Holmes went down in last week's loss to the Vikings. It's a 2-2 team with a sketchy outlook. The Giants seem to be surging, finding playmakers in tight end Larry Donnell and running back Rashad Jennings. If this club rediscovers the pass rush ...

RAVENS (3-1) AT COLTS (2-2)

NOON NO LOCAL TV

Line: Colts by 3 1/2 Prediction: Ravens 29-27

Last meeting: Ravens won 24-9, Jan. 6, 2013

Lowdown: Maybe it took receiver Steve Smith to come in and put the chip back on the Ravens' shoulders. This team plays as if it's making up for a pedestrian 2013 after the Super Bowl. Andrew Luck can have all of the gaudy passing stats, but the Colts, who have handled two lower-level clubs, need to beat a quality team.

CHIEFS (2-2) AT 49ERS (2-2)

3:25 P.M. KMTV

Line: 49ers by 5 Prediction: 49ers 23-20

Last meeting: Chiefs won 31-10,

Sept. 26, 2010

Lowdown: Are the Chiefs starting to hit their stride? Or were the suddenly helpless Patriots no indicator? One thing for sure: K.C. shouldn't be a pushover with Jamaal Charles and Knile Davis running well. Quarterback Alex Smith faces his old team, the 49ers. San Francisco is coming off a get-well victory as top back Frank Gore starred against the Eagles.

BENGALS (3-0) AT PATRIOTS (2-2)

7:30 P.M. NBC

Line: Bengals by 1 Prediction: Bengals 21-17

Last meeting: Bengals won 13-6, Oct. 6, 2013

Lowdown: Three games in and the Bengals are perceived as the most complete team in the AFC. The depth on defense is impressive. But Cincy's early MVP is running back Giovani Bernard — 333 all-purpose yards and tied for the team lead in receptions. Folks are already writing obituaries for the Patriots, and even Tom Brady said the offense is not good.

MONDAY'S GAME

SEAHAWKS AT REDSKINS

7:30 P.M. ESPN

Byes: Dolphins, Raiders.

CAPSULES AND PREDICTIONS BY JOHN RODINO

Predictions not related to point spreads.

Record last week: 6-7. Season: 34-27.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this outlook.

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