NFL PRE­VIEWS

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New York Giants (3-7) at Philadel­phia (4-6): The Ea­gles have lost three of their past four, turn over the ball too of­ten, and can’t make big de­fen­sive stops. New York has won two in a row to tem­po­rar­ily quiet the so­cial me­dia and tabloid com­plaints about Eli Man­ning. The vet­eran quar­ter­back has proven that given some time to throw – the O-line has vastly im­proved the past two weeks – he still can pro­duce.

Seat­tle (5-5) at Carolina (6-4): The win­ner here could place it­self in strong po­si­tion for a wild card. Carolina has lost two straight in a blowout at the hands of Pitts­burgh and then a one-point de­feat at Detroit when a 2-point con­ver­sion failed. Both teams will want to run the ball; Seat­tle leads the league in yards on the ground.

Pitts­burgh (7-2-1) at Den­ver (4-6): An­to­nio Brown is tied for the league lead with 11 touch­down re­cep­tions and has at least one touch­down catch in eight con­sec­u­tive games. Den­ver comes off a stir­ring come­back vic­tory and line­backer Von Miller comes off an­other dom­i­nant per­for­mance with a key in­ter­cep­tion and his 100th sack. Mi­ami (5-5) at In­di­anapo­lis (5-5): The Dol­phins are reel­ing, com­ing off a bye af­ter losses in three of four, but ex­pect to have start­ing quar­ter­back Ryan Tan­nehill back from a shoul­der in­jury. Indy is one of the NFL’S hottest teams with four con­sec­u­tive vic­to­ries. Green Bay (4-5-1) at Min­nesota (5-4-1): If Min­nesota doesn’t find a ground game, it’s likely doomed to be­ing home in Jan­uary; it ranks 31st. Green Bay has lost seven straight reg­u­larsea­son road games since Dec. 10.

New Eng­land (7-3) at New York Jets (3-7): While the Pa­tri­ots are on pace for their tenth straight AFC East ti­tle, the heat on Jets coach Todd Bowles has in­ten­si­fied. New York has lost four in a row. Jack­sonville (3-7) at Buf­falo (3-7): Though Jack­sonville has dropped six in a row, its re­main­ing sched­ule is any­thing but dif­fi­cult. To not make some sort of turn­around would be in­ex­cus­able. The Bills keep com­ing at you. Their de­fense makes them com­pet­i­tive.

Ari­zona (2-8) at Los An­ge­les Charg­ers (7-3): The Charg­ers are in ex­cel­lent shape for a play­off berth. Philip Rivers has 23 touch­down passes and has thrown for at least 25 in 10 con­sec­u­tive sea­sons. Oak­land (2-8) at Bal­ti­more (5-5): With Joe Flacco side­lined against Cincin­nati, first-round pick La­mar Jack­son brought a run­ning game to the QB po­si­tion. The Ravens rushed for 265 yards as Jack­son ran 27 times for 117 yards, Gus Ed­wards had 115 yards on the ground. The Raiders rank 31st in run de­fense. Cleve­land (3-6-1) at Cincin­nati (5-5): The Ben­gals have been rav­aged by in­juries, but a win would keep them in the wild-card chase. Nei­ther team plays much de­fense, so it could keep the score­board lit. San Fran­cisco (2-8) at Tampa Bay (3-7): Bucs WR Mike Evans can join Hall of Famer Randy Moss (six con­sec­u­tive sea­sons) and A.J. Green (five) as the only play­ers in NFL his­tory with at least 1,000 re­ceiv­ing yards in each of their first five sea­sons.

ADAM HUNGER AP

New York Giants quar­ter­back Eli Man­ning: “I think we’re run­ning the ball bet­ter than we did, so I feel like we’re play­ing bet­ter foot­ball, but we got to con­tinue do­ing that.”

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