NY JETS (6-3) vs. CLEVELAND (3-6)
When, where: Sunday, 1 p.m., at Cleveland.
TV: Ch. 4.
Last meeting: Browns won, 24-21, in 2002.
Comments: The Jets lost a heartbreaker last Sunday to the Ravens, 20-17, in overtime. Quincy Carter made his first start, in place of injured Chad Pennington, and completed 13 of 22 passes for 175 yards. RB Curtis Martin had 119 yards and two touchdowns and needs only 16 yards to join former Lion Barry Sanders as the only backs to rush for 1,000 yards in each of their first 10 seasons. Cleveland lost to Pittsburgh, 24-10, last Sunday. QB Jeff Garcia struggled, throwing for 110 yards with an interception and a fumble, before being pulled in the fourth quarter. The Browns' special teams have been a bright spot. Kicker Phil Dawson has been perfect (17 of 17 on FGs and 17 of 17 on extra points), and the Browns have held punt returners to an average of 5.3 yards, third lowest in the league.
DALLAS (3-6) vs. BALTIMORE (6-3)
When, where: Sunday, 1 p.m., at Baltimore.
TV: Ch. 25.
Last meeting: Baltimore won, 27-0, in 2000.
Comments: Dallas is reeling, having lost three of its last four games by a combined 72 points. Jason Whitten ranks second among tight ends with 54 catches and 621 receiving yards. QB Vinny Testaverde made history in Monday night's 49-21 loss to the Eagles. His 262d career TD pass moved him past Dave Krieg for eighth all time, and his 43,248 yards moved him past Dan Fouts into sixth all time. Baltimore has won two straight and nine of its past 10 home games. Safety Ed Reed has interceptions in the past two games, returning one for an NFL-record 106-yard touchdown and another for 78 yards. The Ravens are 6-0 when they make an interception.
ATLANTA (7-2) vs. NY GIANTS (5-4)
When, where: Sunday, 4:15 p.m., at East Rutherford, N.J.
TV: Ch. 25.
Last meeting: Atlanta won, 27-7, last year.
Comments: Eli Manning, the No. 1 selection in April's draft, makes his first career start for the Giants. Coach Tom Coughlin benched Kurt Warner after consecutive losses to Chicago (28-21) and Arizona (17-14) in which he was sacked 13 times. Manning has seen action in two games, going 3 of 9 for 66 yards. RB Tiki Barber is enjoying his best season, leading the league with 1,391 yards from scrimmage and needing only 72 yards rushing to reach 1,000. The Falcons sport one of the best pass rushes in the NFL. They are tied for second in the league with 28 sacks, led by DE Patrick Kerney (8). WR Peerless Price has caught a pass in 80 straight games and is averaging 16 yards per catch.
GREEN BAY (5-4) vs. HOUSTON (4-5)
When, where: Sunday, 8:30 p.m., at Houston.
TV, radio: ESPN; WEEI (850).
Last meeting: This is the first.
Comments: Green Bay has won four games in a row to rebound from a 1-4 start. The offense has been the key, averaging 36.2 points during the streak. QB Brett Favre threw four TD passes in Sunday's 34-31 win over the Vikings, extending his streak of games with at least one TD pass to 34, second all time behind Johnny Unitas (47). WR Javon Walker is Favre's main target, ranking second in the NFL with 857 receiving yards, including a league-best 383 on third downs. The Packers have converted 52.1 percent of third downs, best in the NFL. Houston was crushed by the Colts last week, 49-14, allowing Peyton Manning to throw five touchdown passes. WR Andre Johnson has become one of the AFC's best receivers, ranking second in yards (752) and second in catches for 20-plus yards (12). The Texans' defense is tied for the league lead with 13 interceptions, led by veteran CB Aaron Glenn and rookie CB Dunta Robinson with three each.
Compiled by Steve Sears