Today's games

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Patriots (6-8) at Steelers (10-4)

Time: 12:30 p.m., chs. 11, 4

Line: Steelers by 10

Injury report: Patriots: LB Dwayne Sabb (quadriceps) is probable. Steelers: CB Rod Woodson (knee) is out; LB Chad Brown (ankle), RB Bam Morris (hamstring) are doubtful; RB Steve Avery (groin) is questionable. WR Andre Hastings (quadriceps), WR Charles Johnson (knee), LB Levon Kirkland (ankle), LB Greg Lloyd (heel), G Tom Newberry (back), CB Chris Oldham (leg), WR Yancey Thigpen (toe), RB John L. Williams (knee) are probable.

Outlook: Pittsburgh, which clinched the AFC Central two weeks ago, has won seven straight and is one game behind Kansas City for home-field advantage. The Patriots have won four of six and are barely alive in the playoff hunt.

Vito Stellino's pick: Steelers 24, Patriots 10 -- Bill Parcells wasn't having much fun this year until he got a chance to lampoon New York Jets kicker Nick Lowery for demanding warm footballs last week.

Packers (9-5) at Saints (6-8)

Time: 4 p.m., chs. 45, 5

Line: Packers by 4 1/2

Injury report: Packers: DE Reggie White (hamstring), RB Marcus Wilson (hamstring) are questionable; RB Edgar Bennett (flu), DE Matt LaBounty (groin), RB Dorsey Levens (knee), S George Teague (toe) are probable. Saints: C Jeff Uhlenhake (knee) is doubtful; LB Ron Childs (ankle), S Anthony Newman (ankle), LB Winfred Tubbs (knee) are questionable; LB Ernest Dixon (shoulder) is probable.

Outlook: Green Bay, coming off a disappointing overtime loss to Tampa Bay, can clinch a playoff spot with a victory and could receive an emotional lift from White, who told defensive coordinator Fritz Shurmur he expected to play, two days after being declared lost for the season with an injured hamstring. New Orleans was virtually booted out of playoff contention last week, when former Saint Morten Andersen kicked four field goals in a 19-14 Falcons victory.

Vito Stellino's pick: Packers 28, Saints 23 -- The next time a doctor tells me I need surgery for anything, I think I'll suggest the Reggie White cure as an alternative.

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