Patriots (12-1) at Dolphins (2-11)

Time/TV: 9 p.m.; chs. 2, 7 .

Line: Patriots by 10.

Trends: The Dolphins have lost five of six, but have been blown out of only one game this season and lost by two touchdowns to the Patriots in their first meeting. The Patriots have won 27 of their past 28 games and have scored first in a record 18 straight.

Attractions: Miami has played respectable defense this year, but has trouble stopping the run (No. 28). The Patriots are slowly becoming a run-first team with Corey Dillon. Patriots outgoing coordinator Charlie Weis, the new coach at Notre Dame, will get some serious face time.

- Ken Murray


Packers (8-6) at Vikings (8-6): In what promises to be a shootout for the NFC North title, the game features two of the NFC's best QBs in Green Bay's Brett Favre and Minnesota's Daunte Culpepper.

Patriots (12-1) at Jets (10-4): The Jets, who've just about locked up a playoff berth, get another chance to beat a quality opponent.

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