Oakland at Carolina
Time: 1 p.m. Line: Panthers by 9.
Records: Raiders 4-10 (4-10 vs. spread), Panthers 5-9 (7-7 vs. spread).
Comments: Panthers DEs Greg Hardy (11 sacks) and Charles Johnson (10½) can bring the heat . . . Carson Palmer is 13 yards shy of becoming first Raiders QB with a 4,000-yard season . . . Oakland’s Darren McFadden is averaging 89.6 yards rushing in his last five games vs. NFC foes . . . Player to watch: Carolina’s Cam Newton has thrown 152 passes without an interception.
Injuries: RAIDERS: OUT: DT Richard Seymour (knee, hamstring). QUESTIONABLE: S Tyvon Branch (neck, ankle), WR Juron Criner (hip). PROBABLE: CB Phillip Adams (concussion), T Khalif Barnes (triceps), TE Richard Gordon (biceps), S Mike Mitchell (neck). PANTHERS: DOUBTFUL: C Geoff Hangartner (foot). QUESTIONABLE: RB Jonathan Stewart (ankle), T Garry Williams (illness). PROBABLE: C Thomas Austin (illness), T Byron Bell (illness), LB Thomas Davis (not injury related), DT Dwan Edwards (wrist), T Jordan Gross (not injury related), DE Charles Johnson (not injury related), WR Brandon LaFell (toe).
Minnesota at Houston
Time: 1 p.m., Fox Line: Texans by 8.
Records: Vikings 8-6 (6-7-1 vs. spread), Texans 12-2 (9-5 vs. spread).
Comments: Texans secure home field throughout playoffs with a win . . . Vikings’ Adrian Peterson is 294 yards away from breaking Eric Dickerson’s season record of 2,105 . . . The next catch for Houston’s Andre Johnson will be his 800th.
Injuries: VIKINGS: QUESTIONABLE: DE Brian Robison (shoulder). PROBABLE: DE Jared Allen (shoulder), DE Everson Griffen (elbow), T Matt Kalil (illness), P Chris Kluwe (left knee, right groin), T Phil Loadholt (knee), RB Adrian Peterson (abdomen, groin), S Mistral Raymond (ankle), CB Marcus Sherels (quadriceps, elbow), CB Antoine Winfield (knee). TEXANS: OUT: CB Alan Ball (foot). PROBABLE: LB Bryan Braman (knee), RB Tyler Clutts (knee), NT Shaun Cody (back), DE Jared Crick (neck), TE Owen Daniels (hamstring), LB Tim Dobbins (shoulder, thumb), RB Justin Forsett (knee), CB Johnathan Joseph (groin), T Derek Newton (knee), S Glover Quin (hip), LB Brooks Reed (groin), LB Barrett Ruud (knee), LB Darryl Sharpton (toe), DE Antonio Smith (ankle), G Wade Smith (knee, ribs), RB Ben Tate (hamstring, foot), QB T.J. Yates (right elbow).
Chicago at Arizona
Time: 4:25 p.m. Line: Bears by 5½.
Records: Bears 8-6 (6-8 vs. spread), Cardinals 5-9 (6-7-1 vs. spread).
Comments: Bears lead series, which dates to 1920, 55-27-6 . . . Cardinals have an NFL-high 22 INTs; Bears have 21 . . . Chicago has lost six of seven . . . Arizona has lost nine of 10 . . . Cardinals’ Beanie Wells had three rushing TDs last week . . . Chicago’s Brandon Marshall has a team-record 107 catches . . . Player to watch: Arizona LB Daryl Washington has 10 sacks in his last 15 games.
Injuries: BEARS: OUT: LB Brian Urlacher (hamstring). DOUBTFUL: DT Henry Melton (chest). QUESTIONABLE: WR Earl Bennett (concussion), LB Blake Costanzo (calf), CB Tim Jennings (shoulder), T Jonathan Scott (hamstring). PROBABLE: LB Geno Hayes (knee), WR Brandon Marshall (hamstring), DE Shea McClellin (knee). CARDINALS: OUT: WR Early Doucet (concussion), G Mike Gibson (calf). QUESTIONABLE: LB Quentin Groves (foot), TE Rob Housler (knee), S Rashad Johnson (hamstring), T Nate Potter (knee), S James Sanders (calf), RB Anthony Sherman (knee), DE Ronald Talley (ankle), DT Dan Williams (hamstring). PROBABLE: DE Calais Campbell (calf), TE Mike Leach (back, shoulder), CB Greg Toler (hamstring).