Oakland at Cincinnati
Time: 1 p.m. Line: Bengals by 8½.
Records: Raiders 3-7 (3-7 vs. spread), Bengals 5-5 (4-5-1 vs. spread).
Comments: QB Carson Palmer returns to his former stomping grounds in Cincinnati. He shouldn’t expect a real warm welcome . . . Palmer has thrown for 300-plus yards in three straight (all losses) . . . Bengals QB Andy Dalton has thrown for 6 TDs in his last two games . . . Player to watch: Cincy DT Geno Atkins has a career-high 8 sacks in 2012.
Key injuries: RAIDERS: OUT: RB Mike Goodson (ankle), RB Darren McFadden (ankle), DT Richard Seymour (knee, hamstring). QUESTIONABLE: DE Jack Crawford (toe), RB Taiwan Jones (ankle). PROBABLE: S Tyvon Branch (neck), WR Darrius Heyward-Bey (hamstring), TE Brandon Myers (shoulder), RB Marcel Reece (hamstring, quadriceps). BENGALS: DOUBTFUL: WR Andrew Hawkins (knee), TE Richard Quinn (hamstring). PROBABLE: C Jeff Faine (hamstring), CB Adam Jones (calf), WR Marvin Jones (knee), S Reggie Nelson (hamstring), CB Terence Newman (head).
Pittsburgh at Cleveland
Time: 1 p.m. Line: Steelers by 1.
Records: Steelers 6-4 (4-5-1 vs. spread), Browns 2-8 (5-4-1 vs. spread).
Comments: Steelers lead all-time series, 62-56, and have won 21 of last 23 tilts . . . Charlie Batch (wear a flak jacket!) takes over as Pittsburgh QB with Ben Roethlisberger and Byron Leftwich out with rib woes . . . Browns had 7 sacks last week . . . Steelers TE Heath Miller has 5 TD catches vs. Brownies . . . Player to watch: Cleveland’s Joshua Cribbs has 3 return TDs vs. Pitt.
Key injuries: STEELERS: OUT: WR Jerricho Cotchery (ribs), T Marcus Gilbert (ankle), QB Byron Leftwich (ribs), QB Ben Roethlisberger (right shoulder). DOUBTFUL: S Troy Polamalu (calf). QUESTIONABLE: WR Antonio Brown (ankle). PROBABLE: S Will Allen (shoulder), G Willie Colon (knee), DE Ziggy Hood (back), RB Isaac Redman (concussion), LB Stevenson Sylvester (hamstring). BROWNS: OUT: CB Dimitri Patterson (ankle), S Ray Ventrone (calf).
Buffalo at Indianapolis
Time: 1 p.m. Line: Colts by 3.
Records: Bills 4-6 (5-5 vs. spread), Colts 6-4 (6-4 vs. spread).
Comments: Since the start of 2011, Bills are 4-15 when Ryan Fitzpatrick attempts 30 or more passes (6-1 when he doesn’t) . . . Indy’s Reggie Wayne (938) is three catches shy of passing Art Monk for 12th on the all-time NFL list . . . Colts’ Robert Mathis has a sack in four straight home games . . . Player to watch: Buffalo’s C.J. Spiller has 100-plus scrimmage yards in five straight games.
Key injuries: BILLS: OUT: DE Mark Anderson (knee), CB Aaron Williams (knee). QUESTIONABLE: DE Spencer Johnson (ankle), RB Corey McIntyre (knee), WR Brad Smith (hamstring). PROBABLE: CB Ron Brooks (teeth), S Jairus Byrd (back), DT Marcell Dareus (shoulder), T Chris Hairston (knee), RB Fred Jackson (concussion), DE Chris Kelsay (neck), G Andy Levitre (knee), CB Leodis McKelvin (groin), DE Shawne Merriman (groin), CB Justin Rogers (hamstring), S Da’Norris Searcy (hand), LB Kelvin Sheppard (back), RB C.J. Spiller (shoulder), DT Kyle Williams (ankle), DE Mario Williams (wrist, ankle), C Eric Wood (knee). COLTS: DOUBTFUL: CB Vontae Davis (knee). QUESTIONABLE: TE Coby Fleener (shoulder), DE Cory Redding (hip). PROBABLE: WR Donnie Avery (head), S Antoine Bethea (ankle), RB Donald Brown (knee), NT Josh Chapman (knee), QB Andrew Luck (knee), CB Teddy Williams (hamstring).
Denver at Kansas City
Time: 1 p.m. CBS Line: Broncos by 10½.
Records: Broncos 7-3 (6-4 vs. spread), Chiefs 1-9 (3-7 vs. spread).
Comments: Broncos haven’t lost since Week 5 at New England . . . Chiefs have lost 7 straight . . . Brady Quinn gets the start at QB for KC . . . Denver will go with Peyton Manning, who needs a win to break a 148-148 tie with John Elway for second-most all-time . . . KC’s Jamaal Charles has rushed for 187 yards the last two weeks . . . Player to watch: Broncos LB Von Miller has 13 sacks.
Key injuries: BRONCOS: QUESTIONABLE: CB Omar Bolden (concussion). PROBABLE: DE Robert Ayers (groin), TE Virgil Green (hamstring), RB Ronnie Hillman (hamstring), G Chris Kuper (ankle), RB Knowshon Moreno (groin), CB Tracy Porter (illness), WR Demaryius Thomas (knee), DE Derek Wolfe (quadriceps). CHIEFS: DOUBTFUL: T Branden Albert (back). QUESTIONABLE: G Jon Asamoah (thumb), G Ryan Lilja (knee).
Seattle at Miami
Time: 1 p.m. Line: Seahawks by 3.
Records: Seahawks 6-4 (7-3 vs. spread), Dolphins 4-6 (4-6 vs. spread).
Comments: Seattle’s Marshawn Lynch has rushed for at least 100 yards in four straight games . . . Miami’s Davone Bess is two receptions shy of reaching 50 for the fifth straight season . . . Seahawks have a league-low 27 big plays (20 or more yards). They didn’t all come against the Patriots . . . Player to watch: Dolphins’ Reggie Bush has a mere 41 rushing yards the last two weeks.Continued...