BALTIMORE (5-3) vs. NY JETS (6-2)
When, where: Sunday, 1 p.m., at East Rutherford, N.J.
TV: Ch. 4.
Last meeting: Ravens won, 34-20, in 2002.
Comments: Jets quarterback Chad Pennington is out 2-4 weeks with a strained right rotator cuff, leaving Quincy Carter under center against the man-eating Ravens (fifth in total defense, allowing 281 yards per game). Pennington was injured in the first quarter of a 22-17 loss to the Bills last Sunday, and Carter was 2 of 3 for 66 yards (a 51-yard TD pass to Santana Moss helped) in relief. The Ravens' Jamal Lewis returned last Sunday after a two-game suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy, rushed 22 times for 81 yards, then was dissatisfied about his participation in a 27-13 victory over Cleveland. There's plenty to complain about: The Ravens have scored 16 touchdowns in eight games, but four have been provided by the defense and two by special teams.
TAMPA BAY (3-5) vs. ATLANTA (6-2)
When, where: Sunday, 1 p.m., at Atlanta.
TV: Ch. 25.
Last season: Falcons won, 30-28.
Comments: Expect to see a lot of the ground game. In his second consecutive 100-yard performance last week, Tampa's Michael Pittman burned the Kansas City defense with 128 yards and three touchdowns on 15 attempts. For the Falcons, Michael Vick has been, well, Michael Vick. He picked up his second 100-yard rushing game two weeks ago against Denver, with 115 yards on 12 attempts, and also threw for two touchdowns, completing 18 of 24 passes for 252 yards. As good as Pittman has been, don't be surprised if the Buccaneers air it out; quarterback Brian Griese has thrown for six touchdowns in four games, and the Atlanta pass defense ranks second to the bottom in the NFC, giving up 263.1 yards per game. This will be Atlanta GM Rich McKay's first game against his former team. After nearly nine seasons with Tampa Bay, he is looking to bring the same success he found with the Bucs to Atlanta.
GREEN BAY (4-4) vs. MINNESOTA (5-3)
When, where: Sunday, 4 p.m., at Green Bay, Wis.
TV: Ch. 25.
Last season: Vikings won, 30-25, and Packers won, 30-27.
Comments: Purple could be the dominant color in the old Black and Blue Division, but the Vikings defense allows 5.8 yards per play and quarterback Daunte Culpepper has fumbled seven times in eight games. When he holds onto the ball, Culpepper is a force: He's the second-rated QB in the league, and when his receivers are covered, he's a human tank, bowling over defenders in his path. Culpepper will be without his favorite target, wide receiver Randy Moss, who will miss his second straight game with a hamstring injury. Aging quarterback Brett Favre (14 TDs, nine INTs) has the Packers in the playoff hunt after a 1-4 start. He's gotten help from Ahman Green, who has 719 rushing yards and six touchdowns. The Packers have won seven of their last eight games after a bye week; the Vikings are coming off a short week after a 31-28 loss at Indianapolis Monday night.
Compiled by Jim Hoban and Ryan Bersani