Gerry Dulac's NFL forecast

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Steelers (7-6) at Dallas Cowboys (7-6) • 4:25 p.m. • The Steelers road record includes victories against the Bengals, Giants and Ravens. But it's their other body of work that is much more disturbing -- road losses to the Raiders, Titans and Browns and last week's listless performance against the Chargers. Prediction: Cowboys, 24-20

Denver Broncos (10-3) at Baltimore Ravens (9-4) • 1 p.m. • The Broncos have won a league-best eight in a row and already clinched the AFC West. But they are still in the hunt for a first-round bye and a possible No. 1 seed, so they are not about to back off now. Prediction: Broncos, 24-23

New York Giants (8-5) at Atlanta Falcons (11-2) • 1 p.m. • One thing the Giants have proved in a season of inconsistencies is that they can hammer any team at any moment. They get another chance to prove it against the Falcons, who have the NFC's best record. Prediction: Giants, 30-27

Green Bay Packers (9-4) at Chicago Bears (8-5) • 1 p.m. • One thing the Packers know how to do is take care of their division opponents. They have won 11 in a row against NFC North teams, including the past four vs. the Bears. Prediction: Packers, 23-21

Washington Redskins (7-6) at Cleveland Browns (5-8) • 1 p.m. • Who would've thought these would be two of the hotter teams in the league? The Redskins have won four in a row. The Browns are trying for their fourth in a row, a streak that began vs. the Steelers. Prediction: Browns, 20-17

Indianapolis Colts (9-4) at Houston Texans (11-2) • 1 p.m. • This time last year the Colts were 0-13. Look at 'em now -- six fourth-quarter comebacks and 8-1 in one-possession games. People are really going to take a look if they can win in Houston. Prediction: Texans, 34-24

Jacksonville Jaguars (2-11) at Miami Dolphins (5-8) • 1 p.m. • The Dolphins could be a surprise team to watch in 2013. The reasons are rookie QB Ryan Tannehill and a defense that can pressure the pocket. The only surprise here would be if the Fish lost today. Prediction: Dolphins, 27-16

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-7) at New Orleans Saints (5-8) • 1 p.m. • The Saints had their "Bountygate" player suspensions vacated, which was only slightly better news than their 52-27 loss to the Giants. That should at least help put a little hitch back in their step. Prediction: Saints, 34-28

Minnesota Vikings (7-6) at St. Louis Rams (6-6-1) • 1 p.m. • Christian Ponder has won 7 of his past 8 indoors and Adrian Peterson is averaging 157.3 yards in his past seven games. It is inconceivable to think that the Rams could somehow overcome that. But ... Prediction: Rams, 21-20

Detroit Lions (4-9) at Arizona Cardinals (4-9) • 4:05 p.m. • Detroit's 4-9 record is a lot different than Arizona's 4-9. The Lions haven't lost nine in a row, just five. And, at no point have they been shutout, 58-0, as the Cardinals were last week by Seattle. Ugh. Prediction: Lions, 31-26

Seattle Seahawks (8-5) at Buffalo Bills (5-8) • 4:05 p.m. in Toronto • In any other year, Russell Wilson would be hailed as the league's top rookie QB. He has 10 TDs and a 116.9 rating in his past five games, during which the Seahawks are 4-1. Prediction: Seahawks, 28-20

Carolina Panthers (4-9) at San Diego Chargers (5-8) • 4:05 p.m. • Which was more surprising -- Carolina's 10-point win vs. Atlanta or the Chargers' thumping of the Steelers? The Chargers get another chance to prove they are better than their record aka under-achievers. Prediction: Chargers, 34-23

Kansas City Chiefs (2-11) at Oakland Raiders (3-10) • 4:25 p.m. • The Chiefs have an uncanny knack of playing well in Oakland, winning eight of the past nine. But, no matter how bad the Raiders are, they did something the Chiefs couldn't do -- beat the Steelers. Prediction: Raiders, 17-16

San Francisco 49ers (9-3-1) at New England Patriots (10-3) • 8:30 p.m. • The Patriots have won 20 consecutive games at home in December. They lead the NFL with 427 points. The 49ers have allowed the fewest points (184). Someone's average will suffer. Prediction: Patriots, 23-19

New York Jets (6-7) at Tennessee Titans (4-9) • 8:30 p.m. Monday • It has been suggested that the Jets have a shot at a wild card because they finish with three vs. teams with losing records. But, in case you haven't noticed, the Jets have a losing record, too. Prediction: Titans, 23-20

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