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Dave Hackenberg's weekly NFL picks

Unless a team is simply terrible, a coaching change usually provides a spark. Expect the same with Gary Moeller and the Lions against Atlanta. Blade sports writer Dave Hackenberg, who makes weekly picks of winners (CAPS), notes there was no coaching change in Cleveland. So you can expect the same there, too. Same old, same old.

NEW ENGLAND (2-7) at Cleveland (2-8): Last winnable game on schedule for Browns as Bill Belichick returns to Cleveland.

Atlanta (3-7) at DETROIT (5-4): Lions still in playoff picture, but they have to regain winning form at Silverdome.

Philadelphia (6-4) at PITTSBURGH (5-4): Will come down to which defense best contains the opposing quarterback.

Baltimore (6-4) at TENNESSEE (8-1): Ravens have 7 TDs in last 7 games, but all came in two outings against Bengals.

Seattle (3-7) at JACKSONVILLE (3-6): How the mighty have fallen! Both teams won division titles last season.

Arizona (3-6) at MINNESOTA (7-2): Protect the QB; Vikings have lost two straight since teams started blitzing Culpepper.

NEW ORLEANS (6-3) at Carolina (4-5): Wonder what Mike Ditka thinks of team he coached to 3-13 record last year?

Chicago (2-7) at BUFFALO (5-4): Four of Bills' wins have come on Don Christie field goals in last minute or overtime.

Cincinnati (2-7) at DALLAS (3-6): When will the Cowboys face the inevitable and start rebuilding?

MIAMI (7-2) at San Diego (0-9): Chargers haven't quit; last three losses have come by total of seven points.

Green Bay (4-5) at TAMPA BAY (5-4): As they say at the track, you can bet on the bay.

St. Louis (7-2) at N.Y. GIANTS (7-2): Rams will never be more beatable than with Warner and Faulk both on the sideline.

KANSAS CITY (5-4) at San Francisco (2-8): 49ers are wasting a great offense with the league's worst defensive unit.

N.Y. Jets (6-3) at INDIANAPOLIS (6-3): Colts got a wake-up call last week when they failed to take Bears seriously.

OAKLAND (8-1) at Denver (5-4): Eight of the last 10 Monday-night games have been decided by seven points or less.

Last week: 9-6

Season: 94-48

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