The Browns, on the other hand, will start their third QB of the season, turning to veteran Jason Campbell after second-year man Brandon Weeden struggled mightily in Green Bay during Week 7.
"Obviously Brandon was disappointed, but he's a pro," Cleveland coach Rob Chudzinski said Wednesday. "I'm committed to doing whatever gives us the best chance to win. From a game plan standpoint, I like the things that Jason Campbell brings to the table."
PREDICTION: Chiefs 24, Browns 13
Miami (3-3) at New England (5-2), Sunday, 1 p.m.
LINE: Patriots by 7
THE SKINNY: New England shoots for its seventh straight win over slumping Miami, which has dropped three straight after starting the season 3-0. The Pats, who are 24-3 at home since 2010, have won 13 consecutive over AFC East foes in Foxborough. Tom Brady has passed for 1,695 yards with 11 TDs and just two interceptions with a 102.4 passer rating during the Pats' six-game run against Miami. That includes a career-best 517-yard passing performance against the Dolphins on Sept. 12, 2011.
Desperate to improve a leaky offensive line that has made things difficult for QB Ryan Tannehill, the Dolphins acquired former Pro Bowl left tackle Bryant McKinnie from the Baltimore Ravens in exchange for an undisclosed draft choice earlier this week.
PREDICTION: Patriots 27, Dolphins 21
Buffalo (3-4) at New Orleans (5-1), Sunday, 1 p.m.
LINE: Saints by 12
THE SKINNY: Things aren't shaping up well for the Bills and Thad Lewis this week. The Saints suffered their only loss of the season back on Oct. 13 when Tom Brady found Kenbrell Thompkins with five seconds remaining in the fourth quarter to lift the New England Patriots to a dramatic 30-27 win.
New Orleans had an extra week to stew in that and prepare for Lewis, who will be making only his fourth career NFL start and third with Buffalo. Drew Brees, meanwhile, is 15-4 at the Superdome since 2011, completing 497-of-735 passes (67.6 percent) for 6,192 yards with 64 TDs and a 113.5 passer rating over that span.
Lewis has been solid as the replacement for injured rookie EJ Manuel, connecting on 40-of-64 passes or 418 yards with three TDs (two pass, one rush) in an overtime loss against Cincinnati and a win over Miami.
PREDICTION: Saints 33, Bills 21
New York Giants (1-6) at Philadelphia (3-4), Sunday, 1 p.m.
LINE: Eagles by 6
THE SKINNY: The quarterback carousel continues in Philadelphia with veteran Michael Vick likely returning under center after missing the previous 2 1/2 games with a hamstring issue. Second-year man Nick Foles seemed to be grabbing hold of the job until last week's debacle against Dallas in which he performed very poorly before being knocked out of the contest with a concussion.
The Giants, who have lost eight of their past 10 against Philadelphia, finally put one in the win column against the woeful Vikings but hardly played well in the process.
PREDICTION: Eagles 31, Giants 16
Pittsburgh (2-4) at Oakland (2-4), Sunday, 4:05 p.m.
LINE: Steelers by 3
THE SKINNY: Two straight wins and a date with the Raiders has the Steelers thinking they can get back into the playoff hunt. Pittsburgh traditionally spikes a bit in October and has won nine of its past 10 in the month.
Oakland, though, has won two straight at home against the Steelers and Terrelle Pryor, a Western Pennsylvania native, has yet to lose as a starter in Oaktown, going 2-0 and completing 33-of-47 passes for 347 yards with two TDs and a passer rating of 105.5 in those games.
PREDICTION: Steelers 21, Raiders 17
New York Jets (4-3) at Cincinnati (5-2), Sunday, 4:05 p.m.
LINE: Bengals by 6 1/2
THE SKINNY: Cincinnati now holds a two-game advantage in the AFC North after last weekend's 27-24 road win at Detroit which was fueled by the Andy Dalton- to-A.J. Green connection. Dalton and Green hooked up six times for 155 yards, including an 82-yard touchdown, and kicker Mike Nugent sealed the win with a monster, game-winning 54-yard field goal as time expired.
"We fought for all four quarters, on the road, playing a really good team," said Dalton, who passed for 372 yards and three TDs. "We're 5-2 now and it sets us up nicely for where we want to go."
The surprising Jets, meanwhile, got an early holiday gift a week ago when umpire Tony Michalek flagged New England's Chris Jones for pushing one of his own teammates from behind during a potential game-winning, 56-yard field goal attempt by Nick Folk in the extra frame of the Jets' eventual 30-27 victory over the Pats.
Folk pulled the try wide to the left, but was given a rather sizeable mulligan when Jones was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct, a miscue that moved the ball inside the Pats' 25-yard line and all but sealed the outcome as Folk was indeed true on the re-do to complete New York's rousing comeback from an 11- point halftime deficit.
"This was a big victory for us," Jets coach Rex Ryan said. "We have a ton of work to do and need to improve a great deal as a football team. At the same time, it's a great team effort."
Lost in all of the hoopla of the controversial call was the fact the Jets' defense limited New England to 295 total net yards and stopped the Patriots on 11-of-12 third-down attempts, something that is unlikely to happen again in the Queen City.
PREDICTION: Bengals 24, Jets 17
Atlanta (2-4) at Arizona (3-4), Sunday, 4:25 p.m.
LINE: Cardinals by 2 1/2
THE SKINNY: Matt Ryan persevered without his top weapons last weekend against winless Tampa Bay with a career-best 148.4 passer rating. In his career, the Falcons are 34-2 when Ryan breaks the 100.0 barrier.
The Cards have dropped back-to-back games to division foes (San Francisco and Seattle) and are in danger of falling out of the NFC West race thanks in large part to their inability to protect the football. Carson Palmer, however, has generally played very well against the Falcons and will be aiming for a fourth straight game of a 100.0 or more passer rating against Atlanta.
PREDICTION: Cardinals 23, Falcons 20
Washington (2-4) at Denver (6-1), Sunday, 4:25 p.m.
LINE: Broncos by 13
THE SKINNY: The high-powered Broncos will try to start another winning streak after their lengthy 17-game regular season run was halted in the "War of 18-12" in Indianapolis last week.
Despite the setback, Denver still leads the NFL with 298 points scored and quarterback Peyton Manning tops the league in passing yards (2,565), touchdown passes (25) and passer rating (123.3).
"This is a game we need to learn from," Manning said when talking about the team's first loss. "We can learn from it. We certainly have to improve from this game because we weren't as sharp execution-wise as we'd like."
The Redskins got back into the NFC East race in Week 7 by outlasting Chicago, 45-41, and Washington head coach Mike Shanahan will be returning to the Rockies, where he coached for 14 seasons and won two Super Bowls (XXXII and XXXIII).
PREDICTION: Broncos 38, Redskins 27
Green Bay (4-2) at Minnesota (1-5), Sunday, 8:30 p.m.
LINE: Packers by 10
THE SKINNY: The Pack arrive in Minny riding a three-game winning streak after Aaron Rodgers passed for three touchdowns and rookie running back Eddie Lacy had 108 scrimmage yards with a touchdown in Green Bay's easy 31-13 win over Cleveland. Including the postseason, Rodgers has won six of his past seven starts against the Vikings, posting a 121.6 passer rating.
"We're 1-0 in the division and this is an important time for us with back-to- back division games (Minnesota in Week 8, Chicago in Week 9)," Rodgers said. "We know what kind of environment it is in Minnesota. It's going to be a challenge."
Not much of one. The woebegone Vikings are looking to rebound from their pathetic effort against the previously winless Giants on "Monday Night Football."
"You come in with goals and expectations," said QB Josh Freeman, who will be making his second start for Minnesota. "I see a lot of areas that are manageable in terms of improvement. We can definitely get better."
PREDICTION: Packers 34, Vikings 10
Seattle (6-1) at St. Louis (3-4), Monday, 8:40 p.m.
LINE: Seahawks by 10 1/2
THE SKINNY: The Seahawks are 6-1 for the first time in franchise history and will be visiting a Rams team minus its starting QB after Sam Bradford went down with a torn ACL in a 30-15 loss at Carolina.
Veteran Kellen Clemens, who has 12 career NFL starts under his belt, will take over for Bradford and face perhaps the NFL's best secondary. It's built around All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman, who leads the NFL with 15 interceptions since entering the league in 2011 and will be shooting for his third straight game with a pick versus the Rams, and Pro Bowl safety Earl Thomas, who has an INT in four of his last six games and is currently the only player in the NFL with 40-plus tackle, four picks and two forced fumbles.
PREDICTION: Seahawks 31, Rams 13