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By Milt Northrop

Atlanta’s rout of the New York Giants; the ease with which San Francisco built a 28-point lead at New England. They were astonishing results of last week in the National Football League.

What gives? Who are really the elite teams in the NFL? It’s hard to tell.

Consider these scores: Atlanta 34, Giants 0; Giants 38, Packers 10; Packers 42, Texans 24; Texans 43, Ravens 13; Ravens 44, Bengals 13; Bengals 31, Giants 13.

Or these: Giants 26, 49ers 3; 49ers 41, Patriots 34; Patriots 42, Texans 14 .

What can be expected today when at least six of the 15 games on the schedule will affect the playoff picture? Three of the eight divisional titles are still not decided and the final wild-card playoff berth in each conference is still not determined.

Game of the day

49ers (10-3-1) at Seahawks (9-5)

TV: Ch. 2, 8:20 p.m.

The line: pick ‘em

The scoop: This could decide the NFC West winner. ... Already in the playoffs, the Niners clinch the NFC West with a win. Seattle can wrap up a playoff spot with a win but need another win and another SF loss to claim NFC West. ... Niners beat Seattle, 13-6, in October.

Outlook: A challenge for each of two young athletic quarterbacks (Colin Kaepernick and Russell Wilson). Seahawks, 24-21.

Top attractions

Bengals (8-6) at Steelers (7-7)

Kickoff: 1 p.m.

The line: Steelers (-3½)

The scoop: AFC North still undecided. Cincinnati can clinch at least a wild-card playoff spot with a win. Pittsburgh can’t win division but is still alive for a playoff berth. ... Pitt coach Mike Tomlin feeling some heat from spoiled Steelers fans.

Outlook: Bengals are 5-2 on road but usually fold against Steelers. Pittsburgh, 20-14.

Giants (8-6) at Ravens (9-5)

Kickoff: Ch. 29, 4:25 p.m.

The line: Giants (-2½)

The scoop: Giants, Cowboys and Redskins all tied for NFC East lead. Ravens can clinch the NFC North with a win. The Giants need a win and help in four other games to clinch a playoff spot.

Outlook: Giants a little more desperate. New York, 31-27.

Redskins (8-6) at Eagles (4-10)

Kickoff: 1 p.m.

The line: Redskins (-6½)

The scoop: Washington needs a win and help from three other games to clinch a playoff spot. ... Eagles’ four victories by 1, 1, 2 and 2 points. ... Redskins won first meeting of NFC East rivals, 31-6, with Robert Griffin III completing 14 of 15 for 200 yards, 4 TDs and no INTs.

Outlook: Redskins to get RG3 back for this one. Redskins, 24-21.

Saints (6-8) at Cowboys (8-6)

Kickoff: Ch. 29, 1 p.m.

The line: Cowboys (-2½)

The scoop: Margin of victory was less than 10 points in 11 of Dallas’ 15 games. Cowboys are 7-4 in tight games, including pair of OT wins. ... New Orleans is last in league in total defense (397.9). Dallas isn’t much better (375.1).

Outlook: Look for Romo-Brees shootout. Dallas, 42-34.

Vikings (8-6) at Texans (12-2)

Kickoff: 1 p.m.

The line: Texans (-8)

The scoop: A Houston win or a loss by New England or Denver would clinch home-field advantage through the playoffs. ... Vikings in NFC wild-card picture but most interest in this game centers on Adrian Peterson’s try for NFL single season rushing record of 2,105 yards. Peterson has 1,812.

Outlook: Peterson will be lucky to get 150 against Texans. Houston, 28-17.

Best of the rest

Titans (5-9) at Packers (10-4)

Kickoff: 1 p.m.

The line: Packers (-12½)

The scoop: Titans won’t be gifted with a win as they were against the Jets. ... Packers are second in league with 33 passing touchdowns while Titans have given up 26.

Outlook: Pack got division title out of the way last week. Watch for a letdown. Green Bay, 33-26.

Bills (5-9) at Dolphins (6-8)

TV: Ch. 4, 1 p.m.

The line: Dolphins (-4½)

The scoop: With Bills it’s either a case of coaching decisions or turnovers costing winnable games or getting blown out by allowing 45 points or more. ... Dolphins have been in every game but the opener at Texans (30-10 loss) and an inexplicable 37-3 rout at home by Titans. Bills hung on for 19-14 win over Dolphins in Orchard Park last month.

Outlook: Bills fans and media will really howl with a blowout here. Fish, 31-17.

Patriots (10-4) at Jaguars (2-12)

Kickoff: 1 p.m.

The line: Patriots (-14½)

The scoop: New England is 8-1 all-time against the Jaguars, 5-0 in regular season games. ... Foxborough fans still shocked with the ease in which the Niners rolled through the Pats last Sunday night for 41 points.

Outlook: Patriots, 31-9.

Colts (9-5) at Chiefs (2-12)

Kickoff: 1 p.m.

The line: Colts (-7)

The scoop: Kansas City fans remember when Jim Harbaugh and the Colts upset top-seeded Chiefs in 1995 AFC playoffs. ... An Indy wins wraps up a wild-card playoff berth.

Outlook: Chiefs shut out last week by Raiders. Colts, 24-10.

Rams (6-7-1) at Buccaneers (6-8)

Kickoff: 1 p.m.

The line: Buccaneers (-3)

The scoop: Each saw playoff hopes end with losses last week. ... Rams lost to Vikings despite career-high 377 passing yards by Sam Bradford. Bucs’ Josh Freeman had a poor performance in 41-0 loss at Saints.

Outlook: Freeman gets back on track. Tampa Bay, 28-20.

Browns (5-9) at Broncos (11-3)

Kickoff: 4:05 p.m.

The line: Broncos (-12½)

The scoop: Denver can clinch a first-round bye with a win and a New England loss. ... Cleveland fans still cringe at the thought of facing the Broncos. Remember The Drive? The Fumble?

Outlook: No way Browns can keep up scoring pace against Peyton Manning and Broncos. Denver, 28-13.

Bears (8-6) at Cardinals (5-9)

Kickoff: 4:25 p.m.

The line: Bears (-5½)

The scoop: Long ago, this rivalry was the North Side Bears versus the South Side Cardinals in the Windy City. ... Arizona snapped a nine-game losing streak last week with 38-10 rout of Lions.

Outlook: Bears and coach Lovie Smith happy to get out of town away from boo birds. Bears, 17-10.

Raiders (4-10) at Panthers (5-9)

Kickoff: 1 p.m.

The line: Panthers (-9)

The scoop: Raiders snapped six-game losing streak with 15-0 win over Chiefs on five Sebastian Janikowski FGs while Panthers were winning rout at San Diego (31-7). Carolina has scored 30 or more in three of last four games.

Outlook: Panthers at home have too much firepower. Carolina, 35-19.

Dog of the day

Chargers (5-9) at Jets (6-8)

Kickoff: 1 p.m.

The line: Jets (-2)

The scoop: It was agonizing to watch Mark Sanchez and Jets in loss at Tennessee. Rex Ryan couldn’t watch it any more, either, and will start Greg McElroy at QB against Chargers, who embarrassed themselves with 31-7 home loss to Panthers.

Outlook: Jets games are just ugly to watch. New York, 20-16.

Last week’s results: 9-6 outright, 9-6 versus spread. Season’s record: 123-80-1 outright, 91-97-5 versus spread.

email: mnorthrop@buffnews.com