49ERS at REDSKINS
The outcome hinges on whether Washington's defense can contain a San Francisco attack that ranks second in the NFC. Will the league's most porous unit rise up as it did on Sunday, when the Skins shut down the Eagles late in the fourth quarter?
BRONCOS at VIKINGS
Running back Leroy Hoard, picked up on Nov. 6 as a free agent, gained 108 yards against the Raiders in his Twin Cities debut. On a team that owns the two worst single-game rushing totals this year (11 and 15 yards), Minnesota needs Hoard to make some headway against the NFL's top-rated run defense.
STEELERS at DOLPHINS
A defense that has an NFL-best 38 sacks is the soul of this Steelers team and a potential headache to Miami quarterback Dan Marino, who has been knocked out of two Monday-night games in as many years, including once in '95 by Pittsburgh. The Dolphins must run successfully to win.
PANTHERS at OILERS
A matchup between coaches each in his second full year—Dom Capers of Carolina and Jeff Fisher of Houston. This could be double trouble for the Panthers, who are only 1-3 outside the NFC West and average 13 fewer points away from Ericsson Stadium.
JAGUARS at RAVENS
Thank heavens this game, a showcase for two of the league's most dangerous passers of '96, Baltimore's Vinny Testaverde and Jacksonville's Mark Brunell, isn't at a neutral site. Both clubs are 0-6 on the road.