Mike Holmgren looked for houses during his recent trip to Cleveland, which may soon be his new NFL home.

Terming a chance to assume control of the struggling but tradition-rich Browns as "very, very appealing," Holmgren said yesterday that he's weighing owner Randy Lerner's job offer and intends to give Cleveland a decision "sooner than later."

As for Seattle, Holmgren, 61, may have finally said goodbye.

The Super Bowl-winning coach, who spent two days meeting with Lerner earlier this week, said during his radio show on Seattle's KJR that he liked everything he learned about the Browns during a two-day "fact-finding" visit. The former coach of the Seahawks and Green Bay Packers sounded as if he was ready to accept a chance to rebuild the Browns, who have been devoid of anyone of Holmgren's clout since returning to the league in 1999.

Bengals. One day after the death of teammate Chris Henry, Cincinnati's players tried to focus on the field as the Bengals get ready for a key game at San Diego.

With a win over the 10-3 Chargers, the Bengals (9-4) will clinch the AFC North title and grab the inside track for the second seed in the conference playoffs.

The 26-year-old Henry died in North Carolina on Thursday, a day after falling out of the back of a pickup truck during what police described as a domestic dispute.

Jets. Mark Sanchez will start for New York against the Atlanta Falcons after missing one game with a sprained posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.

He missed the Jets' 26-3 victory Sunday at Tampa Bay and was replaced by Kellen Clemens.

Giants. The New York secondary may have to turn to one of its forgotten men against Washington on Monday night: Veteran Kevin Dockery, who has been somewhat in the doghouse this season. He may get an unexpected start after Aaron Ross reinjured his left hamstring.

Noteworthy. The starting time of tomorrow's game between the Baltimore Ravens and Chicago Bears in Maryland has been moved back to 4:15 p.m. from 1 p.m. because of a heavy snow forecast. . . . Buffalo right guard Kendall Simmons was placed on injured reserve because of a shoulder injury. . . . Matt Moore will make his third consecutive start at quarterback for Carolina against Minnesota. Jake Delhomme was ruled out with a broken finger that has kept him sidelined since Nov. 29. . . . Ex-NFL running back Lawrence Phillips was sentenced in San Diego to more than 31 years in prison for attacking his girlfriend and driving his car into three teens.