NFL WEEK 2

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Indianapolis (1-0) at N.Y. Jets (0-1)

Time: 1 p.m.

Line: Colts by 5.

Record vs. spread: Colts 0-1; Jets 0-1.

Series record: Colts lead 30-21.

Last meeting: Colts won, 17-10, in second meeting of '95.

Last week: Colts beat Cardinals, 20-13; Jets lost to Broncos, 31-6.

Outlook: Colts, led by Harbaugh, overcame a 21-point deficit to beat Jets at Meadowlands last season. New York's defense hasn't changed measurably since, and pass rush might be less effective with DT Erik Howard out for season and DE Marvin Washington hurt. Jets' defensive front isn't very big and can be pushed around. If that happens, Marshall Faulk could have breakout game.

By the numbers: Harbaugh leads AFC with 98.1 QB rating. . . . Jets QB Neil O'Donnell is 8-1 vs. AFC East opponents in career (3-0 against Colts).

Injuries:

COLTS: Out: LB Trev Alberts (shoulder), DE Ellis Johnson (head). Doubtful: LB Elijah Alexander (hamstring). Questionable: T Troy Auzenne (knee), QB Kerwin Bell (knee-thumb), WR Sean Dawkins (ankle), DE Richard Dent (hip), S Derwin Gray (ankle), C Eric Mahlum (knee), CB Damon Watts (thumb). Probable: LB Quentin Coryatt (leg).

JETS: Out: TE Tyrone Davis (foot), DT Erik Howard (knee). Questionable: T John Elliott (groin), DE Marvin Washington (ribs), T David Williams (back). Probable: TE Kyle Brady (shoulder), CB Otis Smith (hamstring).

' Statistical comparison:

.............. ........ ........ Yds. .. Yds.

............ ....... .. Pts. ... rush .. pass .... TO .. Sacks

Indianapolis .. Off. .. 20.0 ... 74.0 .. 238.0 .. 2.0 .. 1.0

............ .. Def. .. 13.0 ... 84.0 .. 226.0 .. 0.0 .. 2.0

N.Y. Jets ..... Off. ... 6.0 .. 102.0 ... 72.0 .. 4.0 .. 9.0

............ .. Def. .. 31.0 .. 200.0 .. 167.0 .. 3.0 .. 2.0

Oakland (0-1) at Kansas City (1-0)

Time: 1 p.m.

Line: Chiefs by 6 1/2 .

Record vs. spread: Raiders 0-1; Chiefs 0-1.

Series record: Raiders lead 35-34-2.

Last meeting: Chiefs won, 29-23, in second meeting of '95.

Last week: Raiders lost to Ravens, 19-14; Chiefs beat Oilers, 20-19.

Outlook: This is an old AFL rivalry, but some of heat might have gone out of it for Oakland. That's because Chiefs have some ex-Raiders -- Marcus Allen and Art Shell -- who believe they were wronged by Al Davis, and Oakland can't win at Arrowhead Stadium. Raiders QB Jeff Hostetler, who missed last week's game with a knee injury, might start this week.

By the numbers: Raiders haven't beaten Chiefs in K.C. since 1988 and have lost past six meetings overall. . . . Chiefs defense has held 14 of past 17 opponents to two TDs or fewer.

Injuries:

RAIDERS: Out: TE Marcus Hinton (arm). Questionable: LB James Folston (ankle), QB Jeff Hostetler (knee), T Robert Jenkins (knee).

CHIEFS: Questionable: T John Alt (neck), WR Victor Bailey (knee), TE Keith Cash (knee), LB Troy Dumas (knee), TE Reggie Johnson (groin), DE Pellom McDaniels (hamstring). Probable: LB Anthony Davis (groin), LB Donnie Edwards (shoulder), LB Tracy Rodgers (ankle), C Jeff Smith (knee).

( Statistical comparison:

.............. ....... ........ Yds. .. Yds.

.............. ....... Pts. ... rush .. pass .... TO ... Sacks

Oakland ...... Off. .. 14.0 ... 60.0 .. 178.0 .. 2.0 ... 3.0

....... ...... Def. .. 19.0 ... 95.0 .. 219.0 .. 1.0 ... 3.0

Kansas City .. Off. .. 20.0 ... 79.0 .. 169.0 .. 2.0 ... 1.0

.............. Def. .. 19.0 ... 72.0 .. 191.0 .. 1.0 ... 3.0

Denver (1-0) at Seattle (0-1)

Time: 4 p.m., Ch. 4.

Line: Broncos by 2.

Record vs. spread: Broncos 1-0; Seahawks 0-1.

Series record: Broncos lead 22-15.

L Last meeting: Seahawks won, 31-27, in second meeting of '95.

Last week: Broncos beat Jets, 31-6; Seahawks lost to Chargers, 29-7.

Outlook: Seahawks swept Broncos last season, including game in which they scored 21 fourth-quarter points to rally for victory. Seattle likely to pound ball with RB Chris Warren, who faces one of his favorite opponents -- he rushed for 115 and 101 yards against Broncos last season. Denver, however, looked downright scary in battering Jets last week. Broncos QB John Elway seems have hit stride early, which is bad news for Seattle.

By the numbers: Seattle's Brian Blades (498) and Denver's Anthony Miller (494) are closing in on 500 career catches. . . . Under Mike Shanahan, Denver is 0-5 against Seattle.

Injuries:

BRONCOS: Out: WR Byron Chamberlain (finger), WR Rod Smith (shoulder). Questionable: CB Darrius Johnson (ankle). Probable: LB John Mobley (ankle), TE Shannon Sharpe (ankle).

SEAHAWKS: Doubtful: LB James Logan (leg). Questionable: DE Matt LaBounty (knee), LB Terry Wooden (hamstring).

' Statistical comparison:

.............. ... ........ Yds. .. Yds.

.............. ... Pts. ... rush .. pass .... TO ... Sacks

Denver .. Off. .. 31.0 .. 200.0 .. 167.0 ... 3.0 .. 2.0

.......... Def. ... 6.0 .. 102.0 ... 72.0 ... 4.0 .. 9.0

Seattle .. Off. ... 7.0 .. 106.0 .. 251.0 ... 4.0 .. 1.0

.......... Def. .. 29.0 .. 185.0 .. 202.0 ... 0.0 .. 0.0

Miami (1-0) at Arizona (0-1)

Time: 8 p.m., TNT.

Line: Dolphins by 6.

Record vs. spread: Dolphins 1-0; Cardinals 1-0.

Series record: Dolphins lead 6-0.

Last meeting: Dolphins won, 23-3, in '90.

Last week: Dolphins beat Patriots, 24-10; Cardinals lost to Colts, 20-13.

Outlook: This is Miami's first visit to Sun Devil Stadium. No problem, because most of heat will be on Cardinals QB Boomer Esiason and Arizona's rushing attack. Dolphins limited New England to 29 yards rushing last week, and Patriots are no slouches in that department. With rookie Karim Abdul-Jabbar spearheading renewed rushing attack, Dolphins can trample Cardinals.

By the numbers: Esiason has completed 60.2 percent and thrown 12 TDs in eight career games vs. Dolphins. . . . Miami QB Dan Marino is 2-0 vs. Cardinals and 11-2 in career against NFC East.

Injuries:

DOLPHINS: Out: WR Fred Barnett (knee). Questionable: CB Calvin Jackson (knee), RB Irving Spikes (hamstring), CB Michael Stewart (foot). Probable: DT Daryl Gardener (ankle).

CARDINALS: Out: WR Stevie Anderson (ankle). Doubtful: T Ernest Dye (foot). Questionable: WR Frank Sanders (toe). Probable: RB LeShon Johnson (ankle).

5+.............. ..... ........ Yds. .. Yds.

.............. ..... Pts. ... rush .. pass .... TO ... Sacks

Miami .... Off. .... 24.0 .. 146.0 .. 176.0 .. 1.0 ... 0.0

.......... Def. .... 10.0 ... 29.0 .. 201.0 .. 4.0 ... 4.0

Arizona .. Off. .... 13.0 ... 84.0 .. 226.0 .. 0.0 ... 2.0

.......... Def. .... 20.0 ... 74.0 .. 238.0 .. 2.0 ... 1.0

Carolina (1-0) at New Orleans (0-1)

Time: 1 p.m.

Line: Saints by 3.

Record vs. spread: Panthers 1-0; Saints 0-1.

Series record: Tied 1-1.

Last meeting: Saints won, 34-26, in second meeting of '95.

Last week: Panthers beat Falcons, 29-6; Saints lost to 49ers, 27-11.

Outlook: Panthers demolished Falcons last week, getting seven sacks and totally frustrating Atlanta's run-and-shoot. Expect same against Saints, who had trouble getting running game in motion in opener, as Mario Bates rushed 14 times for 30 yards. Panthers QB Kerry Collins is third-rated passer in NFC (95.9) and seems to have grown in off-season.

By the numbers: Saints' Tyrone Hughes is second in NFC with 28.8 yards per kickoff return. . . . Panthers K John Kasay had career highs in field goals (five) and points (17) last week.

Injuries:

PANTHERS: Out: T Matthew Campbell (leg). Questionable: WR Raghib Ismail (ankle), WR Muhsin Muhammad (shoulder), C Curtis Whitley (knee). Probable: DE Mark Thomas (shoulder).

SAINTS: Out: DE Joe Johnson (knee). Doubtful: RB Ray Zellars (rib). Questionable: WR Michael Haynes (back), T Keno Hills (thigh), CB Alex Molden (ankle). Probable: TE Paul Green (finger), WR Haywood Jeffires (wrist-ankle), S Sean Lumpkin (heel), G Craig Novitsky (ankle), DE Fred Stokes (knee-calf).

' Statistical comparison:

.............. ....... ........ Yds. .. Yds.

.............. ....... Pts. ... rush .. pass .... TO ... Sacks

Carolina ..... Off. .. 29.0 .. 129.0 .. 186.0 .. 1.0 ... 4.0

.............. Def. ... 6.0 .. 119.0 .. 162.0 .. 1.0 ... 7.0

N. Orleans ... Off. .. 11.0 ... 56.0 .. 175.0 .. 2.0 ... 0.0

.............. Def. .. 27.0 .. 157.0 .. 181.0 .. 0.0 ... 3.0

Minnesota (1-0) at Atlanta (0-1)

Time: 1 p.m.

Line: Falcons by 5 1/2 .

Record vs. spread: Vikings 1-0; Falcons 0-1.

Series record: Vikings lead 11-6.

Last meeting: Vikings won, 20-19, in '91.

Last week: Vikings beat Lions, 17-13; Falcons lost to Panthers, 29-6.

Outlook: Brad Johnson came on when Warren Moon sprained both of his ankles last week and led Minnesota over Detroit. Moon won't start, giving Johnson his first NFL start. Falcons were manhandled by Carolina last week and showed they're still susceptible to strong rushing attack. However, Falcons were 7-1 at home last season, and this is home opener.

By the numbers: Vikings WR Cris Carter has at least one catch in past 69 games. . . . Falcons' six-point performance in opener was lowest since 42-3 loss to San Francisco in October '94.

Injuries:

VIKINGS: Questionable: QB Warren Moon (ankles-toe). Probable: DE Derrick Alexander (ankle), CB Corey Fuller (groin), WR Chris Walsh (thumb).

FALCONS: Out: RB Richard Huntley (knee), CB Elbert Shelley (hamstring), G Gene Williams (back). Questionable: WR Tyrone Brown (ankle), RB Craig Heyward (shoulder), WR Terance Mathis (shoulder), G Mike Zandofsky (knee). Probable: S Patrick Bates (hand-finger).

( Statistical comparison:

.............. ....... ........ Yds. .. Yds.

.............. ....... Pts. ... rush .. pass .... TO ... Sacks

Minnesota .... Off. .. 17.0 .. 128.0 .. 183.0 ... 0.0 .. 4.0

.............. Def. .. 13.0 .. 191.0 .. 244.0 ... 5.0 .. 3.0

Atlanta ...... Off. ... 6.0 .. 119.0 .. 162.0 ... 1.0 .. 7.0

.............. Def. .. 29.0 .. 129.0 .. 186.0 ... 1.0 .. 4.0

Tampa Bay (0-1) at Detroit (0-1)

Time: 1 p.m.

Line: Lions by 12.

Record vs. spread: Bucs 0-1; Lions 0-1.

Series record: Lions lead 19-17.

Last meeting: Lions won, 37-10, in second meeting of '95.

Last week: Bucs lost to Packers, 34-3; Lions lost to Vikings, 17-13.

Outlook: Detroit got some great performances from Barry Sanders (163 yards rushing) and Herman Moore (12 catches, 157 yards) last week, but blew game with five turnovers. Look for another big game from Moore, who burned Bucs for 19 catches worth 209 yards in two games last season. Without RB Errict Rhett, still holding out, Bucs remain crippled on offense. Rookie Mike Alstott led them in rushing with just 42 yards last week.

By the numbers: Lions' Scott Mitchell and Bucs' Trent Dilfer each threw four INTs last week and are two lowest-rated quarterbacks in NFC. . . . Lions were 7-1 at home last season.

Injuries:

BUCCANEERS: Doubtful: DE Chidi Ahanotu (hand). Questionable: DT Warren Sapp (ankle), LB Darnell Stephens (knee).

LIONS: Out: LB Reggie Brown (knee). Doubtful: DT Shane Bonham (ribs), T Zefross Moss (knee). Probable: G Mike Compton (knee), CB Brad Ford (foot),

( Statistical comparison:

.............. ......... ....... Yds. .. Yds.

.............. ......... Pts. .. rush .. pass .... TO ... Sacks

Tampa Bay .... Off. ... 3.0 .... 59.0 .. 117.0 ... 6.0 .. 1.0

.............. Def. .. 34.0 ... 139.0 .. 267.0 ... 2.0 .. 1.0

Detroit ...... Off. .. 13.0 ... 191.0 .. 244.0 ... 5.0 .. 3.0

.............. Def. .. 17.0 ... 128.0 .. 183.0 ... 0.0 .. 4.0

N.Y. Giants (0-1) at Dallas (0-1)

Time: 4 p.m., Ch. 45.

Line: Cowboys by 10.

Record vs. spread: Giants 1-0; Cowboys 0-1.

Series record: Cowboys lead 43-22-2.

Last meeting: Cowboys won, 21-20, in second meeting of '95.

Last week: Giants lost to Bills in overtime, 23-20; Cowboys lost to Bears, 22-6.

Outlook: Emmitt Smith is listed as questionable, but he's a Giants killer, and said during week that he's likely to play. Giants still have prime opportunity to knock off Cowboys, but can't go conservative late in game if they have lead, as they did last week against Buffalo. With Rodney Hampton running hard and defense chasing Troy Aikman, Giants could put clamps on Cowboys.

By the numbers: Smith has averaged 102 yards and scored 13 TDs in 11 games against Giants. . . . Giants' Amani Toomer leads NFC with 28.3 yards per punt return.

Injuries:

GIANTS: Questionable: T Ray Agnew (knee), T Scott Gragg (ankle).

COWBOYS: Out: S Roger Harper (arm), TE Jay Novacek (back). Doubtful: RB Emmitt Smith (back-neck). Questionable: TE Eric Bjornson (hamstring). Probable: CB Alundis Brice (shoulder), DE Charles Haley (hip), DT Hurvin McCormack (shoulder), LB Godfrey Myles (quadriceps), LB Broderick Thomas (knee), T Mark Tuinei (knee).

' Statistical comparison:

.............. ....... ........ Yds. .. Yds.

.............. ....... Pts. ... rush .. pass .... TO ... Sacks

N.Y. Giants .. Off. .. 20.0 ... 93.0 .. 138.0 ... 1.0 .. 5.0

.............. Def. .. 23.0 .. 153.0 .. 257.0 ... 2.0 .. 7.0

Dallas ....... Off. ... 6.0 ... 83.0 .. 173.0 ... 4.0 .. 2.0

.............. Def. .. 22.0 ... 91.0 .. 213.0 ... 2.0 .. 0.0

Houston (0-1) at Jacksonville (1-0)

Time: 1 p.m.

Line: Jaguars by 2 1/2 .

Record vs. spread: Oilers 1-0; Jaguars 1-0.

Series record: Tied 1-1.

Last meeting: Jaguars won, 17-16, in second meeting of '95.

Last week: Oilers lost to Chiefs; 20-19; Jaguars beat Steelers, 24-9.

Outlook: This should be good game between division rivals, one coming off tough loss, the other off stunning victory. Oilers QB Chris Chandler had career-high 47 pass attempts last time teams met, but not many found way to receivers in end zone. Jaguars defense had four sacks last week and will be putting some heat on Chandler. Houston will miss LB Al Smith, out indefinitely with a knee injury, but that's not going to be enough to slow down Oilers.

By the numbers: Oilers' Chris Sanders leads AFC with average of 29.0 yards per catch. . . . Jaguars QB Mark Brunell was 8-for-10 on third-down passes last week.

Injuries:

OILERS: Out: DE Anthony Cook (knee), LB Al Smith (knee). Questionable: WR Willie Davis (leg), DT Josh Evans (knee), LB Lemanski Hall (groin), TE James McKeehan (hamstring), LB John Henry Mills (knee), DE Robert Young (hamstring).

JAGUARS: Out: CB Aaron Beasley (shoulder). Questionable: RB Natrone Means (thumb). Probable: G Jeff Novak (ankle).

Statistical comparison:

.............. ....... ........ Yds. .. Yds.

.............. ....... Pts. ... rush .. pass .... TO ... Sacks

Houston ...... Off. .. 19.0 ... 72.0 .. 191.0 ... 1.0 .. 3.0

.............. Def. .. 20.0 ... 79.0 .. 169.0 ... 2.0 .. 1.0

Jacksonville.. Off. .. 24.0 .. 119.0 .. 194.0 ... 2.0 .. 4.0

.............. Def. ... 9.0 .. 101.0 ... 86.0 ... 2.0 .. 4.0

New England (0-1) at Buffalo (1-0)

Time: 1 p.m.

Line: Bills by 4 1/2 .

Record vs. spread: Patriots 0-1; Bills 0-1.

Series record: Patriots lead 36-34-1.

L Last meeting: Patriots won, 35-25, in second meeting of '95.

Last week: Patriots lost to Dolphins, 24-10; Bills beat Giants in overtime, 23-20.

Outlook: Bills' Jim Kelly needs 30 passing yards for 33,000 in career and Andre Reed needs 21 yards receiving to become 12th NFL player to reach 10,000. Patriots not likely to stand in the way of either. New England's receivers are hurting. Vincent Brisby is out and Terry Glenn and Shawn Jefferson are questionable. Patriots have won past three meetings, but Buffalo is tough at home and too solid for streak to continue.

By the numbers: Bills, with 410 total yards last week, have No. 1 offense in AFC. . . . Of Patriots TE Ben Coates' 25 career TDs, seven have been against Bills.

Injuries:

PATRIOTS: Out: WR Vincent Brisby (hamstring). Questionable: WR Terry Glenn (hamstring), WR Shawn Jefferson (concussion). Probable: CB Vernon Lewis (hamstring).

BILLS: Out: WR Justin Armour (foot), WR Steve Tasker (foot). Doubtful: G Ruben Brown (foot). Questionable: NT Ted Washington (ankle). Probable: WR Chris Brantley (hamstring).

' Statistical comparison:

.............. ....... ........ Yds. .. Yds.

.............. ....... Pts. ... rush .. pass .... TO ... Sacks

New England .. Off. .. 10.0 ... 29.0 .. 201.0 ... 4.0 .. 4.0

.............. Def. .. 24.0 .. 146.0 .. 176.0 ... 1.0 .. 0.0

Buffalo ...... Off. .. 23.0 .. 153.0 .. 257.0 ... 2.0 .. 7.0

.............. Def. .. 20.0 ... 93.0 .. 138.0 ... 1.0 .. 5.0

Cincinnati (0-1) at San Diego (1-0)

Time: 4 p.m.

Line: Chargers by 6 1/2 .

Record vs. spread: Bengals 0-1; Chargers 1-0.

Series record: Chargers lead 13-8.

Last meeting: Chargers won, 27-10, in '94.

Last week: Bengals lost to Rams, 26-16; Chargers beat Seahawks, 29-7.

Outlook: Bengals haven't won in San Diego since 1973, and Chargers have won five of past seven meetings. That's lot of bad history to overcome, but Bengals have offense capable of getting over lot of bad things (as in last week's performance against St. Louis). Chargers, who did good job last week rushing by committee, won't be good therapy for Cincinnati.

By the numbers: Bengals' Jeff Blake makes 27th consecutive start, longest active streak among QBs in AFC. . . . Chargers are 23-3 under Bobby Ross when they allow 15 points or fewer.

Injuries:

BENGALS: Out: C Darrick Brilz (foot). Doubtful: DE John Copeland (hamstring), WR Jeff Hill (hamstring), CB Leonard Wheeler (hamstring). Questionable: LB Andre Collins (hamstring). Probable: LB Ricardo McDonald (neck).

CHARGERS: Out: WR Jimmy Oliver (knee), G Isaac Davis (knee). Questionable: G Eric Moten (knee).

' Statistical comparison:

.............. ....... ........ Yds. .. Yds.

.............. ....... Pts. ... rush .. pass .... TO ... Sacks

Cincinnati ... Off. .. 16.0 ... 37.0 .. 205.0 ... 5.0 .. 3.0

.............. Def. .. 26.0 ... 70.0 .. 139.0 ... 3.0 .. 2.0

San Diego .... Off. .. 29.0 .. 185.0 .. 202.0 ... 0.0 .. 0.0

.............. Def. ... 7.0 .. 106.0 .. 251.0 ... 4.0 .. 1.0

St. Louis (1-0) at San Francisco (1-0)

Time: 4 p.m.

Line: 49ers by 12 1/2 .

Record vs. spread: Rams 1-0; 49ers 1-0.

Series record: Rams lead 48-42-2.

Last meeting: 49ers won, 41-13, in second meeting of '95.

Last week: Rams beat Bengals, 26-16; 49ers beat Saints, 27-11.

Outlook: St. Louis coach Rich Brooks is 5-0 in September, but that mark could be in jeopardy against 49ers, who have beaten Rams 11 consecutive times. QB Steve Young has completed 67.1 percent for 20 TDs and 4 INTs in 13 games against Rams. San Francisco's short passing game will carry load until 49ers find running game. Rams are too young on offense -- three rookies start -- and biggest hope is for RB Lawrence Phillips to break long one or three.

By the numbers: 49ers are 62-18 at home since 1986, best in NFL. . . . Rams have played 93 consecutive games without going to overtime.

Injuries:

RAMS: Questionable: WR Alexander Wright (hamstring-back), TE Troy Drayton (knee), DT Jon Kirksey (knee), RB Jerald Moore (ankle). Probable: RB Ernie Conwell (knee), DE Alberto White (hamstring).

49ERS: Out: LB Gary Plummer (wrist), T Kirk Scrafford (foot). Questionable: S Curtis Buckley (thigh), DE Chris Doleman (knee). Probable: T Steve Wallace (knee).

' Statistical comparison:

.............. ....... ........ Yds. .. Yds.

.............. ....... Pts. ... rush .. pass .... TO ... Sacks

St. Louis .... Off. .. 26.0 ... 70.0 .. 139.0 ... 3.0 .. 2.0

.............. Def. .. 16.0 ... 37.0 .. 205.0 ... 5.0 .. 3.0

San Fran. .... Off. .. 27.0 .. 157.0 .. 181.0 ... 0.0 .. 3.0

.............. Def. .. 11.0 ... 56.0 .. 175.0 ... 2.0 .. 0.0

Pub Date: 9/08/96

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