Today's games

October 01, 1995|By VITO STELLINO

Patriots (1-2) at Falcons (3-1)

Time: 1 p.m.

Line: Falcons by 3

Outlook: New England's Scott Zolak gets his first NFL start since Dec. 13, 1992, and has thrown 11 passes in the past three years. But, he will be matched against the league's worst-ranked pass defense.

Stellino's pick: Falcons 21, Patriots 17 -- Despite the Falcons' 3-1 mark, they've got more than 15,000 unsold tickets for this one.

Dolphins (3-0) at Bengals (2-2)

Time: 1 p.m., Ch. 11

Line: Dolphins by 10 1/2

Outlook: Don Shula has a career record of 141-92-1 and was 37-15 after his first 52 games as a head coach; son Dave, who commands the Bengals, is 13-39. Bengals receiver Carl Pickens has 10 catches on third down resulting in first downs.

Stellino's pick: Dolphins 30, Bengals 10 -- The Don won't run it up on his son, will he?

Buccaneers (2-2) at Panthers (0-3)

Time: 1 p.m.

Line: Buccaneers by 5 1/2

Outlook: The Panthers are averaging 13 points and giving up 28.3. Rookie Kerry Collins is expected to start at quarterback.

Stellino's pick: Bucs 21, Panthers 10 -- There's just six weeks left before the start of college basketball practice for Carolina fans, who aren't very interested in the NFL.

Eagles (1-3) at Saints (0-4)

Time: 1 p.m.

Line: Saints by 2 1/2

Outlook: The Eagles' Rodney Peete, 22-26 as a starter, replaces Randall Cunningham, who couldn't get a handle on the West Coast offense. Saints quarterback Jim Everett is 24-53 as a starting quarterback in the '90s.

Stellino's pick: Eagles 24, Saints 14 -- Cunningham starts learning how to be a cheerleader today.

Rams (4-0) at Colts (1-2)

Time: 1 p.m.

Line: Colts by 3

Outlook: The Rams are the only team with no turnovers and have taken the ball from the opposition 14 times. Good teams do that. The Rams' Chris Miller has thrown 118 passes without being intercepted. The mark of a great quarterback. To boot, the Colts' defense ranks last in the league in sacks (1) and interceptions (0).

Stellino's pick: Rams 27, Colts 17 -- About 10,000 St. Louis fans are making the four-hour drive to Indianapolis to buy tickets.

Chiefs (3-1) at Cardinals (1-3)

Time: 4 p.m.

Line: Chiefs by 2

Outlook: The Cardinals have given up a league-high seven touchdowns on the ground. Chiefs coach Marty Schottenheimer holds a 16-7 edge on the NFC.

Stellino's pick: Chiefs 21, Cardinals 7 -- The Chiefs have the same 3-1 record without Joe Montana that they had last year with him.

Jaguars (0-4) at Oilers (2-2)

Time: 4 p.m.

Line: Oilers by 9 1/2

Outlook: Only Oakland and Indianapolis rank higher than Houston in time of possession.

Stellino's pick: Oilers 27, Jaguars 7 -- Will they be the Nashville Oilers soon?

Broncos (2-2) at Seahawks (1-2)

Time: 4 p.m.

Line: Broncos by 3

Outlook: John Elway has thrown more touchdown passes against Seattle (28) than any other team. Octoberfeast: The Broncos and Seahawks have met seven times previously in the month of October and Denver has won them all.

Stellino's pick: Broncos 28, Seahawks 14 -- Do those Seattle voters who turned down a one-tenth of 1 percent sales tax increase for a new baseball stadium realize that's only a penny on $10?

Chargers (3-1) at Steelers (2-2)

Time: 4 p.m., Ch. 11

Line: Steelers by 1 1/2

Outlook: Steelers' revenge week: San Diego linebacker Dennis Gibson knocked down a pass intended for running back Barry Foster at the goal line last season in the AFC Championship Game and the Chargers went to the Super Bowl. The Steelers are 9-0 against the Chargers in regular-season games at Three Rivers Stadium, but 0-2 in playoff games.

Stellino's pick: Chargers 21, Steelers 14 -- It won't come down to the last pass this time.

Giants (1-3) at 49ers (3-1)

Time: 4 p.m., Ch. 45

Line: 49ers by 16

Outlook: What are the odds of the 49ers losing back-to-back games to the Lions and Giants? The last time the 49ers lost two in a row was the final two weeks of the 1993 regular season against Houston and Philadelphia. The 49ers have lost two in a row under coach George Seifert twice in his seven-year tenure.

Stellino's pick: 49ers 31, Giants 7 -- The 49ers won't need a late field goal in this one.

Raiders (3-1) at Jets (1-3)

Time: 8 p.m., TNT

Line: Raiders by 7 1/2

Outlook: The Jets are the only team in the league without a rushing touchdown and have surrendered almost twice as many points as the Raiders, 102-55. The Raiders are No. 1 in the AFC in first downs gained; the Jets are last in first downs allowed.

Stellino's pick: Raiders 30, Jets 7 -- Rich Kotite is 1-10 in his past 11 games.

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