Today's games

October 22, 1995|By VITO STELLINO

Oilers (2-4) at Bears (4-2)

Time: 1 p.m.

Line: Bears by 7

Outlook: Erik Kramer, who was a bust in Chicago a year ago only to be replaced by Steve Walsh, is having a Michael Jordan-like season. Everything he throws up results in a score. His 14 touchdown passes tie Steve Bono for the NFL lead.

Stellino's pick: Bears 21, Oilers 17 -- The Bears manage to beat the expansion teams. Oh, the Oilers aren't one, but they're close.

Dolphins (4-2) at Jets (1-6)

Time: 1 p.m., Ch. 11

Line: Dolphins by 10

Outlook: Imagine the Houston Rockets taking on the CBA's Rockford entry. The Jets will start Bubby Brister again, and that has to have the fans in New York all excited about their Sunday entertainment. The Dolphins have the No. 1 passing game -- with Dan Marino and Bernie Kosar at quarterback -- and their defense ranks No. 1 against the rush in the AFC.

Stellino's pick: Dolphins 28, Jets 7 -- Jimmy Johnson is doing everything but running a want ad for the Jets' coaching job.

Jaguars (2-5) at Browns (3-3)

Time: 1 p.m.

Line: Browns by 13 1/2

Outlook: Get this, the Browns may be looking ahead to next week's showdown with the Bengals. That's what has happened to the AFC Central: a showdown between the Bengals and Browns. The division winner might not be .500.

Stellino's pick: Browns 24, Jaguars 20 -- If Art Modell is tired of being overshadowed by the Indians, maybe he should come to a town where the baseball team is out of it by early September.

Saints (1-5) at Panthers (1-5)

Time: 1 p.m.

Line: Saints by 3 1/2

Outlook: Both won their last game. New Orleans quarterback Jim Everett now has a record of 54-73 as a starter. And the Saints' defense ranks 29th.

Stellino's pick: Saints 21, Panthers 10 -- I don't think the Saints will try a shovel pass against the Panthers.

Falcons (4-2) at Buccaneers (5-2)

Time: 1 p.m.

Line: Buccaneers by 3

Outlook: The Buccaneers have a better record than the 49ers, and quarterback Trent Dilfer has gone four consecutive games and 93 consecutive passes without an interception. And yet, pigs still do not fly. The Falcons have won 13 games in a row when limiting opponents to 20 or fewer points. They also have the worst pass defense in the league, which allows teams to score at will.

Stellino's pick: Bucs 23, Falcons 17 -- Would somebody tell the Bucs fans their team is in first place. This game isn't a sellout and will be blacked out in Tampa.

49ers (4-2) at Rams (5-1)

Time: 1 p.m., Ch. 45

Line: 49ers by 3 1/2

Outlook: Elvis Grbac, who has completed 40 of 59 passes for 442 yards, with two touchdowns and two interceptions, in his three-year NFL career, will start for the first time. The Rams figure this is another sign that they are destined to be in the playoffs. Reality check: The 49ers have defeated the Rams nine times in a row.

Stellino's pick: Rams 27, 49ers 24 -- Now we know where Elvis is.

Chiefs (6-1) at Broncos (4-3)

Time: 4 p.m., Ch. 11

Line: Broncos by 3

Outlook: Desperate Denver ripped Oakland and tries to bring the Chiefs back to the AFC West pack and make a statement of its own. The Chiefs are off to their best start since 1969, and so why didn't they dump Joe Montana sooner?

Stellino's pick: Broncos 27, Chiefs 20 -- If it weren't for the salary cap, Steve Bono would be starting for the 49ers today.

Vikings (3-3) at Packers (4-2)

Time: 4 p.m.

Line: Packers by 4

Outlook: The Vikings have won five of their past six games against the Packers, but Minnesota lost to Tampa Bay last week, so Green Bay doesn't figure to be overwhelmed.

Stellino's pick: Packers 21, Vikings 20 -- Last week, the Packers were favored by 7 and won by 5, the Cardinals were favored by 2 1/2 and won by 4 and the Rams were favored by 3 and won by 2. Naturally, I was on the losing end of all three.

Colts (4-2) at Raiders (5-2)

Time: 4 p.m.

Line: Raiders by 4

Outlook: The Raiders will be without Jeff Hostetler, and would you want to take on the mighty Colts without your best? The mighty Colts? They knocked the Rams from the ranks of the unbeaten, then savaged the Dolphins before whipping the 49ers.

Stellino's pick: Raiders 24, Colts 21 -- When is Jim Harbaugh going to remember he's Jim Harbaugh?

Chargers (3-4) at Seahawks (2-4)

Time: 4 p.m.

Line: Chargers by 3

Outlook: The Chargers consider this a must victory as they head into the bye hoping to regroup for a second-half run. The Chargers are 6-1 against the Seahawks under Bobby Ross, but struggled at home earlier this season to top Seattle, 14-10.

Stellino's pick: Chargers 28, Seahawks 14 -- The Kingdome won't be rocking the way it was when Randy Johnson was pitching.

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