Today's games

October 29, 1995|By VITO STELLINO

Jaguars (3-5) at Steelers (3-4)

Time: 1 p.m.

Line: Steelers by 10.

Outlook: The Steelers went into a tailspin after the Jaguars stunned them with a 20-16 victory. Jacksonville has scored on 15 of its past 16 trips inside the red zone. The Steelers have never lost two home games in a row under coach Bill Cowher. Stellino's pick:Stellino's pick: Steelers 24, Jaguars 21 -- The last time the Steelers faced an expansion team at home, they beat Tampa, 42-0, in 1976.

Jets (2-6) at Colts (4-3)

Time: 1 p.m.

Line: Colts by 10 1/2 .

Outlook: The Colts, who were 3-1 in a torturous run against the Rams, Dolphins, 49ers and Oakland Raiders, now get a walkover. Colts quarterback Jim Harbaugh continues to lead the NFL in passing. Running back Marshall Faulk goes against the No. 24 rushing defense.

Stellino's pick: Colts 24, Jets 20 -- Remember when the Jets blew a 21-point lead in the first game? They won't get that big a lead this time.

Browns (3-4) at Bengals (3-4)

Time: 1 p.m.

Line: Browns by 1 1/2 .

Outlook: The Steelers are a mess, the Browns have benched quarterback Vinny Testaverde in favor of rookie Eric Zeier, and the Bengals have the chance to take control of the AFC Central Division.

Stellino's pick: Browns 21, Bengals 17 -- Will the loser of this game leave Ohio?

Cowboys (6-1) at Falcons (5-2)

Time: 1 p.m., Ch. 45

Line: Cowboys by 11.

Outlook: Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman has won 22 consecutive games when he completes 70 percent of his passes, and he's going against the league's second-worst pass defense.

Stellino's pick: Cowboys 28, Falcons 14 -- How much hotdogging will Deion do in this one?

Rams (5-2) at Eagles (4-3)

Time: 1 p.m.

Line: Eagles by 3 1/2 .

Outlook: The Rams folded in last week's emotional showdown against the 49ers; does coach Rich Brooks have the goods to avoid a letdown on the road?

Stellino's pick: Eagles 24, Rams 23 -- Randall Cunningham says he's been practicing a trick play. Maybe it's a disappearing act.

Panthers (2-5) at Patriots (2-5)

Time: 1 p.m.

Line: Patriots by 9 1/2 .

Outlook: The Panthers have seven interceptions in the last two ++ games and get the chance to pad their stats against a shaky Drew Bledsoe.

Stellino's pick: Patriots 28, Panthers 24 -- This may be the first of many meetings between Kerry Collins and Bledsoe.

Packers (5-2) at Lions (2-5)

Time: 4 p.m., Ch. 45

Line: Lions by 2.

Outlook: The Packers have not started the season 6-2 since 1978. Green Bay coach Mike Holmgren is 7-2 against the Lions. Green Bay quarterback Brett Favre leads the NFL with 16 touchdown passes; Detroit's Scott Mitchell is third with 13.

Stellino's pick: Packers 28, Lions 17 -- Will Wayne Fontes run Barry Sanders on first down from the 2-yard-line this time?

Bills (5-2) at Dolphins (4-3)

Time: 4 p.m., Ch. 11

Line: Dolphins by 7.

Outlook: Both teams are in jeopardy of going in the tank because of key injuries. The Dolphins have collapsed since Dan Marino suffered knee and hip injuries, and the Bills stumbled after losing wide receiver Andre Reed and running back Thurman Thomas to hamstring injuries.

Stellino's pick: Dolphins 21, Bills 17 -- Does Don Shula see Jimmy Johnson in his nightmares?

Seahawks (2-5) at Cardinals (2-5)

Time: 4 p.m.

Line: Cardinals by 4 1/2 .

Outlook: The Cardinals rank No. 29 in points allowed, the Seahawks No. 27 and both teams are struggling on offense.

Stellino's pick: Cardinals 28, Seahawks 14 -- Are these two teams playing for the right to go to Los Angeles?

Saints (1-6) at 49ers (5-2)

Time: 4 p.m.

Line: 49ers by 14.

Outlook: The Rams thought they had a chance to win at home against the 49ers with Steve Young standing on the sideline because of a sore shoulder. Wrong. What chance do the Jim Everett-led Saints have against Elvis Grbac & Co. on the road? The Saints couldn't beat the Rams.

Stellino's pick: 49ers 28, Saints 20 -- When Jimmy Johnson says he wants to be near water, he apparently wasn't talking about the Mississippi River.

Buccaneers (5-3) at Oilers (2-5)

Time: 4 p.m.

Line: Even.

Outlook: Houston, with the ninth-ranked defense, has suffered its past four losses by a total of 17 points.

Stellino's pick: Oilers 20, Bucs 17 -- Someday soon, this could become a Nashville-Baltimore matchup.

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