Today's games

November 05, 1995|By VITO STELLINO

Redskins (3-6) at Chiefs (7-1)

Time: 1 p.m., Ch. 45, WLIF (101.9 FM)

Line: Chiefs by 8 1/2

Outlook: The Chiefs lead the series 3-1 and are 2-0 against the Redskins at home. To win, the Redskins must run Terry Allen. They're 3-0 when he rushes for 100 yards and 0-6 when he doesn't. Their passing game could have problems because both starting receivers, Henry Ellard and Leslie Shepherd, are ailing. The Chiefs, on the other hand, just need to avoid turnovers. They are the superior team and should control the game, if they don't make mistakes and avoid a letdown coming off a bye week.

Stellino's pick: Chiefs 28, Redskins 14 -- Steve Bono is playing as if Joe Montana never left.

Oilers (3-5) at Browns (4-4)

Time: 1 p.m., Ch. 11

Line: Browns by 7

Outlook: Oilers quarterback Chris Chandler has completed 64 percent of his passes and has an 88.0 rating, but the team's running game is averaging just 92.1 yards per game. Eric Zeier was 26-for-46 for 310 yards in his debut last week, and WR Andre Rison had seven catches for 173 yards and a touchdown. Running back Ernest Byner has re-emerged, leading the team with 26 catches and rushing for 159 yards. He gained a season-high 179 yards rushing last week.

Stellino's pick: Browns 24, Oilers 20 -- Are the Browns going to arrive in Mayflower vans?

Patriots (2-6) at Jets (2-7)

Time: 1 p.m.

Line: Patriots by 2 1/2

Outlook: The Patriots' offense has scored a league-low 14.1 points per game. The Jets last week held the Colts to 114 total yards and 52 yards rushing, which marked first time this season they have held a team under 100 yards rushing. They are allowing 26.3 points per game (last in NFL).

Stellino's pick: Patriots 21, Jets 14 -- This is one of the drawbacks of living in New York. This game will be on TV there.

Lions (3-5) at Falcons (5-3)

Time: 1 p.m.

Line: Falcons by 1

Outlook: Lions' Barry Sanders ran for 167 yards last week and now has 838 yards and 5.5-yard average per carry. Scott Mitchell has 16 TD passes. The Falcons' defense has held just two opponents under 300 yards.

Stellino's pick: Falcons 28, Lions 24 -- Is Jeff George going to have another one of those sideline debates with June Jones?

Rams (5-3) at Saints (2-6)

Time: 1 p.m.

Line: Saints by 1 1/2

Outlook: The Rams' defense had 16 take-aways in its first five games, but just one since.

Stellino's pick: Rams 27, Saints 17 -- Nobody cares now that Baltimore didn't get the Rams.

Packers (5-3) at Vikings (3-5)

Time: 1 p.m.

Line: Packers by 1 1/2

Outlook: Vikings' Warren Moon can become the second fastest player, and sixth overall, to reach 40,000 career passing yards with 181 this week. But the Packers' Brett Favre has thrown for 17 touchdowns and an NFC-leading 2,190 yards.

Stellino's pick: Packers 24, Vikings 17 -- Is Warren Moon near the end of the line?

Raiders (6-2) at Bengals (3-5)

Time: 1 p.m., Ch. 4

Line: Raiders by 7

Outlook: Raiders quarterback Jeff Hostetler returns after missing one game with an injury. Vince Evans threw for 335 yards in Hostetler's absence against the Colts. The Raiders' defense has forced 22 turnovers (first in AFC), including 16 recovered fumbles, and has 25 sacks. The Bengals' pass defense has allowed 300-plus passing yards in four of its past five games.

Stellino's pick: Raiders 24, Bengals 21 -- Assuming the Browns leave, do you think Mike Brown will take the Bengals to Cleveland, where his father became a legend?

Panthers (3-5) at 49ers (5-3)

Time: 4 p.m.

Line: 49ers by 14

Outlook: The Panthers are on an improbable three-game winning streak that should end here.

Stellino's pick: 49ers 21, Panthers 10 -- Will the 49ers be looking ahead to Dallas?

Bills (5-3) at Colts (5-3)

Time: 4 p.m.

Line: Colts by 3 1/2

Outlook: Without WR Andre Reed and RB Thurman Thomas, the Bills' offense could not score a touchdown and managed just 186 yards vs. Miami. Both players remain out. The Colts' run defense has been stingy, allowing just 89.4 yards per game, 3.3 yards per carry and four TDs.

Stellino's pick: Colts 24, Bills 17 -- Now that Baltimore appears to be getting a team, will the city's fans still root against the Colts, or will they not care?

Steelers (4-4) at Bears (6-2)

Time: 4 p.m., Ch. 11

Line: Bears by 2 1/2

Outlook: Last week, the Bears' defense had its best performance in weeks with four sacks, 297 yards allowed and no touchdowns. The Bears are 11-0 against the Steelers in Chicago, dating to 1936. Their quarterback, Eric Kramer, leads the NFL with 18 touchdown passes and has a 101.0 rating.

Stellino's pick: Bears 21, Steelers 14 -- Did you know the Bears have never lost at home to a team whose name begins with a P, not even Portsmouth?

Cardinals (3-5) at Broncos (4-4)

Time: 4 p.m.

Line: Broncos by 8

Outlook: The Broncos' defense had two brilliant weeks, giving up three points and 102 yards rushing, before falling apart against the Chiefs (332 yards, including 171 rushing). Not to worry, though; the Cardinals' offense leads NFC in turnovers with 21.

Stellino's pick: Broncos 24, Cardinals 20 -- Can the Cardinals, who drew 39,600 last week for the Seahawks, top 40,000 today?

Giants (2-5) at Seahawks (2-6)

Time: 4 p.m.

Line: Seahawks by 1

Outlook: The Seahawks' John Friesz, in his first start at QB, threw for two touchdowns and two interceptions last week. Friesz also suffered a shoulder injury, which means Rick Mirer will be back in the lineup. Mirer leads the NFL with 14 interceptions.

Stellino's pick: Seahawks 23, Giants 17 -- Can the Giants thrive on tipped passes two weeks in a row?

Dolphins (5-3) at Chargers (4-4)

Time: 8 p.m., ESPN

Line: Chargers by 1 1/2

Outlook: In Miami's past three losses at San Diego, the Chargers have out-rushed the Dolphins, 620 yards to 162, and outscored them in the second half 65-27.

Stellino's pick: Chargers 28, Dolphins 21 -- This game could bring back a lot of bad memories for the Dolphins.

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