Today's games

November 12, 1995|By VITO STELLINO

Bears (6-3) at Packers (5-4)

Time: 1 p.m., chs. 45, 5

Line: Off

Outlook: The Bears' Erik Kramer leads the NFL with 21 touchdown passes; the Packers' Brett Favre has 17. Green Bay's Reggie White is second in the NFC with 8 1/2 sacks. However, Favre and White, slowed by injuries, may not play.

Stellino's pick: Bears 21, Packers 14 -- When will Erik Kramer remember he's Erik Kramer?

Falcons (6-3) at Bills (6-3)

Time: 1 p.m.

Line: Bills by 3 1/2

Outlook: The Falcons, surprise leaders of the NFC West, face the league's sixth-best defense. Atlanta WR Eric Metcalf has caught a TD pass in a club-record five straight games.

Stellino's pick: Bills 21, Falcons 10 -- It'll be good to see Marv Levy back on the sidelines. He missed just 20 days because of prostate cancer surgery.

Panthers (4-5) at Rams (5-4)

Time: 1 p.m.

Line: Rams by 7

Outlook: The Rams, who have lost three in a row, play a Carolina team that has won four straight, an expansion record. Panthers leading rusher Derrick Moore (576 yards) is out four to six weeks with a knee injury. Rams WR Isaac Bruce leads NFL with 1,073 receiving yards.

Stellino's pick: Rams 24, Panthers 21 -- St. Louis' new Trans World Dome opens today, 2 1/2 years before Baltimore gets its new stadium. But the Baltimore one will be open-air and won't have a corporate name.

Bengals (3-6) at Oilers (4-5)

Time: 1 p.m., Ch. 25

Line: Oilers by 3

Outlook: The Oilers have won three in a row and trail Pittsburgh by a game in the AFC Central. They lead the NFL in total defense but will be challenged by QB Jeff Blake (AFC-leading 18 TD passes) and Carl Pickens (11 TD catches).

Stellino's pick: Bengals 28, Oilers 20 -- Pay attention to this one. Both teams are in Baltimore's new division.

Colts (5-4) at Saints (3-6)

Time: 1 p.m.

Line: Saints by 1 1/2

Outlook:Colts QB Jim Harbaugh is questionable with a groin injury; his backup is Paul Justin, a World League MVP. After starting 0-5, the Saints have recovered to beat the Dolphins, 49ers and Rams during the past four weeks. Their formula: ball control and a pass rush (Wayne Martin leads the NFC with nine sacks).

Stellino's pick: Saints 21, Colts 14 -- Bob Irsay's Indianapolis deal isn't nearly as good as the one Art Modell is getting in Baltimore.

Raiders (7-2) at Giants (3-6)

Time: 1 p.m., Chs. 11, 4

Line: Raiders by 6 1/2

Outlook: Raiders QB Jeff Hostetler faces the team he led to a Super Bowl victory and should have a big game -- if the cracked bone in his nonthrowing hand isn't a factor. Oakland is tied for the NFL lead with a turnover differential of plus-10. The Raiders are getting big years from RB Harvey Williams (682 yards, 4.7 yards per carry) and WR Tim Brown (45 catches, 14.9 yards per catch).

Stellino's pick: Raiders 24, Giants 21 -- Don't look for Dan Reeves to try any more two-point conversions.

Patriots (3-6) at Dolphins (6-3)

Time: 1 p.m.

Line: Dolphins by 9

Outlook: Fire up the scoreboard: It's Miami's No. 2 ranked offense vs. New England's No. 24 defense. QB Dan Marino and WR Irving Fryar could light it up against Fryar's old team -- he has five TDs in the past three games vs. the Patriots. Marino needs 38 passing yards to surpass Fran Tarkenton's NFL record (47,003).

Stellino's pick: Dolphins 28, Patriots 10 -- Drew Bledsoe isn't quite Dan Marino yet.

Seahawks (3-6) at Jaguars (3-6)

Time: 1 p.m.

Line: Pick

Outlook: QB Mark Brunell leads Jacksonville in rushing with 323 yards, but the Jaguars still should be able to control the ball against a defense ranked next to last in the NFL.

Stellino's pick: Seahawks 20, Jaguars 17 -- Were Dennis Erickson's Hurricanes as good as the Seahawks?

Buccaneers (5-4) at Lions (3-6)

Time: 1 p.m.

Line: Lions by 5 1/2

Outlook: Owner William Clay Ford said this week that the Lions must make the playoffs for coach Wayne Fontes to keep his job. That kind of motivation always seems to work for the Lions. The fact that Tampa Bay's offense is 28th in the league should help, too.

Stellino's pick: Lions 28, Buccaneers 27 -- Fontes and Sam Wyche both could be unemployed by the end of the season.

Chiefs (8-1) at Chargers (4-5)

Time: 4 p.m.

Line: Chargers by 1 1/2

Outlook: The Chiefs go after their second 9-1 start. The last time they did it, they won the Super Bowl. The Chargers' Natrone Means, the AFC's leading rusher, is out with a groin injury. Kansas City is tied for the NFL lead with plus-10 turnover differential; Chargers are minus nine.

Stellino's pick: Chargers 24, Chiefs 17 -- The Chargers barely can remember they were in the Super Bowl last year.

Vikings (4-5) at Cardinals (3-6)

Time: 4 p.m.

Line: Vikings by 2 1/2

Outlook: The Cardinals defense is ranked 27th but has played well recently, compiling 13 take-aways in four games. Minnesota RB Robert Smith is averaging 4.7 yards but has a sore ankle.

Stellino's pick: Cardinals 21, Vikings 17 -- Does Bill Bidwill regret not taking the Baltimore deal back in 1988, when he had a shot at it?

49ers (5-4) at Cowboys (8-1)

Time: 4 p.m., chs. 45, 5

Line: Cowboys by 13

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