Nfl Week 2

September 08, 1996

Indianapolis (1-0) at N.Y. Jets (0-1)

Time: 1 p.m.

Line: Colts by 5.

Record vs. spread: Colts 0-1; Jets 0-1.

Series record: Colts lead 30-21.

Last meeting: Colts won, 17-10, in second meeting of '95.

Last week: Colts beat Cardinals, 20-13; Jets lost to Broncos, 31-6.

Outlook: Colts, led by Harbaugh, overcame a 21-point deficit to beat Jets at Meadowlands last season. New York's defense hasn't changed measurably since, and pass rush might be less effective with DT Erik Howard out for season and DE Marvin Washington hurt. Jets' defensive front isn't very big and can be pushed around. If that happens, Marshall Faulk could have breakout game.

By the numbers: Harbaugh leads AFC with 98.1 QB rating. . . . Jets QB Neil O'Donnell is 8-1 vs. AFC East opponents in career (3-0 against Colts).

Injuries:

COLTS: Out: LB Trev Alberts (shoulder), DE Ellis Johnson (head). Doubtful: LB Elijah Alexander (hamstring). Questionable: T Troy Auzenne (knee), QB Kerwin Bell (knee-thumb), WR Sean Dawkins (ankle), DE Richard Dent (hip), S Derwin Gray (ankle), C Eric Mahlum (knee), CB Damon Watts (thumb). Probable: LB Quentin Coryatt (leg).

JETS: Out: TE Tyrone Davis (foot), DT Erik Howard (knee). Questionable: T John Elliott (groin), DE Marvin Washington (ribs), T David Williams (back). Probable: TE Kyle Brady (shoulder), CB Otis Smith (hamstring).

' Statistical comparison:

.............. ........ ........ Yds. .. Yds.

............ ....... .. Pts. ... rush .. pass .... TO .. Sacks

Indianapolis .. Off. .. 20.0 ... 74.0 .. 238.0 .. 2.0 .. 1.0

............ .. Def. .. 13.0 ... 84.0 .. 226.0 .. 0.0 .. 2.0

N.Y. Jets ..... Off. ... 6.0 .. 102.0 ... 72.0 .. 4.0 .. 9.0

............ .. Def. .. 31.0 .. 200.0 .. 167.0 .. 3.0 .. 2.0

Oakland (0-1) at Kansas City (1-0)

Time: 1 p.m.

Line: Chiefs by 6 1/2 .

Record vs. spread: Raiders 0-1; Chiefs 0-1.

Series record: Raiders lead 35-34-2.

Last meeting: Chiefs won, 29-23, in second meeting of '95.

Last week: Raiders lost to Ravens, 19-14; Chiefs beat Oilers, 20-19.

Outlook: This is an old AFL rivalry, but some of heat might have gone out of it for Oakland. That's because Chiefs have some ex-Raiders -- Marcus Allen and Art Shell -- who believe they were wronged by Al Davis, and Oakland can't win at Arrowhead Stadium. Raiders QB Jeff Hostetler, who missed last week's game with a knee injury, might start this week.

By the numbers: Raiders haven't beaten Chiefs in K.C. since 1988 and have lost past six meetings overall. . . . Chiefs defense has held 14 of past 17 opponents to two TDs or fewer.

Injuries:

RAIDERS: Out: TE Marcus Hinton (arm). Questionable: LB James Folston (ankle), QB Jeff Hostetler (knee), T Robert Jenkins (knee).

CHIEFS: Questionable: T John Alt (neck), WR Victor Bailey (knee), TE Keith Cash (knee), LB Troy Dumas (knee), TE Reggie Johnson (groin), DE Pellom McDaniels (hamstring). Probable: LB Anthony Davis (groin), LB Donnie Edwards (shoulder), LB Tracy Rodgers (ankle), C Jeff Smith (knee).

( Statistical comparison:

.............. ....... ........ Yds. .. Yds.

.............. ....... Pts. ... rush .. pass .... TO ... Sacks

Oakland ...... Off. .. 14.0 ... 60.0 .. 178.0 .. 2.0 ... 3.0

....... ...... Def. .. 19.0 ... 95.0 .. 219.0 .. 1.0 ... 3.0

Kansas City .. Off. .. 20.0 ... 79.0 .. 169.0 .. 2.0 ... 1.0

.............. Def. .. 19.0 ... 72.0 .. 191.0 .. 1.0 ... 3.0

Denver (1-0) at Seattle (0-1)

Time: 4 p.m., Ch. 4.

Line: Broncos by 2.

Record vs. spread: Broncos 1-0; Seahawks 0-1.

Series record: Broncos lead 22-15.

L Last meeting: Seahawks won, 31-27, in second meeting of '95.

Last week: Broncos beat Jets, 31-6; Seahawks lost to Chargers, 29-7.

Outlook: Seahawks swept Broncos last season, including game in which they scored 21 fourth-quarter points to rally for victory. Seattle likely to pound ball with RB Chris Warren, who faces one of his favorite opponents -- he rushed for 115 and 101 yards against Broncos last season. Denver, however, looked downright scary in battering Jets last week. Broncos QB John Elway seems have hit stride early, which is bad news for Seattle.

By the numbers: Seattle's Brian Blades (498) and Denver's Anthony Miller (494) are closing in on 500 career catches. . . . Under Mike Shanahan, Denver is 0-5 against Seattle.

Injuries:

BRONCOS: Out: WR Byron Chamberlain (finger), WR Rod Smith (shoulder). Questionable: CB Darrius Johnson (ankle). Probable: LB John Mobley (ankle), TE Shannon Sharpe (ankle).

SEAHAWKS: Doubtful: LB James Logan (leg). Questionable: DE Matt LaBounty (knee), LB Terry Wooden (hamstring).

' Statistical comparison:

.............. ... ........ Yds. .. Yds.

.............. ... Pts. ... rush .. pass .... TO ... Sacks

Denver .. Off. .. 31.0 .. 200.0 .. 167.0 ... 3.0 .. 2.0

.......... Def. ... 6.0 .. 102.0 ... 72.0 ... 4.0 .. 9.0

Seattle .. Off. ... 7.0 .. 106.0 .. 251.0 ... 4.0 .. 1.0

.......... Def. .. 29.0 .. 185.0 .. 202.0 ... 0.0 .. 0.0

Miami (1-0) at Arizona (0-1)

Time: 8 p.m., TNT.

Line: Dolphins by 6.

Record vs. spread: Dolphins 1-0; Cardinals 1-0.

Series record: Dolphins lead 6-0.

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