Capsule

September 15, 1996|By Gary Lambrecht

Site: Astrodome, Houston.

Time: 1 p.m.

TV: Chs. 11, 4.

Announcers: Dan Hicks and Bart Oates.

Radio: WJFK (1300 AM), WLIF (101.9 FM).

Line: Oilers by 3.

Record vs. spread: Ravens 1-1; Oilers 2-0.

Last week: Ravens lost to Steelers, 31-17; Oilers beat Jaguars, 34-27.

Last meeting: Ravens, then Cleveland Browns, learned before game against Houston on Nov. 5, 1995, that team would be moving to Baltimore. Houston blew out Browns, 37-10, beginning downward spiral for Cleveland for rest of season.

Series: Browns held 30-21 edge.

Who's hot: Ravens WR Derrick Alexander leads team with eight catches for 124 yards, and 17-yard touchdown reception last week was first score since his rookie season in 1994. Greg Montgomery is averaging 42.4 yards per punt, and four of his 10 punts have pinned opponents inside the 20. TE Brian Kinchen (six catches, 87 yards) and WR Michael Jackson (six, 106) are off to good starts. . . . .Houston RB Eddie George, reigning Heisman Trophy winner and Oilers' top draft pick, rushed for 143 yards last week. QB Chris Chandler threw for three touchdowns and 226 yards in victory over Jacksonville. S Marcus Robertson intercepted two passes and had nine tackles.

Who's not: Ravens WR Calvin Williams has caught one pass for yards. Rookie Jermaine Lewis is averaging 3.3 yards per punt return. . . . Houston's secondary allowed 302 passing yards and two touchdown passes against Jacksonville.

Injuries:

Ravens

TE Frank Hartley knee O

G Wally Williams ankle O

DE Anthony Pleasant ankle Q

LB Mike Caldwell knee Q

S Bennie Thompson groin Q

RB Earnest Byner foot P

RB Carwell Gardner neck P

CB Antonio Langham ankle/ribs P

Oilers

DE Anthony Cook knee O

LB Lemanski Hall groin Q

Key: O-Out. D-doubtful, 25 percent chance of playing. Q-questionable, 50 percent. P-probable, 75 percent.

Pub Date: 9/15/96

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