Nfl Week 6

October 05, 1997

Kansas City (4-1) at Miami (2-2)

Time: 1 p.m., Ch. 4

Line: Dolphins by 3

Vs. spread: Chiefs 3-2; Dolphins 1-2.

Last week: Chiefs beat Seahawks in OT, 20-17. Dolphins had a bye.

Worth watching: The Chiefs are showing the good that can be done in the free-agent market. QB Elvis Grbac has become a team leader, and WR Andre Rison leads the club with 25 catches, two for touchdowns.

Outlook: The Chiefs have won four straight, including two on the road (Oakland, Carolina). In Miami, meanwhile, Jimmy Johnson's rebuilding plan has hit a familiar snag: The Dolphins have no rushing game, ranking last in the NFL.

Notable: RB Marcus Allen has gained 3,321 yards rushing for Kansas City, fourth on the Chiefs' all-time list.

Injuries:

CHIEFS: Questionable: CB Darren Anderson (groin); DE Vaughn Booker (knee); WR Lake Dawson (knee); WR Brett Perriman (knee); LB Derrick Thomas (arm). Probable: CB James Hasty (thigh).

DOLPHINS: Out: LB Stanley Pritchett (knee); G Keith Sims (elbow); LB Ronnie Ward (leg-injured reserve). Questionable: P John Kidd (hamstring). Probable: DE Trace Armstrong (wrist); RB Dewayne Dotson (knee); CB Tim Jacobs (ankle); T Brent Smith (knee).

N.Y. Jets (3-2) at Indianapolis (0-4)

Time: 4 p.m.

Line: Jets by 3

Vs. spread: Jets 3-2; Colts 1-2.

Last week: Jets beat Bengals, 31-14. Colts had a bye.

Worth watching: Jets RB Adrian Murrell is emerging as one of the NFL's new stars, with 492 rushing yards and a 4.4-yard average. How will the Colts regroup after blowing a 26-0 lead to Buffalo in their last game and losing, 37-35?

Outlook: Although the Colts have handled the Jets in the past, Bill Parcells has changed things quickly and instilled a winning atmosphere in New York. Plus, the Colts' offense is in desperate search of a big-play performer, and banged-up QB Jim Harbaugh has a passer rating of only 71.6 with one TD pass.

Notable: The Jets have converted nine of 11 fourth-down plays.

Injuries:

JETS: Doubtful: WR Alex Van Dyke (hamstring). Questionable: T David Williams (foot).

COLTS: Doubtful: TE Ken Dilger (hamstring). Questionable: LB Stephen Grant (neck); T Tony Mandarich (ankle). Probable: WR Sean Dawkins (stomach); S Derwin Gray (knee); RB Roosevelt )) Potts (knee); LB Scott Van Der Ahe (neck); G Derek West (groin), G Doug Widell (virus).

Cincinnati (1-3) at Jacksonville (3-1)

Time: 1 p.m.

Line: Jaguars by 7

Vs. spread: Bengals 0-4; Jaguars 2-2.

Last week: Bengals lost to Jets, 31-14. Jaguars lost to Redskins, 24-12

Worth watching: How well can Bengals RB Ki-Jana Carter play? This is his first game since tearing a rotator cuff two weeks ago. The Jaguars, meanwhile, are still trying to find a running game, ranking 25th in the NFL.

Outlook: After a strong finish last season, the Bengals are in danger of slipping out of contention, so they may play with a sense of desperation. But Jaguars QB Mark Brunell should be able to operate against the Bengals' soft defense, ranked next-to-last in the NFL.

Notable: Jaguars WR Jimmy Smith has six 100-yard receiving days in nine games since becoming a starter last November.

Injuries:

BENGALS: Doubtful: S Tremain Mack (foot). Questionable: RB Ki-Jana Carter (shoulder); LB Tom Tumulty (thigh).

JAGUARS: Doubtful: LB James Hamilton (quadriceps). Probable: QB Rob Johnson (ankle); LB Bryan Schwartz (shoulder).

Detroit (3-2) at Buffalo (2-2)

Time: 1 p.m.

Line: Bills by 4

Vs. spread: Lions 3-2; Bills 1-3.

Last week: Lions beat Packers, 26-15. Bills had a bye.

Worth watching: After a 139-yard day in the Lions' upset of

Green Bay, RB Barry Sanders is going for his third straight 100-yard game. Buffalo rookie Antowain Smith is averaging 5.9 yards a carry.

Outlook: Maybe the Lions' inconsistency wasn't Wayne Fontes' fault. How else to explain the Lions losing one week in New Orleans, then beating Green Bay the next? The Bills are 2-2 despite a minus-10 turnover differential. As long as they take care of the ball, they should beat another up-and-down Detroit team.

Notable: Bills RB Thurman Thomas needs 46 all-purpose yards to pass James Brooks (14,910) for ninth place on the all-time list.

Injuries:

LIONS: Out: TE Pete Chryplewicz (shoulder); G Chris Harrison (knee). Doubtful: S Ron Rice (ankle).

BILLS: Questionable: DE Jim Jeffcoat (knee). Probable: CB Jeff Burris (hamstring); DE Phil Hansen (ribs); G Corbin Lacina (knee); LB Sam Rogers (hamstring); WR Steve Tasker (hamstring); C Dusty Zeigler (knee).

Tennessee (1-3) at Seattle (2-3)

Time: 4 p.m.

Line: Seahawks by 5 1/2

Vs. spread: Oilers 2-2; Seahawks 2-3.

Last week: Oilers lost to Steelers, 37-24. Seahawks lost to Chiefs in OT, 20-17.

Worth watching: The Oilers need QB Steve McNair to pick up his game. In his first year as a starter, he has only four TD passes in four games. Former Oiler Warren Moon has revived the Seahawks' offense, which now ranks 10th in passing.

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