Jacksonville (5-1) at Dallas (3-3)Time: 1 p.m., Ch. 4Line...

NFL WEEK 8

October 19, 1997

Jacksonville (5-1) at Dallas (3-3)

Time: 1 p.m., Ch. 4

Line: Cowboys by 6

Vs. spread: Jaguars 4-2; Cowboys 2-4.

Last week: Jaguars beat Eagles, 38-21. Cowboys lost to Redskins, 21-16.

Worth watching: Two fine matchups in the secondary: Jaguars WRs Keenan McCardell and Jimmy Smith vs. Cowboys CBs Deion Sanders and Kevin Smith.

Outlook: Coming off a tough Monday night loss, the Cowboys face one of those must-win-to-save-face games -- the kind Dallas usually wins. True, Jacksonville has won 10 of its past 11 regular-season games. But a trip to Texas Stadium against a desperate team is a little different.

Notable: Cowboys are only team in the NFL without a rushing TD and have managed just seven TDs in 24 trips inside the red zone.

Injuries:

JAGUARS: Out: CB Aaron Beasley (hip). Questionable: RB Natrone Means (ankle). Probable: S Dana Hall (back); LB James Hamilton (quadriceps); DE Clyde Simmons (wrist).

COWBOYS: Out: DT Chad Hennings (groin); RB Daryl Johnston (shoulder); T Mark Tuinei (knee). Questionable: CB Wendell Davis (knee); S Darren Woodson (knee). Probable: QB Troy Aikman (back); G Larry Allen (hamstring); LB Fred Strickland (knee).

Arizona (1-5) at Philadelphia (2-4)

Time: 1 p.m.

Line: Eagles by 8

Vs. spread: Cardinals 4-2; Eagles 3-3.

Last week: Cardinals lost to Giants, 27-13. Eagles lost to Jaguars, 38-21.

Worth watching: Both teams are making quarterbacks changes, one by design, the other by necessity. Rodney Peete will replace slumping Ty Detmer for the Eagles. And with Kent Graham injured, the Cardinals will go with third-year man Stoney Case.

Outlook: In Arizona, the Vince Tobin regime is on the rocks after four straight losses. Ex-Bear Kevin Butler is out after missing some key FG attempts. But can the oft-waived Joe Nedney do any better?

Notable: Philadelphia's first six games were against teams that are currently at .500 or better.

Injuries:

CARDINALS: Doubtful: CB J. J. McCleskey (knee). Questionable: Tommy Bennett (chest); QB Kent Graham (ankle-knee), DT Brad Ottis (back). Probable: T James Dexter (knee); T Matt Joyce (knee); RB Derrick Moore (knee).

EAGLES: Out: CB Bobby Taylor (knee); WR Michael Timpson (shoulder). Questionable: TE Jason Dunn (hamstring); WR Chris T. Jones (knee); C Bubba Miller (ankle). Probable: S Brian Dawkins (leg); LB Jeff Herrod (hamstring).

New England (5-1) at N.Y. Jets (4-3)

Time: 1 p.m.

Line: Patriots by 3 1/2

Vs. spread: Patriots 4-2; Jets 4-3.

Last week: Patriots beat Bills, 33-6. Jets lost to Dolphins, 31-20.

Worth watching: New England RB Curtis Martin ran for 199 yards the Patriots' September victory over the Jets. New York's Adrian Murrell has rushed for 100 yards in two of the past three meetings.

Outlook: Bill Parcells almost stunned his old team five weeks ago in the first so-called Tuna Bowl, and this is the Jets' chance to show they will make a run at a playoff berth a year after going 1-15. The Jets must stop QB Drew Bledsoe from making too many big plays and could use a big pass rush from DE Hugh Douglas, who is having an off year.

Notable: The teams are separated by one point in the all-time series -- Patriots 1,658 to Jets 1,657.

Injuries:

PATRIOTS: Out: CB Steve Israel (knee). Doubtful: DE Ferric Collons (shoulder). Questionable: DE Willie McGinest (knee). Probable: RB Derrick Cullors (ribs); T Zefross Moss (back).

JETS: Out: P Brian Hansen (knee). Doubtful: WR Alex Van Dyke (hamstring). Probable: C Roger Duffy (knee).

Seattle (3-3) at St. Louis (2-4)

Time: 1 p.m.

Line: Seahawks by 1 1/2

Vs. spread: Seahawks 2-4; Rams 2-4.

Last week: Seahawks had a bye. Rams lost to 49ers, 30-10.

Worth watching: The Seahawks have thrived under the efficient leadership of 40-year-old Warren Moon (78.2 quarterback rating, six TD passes). Efficiency hasn't been a trait of the Rams' young quarterback, Tony Banks (60.2 rating, four TDs, six interceptions).

Outlook: The Rams haven't scored more than 17 points since Week 1, so the Seahawks should be able to play a conservative road game and still win. Seattle is looking more and more like a playoff team despite its 0-2 start.

Notable: Seattle is the only team in the NFL with three players with 200 rushing yards.

Injuries:

SEAHAWKS: Out: DE Phillip Daniels (knee); QB John Friesz (thumb). Questionable: S Bennie Blades (neck); DE Martin Harrison (knee). Probable: WR Joey Galloway (ankle); WR Ronnie Harris (hamstring); DT Cortez Kennedy (knee); RB Chris Warren (hamstring).

RAMS: Questionable: WR Eddie Kennison (groin); RB Lawrence Phillips (toe); G Zach Wiegert (shoulder). Probable: DE Leslie O'Neal (foot); WR Torrance Small (groin).

N.Y. Giants (4-3) at Detroit (4-3)

Line: Lions by 6 1/2

Vs. spread: Giants 3-3; Lions 4-3.

Last week: Giants beat Cardinals, 27-13. Lions beat Bucs, 27-9.

Worth watching: Detroit RB Barry Sanders has rushed for more than 100 yards in his past five games and is the league's No. 4 all-time rusher with 12,513 yards. The Giants are hoping RB Tyrone Wheatley's 103-yard effort last week was not just another tease.

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