Tonight's games

October 27, 1997

Green Bay (5-2) at New England (5-2)

Time: 9 p.m., chs. 2, 7

Line: Patriots by 2

Vs. spread: Packers 0-7; Patriots 4-3.

Last week: Packers had a bye. Patriots lost to Jets, 24-19.

Worth watching: Green Bay DT Gilbert Brown, the game's best run-stopper, is expected to return from a knee injury for this Super Bowl rematch. The Patriots will need a big pass rush from LB Chris Slade (six sacks).

Outlook: Despite injuries to key players, both the Packers and Patriots are tied for first place in their respective divisions. The Patriots have lost two of their past three (Denver, New York Jets) but both were against solid teams on the road. The Packers have been shaky on the road (1-2), the only win being a one-pointer against the winless Bears two weeks ago.

Notable: Super Bowl loser is 18-9-1 in rematches the next season.


PACKERS: Questionable: DT Gilbert Brown (knee); T Earl Dotson (back); RB Dorsey Levens (clavicle); G Aaron Taylor (knee); WR Robert Brooks (back).

PATRIOTS: Out: DE Ferric Collons (chest). Doubtful: CB Steve Israel (knee). Questionable: TE Ben Coates (foot). Probable: RB Derrick Cullors (ribs).

Chicago (0-7) at Miami (5-2)

Time: 9 p.m.

Line: Dolphins by 8 1/2

Vs. spread: Bears 2-5; Dolphins 3-2.

Last week: Bears had a bye. Dolphins beat Ravens, 24-13.

Worth watching: RB Raymont Harris is the Bears' only legitimate Pro Bowl candidate, ranking third in the NFC in rushing (638 yards) and first in rushing TDs (six).

Outlook: Bears coach Dave Wann- stedt meets his mentor, Jimmy Johnson, for the first time in the regular season. With Eric Kramer at quarterback and the offensive line recovering from injuries, the Bears have a chance. But in the past few weeks, Dolphins QB Dan Marino has returned to form.

Notable: Bears are averaging 23.7 points when Kramer plays the entire game (three times this year).


BEARS: Out: CB James Burton (leg); G Chris Gray (knee). Doubtful: C Casey Wiegmann (shoulder). Questionable: DE Alonzo Spellman (shoulder); C-G Chris Villarrial (leg). Probable: TE John Allred (rib); WR Curtis Conway (collarbone).

DOLPHINS: Out: RB Stanley Pritchett (knee); DE Jason Taylor (arm). Doubtful: G Keith Sims (elbow); WR Lamar Thomas (ankle). Questionable: WR Brett Perriman (knee). Probable: WR Charles Jordan (neck); RB Bernie Parmalee (neck).

Pub Date: 10/27/97

Baltimore Sun Articles
Please note the green-lined linked article text has been applied commercially without any involvement from our newsroom editors, reporters or any other editorial staff.