Nfl Week 10

November 02, 1997

Miami (5-3) at Buffalo (4-0)

Time: 1 p.m.

Line: Bills by 2

Vs. spread: Dolphins 3-3; Bills 4-4.

Last week: Dolphins lost to Bears in OT, 36-33. Bills lost to Broncos in OT, 23-20.

Worth watching: QB Alex Van Pelt gets the start after guiding the Bills into overtime last week. The Dolphins' Dan Marino looks to bounce back after an 18-for-39 showing against the Bears.

Outlook: Van Pelt can't do it alone, but he won't have to. Bills rookie Antowain Smith is averaging 5.4 yards per carry. Miami's best hope is a big running game because Buffalo goes without LB Chris Spielman, who is out for the season with a neck injury.

Notable: Bills' turnover ratio of minus-15 is second-worst in NFL.

Injuries:

DOLPHINS: Out: RB Stanley Pritchett (knee); DE Jason Taylor (arm). Doubtful: G Keith Sims (elbow). Probable: DE Trace Armstrong (concussion); WR Charles Jordan (knee); T Richmond Webb (knee).

BILLS: Out: LB Damien Covington (knee); LB Chris Spielman (neck-injured reserve). Doubtful: LB Marlo Perry (hamstring). Questionable: DE Phil Hansen (wrist); LB John Holecek (ankle); DE Mark Pike (quadriceps). Probable: DE Jim Jeffcoat (knee); T Corey Louchiey (back); S Kurt Schulz (hip); DE Bruce Smith (shoulder); RB Tim Tindale (knee).

New England (5-3) at Minnesota (6-2)

Time: 1 p.m.

Line: Patriots by 1

Vs. spread: Patriots 4-4; Vikings 7-1.

Last week: Patriots lost to Packers, 28-10. Vikings beat Bucs, 10-6.

Worth watching: Ex-Raven Leroy Hoard steps in at running back for injured star Robert Smith. The Patriots need a bounce-back game from RB Curtis Martin, who has been held under 100 yards five straight games.

Outlook: The Vikings, with five straight wins and growing confidence, are surging. They must deal with the loss of Smith and his 96.9 rushing yards per game, but QB Brad Johnson is capable of compensating. The struggling Patriots have lost three of four and have only six sacks in that span.

Notable: Since his 40-carry, 199-yard game in the overtime win against the Jets in Week 3, Martin has averaged only 18 carries a game.

Injuries:

PATRIOTS: Out: DE Ferric Collons (chest). Doubtful: CB Steve Israel (knee). Questionable: CB Jimmy Hitchcock (hamstring).

VIKINGS: Out: RB Robert Smith (ankle). Questionable: DE Derrick Alexander (ankle); RB Leroy Hoard (rib); DE Fernando Smith (ankle); S Orlando Thomas (hamstring).

Philadelphia (4-4) at Arizona (1-7)

Time: 4 p.m.

Line: Eagles by 4

Vs. spread: Eagles 3-4; Cardinals 5-3.

Last week: Eagles beat Cowboys, 13-12. Cardinals lost to Oilers, 41-14.

Worth watching: Cardinals rookie QB Jake Plummer, who'll try to improve on his disastrous, four-interception first start.

Outlook: The Cardinals were playing tough at home until last week's blowout loss. The Eagles barely handled the Cardinals two weeks ago in Philadelphia, but no doubt learned a few lessons. Plus, they know about Plummer, who got extensive playing time in that game.

Notable: In his 14th year, Eagles WR Irving Fryar is on pace for career bests of 92 catches and 1,276 yards.

Injuries:

EAGLES: Out: S Charles Emanuel (ankle-injured reserve); WR Chris T. Jones (knee). Questionable: G Ian Beckles (foot); DE Jon Harris (toe). Probable: S Brian Dawkins (foot); TE Jason Dunn (hamstring); LB Ray Farmer (ankle); P Tom Hutton (quadriceps); G Joe Panos (shoulder-hamstring); WR Michael Timpson (shoulder).

CARDINALS: Out: RB Kevin Bouie (hamstring); RB Derrick Moore (knee); LB Tony McCombs (foot). Doubtful: LB Eric Hill (neck); CB J. J. McCleskey (knee). Questionable: S Matt Darby (concussion); QB Kent Graham (ankle-knee); DT Eric Swann (knee). Probable: S Tommy Bennett (neck); WR Rob Moore (knee); DT Brad Ottis (neck).

Oakland (3-5) at Carolina (4-4)

Time: 1 p.m.

Line: Panthers by 3

Vs. spread: Raiders 4-4; Panthers 2-4.

Last week: Raiders lost to Seahawks, 45-34. Panthers beat Falcons, 21-12.

Worth watching: Raiders RB Napoleon Kaufman has rushed for 100 yards in five of his past six games. Panthers RB Tshimanga Biakabutuka played like a No. 1 draft choice in a 104-yard, two-TD effort against the Falcons.

Outlook: With QB Kerry Collins healthier and their defense improving, the Panthers have won two straight, albeit against New Orleans and Atlanta. The Raiders will run up some points, but you can expect the NFL's worst defense will give them back.

Notable: Raiders have made only 25 of 98 third-down conversions.

Injuries:

RAIDERS: Out: CB Lionel Washington (hamstring). Questionable: DE Lance Johnstone (ankle); TE John Henry Mills (hamstring). Probable: S Eddie Anderson (foot); RB Derrick Fenner (neck); LB Rob Frederickson (heel); T Pat Harlow (back); RB Napoleon Kaufman (knee); T Lincoln Kennedy (foot); S Dan Land (elbow); CB Albert Lewis (knee).

PANTHERS: Questionable: DE Shawn King (groin). Probable: LB Micheal Barrow (shoulder); DE Mike Fox (chest); LB Renaldo Turnbull (groin).

San Diego (4-4) at Cincinnati (1-7)

Time: 1 p.m.

Line: Pick

Vs. spread: Chargers 5-3; Bengals 1-7.

Last week: Chargers beat Colts, 35-19. Bengals lost to Giants, 29-27.

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