Nfl Week 11

November 09, 1997

Arizona (2-7) at Dallas (4-5)

Time: 1 p.m.

Line: Cowboys by 8 1/2

Vs. spread: Cardinals 6-3; Cowboys 2-5.

Last week: Cardinals beat Eagles, 31-21. Cowboys lost to 49ers, 17-10.

Worth watching: Two of the game's greats go head-to-head: Cowboys WR Michael Irvin vs. Cardinals CB Aeneas Williams.

Outlook: The Cowboys no doubt haven't forgotten their Week 2 loss at Arizona, which ended a 13-game winning streak in the series. Dallas has scored only 22 points in the past two weeks but should get healthy against the NFL's No. 20 rushing defense.

Notable: The Cowboys are below .500 this late in the season for the first time since 1990.

Injuries:

CARDINALS: Out: RB Kevin Bouie (hamstring); LB Tony McCombs (foot). Questionable: LB Lyron Cobbins (ankle); S Matt Darby (concussion); G Rob Selby (foot); DT Eric Swann (hamstring); WR Kevin Williams (hamstring). Probable: S Kenny Harris (Achilles); S Kwamie Lassiter (knee); CB J. J. McCleskey (knee); WR Rob Moore (ankle); DL Mark Smith (back).

COWBOYS: Out: RB Daryl Johnston (neck); T Mark Tuinei (knee). Doubtful: LB Vinson Smith (jaw). Questionable: DT Chad Hennings (groin); G Nate Newton (knee); RB Emmitt Smith (groin). Probable: DE Shante Carver (elbow); RB Herschel Walker (neck); S Darren Woodson (knee).

Kansas City (7-2) at Jacksonville (6-3)

Time: 1 p.m.

Line: Jaguars by 5

Vs. spread: Chiefs 5-2; Jaguars 5-3.

Last week: Chiefs beat Steelers, 13-10. Jaguars beat Oilers, 30-24.

Worth watching: With Elvis Grbac out with a broken collarbone, journeyman Rich Gannon steps in at quarterback for the Chiefs. On the other side, QB Mark Brunell must find a way to jump-start the Jaguars' passing game.

Outlook: The Jaguars ended a two-game losing streak last week, return home where they have won 10 consecutive games, and face a Chiefs team coming off an emotional Monday night victory. But the question of the day is: Can Gannon replace Grbac? Kansas City fans shouldn't bet on it.

Notable: Chiefs coach Marty Schottenheimer is 37-17-1 in November.

Injuries:

CHIEFS: Out: QB Elvis Grbac (shoulder); TE Ted Popson (head). Doubtful: T Steve Wallace (knee). Questionable: RB Tony Richardson (hamstring). Probable: RB Kimble Anders (back); DE Vaughn Booker (ankle); CB Clyde Johnson (hamstring); WR Tamarick Vanover (neck).

JAGUARS: Out: CB Aaron Beasley (hip); T Tony Boselli (ankle). Doubtful: LB Kevin Hardy (knee). Probable: S Mike Logan (hand).

Tampa Bay (6-3) at Atlanta (2-7)

Time: 1 p.m.

Line: Bucs by 3

Vs. spread: Bucs 5-4; Falcons 3-3.

Last week: Bucs beat Colts, 31-28. Falcons beat Rams, 34-31.

Worth watching: Falcons DE Chuck Smith (nine sacks) goes against Bucs T Paul Gruber, a 10-year veteran who is still one of the NFL's best offensive linemen.

Outlook: The Bucs' offense was struggling until last week, when it eked out a victory at Indianapolis. This week it gets to face an even worse defense that is ranked No. 24. This is a critical game for Tampa Bay, because a loss would lead to questions about whether Tony Dungy really has turned the team into a contender.

Notable: Bucs QB Trent Dilfer has a 99.7 fourth-quarter passer rating, including five TD passes and no interceptions.

Injuries:

BUCS: Questionable: TE Jackie Harris (groin). Probable: RB Mike Alstott (wrist); WR Reidel Anthony (ankle); RB Warrick Dunn (hamstring); P Sean Landeta (back); DT Warren Sapp (groin).

FALCONS: Questionable: CB Ronnie Bradford (foot); LB Jessie Tuggle (ankle). Probable: LB Ruffin Hamilton (back); DE Lester Archambeau (groin); RB Bob Christian (knee); C Roman Fortin (ankle).

New Orleans (2-7) at Oakland (3-6)

Time: 4 p.m.

Line: Raiders by 9 1/2

Vs. spread: Saints 2-6; Raiders 4-5.

Last week: Saints had a bye. Raiders lost to Panthers, 38-14.

Worth watching: It looks like a big quarterback mismatch: Heath Shuler returns to the starting lineup for the Saints to face the Raiders' Jeff George, who leads the NFL with 20 TD passes.

Outlook: A team in turmoil, the Raiders get a break against a club that is worse off than they are. The Saints have the lowest-ranked offense in the NFL, averaging 248.6 yards. Shuler has a weak arm and a hard time figuring out defenses, so even the Raiders' soft D should be up to the task.

Notable: Raiders are on pace to give up 6,562 yards, which would be the second most in NFL history to the 6,793 given up by the 1981 Baltimore Colts.

Injuries:

SAINTS: Doubtful: LB Ink Aleaga (calf). Questionable: WR Eric Guliford (thumb); T Keno Hills (ankle); T Clarence Jones (ankle).

RAIDERS: Out: CB Lionel Washington (hamstring). Doubtful: LB Rob Frederickson (heel). Probable: QB Jeff George (ribs); DE Lance Johnstone (ankle); T Pat Harlow (back).

Chicago (1-8) at Minnesota (7-2)

Time: 1 p.m.

Line: Vikings by 9

Vs. spread: Bears 3-6; Vikings 8-1.

Last week: Bears lost to Redskins, 31-8. Vikings beat Patriots, 23-18.

Worth watching: Vikings QB Brad Johnson and WR Cris Carter are having Pro Bowl years. Bears RB Raymont Harris is second in the NFC with 787 rushing yards.

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