Nfl Week 2: Today's Games

September 13, 1998

Buffalo (0-1) at Miami (1-0)

Time: 1: 01 p.m.

Line: Dolphins by 7 1/2 .

Vs. spread: Bills 0-0-1; Dolphins 1-0.

Last week: Bills lost to Chargers, 16-14. Dolphins beat Colts, 24-15.

Worth watching: Dolphins RB Karim Abdul-Jabbar is coming off 108 yards rushing in the opener. The Bills need more than the 54 yards they got from RB Antowain Smith.

Outlook: Miami's tradition of winning its home opener -- 24-4 since 1970 -- won't die here. The Bills came close last week, missing a late field-goal try. Dan Marino won't let them come that close.

Notable: Bills are the only AFC East team with a winning record against Marino (15-12). Abdul-Jabbar needs two rushing TDs to pass Jim Kiick for third on Miami's career list with 29, three to pass Mercury Morris for second.


BILLS: Out: CB Marlon Kerner (knee-IR); LB Mark Pike (arm). Probable: QB Rob Johnson (head); DE Bruce Smith (knee); RB Thurman Thomas (leg).

DOLPHINS: Questionable: DE Lorenzo Bromell (knee); WR Charles Jordan (groin). Probable: QB Craig Erickson (elbow); S Calvin Jackson (hamstring); S Brock Marion (ankle); CB Jerry Wilson (ankle).

Cincinnati (0-1) at Detroit (0-1)

Time: 1: 01 p.m.

Line: Lions by 7.

Vs. spread: Bengals 0-1; Lions 0-1.

Last week: Bengals lost to Oilers, 23-14. Lions lost to Packers, 38-19.

Worth watching: Bengals RB Corey Dillon is an absolutely furious runner, and he's well on his way to proving that his rookie season wasn't a fluke, getting 87 yards and a touchdown against Tennessee last week. Lions RB Barry Sanders, held to 70 yards (( by Green Bay, could double that this week.

Outlook: After starting with a loss at Green Bay, the Lions should be able to bounce back at home against the weakest team in the AFC Central. Despite pulling every imaginable form of the zone blitz out of the bag against the Oilers last week, the Bengals had no sacks and no interceptions.

Notable: Bengals have gone 9-48 in the season's first half since ++ 1991. Lions coach Bobby Ross is 3-0 against the Bengals.


BENGALS: Doubtful: LB Brian Simmons (knee). Questionable: WR James Hundon (ankle); RB Brian Milne (back).

LIONS: Out: DT Travis Kirschke (abdomen).

Philadelphia (0-1) at Atlanta (1-0)

Time: 1: 01 p.m.

Line: Falcons by 8 1/2 .

Vs. spread: Eagles 0-1; Falcons 1-0.

Last week: Eagles lost to Seahawks, 38-0. Falcons beat Panthers, 19-14.

Worth watching: Falcons QB Chris Chandler got off to a good start last week with 17-for-32 day. The Eagles' Bobby Hoying didn't: 9-for-23, one interception, 63 yards.

Outlook: Atlanta finished strong last season and has a shot at going 2-0, facing possibly the NFL's worst team. Chandler's passing and Jamal Anderson's running should shred an injury-marred defense.

Notable: Three of Hoying's seven career interceptions have been returned for touchdowns. Falcons have not allowed a 100-yard individual rusher in nine games.


EAGLES: Out: TE Jason Dunn (knee); C Steve Everitt (foot); RB Aaron Hayden (clavicle-IR); CB Bobby Taylor (shoulder). Questionable: CB Troy Vincent (quadriceps); RB Charlie Garner (ankle). Probable: S Matt Stevens (knee); DE Jon Harris (ankle); DE Greg Jefferson (fibula-ankle); CB Clarence Love (concussion); CB Allen Rossum (ankles); RB Duce Staley (neck); RB Kevin Turner (foot-elbow).

FALCONS: Questionable: S Devin Bush (knee). Probable: CB Juran Bolden (hamstring); LB Keith Brooking (thigh); DE John Burrough (foot); CB Randy Fuller (ankle); S William White (neck).

Dallas (1-0) at Denver (1-0)

Time: 4: 15 p.m., chs. 45, 5

Line: Broncos by 7 1/2 .

Vs. spread: Cowboys 1-0; Broncos 0-1.

Last week: Cowboys beat Cardinals, 38-10. Broncos beat Patriots, 27-21.

Worth watching: Cowboys RB Emmitt Smith indicated last week that he still has something left, rushing for 124 yards against the Cardinals. Super Bowl MVP Terrell Davis was held to 75 yards rushing against New England, but he scored two touchdowns.

Outlook: The Cowboys have a chance to prove they can be contenders by giving the Super Bowl champs a fight. But that's the best they can expect. The Broncos have won seven of their last nine against NFC teams.

Notable: Smith passed O. J. Simpson for 10th place on the NFL's career rushing list with 11,356 yards. Broncos are 23-2 at home under coach Mike Shanahan.


COWBOYS: Out: RB Chris Warren (groin). Questionable: S Singor Mobley (foot); S Charlie Williams (thumb). Probable: DT -- Leon Lett (knee); WR Ernie Mills (foot); S George Teague (hamstring).

BRONCOS: Out: G David Diaz-Infante (knee); DE Ernest Jones (knee). Questionable: WR Justin Armour (knee). Probable: CB Darrien Gordon (shoulder).

Carolina (0-1) at New Orleans (1-0)

Time: 1: 01 p.m.

Line: Panthers by 4.

Vs. spread: Panthers 0-1; Saints 1-0.

Last week: Panthers lost to Falcons, 19-14. Saints beat Rams, 24-17.

Worth watching: Danny Wuerffel makes his third career start at quarterback for the Saints. Can Carolina's Kevin Greene continue his strong start? He had three sacks against the Rams.

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