Nfl Week 3: Today's Games

September 20, 1998

Pittsburgh (2-0) at Miami (2-0)

Time: 1: 01 p.m., chs. 13, 9.

Line: Dolphins by 2 1/2 .

Vs. spread: Steelers 1-1; Dolphins 1-1.

Outlook: These are two 2-0 teams who both face major questions on offense. With a new offensive coordinator in Ray Sherman and without last year's go-to receiver in Yancey Thigpen, the Steelers' offense has struggled against the Ravens and Bears. But the Pittsburgh defense looks stronger than ever, giving the Dolphins a good chance to show the critics that their offense can meet the task. This game could come down to the play of Miami's offensive line. It looked good against the Bills' talented front four, buts face a different sort of test in the Steelers' confusing zone-blitz schemes.

Notable: Steelers have won 13 of their past 15 games against the AFC East, including five in a row.


STEELERS: Out: WR Jahine Arnold (collarbone); CB Deshea Townsend (knee). Doubtful: DE Nolan Harrison (hamstring). Questionable: LB Earl Holmes (calf); S Bo Orlando (hamstring). Probable: LB Carlos Emmons (toe).

DOLPHINS: Out: S Shawn Wooden (knee-injured reserve). Doubtful: CB Raphael Ball (ankle). Questionable: RB Bernie Parmalee (ankle). Probable: QB Craig Erickson (elbow); S Calvin Jackson (hamstring); WR Charles Jordan (groin).

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