Nfl Week 4 Today's Games

September 27, 1998

Jacksonville (3-0) at Tennessee (1-2)

Time: 1: 01 p.m.

Line: Jaguars by 3.

Vs. spread: Jaguars 2-1; Oilers 1-2.

Outlook: When the Jaguars and Oilers meet, it usually means a close game. All six games in their series have been decided by eight points or fewer, with Jacksonville winning four. Rookie RB Fred Taylor will be asked to do more for the Jaguars in the running game and QB Mark Brunell continues to do his thing: escape the rush and make zinging, accurate throws downfield. He is by far one of the league's most accurate deep passers. The Oilers have high hopes and need this game to build on those hopes. Look for WR Yancey Thigpen and the Oilers' offensive line to make a difference in a Tennessee upset.

Notable: Thigpen has 31 receptions for 575 yards and four touchdowns in five games vs. Jaguars.

Injuries:

JAGUARS: Out: DE Tony Brackens (ankle); LB James Hamilton (ankle); DT Seth Payne (shoulder); LB Bryan Schwartz (knee); RB James Stewart (knee-injured reserve); DE Jabbar Threats (knee). Questionable: G Jeff Novak (leg). Probable: S Travis Davis (shoulder).

OILERS: Questionable: DT Anthony Cook (back); DT Henry Ford (knee); DE Kenny Holmes (knee); CB Steve Jackson (knee); C Mark Stepnoski (knee).

Arizona (1-2) at St. Louis (1-2)

Time: 1: 01 p.m.

Line: Rams by 3.

Vs. spread: Cardinals 1-2; Rams 2-1.

Outlook: Albeit not the soundest of teams, the Rams have at least been entertaining. The Cardinals have not. Look for a ragged effort here, as Arizona looks hopeless on offense, and St. Louis commits a blunder for every good play. The Rams' offense has question marks, particularly if injured WR Isaac Bruce doesn't play. But until the Cardinals and QB Jake Plummer show they have a clue on offense, the Rams have to get the nod here. If the Rams lose to the detested former St. Louis Cardinals and owner Bill Bidwill, look for a mutiny by the fans.

Notable: Rams are scoreless in the first quarter.

Injuries:

CARDINALS: Out: T Anthony Clement (back); CB J.J. McCleskey (knee); DE Jerry Drake (back). Doubtful: LB Jamir Miller (wrist). Questionable: WR Rob Moore (hamstring). Probable: RB Larry Centers (hamstring); C Aaron Graham (calf); G Lester Holmes (ankle); K Joe Nedney (hip); P Scott Player (calf); DT Eric Swann (hamstring).

RAMS: Out: RB Greg Hill (ankle). Questionable: WR Isaac Bruce (hamstring); DE Kevin Carter (calf); C Tom Nutten (elbow); LB Lorenzo Styles (groin). Probable: QB Tony Banks (shoulder); CB Todd Lyght (thigh); C Ryan Tucker (neck); S Toby Wright (knee).

Green Bay (3-0) at Caroline (0-2)

Time: 1: 01 p.m., Ch. 45.

Line: Packers by 6 1/2 .

Vs. spread: Packers 2-0; Panthers 0-2.

Outlook: As long as RB Raymont Harris stays healthy -- and considering his history, that is a concern -- the Packers can survive without Dorsey Levens. QB Brett Favre probably won't have much of a problem taking up the slack, especially if WR Robert Brooks continues to make progress. But you wonder if the Packers will be looking ahead to a Week 5 game against the Vikings. The Panthers are already decimated by injuries and losses to the Falcons and Saints, so this could be a knockout punch. An 0-3 record is no way to begin a stretch of three consecutive road games.

Notable: Favre's streak of 17 straight games with a touchdown pass ties his career high.

Injuries:

PACKERS: Out: RB Dorsey Levens (ankle). Questionable: WR Robert Brooks (back); RB Travis Jervey (hamstring).

PANTHERS: Out: WR Rae Carruth (foot); LB Lamar Lathon (knee-injured reserve); TE Kris Mangum (eye); S Mike Minter (knee). Questionable: C Frank Garcia (knee); DE Jason Peter (arm); DB Michael Swift (leg). Probable: WR Donald Hayes (shoulder); QB Shane Matthews (shoulder); NT Les Miller (knee); S Damien Richardson (ankle).

Kansas City (2-1) at Philadelphia (0-3)

Time: 1:01 p.m.

Line: Chiefs by 8.

Vs. spread: Chiefs 2-1; Eagles 1-2.

Outlook: As he did last season, Rich Gannon is performing well in relief of injured Chiefs QB Elvis Grbac. It would be nice if Gannon played even if Grbac's shoulder is ready, because Gannon grew up in Philadelphia. If the Eagles aren't the worst team in the NFL, they're pretty darn close. Last week, Rodney Peete relieved Bobby Hoying in a dreary 0-0 game in Arizona, moved the team, but then fumbled to set up the Cardinals' critical first touchdown.

Notable: Chiefs have won 14 of their last 16 against NFC teams, including eight straight.

Injuries:

CHIEFS: Out: DE Chester McGlockton (back); G Dave Szott (biceps). Doubtful: DE Pellom McDaniels (elbow). Questionable: QB Elvis Grbac (shoulder); WR Andre Rison (hamstring); S Reggie Tongue (hamstring); WR-RB Tamarick Vanover (toe). Probable: WR Danan Hughes (hamstring); S Melvin Johnson (ankle).

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