Nfl Week 6: Today's Games

October 11, 1998

SAN FRANCISCO (3-1) AT NEW ORLEANS (3-1)

Time: 1: 01 p.m.

Line: 49ers by 10.

Vs. spread: 49ers 1-3; Saints 4-0.

Outlook: What the heck happened to the 49ers last week in that ghastly loss to Buffalo? It was like the most productive offensive machine in football didn't bother coming to the stadium. That won't happen today, not with QB Steve Young and talented WRs Jerry Rice and J. J. Stokes against a defense ranked 29th against the pass. In losing last week for the first time this season, New Orleans nonetheless gained a bit of legitimacy by taking New England down to the final three seconds before falling. As usual, neither the offense nor the defense posted impressive numbers, but there must be something to this Danny Wuerffel guy, who seems to come up big in the clutch.

Notable: Saints are the only NFC team without a fumble turnover.

Injuries:

49ERS: Out: T Dave Fiore (knee). Doubtful: CB Marquez Pope (back). Questionable: DT Shane Bonham (biceps); S Zack Bronson (hip). Probable: TE Greg Clark (foot); RB Fred Beasley (flu).

SAINTS: Out: C Jerry Fontenot (knee); QB Heath Shuler (toe). Questionable: P Mark Royals (ankle); LB Don Davis (ankle); LB Kevin Mitchell (shoulder).

N.Y. JETS (2-2) AT ST. LOUIS (1-3)

Time: 4: 15 p.m.

Line: Jets by 3 1/2 .

Vs. spread: Jets 3-1; Rams 2-2.

Outlook: It's hard to argue with Vinny Testaverde's performance as the Jets' QB. In two-plus games, he has posted five TDs, one interception and a 104.9 rating. But Glenn Foley was the starter until he got hurt, and it says on page 47 of the NFL Coach's Handbook that you don't lose a starting job because of injury. Regardless, the offense may be hurting because RB Curtis Martin is questionable with a bruised thigh. Robert Holcombe put up 84 yards and two scores in his first start two weeks ago, and the Rams will need more of that to take some of the pressure off mistake-prone QB Tony Banks, who has accounted for all of St. Louis' 10 turnovers.

Notable: Jets' Keyshawn Johnson has at least one TD reception in each game this season.

Injuries:

JETS: Questionable: LB James Farrior (knee); RB Curtis Martin (thigh); TE Blake Spence (hamstring). Probable: QB Glenn Foley (ribs).

RAMS: Out: RB Greg Hill (ankle-injured reserve); S Toby Wright (knee). Questionable: WR Isaac Bruce (hamstring); C Tom Nutten (elbow). Probable: QB Tony Banks (shoulder); DE Kevin Carter (toe); LB Lorenzo Styles (groin).

PITTSBURGH (3-1) AT CINCINNATI(1-3)

Time: 1: 01 p.m.

Line: Steelers by 2 1/2 .

Vs. spread: Steelers 1-2; Bengals 1-2.

Outlook: Somehow the Steelers are 3-1 and right behind Jacksonville in the AFC Central. That despite a horribly anemic offense that averages just 12.5 points and a quarterback, Kordell Stewart, who has been intercepted six times and has thrown just two TDs. The answers have been powerful RB Jerome Bettis and a decent defense led by DB Carnell Lake and LB Levon Kirkland. The Bengals, meanwhile, are as defenseless as it gets, giving up 375 yards a game. Still, Cincinnati is dangerous because WR Carl Pickens, the AFC receiving leader, and RB Corey Dillon, one of the league's strongest power runners, are legitimate offensive threats.

Notable: Steelers are 31-12 vs. division opponents under Bill Cowher.

Injuries:

STEELERS: Doubtful: S Bo Orlando (hamstring); C/G Jim Sweeney (foot); G Will Wolford (chest). Questionable: CB Deshea Townsend (knee). Probable: DE Nolan Harrison (hamstring); WR Courtney Hawkins (shoulder); S Darren Perry (groin).

BENGALS: Out: LB Tom Tumulty (knee-injured reserve). Questionable: G Mike Goff (knee). Probable: C Darrick Brilz (back); DT Kimo Von Oelhoffen (elbow).

CAROLINA (0-4) AT DALLAS (3-2)

Time: 1: 01 p.m.

Line: Cowboys by 7.

Vs. spread: Panthers 0-3; Cowboys 3-2.

Outlook: Panthers coach Dom Capers has been hailed as a defensive genius, but it's tough to be that smart when some of your best players, including LB Lamar Lathon, are out with injuries. So the Cowboys' walk through the park continues with yet another date against a winless team, the second course of Dallas' feast of creampuffs, six opponents with a combined record of 5-24. Why, that kind of schedule can even make another week or two of backup QB Jason Garrett look good, especially with Emmitt Smith and Chris Warren running with authority.

Notable: Cowboys' 47 first downs rushing lead NFL, including Smith's league-high 31.

Injuries:

PANTHERS: Out: G Matt Campbell (knee); WR Rae Carruth (foot); S Mike Minter (knee). Doubtful: TE Kris Mangum (eye); CB Michael Swift (leg). Questionable: S Tony Veland (back). Probable: WR Mark Carrier (foot); CB Eric Davis (ankle); WR Raghib Ismail (concussion); WR Dwight Stone (hamstring).

COWBOYS: Out: QB Troy Aikman (clavicle); DT Antonio Anderson (knee); LB Nate Hemsley (ankle-injured reserve); G Everett McIver (knee). Questionable: LB Darren Hambrick (foot). Probable: DT Leon Lett (knee).

CHICAGO (1-4) AT ARIZONA (2-3)

Time: 4: 05 p.m., Ch. 45.

Line: Cardinals by 3.

Vs. spread: Bears 4-1; Cardinals 2-3.

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