Nfl Week 7: Today's Games

October 18, 1998

JACKSONVILLE (5-0) AT BUFFALO (2-3)

Time: 1: 01 p.m.

Line: Jaguars by 3.

Vs. spread: Jaguars 3-1; Bills 3-1.

Outlook: Life is good for the Jaguars. They're undefeated, coming off a come-from-behind victory against the Dolphins on Monday night, and have a certifiable superstar in QB Mark Brunell, who leads the AFC with nine TD passes. The Bills have rebounded with two straight victories, but they'll have to go without QB Rob Johnson. He'd love to play against his old team, but he hurt his ribs last Sunday and didn't practice all week. So backup Doug Flutie will get his first NFL start in nearly nine years. The 35-year-old former CFL standout seems up to the challenge. He was 23-for-28 for 213 yards and two TDs last week.

Notable: Jaguars have not allowed a 100-yard rusher in 17 games, the NFL's longest current streak.

Injuries:

JAGUARS: Questionable: RB Fred Taylor (shoulder). Probable: WR Reggie Barlow (hip); LB Bryan Schwartz (knee); DE Fernando Smith (knee); WR Jimmy Smith (hamstring); CB Dave Thomas (groin).

BILLS: Doubtful: DE Shawn Price (calf); S Kurt Schulz (calf). Questionable: CB Ken Irvin (ankle); QB Rob Johnson (ribs); RB Jonathan Linton (hamstring); T Jerry Ostroski (groin). Probable: LB Sam Rogers (ankle).

ARIZONA (3-3) AT N.Y. GIANTS (2-4)

Time: 1: 01 p.m.

Line: Giants by 2 1/2 .

Vs. spread: Cardinals 3-3; Giants 2-4.

Outlook: The Cardinals got two pleasant surprises in last week's win over the Bears. One was Ronald McKinnon's three interceptions. The other was Mario Bates' two rushing TDs. They'll need a repeat performance this week. The Giants have won 13 of their past 14 against the Cardinals at home. They might have history on their side, but not much else. The Giants are averaging an NFC-worst 239 yards of offense. The defense? Not much better. It's allowing 336.2 per game, although DE Michael Strahan is tied for second in the NFC with seven sacks.

Notable: Cardinals lead the NFL with 19 take-aways.

Injuries:

CARDINALS: Out: T Anthony Clement (back); CB J. J. McCleskey (knee). Questionable: CB Tom Knight (knee). Probable: TE Chris Gedney (hip); TE Jarius Hayes (shoulder); LB Ronald McKinnon (shoulder); RB Adrian Murrell (calf); WR Frank Sanders (hip); LB Zack Walz (shoulder); CB Aeneas Williams

(ankle-toe).

GIANTS: Out: S Sam Garnes (foot); S Rodney Young (back). Questionable: CB Phillippi Sparks (shoulder); CB Shaun Williams hamstring). Probable: DT Robert Harris (pectoral); G Ron Stone (buttocks); S Tito Wooten (hamstring).

CINCINNATI (2-3) AT TENNESSEE (2-3)

Time: 1: 01 p.m.

Line: Oilers by 3.

Vs. spread: Bengals 2-2; Oilers 2-3.

Outlook: The Bengals lost, 23-14, to the Oilers on Sept. 6, but maybe Cincinnati will get some momentum from its last-minute win over the Steelers. QB Neil O'Donnell has been a surprise, his passer rating of 103.2 tops in the AFC. But the Cincinnati defense is porous, giving up an AFC-worst 377.4 yards per game. Oilers RB Eddie George rushed for 86 yards and a touchdown in the first meeting, and QB Steve McNair has seven TDs and no interceptions in four games vs. the Bengals. The Oilers should keep kicker Al Del Greco ready. He had three field goals the last time these two met. If penalties add up and drives start to stall, an encore could be possible.

Notable: Bengals have just one turnover, an O'Donnell interception in Week 1 against the Oilers.

Injuries:

BENGALS: Out: G Mike Goff (knee). Probable: WR Carl Pickens (ankle).

OILERS: Questionable: WR Willie Davis (chest); WR Kevin Dyson (ankle); CB Steve Jackson (concussion); LB Lenoy Jones (ankle); WR Joey Kent (hamstring); WR Derrick Mason (ankle); QB Steve McNair (elbow); S Perry Phenix (ankle); WR Yancey Thigpen (hip).

INDIANAPOLIS (1-5) AT SAN FRANCISCO (4-1)

Time: 4: 05 p.m., Ch. 9.

Line: 49ers by 17 1/2 .

Vs. spread: Colts 1-5; 49ers 2-3.

Outlook: The number one figures prominently in the life of Colts rookie QB Peyton Manning. He was the No. 1 draft choice. He is No. 1 in the AFC in passing yards with 1,364. He's No. 1 in the NFL in interceptions with 14. His NFL victories? One. Speaking ++ of numbers, some milestones can be reached this week by the 49ers' Steve Young and Jerry Rice. Rice needs one reception to tie Art Monk's NFL record of 183 consecutive games with a catch. Impressive? Just another game ball for Rice, who holds NFL records for touchdown catches (169), receptions (1,056) and receiving yards (16,425). Young, meanwhile, can set an NFL record with 300 yards passing in six consecutive games.

Notable: 49ers have not lost to the Colts at home since Oct. 13, 1968.

Injuries: COLTS: Doubtful: LB Michael Barber (hamstring); DT Larry Chester (hamstring). DE Al Fontenot (calf). Probable: LB Jeff Herrod (shoulder); DE Kendel Shello (ankle).

49ERS: Out: T Dave Fiore (knee). Doubtful: WR Iheanyi Uwaezuoke (knee). Questionable: CB Marquez Pope (back). Probable: S Zack Bronson (hip); QB Jim Druckenmiller (flu); DE ++ Jeff Posey (foot).

ST. LOUIS (2-3) AT MIAMI (3-2)

Time: 4: 15 p.m.

Line: Dolphins by 7.

Vs. spread: Rams 3-2; Dolphins 2-2.

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