Nfl Week 10: Today's Games

November 08, 1998

Atlanta (6-2) at New England (5-3)

Time: 1: 01 p.m.

Line: Patriots by 4 1/2 .

Vs. spread: Falcons 6-2; Patriots 4-4.

Outlook: The Falcons have played good teams twice, and twice they have been slammed by a combined 59-23. But they were forced to play one of those defeats with ancient backup QB Steve DeBerg. With Chris Chandler in place, the Falcons have a chance to steal one today. New England may be without its four best receivers and rookie RB Robert Edwards has totaled just 96 yards in his last two games. QB Drew Bledsoe must make do with rookie Tony Simmons and 37-year-old Henry Ellard as his go-to guys, and that's not likely to result in big numbers.

Notable: Falcons lead NFL in time of possession with 32: 50 average.

Injuries:

FALCONS: Out: CB Ronnie Bradford (knee); WR Tim Dwight (knee). Doubtful: DT Travis Hall (knee); WR Todd Kinchen (concussion). Questionable: LB Jessie Tuggle (ankle-knee). Probable: DE Lester Archambeau (knee); CB Ray Buchanan (leg); LB Henri Crockett (wrist); DT Shane Dronett (foot).

PATRIOTS: Out: WR Vincent Brisby (finger); WR Troy Brown (ankle); RB Tony Carter (knee); DT Brandon Mitchell (foot-IR). Doubtful: WR Terry Glenn (hamstring). Questionable: DE Willie McGinest (groin). Probable: LB Chris Slade (ankle); DT Henry Thomas (ankle).

Indianapolis (1-7) at Miami (5-3)

Time: 1: 01 p.m., Ch. 9.

Line: Dolphins by 9 1/2 .

Vs. spread: Colts 3-5; Dolphins 4-3.

Outlook: The Colts' defense still has holes and their offense is inconsistent, but progress is visible in Indianapolis. QB Peyton Manning's confidence and poise grow every day. The Colts are going to scare some people this year, and eventually will start winning. When the Dolphins are at home, bet the under. Nobody seems to score at Pro Player Stadium, not even the Dolphins, who average 15 points at home. But their opponents have scored a total of only 16 points in four games, including just one touchdown, and Miami is unbeaten in its tropical paradise.

Notable: Dolphins QB Dan Marino has 20 wins against the Colts, his most against any opponent.

Injuries:

COLTS: Out: RB Craig Heyward (head). Questionable: RB Keith Elias (back). Probable: LB Elijah Alexander (shoulder); S Robert Blackmon (back); TE Ken Dilger (head); DE Al Fontenot (calf); WR E.G. Green (foot); DT Ellis Johnson (chest); CB Tyrone Poole (knee); RB Lamont Warren (wrist).

DOLPHINS: Out: T Richmond Webb (triceps). Doubtful: T Jeff Buckey (back). Probable: T James Brown (ribs); G Mark Dixon (neck); WR Oronde Gagsden (toe); S Calvin Jackson (ankle); WR Lamar Thomas (concussion).

St. Louis (2-6) at Chicago (3-5)

Time: 1: 01 p.m.

Line: Bears by 3.

Vs. spread: Rams 3-5; Bears 6-2.

Outlook: How bad are the Rams? Coach Dick Vermeil said he can't bench players who have played poorly because he'd have to sit practically the entire team. In their last three games -- all losses -- they've been outscored 79-25. And this week, they could be without three more injured defensive players. Bears QB Erik Kramer has quietly had a nice season, rallying Chicago to three wins in its last four starts and keeping it close in three of its five losses. But he is questionable with a strained rotator cuff, which could leave the offense in the untested hands of Steve Stenstrom. Which means you might see more of RBs Curtis Enis and Edgar Bennett.

Notable: Despite team's woes, Rams QB Tony Banks is on pace for a career-high 3,286 yards passing.

Injuries:

RAMS: Out: LB Lorenzo Styles (shoulder). Doubtful: DE Grant Wistrom (hamstring). Questionable: WR Isaac Bruce (hamstring); RB Amp Lee (hand); G Zach Wiegert (knee). Probable: DE Kevin Carter (shoulder).

BEARS: Doubtful: G Greg Huntingon (back). Questionable: QB Erik Kramer (shoulder); DE Mark Thomas (knee).

Kansas City (4-4) at Seattle (4-4)

Time: 4: 15 p.m.

Line: Seahawks by 3.

Vs. spread: Chiefs 3-5; Seahawks 4-2.

Outlook: The Chiefs have dropped three in a row, appear to be in disarray, and have a quarterback controversy: struggling Elvis Grbac vs. super sub Rich Gannon (3-1 this year). And don't forget pass-rush monster Derrick Thomas has been benched. The Seahawks beat losing teams and lose to winning teams. This week, we find out what they do with break-even teams. No doubt AFC sack leader Michael Sinclair will go hard after Grbac, who has been rattled almost continuously since joining the lineup three weeks ago.

Notable: Seahawks lead NFL with six return TDs -- four interceptions, one punt return and one kickoff return.

Injuries:

CHIEFS: Out: G Dave Szott (biceps). Doubtful: DE Pellom McDaniels (ankle). Questionable: CB Dale Carter (arm); C Tim Grunhard (foot); WR-RB Tamarick Vanover (shoulder). Probable: RB Donnell Bennett (thigh); LB Donnie Edwards (hip); WR Joe Horn (hamstring); G Glenn Parker (back).

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