Nfl Week 11: Today's Games

November 15, 1998


Time: 1: 01 p.m.

Line: Vikings by 11.

Vs. spread: Bengals 3-5; Vikings 5-4.

Outlook: Has Cincinnati finally caught a break? Only Washington has given up more points than the Bengals, but they're drawing Minnesota, behind only Denver in points scored, at a time when both Vikings quarterbacks are ailing. That might give the Bengals a chance, if only they could stop the run. They can't (NFL-worst 171.8 yards allowed per game), so they'll probably lose for the fifth straight week. The Vikings had been expected to start no-name Jay Fiedler at quarterback, but Randall Cunningham might get the nod despite having surgery to remove bone chips from his knee last Monday.

Notable: Vikings RB Robert Smith leads the NFL with four TD runs of 40 yards or more.


BENGALS: Out: LB Steve Foley (ankle); LB James Francis (knee); DE Glen Steele (ankle); LS Greg Truitt (ankle). Questionable: DE John Copeland (Achilles'); DT Kimo Von Oelhoffen (knee). Probable: WR Darnay Scott (Achilles').

VIKINGS: Out: QB Brad Johnson (thumb). Doubtful: DE Stalin Colinet (ankle). Probable: QB Randall Cunningham (knee); G David Dixon (shoulder).


Time: 1: 01 p.m.

Line: Jets by 6 1/2 .

Vs. spread: Jets 7-2; Colts 3-6.

Outlook: The Jets have begun their run for the AFC East title with a hot quarterback and perhaps the most versatile set of receivers in football. Coach Bill Parcells will put big, tough Keyshawn Johnson (seven TDs), clutch Wayne Chrebet (41 catches) and speedy Dedric Ward (20.5 yards per catch) up against any receiving corps. The Colts look like a team led by a rookie, capable of strong performances against strong opponents (see San Francisco) followed by ragged, ugly games like last week's loss to Miami. For all his improvement, QB Peyton Manning is fresh out of Tennessee, as evidenced by his 18 interceptions and 62.4 rating, and he's the guy who makes or breaks the Colts.

Notable: Jets are trying for their first sweep of the Colts since 1986.


JETS: Questionable: RB Leon Johnson (knee).

COLTS: Out: RB Craig Heyward (head-IR). Doubtful: LB Jeff Herrod (knee); LB Ratcliff Thomas (ankle). Questionable: RB Keith Elias (back). Probable: S Robert Blackmon (foot); CB Jeff Burris (knee); WR E.G. Green (foot); C Jay Leeuwenburg (ankle); G Tony Mandarich (back); CB Monty Montgomery (wrist); CB Tyrone Poole (thigh).


Time: 1: 01 p.m.

Line: 49ers by 3.

Vs. spread: 49ers 3-6; Falcons 7-2.

Outlook: At first glance, these are the same old 49ers, the team that has dominated the NFC West for almost 20 years. But of concern is their unexpected vulnerability in pass defense, allowing opponents to take big early leads. The offense is usually up to the comeback, of course, especially with QB Steve Young in the lineup -- and he is expected to be back today. The Falcons are off to the best start in their history and have won 13 of 17 games. The result is that Atlanta finally cares about pro football -- a rare occurrence -- and the Georgia Dome will be sold out for the first time since Oct. 29, 1995.

Notable: 49ers have scored 30 or more points in 11 of their past 13 games vs. the Falcons.


49ERS: Out: CB Antonio Langham (knee). Questionable: C Chris Dalman (knee); T Dave Fiore (knee). Probable: CB Marquez Pope (back); DE Gabe Wilkins (knee); LB Lee Woodall (patella).

FALCONS: Out: WR Tim Dwight (knee). Doubtful: S Chris Bayne (hamstring); CB Ronnie Bradford (knee). Questionable: DT Shane Dronett (foot); DT Travis Hall (knee); T Jose Portilla (knee). Probable: LB Keith Brooking (quad); WR Todd Kinchen (ankle); LB Craig Sauer (back).

GREEN BAY (6-3) AT N.Y. GIANTS (3-6)

Time: 4: 15 p.m.

Line: Packers by 7.

Vs. spread: Packers 4-3; Giants 3-6.

Outlook: Anyone get the number of that Bus? No. 36, Jerome Bettis, and the Steelers slammed the Packers on Monday night, handing Green Bay its third loss in three prime-time games this year. That won't matter this week against such an inferior opponent, but the Packers might want to address that problem. The Super Bowl, after all, is played at night. The Giants' season basically ended with last week's loss in Dallas. So what happens now? Well, they could go straight into the tank (see last year's Cowboys). Come to think of it, in the NFC East, how could you tell?

Notable: Packers are 22-7 in nondivision games since 1995, including 4-1 this season.


PACKERS: Out: RB Travis Jervey (ankle-IR); RB Dorsey Levens (ankle); WR Derrick Mayes (knee). Questionable: S Scott McGarrahan (knee). Probable: DE Vaughn Booker (back); WR Antonio Freeman (knee); DE Keith McKenzie (hamstring); WR Bill Schroeder (ankle); LB Brian Williams (knee).

GIANTS: Out: S Sam Garnes (foot); S Rodney Young (back). Doubtful: WR David Patten (back). Questionable: LB Pete Monty (knee). Probable: RB Tyrone Wheatley (flu).


Time: 1: 01 p.m.

Line: Dolphins by 3.

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

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