NFL week 2: Today's games

September 19, 1999

ARIZONA (1-0) AT MIAMI (1-0)

Time: 1 p.m.

Line: Dolphins by 9.

Vs. spread: Cardinals 0-1; Dolphins 1-0.

Last week: Cardinals beat Eagles, 25-24. Dolphins beat Broncos, 38-21.

Series: Dolphins lead 7-0.

Last meeting: Dolphins won, 38-10, on Sept. 8, 1996, in Arizona.

Outlook: Arizona is winning with QB Jake Plummer, who owns 10 comeback victories in his 27 Cardinals games. But now he is matched against a team riding high after dumping Denver on Monday night. This is no time to let down, and the Dolphins won't. Dan Marino has not lost to the Cardinals in three games and has not thrown an interception against them compared with his seven touchdowns. Miami also has not lost to the Cardinals in seven tries. Make it 8-0.

Notable: Dolphins are NFL-best 25-9 (.735) in September this decade.


CARDINALS: Out: DT Eric Swann (knee). Probable: T James Dexter (groin); DT Jerry Drake (hand); WR Andy McCullough (ill); WR Frank Sanders (ankle); LB Zack Walz (neck).

DOLPHINS: Out: LB Anthony Harris (groin); DE Dimitrius Underwood (shoulder). Doubtful: DE Kenny Mixon (ankle). Questionable: RB Cecil Collins (ankle). Probable: RB Stanley Pritchett (knee); LB Zach Thomas (trapezius).


Time: 1 p.m.

Line: Jaguars by 9 1/2.

Vs. spread: Jaguars 1-0; Panthers 0-1.

Last week: Jaguars beat 49ers, 41-3. Panthers lost to Saints, 19-10.

Series: Jaguars lead 1-0.

Last meeting: Jaguars won, 24-14, on Sept. 29, 1996, in Jacksonville.

Outlook: These 1995 expansion teams had early success, but that's all they have in common anymore. The Jaguars solidified their Super Bowl contender status by spanking the 49ers last week. The Panthers solidified their also-ran status by falling meekly to the Saints. Jaguars defensive coordinator Dom Capers returns to face Carolina, which fired him as coach after last season, and should have no trouble designing schemes against the Panthers. Expect Jaguars RB Fred Taylor to find some room against Carolina's weak rush defense, leading another Jacksonville victory.

Notable: Panthers coach George Seifert is 26-6 vs. the AFC.


JAGUARS: Questionable: LB Bryce Paup (pectoral); LB Bryan Schwartz (hamstring); RB Fred Taylor (foot). Probable: S Donovin Darius (ribs); RB Chris Howard (shoulder).

PANTHERS: Out: LB Hannibal Navies (knee). Questionable: RB Chris Hetherington (shoulder). Probable: QB Steve Beuerlein (knee); DT Sean Gilbert (ribs); S Mike Minter (ankle); G Anthony Redmon (elbow).


Time: 1 p.m.

Line: Seahawks by 3.

Vs. spread: Seahawks 0-1; Bears 1-0.

Last week: Seahawks lost to Detroit, 28-20. Bears beat Chiefs, 20-17.

Series: Seahawks lead 4-2.

Last meeting: Bears won, 17-0, on Sept. 9, 1990, in Chicago.

Outlook: Chicago beat Kansas City and Seattle lost to Detroit last week. Most expected those results to be opposite. Not the Bears. Under Dick Jauron, their new coach, the Bears are refreshed and optimistic. Playing at home for a second straight week is a plus. But Seattle coach Mike Holmgren has won 10 straight over the Bears and is 6-1 at Soldier Field. He knows the Bears. His quarterback, Jon Kitna, earned a 107.9 rating last week against Detroit. He did not make enough big plays to win, but his performance was solid. Another good showing from Kitna and a better effort from RB Ricky Watters will make the difference.

Notable: Watters needs 106 rushing yards to reach 8,000 for his career.


SEAHAWKS: Out: RB Dustin Johnson (concussion); WR Charles Jordan (hamstring); CB Fred Thomas (ankle); T Todd Weiner (ankle). Questionable: LB Chad Brown (neck); QB Jon Kitna (foot); LB DeShone Myles (knee); WR Mike Pritchard (knee). Probable: TE Deems May (concussion).

BEARS: Questionable: RB James Allen (hamstring); CB Tom Carter (calf). Probable: K Jeff Jaeger (hip).


Time: 4: 15 p.m.

Line: Titans by 14 1/2.

Vs. spread: Browns 0-1; Titans 0-1.

Last week: Browns lost to Steelers, 43-0. Titans beat Bengals, 36-35.

Series: Browns lead 30-21.

Last meeting: Titans (then Oilers) won, 37-10, on Nov. 5, 1995, in Cleveland.

Outlook: After a pitiful offensive showing against Pittsburgh, Cleveland has chosen to move rookie Tim Couch into the starting quarterback slot. Is Couch ready? Well, Ty Detmer certainly wasn't. He struggled mightily against Pittsburgh (6-for-12 for 52 yards, QB rating of 25.2). Tennessee struggled early against Cincinnati before compiling 403 yards of offense, 162 of it by WR Kevin Dyson. They should roll today even without QB Steve McNair, who has been sidelined with a ruptured disc.

Notable: Titans are 14-5 when RB Eddie George scores a TD rushing or receiving.


BROWNS: Probable: DE Roy Barker (shoulder); LB Lenoy Jones (quadriceps); S Tim McTyer (neck); S Marquez Pope (quadriceps).

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