Nfl Week 3: Today's Games

September 26, 1999

Atlanta (0-2) at St. Louis (1-0)

AT Time: 1 p.m.

Philadelphia (0-2) at Buffalo (1-1)

Time: 1 p.m.

Line: Bills by 11 1/2.

Vs. spread: Eagles 1-1; Bills 1-1.

Last week: Eagles lost to Bucs, 19-5. Bills beat Jets, 17-3.

Series: Tied 4-4.

Last meeting: Bills won, 24-17, on Nov. 11, 1996, in Philadelphia.

Outlook: Buffalo has won seven of its past eight home games and should have no trouble making it eight of nine today against pitiful Philadelphia. QB Doug Flutie has the Bills' offense rolling, and Buffalo has gained more than 300 yards in each of its past nine games. Outscoring the Eagles shouldn't be too hard. Last week, Philadelphia scored five points against Tampa Bay. Even the Phillies outscored them that day, winning, 6-5. More bad news: The Eagles haven't won a game on the road since Dec. 14, 1996, when they beat the pre-Bill Parcells New York Jets by one point at the Meadowlands.

Notable: Bills have won their past seven games when RB Antowain Smith rushes for a TD.


EAGLES: Out: DE Hugh Douglas (knee). Questionable: DT Bill Johnson. Probable: TE Luther Broughton (hamstring); QB Koy Detmer (back); WR Dameane Douglas (quadriceps); WR Dietrich Jells (ankle); QB Doug Pederson (shoulder); WR Torrance Small (rib).

BILLS: Out: RB Thurman Thomas (liver contusion). Doubtful: G Joe Panos (neck). Probable: DT Ted Washington (ribs).

Indianapolis (1-1) at San Diego (1-0)

Time: 4: 05 p.m.

Line: Pick.

Vs. spread: Colts 2-0; Chargers 1-0.

Last week: Colts lost to Patriots, 31-28. Chargers beat Bengals, 34-7.

Series: Chargers lead 12-6.

Last meeting: Colts won, 17-12, on Oct. 4, 1998, in Indianapolis.

Outlook: With a win, the Chargers' Mike Riley will become the first coach in team history to win his first two games. The key matchup in this game is no secret. Indianapolis' young, high-scoring offense will collide with San Diego's veteran, stingy defense, which finished last season ranked No. 1 in the league. As a side note, new Chargers QB Jim Harbaugh will face the team he played for from 1994-1997 and led to the AFC title game in 1995.

Notable: Colts RB Edgerrin James is the eighth NFL rookie to open with back-to-back 100-yard games.


COLTS: Out: LB Jeff Brady (knee-ankle); RB Darick Holmes (ankle). Doubtful: CB Tony Blevins (groin). Questionable: CB Paul Miranda (knee). Probable: LB Cornelius Bennett (knee); CB Steve Muhammed (hip); CB Tyrone Poole (thigh); LB Andre Royal (ankle).

CHARGERS: Out: WR Charlie Jones (hip); QB Ryan Leaf (shoulder). Questionable: RB Natrone Means (knee-ankle); G Aaron Taylor (ankle). Probable: RB Terrell Fletcher (foot); C Roman Fortin (hamstring); WR Jeff Graham (groin); QB Jim Harbaugh (knee); S Rodney Harrison (ankle); C Kendyl Jacox (knee); DT John Parrella (knee).

Minnesota (1-1) at Green Bay (1-1)

Time: 4: 15 p.m., chs. 45, 5.

Line: Packers by 1.

Vs. spread: Vikings 0-2; Packers 0-2.

Last week: Vikings lost to Raiders, 22-17. Packers lost to Lions, 23-15.

Series: Vikings lead 38-36-1.

Last meeting: Vikings won, 28-14, on Nov. 22, 1998, in Minnesota.

Outlook: The Packers have won 31 of their past 32 regular-season games at Lambeau Field. Their lone defeat during that span came last Oct. 5, a Monday night game, when the Vikings gave them a 37-24 prime-time thrashing. Minnesota QB Randall Cunningham threw for 442 yards and four TDs that night. WR Randy Moss caught five passes for 190 yards and two scores. Of course, the Vikings' offense has yet to get untracked this year, and Minnesota is averaging only 17 points. The Vikings will need more than that to beat the Packers today.

Notable: Vikings have sacked Packers QB Brett Favre 30 times, most of any team.


VIKINGS: Out: DE Martin Harrison (knee). Doubtful: WR Matthew Hatchette (ankle). Questionable: RB John Henry Mills (ankle); LB Kailee Wong (hamstring). Probable: LB Rob Holmberg (ankle); WR Randy Moss (flu); T Korey Stringer (knee).

PACKERS: Out: TE Mark Chmura (neck). Questionable: DT Santana Dotson (neck). Probable: S Rodney Artmore (hamstring); T Earl Dotson (back); QB Brett Favre (thumb); LB Brian Williams (ankle).

Denver (0-2) at Tampa Bay (1-1)

Time: 1 p.m.

Line: Bucs by 2 1/2.

Vs. spread: Broncos 0-2; Bucs 1-1.

Last week: Broncos lost to Chiefs, 26-10. Bucs beat Eagles, 19-5.

Series: Broncos lead 3-1.

Last meeting: Broncos won, 27-23, on Sept. 15, 1996, in Denver.

Outlook: Denver will try to avoid starting 0-3 for the first time since 1994. That won't be easy on the road against a top-ranked Tampa Bay defense that hasn't allowed a TD in 12 quarters, dating to last season. Despite another horrific game, Bucs QB Trent Dilfer will start again. His No. 1 job today should be handing off to RB Warrick Dunn and FB Mike Alstott.

Notable: Broncos RB Terrell Davis has 884 yards rushing and six 100-yard games in his past six games vs. NFC opponents.


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