Nfl Week 1

September 03, 2000

Arizona at N.Y. Giants

Time: 1 p.m.

Line: Giants by 6 1/2

Vs. spread in '99: Cardinals 6-10; Giants 7-9.

Series: Giants lead 73-39-2

Last meeting: Cardinals beat Giants, 34-24, on Nov. 28, 1999 at New York.

Outlook: Rookie Ron Dayne, the Heisman Trophy winner from Wisconsin, should give the Giants a weapon they traditionally have lacked - a great running game. Cardinals couldn't stop anyone last season, and their defense looks no better. Defensive end Simeon Rice remains a holdout.

Notable: Cardinals swept Giants in '99 for first time since 1979 and aim for longest win streak since 7-game stretch from 1974-77

Injuries:

CARDINALS: Out: DE Thomas Burke (knee); C Mike Gruttadauria (knee); DE Andre Wadsworth (knee). Doubtful: LB Zack Walz (knee). Questionable: S Tommy Bennett (knee); QB Chris Greisen (ankle); LB Johnny Rutledge (knee). Probable: G Lester Holmes (knee); CB Tom Knight (hip); S Kwamie Lassiter (ankle).

GIANTS: Out: TE Pete Mitchell (knee). Doubtful: DE Jeremiah Parker (neck); CB Andre Weathers (knee). Probable: TE Dan Campbell (hamstring); WR Ron Dixon (heel); LB Pete Monty (thumb); S Shaun Williams (toe).

Chicago at Minnesota

Time: 1 p.m.

Line: Vikings by 4 1/2 .

Vs. spread in '99: Bears 11-5; Vikings 4-11-1.

Series: Vikings lead 42-33-2.

Last meeting: Vikings beat Bears, 27-24, in OT on Nov. 14, 1999 at Chicago.

Outlook: Did coach Dennis Green make the right decision? He gets his first look today at his new starting quarterback, Daunte Culpepper. If Culpepper has time to throw, he could start receivers Randy Moss and Cris Carter on record-breaking seasons. The Bears need pressure on Culpepper from defensive end Phillip Daniels and big days from quarterback Cade McNown and wide receiver Marcus Robinson.

Notable: Game features NFC's top two receivers in yardage from last season, Robinson (1,400) and Moss (1,413).

Injuries:

BEARS: Questionable: TE Dustin Lyman (shoulder). Probable: LB Ty Hallock (abdomen); LB Khari Samuel (knee).

VIKINGS: Questionable: DE Michael Boireau (knee); G Corbin Lacina (knee).

Detroit at New Orleans

Time: 1 p.m.

Line: Saints by 1

Vs. spread in '99: Lions 7-9; Saints 4-11.

Series: Saints lead 8-6-1.

Last meeting: Saints beat Lions, 35-17, on Sept. 21, 1997 at New Orleans.

Outlook: New Orleans makes its debut under Jim Haslett, who needs to add some toughness to this moribound franchise. Detroit quarterback Charlie Batch has fought injuries throughout training camp and won't start. Lions will go with ex-Raven Stoney Case. Lions' fate may depend on running back James Stewart.

Notable: Lions' eight fumbles and 22 total giveaways were fewest in NFC last year.

Injuries:

LIONS: Out: G Stockar McDougle (knee); WR Herman Moore (shoulder). Questionable: QB Charlie Batch (knee); G Kerlin Blaise (knee); LB Scott Kowalkowski (thumb). Probable: DT Luther Elliss (elbow); TE David Sloan (toe); S Kywin Supernaw (neck).

SAINTS: Out: LB Charlie Clemons (calf), S Rob Kelly (fibula), CB Fred Thomas (knee). Questionable: TE Andrew Glover (knee), WR Keith Poole (patella). Probable: CB Alex Molden (thumb), RB Chad Morton (thigh), S Chris Oldham (hamstring), LB Darrin Smith (knee), WR Robert Wilson (clavicle), CB Corey Harris (ankle).

Indianapolis at Kansas City

Time: 1 p.m.

Line: Colts by 3.

Vs. spread in '99: Colts 9-6; Chiefs 8-8.

Series: Tied 6-6.

Last meeting: Colts beat Chiefs, 25-17, on Nov. 7, 1999 at Indianapolis.

Outlook: Colts' Peyton Manning led AFC in passing a year ago and is still young enough to improve. Chiefs' Elvis Grbac is dependable, but is no Manning. It is a tough opener for the Colts, who some believe are ready to go to the Super Bowl. Kansas City always tough at home, but the Manning-Marvin Harrison-Edgerrin James trio is the toughest in the NFL to beat.

Notable: The Colts return 21 of 22 starters from AFC East championship team.

Injuries:

COLTS: Out: WR Terrence Wilkins (head). Questionable: TE Justin Snow (hamstring). Probable: DT Larry Chester (abdomen); DT Ellis Johnson (thigh/knee); DE Chukie Nwokorie (hand/ankle); DE Mark Thomas (knee); LB Marcus Washington (hamstring).

CHIEFS: Doubtful: TE Jason Dunn (shoulder). Questionable: RB Dante Hall (back); DT Chester McGlockton (ribs).

Jacksonville at Cleveland

Time: 1 p.m.

Line: Jaguars by 10.

Vs. spread in '99: Jaguars 9-8; Browns 5-11.

Series: Jaguars lead 4-0.

Last meeting: Jaguars beat Browns, 24-14, on Dec. 12, 1999 at Cleveland.

Outlook: This is the kind of opener the Jaguars need. While many wonder whether this nucleus has missed its chance at the Super Bowl, Jaguars open against Browns, who have not shown they will make quick progress like expansion predecessors Jacksonville and Carolina did. Jaguars must find a running game without Fred Taylor (out with a knee injury).

Notable: Browns' Tim Couch became fifth rookie QB since 1970 with positive TD-INT ratio (15-13).

Injuries:

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