Nfl Week 2: Today's Games

September 10, 2000

Oakland (1-0) at Indianapolis (1-0)

Time: 1 p.m.

Line: Colts by 6 1/2 .

Vs. spread: Raiders 0-1; Colts 1-0.

Series: Raiders lead 5-2.

Last meeting: Raiders won, 30-17, on Oct. 22, 1995, at Oakland.

Outlook: This won't be 2-0 at the end of three quarters, as it was last week in the Raiders-Chargers game. But a win by Oakland by any score would be a major step toward getting off the .500 cycle the Raiders have been on for a decade. Jeff Burris' interception return that broke open Indianapolis' win in Kansas City was just what the Colts need - a big defensive play to take pressure off QB Peyton Manning and friends.

Notable: Raiders WR Andre Rison is the only player in NFL history with a TD catch for seven different teams.


RAIDERS: Questionable-LB Eric Barton (hamstring).

COLTS: Out-WR Terrence Wilkins (head). Doubtful-DE Mark Thomas (knee). Questionable-WR Marvin Harrison (shoulder). Probable-RB Edgerrin James (hamstring); DT Ellis Johnson (thigh/knee); DE Chukie Nwokorie (hand/ankle); LB Marcus Washington (hamstring).

Green Bay (0-1) at Buffalo (1-0)

Time: 1 p.m.

Line: Bills by 6.

Vs. spread: Packers 0-1; Bills 1-0.

Series: Bills lead 5-2.

Last meeting: Packers won, 31-21, on Dec. 20, 1997, at Green Bay.

Outlook: The Bills, who consistently come up with good young players, could let down after their intense win over Tennessee. They could have a problem if QB Rob Johnson's injured ankle flares up again. Green Bay, like San Francisco and Dallas, looks like it's fading and depends almost entirely on QB Brett Favre's aching elbow.

Notable: Packers WR Antonio Freeman (Poly) has 4,733 yards receiving since 1996, tops among NFC players. He has 42 career TD catches and needs one to tie for fifth on the Packers' career list.


PACKERS: Out-WR Corey Bradford (leg); RB Dorsey Levens (knee); CB Mike McKenzie (knee); LB Brian Williams (knee). Questionable-T Earl Dotson (back); T Chad Clifton (knee); RB Basil Mitchell (knee). Probable-QB Brett Favre (elbow); LB Antuan Edwards (ankle).

BILLS: Questionable-QB Doug Flutie (groin); RB Jonathan Linton (ribs); G Joe Panos (foot); LB Sam Rogers (shoulder). Probable-QB Rob Johnson (leg).

Cleveland (0-1) at Cincinnati (0-0)

Time: 1 p.m.

Line: Bengals by 6 1/2 .

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

Series: Browns lead 27-26.

Last meeting: Bengals won, 44-28, on Dec. 12, 1999, at Cincinnati.

Outlook: The Bengals open with the first regular-season game in Paul Brown Stadium. Their hopes rest primarily on the talented but green passing duo of QB Akili Smith and WR Peter Warrick. The Browns have some nice young players - DE Courtney Brown and QB Tim Couch to name two - but unlike Jacksonville and Carolina, their free-agent signings haven't produced much.

Notable: Bengals RB Corey Dillon had 360 rushing yards in two games vs. Browns last season and has 472 rushing yards and four TDs in his past four games overall.


BROWNS: Probable-WR Darrin Chiaverini (head), WR JuJuan Dawson (hip); WR David Patten (neck), G Jim Pyne (ankle).

BENGALS: Out-RB Michael Basnight (wrist). Probable-S-KR Tremain Mack (ankle); DT Tom Barndt (chest).

N.Y. Giants (1-0) at Philadelphia (1-0)

Time: 1 p.m., Ch. 5.

Line: Eagles by 3.

Vs. spread: Giants 0-1; Eagles 1-0.

Series: Giants lead 70-58-2.

Last meeting: Giants won, 23-17, in OT on Oct. 31, 1999, at Philadelphia.

Outlook: The winner gets the inside track to the runner-up role behind the Redskins in the NFC East. One likelihood: Unless there's another lightning delay, the clock should keep running. The Giants (Tiki Barber 144, Ron Dayne 78) ran for 223 yards against Arizona last week and the Eagles' Duce Staley had 201 all by himself in the Eagles' 41-14 shocker over the Cowboys. Dallas was banged-up, however, so if the Eagles are one of the NFL's most improved teams, they can prove it with another win today.

Notable: Giants coach Jim Fassel has never lost to the Eagles (6-0).


GIANTS: Doubtful-DE Jeremiah Parker (neck); CB Andre Weathers (knee). Questionable-S Sam Garnes (concussion); TE Pete Mitchell (knee).

EAGLES: Out-WR Na Brown (hand). Questionable-WR Torrance Small (hamstring).

Kansas City (0-1) at Tennessee (0-1)

Time: 1 p.m.

Line: Titans by 8 1/2 .

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

Series: Chiefs lead 24-17.

Last meeting: Chiefs won, 20-19, on Sept. 1, 1996, at Houston.

Outlook: The Titans' "new" offense looked a lot like its old offense in Buffalo last week with one exception - keeping QB Steve McNair in the pocket negates the scrambling that was one of the Titans' best weapons en route to the Super Bowl last season. This is a tough start for the Chiefs - playing the AFC's two best teams in consecutive weeks.

Notable: Titans have won eight regular-season games in a row to open Adelphia Coliseum and need a win today to tie the Chiefs for best stadium opening in NFL history.


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