Detroit at Green Bay Time: 1 p.m. Line: Packers by 5...

September 09, 2001

Detroit at Green Bay

Time: 1 p.m. Line: Packers by 5 1/2 .

Outlook: Home team rules in this series with eight straight wins. The Packers have won their past 10 home games against the Lions. QB Brett Favre has a 97.6 career passer rating, with 17 TDs and six interceptions, against Detroit at Lambeau Field. The Lions led the NFC with 42 takeaways last season, including 25 interceptions. DE Robert Porcher's 47 sacks the past four years are tied for most in the NFL with Titans DE Kevin Carter.

Tampa Bay at Dallas

Time: 1 p.m.

Line: Bucs by 9.

Outlook: The Bucs beat the Cowboys for the first time ever last November. In the 27-7 rout, RB Warrick Dunn gouged the Cowboys for 210 rushing yards and two TDs. In three career games against Dallas, new Bucs QB Brad Johnson has completed 73 of 117 passes for 841 yards, five TDs and one interception for a 94.7 passer rating. Bucs DT Warren Sapp has an NFL-high 29 sacks over the past two years.

Indianapolis at N.Y. Jets

Time: 1 p.m., Ch. 9.

Line: Colts by 2.

Outlook: The Colts are comfortable at the Meadowlands, where they've won eight of the past 11 games against the Jets. Their 37 wins against the Jets are most against any opponent. Could be a classic QB battle between Colts' Peyton Manning and the Jets' Vinny Testaverde. Manning has averaged an NFL-high 4,096 yards and 28 TDs a season since 1998. Testaverde, 21-9 as the Jets' starter, has 14 TDs and seven interceptions in his past six starts against Indianapolis.

Oakland at Kansas City

Time: 1 p.m.

Line: Raiders by 3.

Outlook: It's not who scores first in this series, but who scores last. Seven of the past eight games have been decided on the final scoring play. In the exception, the Raiders won a 49-31 shootout last November, when QB Rich Gannon threw for four TDs. He passed for six TDs in two games against Kansas City. The Chiefs open with a new coach Dick Vermeil, new quarterback, Trent Green, and new featured back, ex-Raven Priest Holmes.

New Orleans at Buffalo

Time: 1 p.m.

Line: Saints by 2 1/2 .

Outlook: The Saints were road warriors a year ago, posting a league-best 7-1 road record. Their quarterback, Aaron Brooks, has 15 TDs in seven career starts, including the postseason. And their defense led the league with 66 sacks last season. That doesn't bode well for Bills QB Rob Johnson, whose career has been marked by knockouts and concussions. Johnson will try to beat the pass rush with a three-step drop in the Bills' new West Coast offense. He went 12-for-18 for 216 yards and three TDs in a 45-33 win over the Saints in 1998.

New England at Cincinnati

Time: 1 p.m.

Line: Patriots by 1.

Outlook: Patriots QB Drew Bledsoe, who has thrown for the second-most passing yards in the NFL over the past four years behind Brett Favre, is 3-0 lifetime vs. the Bengals. He'll have two new receivers in Bert Emanuel and Charles Johnson, who had a game-winning, 39-yard TD grab for Philadelphia against Cincinnati in the 2000 regular-season finale. The Bengals open with QB Jon Kitna after posting the top preseason offense (394.8 yards a game). They ranked No. 2 in the league in rushing last year.

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