On The Nfl

September 23, 2001

Buffalo (0-1) at Indianapolis (1-0)

Time: 1 p.m.

Line: Colts by 10.

Outlook: The Colts have won three of the past four over the Bills, including a 44-20 Monday night rout in December. Colts RB Edgerrin James has 444 scrimmage yards and four TDs in four career games vs. Buffalo. Bills QB Rob Johnson has a 66.3 completion percentage and 721 yards in his past three starts vs. the Colts, and WR Eric Moulds has 416 receiving yards in his past four. Buffalo will play without MLB Sam Cowart, who has a right Achilles' tendon tear.

Carolina (1-0) at Atlanta (0-1)

Time: 1 p.m.

Line: Falcons by 3 1/2 .

Outlook: The Falcons scored 10 points in a span of 2:11 late in the game to beat Carolina, 13-12, the last time they played. Falcons QB Michael Vick produced 32 rushing yards, but no completions, in two series subbing for Chris Chandler in Week 1. The Panthers stunned Minnesota in the opener when rookie QB Chris Weinke passed for 223 yards. Panthers WR Muhsin Muhammad has 52 catches for 583 yards and four TDs in his past six regular-season games. Carolina leads the NFL with five takeaways.

Detroit (0-1) at Cleveland (0-1)

Time: 1 p.m.

Line: Lions by 1.

Outlook: The Lions benched Charlie Batch after one game and inserted former Cleveland QB Ty Detmer, who made two starts with the Browns in two years and was injured last season. This will be his first start since Dec. 26, 1999. Browns QB Tim Couch has a 61.4 completion percentage, throwing for 775 yards, against NFC opponents. The Browns will be without DE Courtney Brown (knee) again, and aren't likely to have DT Marcus Spriggs (forearm).

Minnesota (0-1) at Chicago (0-1)

Time: 1 p.m.

Line: Vikings by 3.

Outlook: The Vikings and Bears will attempt to rebound from a pair of 11-point losses in Week 1. QB Daunte Culpepper threw three interceptions and WR Randy Moss had just one catch in Minnesota's loss to Carolina. Moss has 38 catches for 592 yards and five TDs in six career games vs. the Bears. Vikings WR Cris Carter has more career catches (130) and yards (1,504) vs. the Bears than any other team. The Bears were tougher than expected against the Ravens.

N.Y. Giants (0-1) at Kansas City (0-1)

Time: 1 p.m., chs, 45, 5.

Line: Chiefs by 1 1/2 .

Outlook: The Super Bowl aside, Giants QB Kerry Collins has passed for 1,169 yards, 10 TDs and only one interception in his past four regular-season games against the AFC. He threw for 258 yards and three TDs against Denver in Week 1. Chiefs QB Trent Green hit only 16 of 37 in an opening-week loss, but is 2-0 vs. the Giants with 497 passing yards and five TDs. Giants' secondary should be stabilized with the return of CB Jason Sehorn for rookie Will Peterson.

Oakland (1-0) at Miami (1-0)

Time: 1 p.m.

Line: Dolphins by 1.

Outlook: The Raiders have the best all-time record of any team against the Dolphins (18-9-1), including the 27-0 AFC divisional playoff win in January. But the Dolphins have won the past three regular-season games vs. Oakland, and are an NFL-best 27-4 in home openers since 1970. Raiders QB Rich Gannon is looking for his first career TD pass against the Dolphins in his third regular-season meeting. WR Tim Brown has had three consecutive 100-yard games vs. Miami.

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

Time: 1 p.m.

Line: Chargers by 3 1/2 .

Outlook: Chargers QB Doug Flutie won his first NFL career start at Dallas in 1986 with the Bears. Chargers RB LaDainian Tomlinson will try to become the ninth player in NFL history to gain 100 yards in his first two games. He gained 113 against Washington in Week 1. Tim Dwight's 84-yard punt return TD in that game was San Diego's first since 1997. Cowboys QB Quincy Carter is nursing a sprained right thumb and likely will be replaced by Anthony Wright.

Tennessee (0-1) at Jacksonville (1-0)

Time: 1 p.m.

Line: Jaguars by 2 1/2 .

Outlook: The Jaguars ended a four-game losing streak against the Titans at home last November, when RB Fred Taylor rushed for 104 yards. The Jaguars have won four in a row at home, including Week 1's 21-3 decision over Pittsburgh. The Titans have won 24 of their past 28 vs. AFC Central teams. QB Steve McNair has a bruised right shoulder, and Neil O'Donnell is expected to start. CB Samari Rolle has six interceptions in six games vs. Jaguars QB Mark Brunell.

N.Y. Jets (0-1) at New England (0-1)

Time: 4:05 p.m.

Line: Jets by 2.

Outlook: The Jets have dominated the series of late, winning the past three meetings overall as well as the past three in Foxboro. Three of the past four games have been decided by seven points or fewer. Jets QB Vinny Testaverde has a 99.9 passer rating in nine career starts vs. the Patriots with 19 TDs and seven interceptions. Patriots QB Drew Bledsoe has 3,278 passing yards in 15 career starts vs. the Jets, but New York's defense has 13 sacks in the past two games.

Philadelphia (0-1) at Seattle (1-0)

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

Line: Eagles by 2 1/2 .

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