Kansas City (0-2) at Washington (0-2) Time: 1 p.m...

September 30, 2001

Kansas City (0-2) at Washington (0-2)

Time: 1 p.m., chs. 13, 9.

Line: Chiefs by 3.

Outlook: There are all kinds of reunions in this game. Chiefs QB Trent Green faces his old team (1995-98). Redskins QB Tony Banks faces his former coach (Dick Vermeil, 1996-98). And Redskins coach Marty Schottenheimer faces his former team (1989-98). Only Green, completing just 46.5 percent of his throws so far, will come away happy. Changing from Jeff George to Banks won't mean much if the Redskins can't run the ball any better.

Miami (2-0) at St. Louis (2-0)

Time: 1 p.m.

Line: Rams by 6.

Outlook: It will be strength against strength -- Miami's rugged defense against St. Louis' big-play offense. The most intriguing matchup will have Dolphins CBs Sam Madison and Patrick Surtain going against Rams WRs Isaac Bruce and Torry Holt. The Rams' Kurt Warner vs. Jay Fiedler is a quarterback mismatch, though. The Dolphins also will have to find a way to contain RB Marshall Faulk, averaging 4.7 yards per rush and 9.0 yards per reception. Three of Miami's past four wins have been fourth-quarter comebacks.

New Orleans (1-0) at N.Y. Giants (1-1)

Time: 1 p.m., Ch. 45.

Line: Giants by 3.

Outlook: The Saints will attempt to validate their playoff credentials at the Meadowlands, where the Giants play their home opener. Defense should dominate. New Orleans is coming off a bye week and a 24-6 romp over Buffalo in Week 1 in which DE Joe Johnson had three sacks and S Sammy Knight had three interceptions. QB Aaron Brooks had three TD passes, too. The Giants could get WR Ike Hilliard back today, but Joe Jurevicius (12 catches) has been good in Hilliard's absence.

Green Bay (2-0) at Carolina (1-1)

Time: 1 p.m.

Line: Packers by 3 1/2 .

Outlook: The Packers have won their past six games going back to 2000 and have outscored Detroit and Washington by a total of 65-6 this year. QB Brett Favre is protecting the ball again (five TDs, one interception), and RB Ahman Green leads the league in rushing. Carolina has won its past two meetings with Green Bay. The Panthers' defense has seven take-aways already, and WR Muhsin Muhammad, averaging 14.4 yards per catch, is a major threat.

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

Time: 1 p.m.

Line: Steelers by 3.

Outlook: The Steelers are coming off a bye and the Bills are coming off two big losses. Buffalo's defense is allowing 33 points and 428 yards per game. Whether Pittsburgh can capitalize depends on QB Kordell Stewart, who threw a pair of interceptions in a 21-3 Week 1 loss to Jacksonville. The Steelers' running game got a boost from Amos Zereoue (6.7 yards per carry) in that game. Bills QB Rob Johnson has thrown only one TD pass.

Indianapolis (2-0) at New England (0-2)

Time: 1 p.m.

Line: Colts by 12.

Outlook: The Patriots have won the past five games in Foxboro in this series, but will be hard-pressed to stay with the Colts' league-leading offense this time, especially without injured QB Drew Bledsoe. QB Peyton Manning is tearing up the league after two weeks and RB Edgerrin James has five consecutive 100-yard rushing games. As good as WR Marvin Harrison is, the Colts have found another deep threat in Jerome Pathon (15.4 yards per catch with two TDs).

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

Time: 1 p.m.

Line: Bucs by 2 1/2 .

Outlook: The loss of RB Robert Smith and OTs Korey Stringer and Todd Steussie has taken a toll on the Vikings, who face a must win. QB Daunte Culpepper is the team's leading rusher with 99 yards, six more than rookie RB Michael Bennett. The leading receiver isn't Randy Moss or Cris Carter, but TE Byron Chamberlain. Bucs QB Brad Johnson, a former Viking, faces a defense without its leader, injured S Robert Griffith.

Atlanta (1-1) at Arizona (0-1)

Time: 4:05 p.m., Ch. 5.

Line: Falcons by 3.

Outlook: The Falcons' offense is going back to its Super Bowl profile of three years ago. That's a big dose of RB Jamal Anderson and an efficient passing game from QB Chris Chandler. Anderson is second in the NFC in rushing, and Chandler is completing 68.8 percent of his throws. More impressive, Chandler is averaging 11.41 yards per attempt. He'll miss WR Tony Martin (broken clavicle), though. Still, it's more offense than the young Cardinals can handle.

Seattle (1-1) at Oakland (1-1)

Time: 4:15 p.m.

Line: Raiders by 10 1/2 .

Outlook: Seattle's limp offense will look for its first touchdown of the season. QB Matt Hasselbeck is already under fire from the hometown fans, and the offense has averaged just 199 yards. The Raiders like the matchup. QB Rich Gannon has thrown eight TD passes in his past four games against Seattle, and RB Tyrone Wheatley, averaging just 3.2 yards per carry, rushed for 302 in his past two against the Seahawks. Seattle LB Chad Brown leads the league with four sacks.

Cincinnati (2-0) at San Diego (2-0)

Time: 4:15 p.m.

Line: Chargers by 6 1/2 .

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