Arizona (0-2) at Philadelphia (2-1) Time: 1 p.m. today...

October 07, 2001

Arizona (0-2) at Philadelphia (2-1)

Time: 1 p.m. today.

Line: Eagles by 14.

Outlook: Blown out in two home games, the Cardinals hit the road. QB Jake Plummer already has four interceptions and his offense has turned the ball over seven times. Arizona's defense has yet to record a takeaway. Eagles QB Donovan McNabb has just six interceptions in his past 413 attempts and just one this season. Rookie Correll Buckhalter has given the Eagles' running game a boost.

Chicago (1-1) at Atlanta (2-1)

Time: 1 p.m. today.

Line: Falcons by 3.

Outlook: This is a game in which both teams will be tempted to throw a lot. The Falcons rank 31st in the NFL in pass defense and the Bears 26th. Atlanta QB Chris Chandler leads the league in passer efficiency and will be working without his prime ground threat, Jamal Anderson, who's done for the year with a knee injury. The new running back is Maurice Smith. Bears QB Jim Miller, who directed a 17-10 win over Minnesota, takes over for injured Shane Matthews.

Cincinnati (2-1) at Pittsburgh (1-1)

Time: 1 p.m. today.

Line: Steelers by 4 1/2 .

Outlook: The Bengals are a notoriously bad road team and have won only five of their past 20 against the Steelers. Both offenses are struggling. Pittsburgh's Kordell Stewart hasn't thrown a touchdown in two games this year - but threw three in his last game against Cincinnati. Bengals QB Jon Kitna won his only start against the Steelers while with the Seahawks. The Steelers make their regular-season debut at Heinz Field.

Minnesota (1-2) at New Orleans (1-1)

Time: 1 p.m. today.

Line: Saints by 3 1/2 .

Outlook: The Vikings face another playoff-caliber defense and will try to get WR Randy Moss into the end zone for the first time this season. The Saints will be very physical with the Vikings, even after drawing 14 penalties in a tough loss vs. the New York Giants. Minnesota has evolved into a one-dimensional pass offense. New Orleans will answer with a pass rush that has notched 10 sacks in two games.

New England (1-2) at Miami (2-1)

Time: 1 p.m. today.

Line: Dolphins by 8 1/2 .

Outlook: These two teams experienced extremes last week. The Patriots pummeled the Colts, 44-13, while the Dolphins were shredded by the Rams, 42-10. Miami's defense should make amends against QB Tom Brady, but that still means that Dolphins QB Jay Fiedler will have to make some plays. So far, Fiedler has been very erratic. Look for a heavy dose of Miami RB Lamar Smith against the league's 23rd-ranked rush defense.

San Diego (3-0) at Cleveland (2-1)

Time: 1 p.m. today.

Line: Chargers by 3.

Outlook: Rookie running backs and defense highlight this matchup. The Chargers have ridden LaDainian Tomlinson, the fifth pick in the draft, to a 3-0 start. The Browns hand the ball to James Jackson, a third-round pick, and their run production is up to 108 yards a game from 67.8 a year ago. The Chargers are back as a defensive power, too, with eight interceptions and a plus-8 in turnovers. San Diego QB Doug Flutie has a big edge over Tim Couch.

Jacksonville (2-1) at Seattle (1-2)

Time: 4:05 p.m. today.

Line: Jaguars by 3 1/2 .

Outlook: The Jaguars' first road trip of the season will be a homecoming of sorts for QB Mark Brunell, who played college ball at Washington's Husky Stadium. These are two of the most injury-depleted teams in the league. Brunell suffered a concussion last week, and the Seahawks' top two quarterbacks are hurting. Matt Hasselbeck aggravated a groin injury and Trent Dilfer had a concussion. If Hasselbeck can't go, Dilfer will. Worse for Seattle is the loss of RB Ricky Watters.

Kansas City (1-2) at Denver (2-1)

Time: 4:05 p.m. today.

Line: Broncos by 10.

Outlook: This game has a chance to be a shootout because neither defense is playing well. Chiefs QB Trent Green broke out of a slump last week and will take aim at Denver's 23rd-ranked pass defense. RB Priest Holmes also had a breakout game for Kansas City and he'll have to carry a bigger load this week because FB Tony Richardson (shoulder) isn't expected to play. The Chiefs have won four in a row vs. Denver.

N.Y. Jets (1-2) at Buffalo (0-3)

Time: 4:05 p.m. today.

Line: Jets by 3 1/2 .

Outlook: Two struggling teams - and two rookie coaches - look for relief. At least the Jets' Herman Edwards knows what's coming. His run defense is last in the league, and that's one of the few things Gregg Williams' Bills do well - run the ball. Bills QB Rob Johnson's adjustment to the West Coast offense is slow; his pass offense ranks 27th and he's already been sacked 13 times. Running backs are the leading receivers on both teams.

Dallas (0-3) at Oakland (2-1)

Time: 4:15 p.m. today.

Line: Raiders by 18.

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