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

October 14, 2001

Arizona (1-2) at Chicago (2-1)

Time: 1 p.m. today.

Line: Bears by 7.

Outlook: The Bears' second-round pick, RB Anthony Thomas, gave the 31st-ranked rush offense a spark last week, averaging 5.2 yards per carry against Atlanta. First-round pick David Terrell (four catches for 38 yards) is off to a slow start, but QB Jim Miller has plenty of weapons at wide receiver, including Marcus Robinson and Marty Booker. Arizona, last in defense in the NFL, will go to the air against Chicago's suspect secondary.

Cleveland (3-1) at Cincinnati (2-2)

Time: 1 p.m. today.

Line: Bengals by 2.

Outlook: The Bengals have won four in a row at home and have beaten Cleveland three of the past four meetings. But the Browns are pushovers no longer. Rookie RB James Jackson is a decent complement to QB Tim Couch, and WR Kevin Johnson is finally productive. The Browns have sacked Cincinnati quarterbacks 11 times in the past two meetings. The Bengals' passing game with Jon Kitna still isn't very dangerous (28th in NFL).

Detroit (0-3) at Minnesota (1-3)

Time: 1 p.m. today.

Line: Vikings by 10 1/2 .

Outlook: The Lions are back to Charlie Batch at quarterback after Ty Detmer threw eight interceptions in six quarters. They are last in the league in turnovers with minus-nine. Coach Marty Mornhinweg is gambling that Batch can get them back to respectability. The Vikings' pass offense is third in the league. QB Daunte Culpepper is on pace for a club-record 4,492 passing yards and has two 300-yard games in a row.

New Orleans (2-1) at Carolina (1-3)

Time: 1 p.m. today.

Line: Saints by 5.

Outlook: The Saints had 16 sacks in a two-game sweep of the Panthers last year, led by DE Joe Johnson's four. They've won eight of their past 10 road games. QB Aaron Brooks has six TDs and one interception in his past three regular-season road games. Carolina has dropped three games in a row and is only 29th in pass defense. Panthers QB Chris Weinke is completing 62 percent, but is hurt by the lack of a running game.

N.Y. Giants (3-1) at St. Louis (4-0)

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

Line: Rams by 10 1/2 .

Outlook: In a meeting of the past two NFC champions, the Giants are thin at running back. Tiki Barber is nursing a hamstring injury, Ron Dayne has a strained neck, and Damon Washington is next in line. Dayne expects to play. Unless the Giants can run the ball, it will be up to QB Kerry Collins to keep pace with the Rams' Kurt Warner. The Rams have outscored the Giants, 69-34, in their past two meetings.

Pittsburgh (2-1) at Kansas City (1-3)

Time: 1 p.m. today.

Line: Chiefs by 3.

Outlook: The Steelers lead the league in rushing and are second in the AFC in possession time. RB Jerome Bettis has topped 100 yards in four of five career games against the Chiefs. Kansas City counters with former Raven Priest Holmes, who has a pair of 100-yard games in three career starts against Pittsburgh. The Chiefs are only 22nd against the rush, which gives the advantage to the Steelers.

San Diego (3-1) at New England (1-3)

Time: 1 p.m. today.

Line: Chargers by 3.

Outlook: Chargers QB Doug Flutie comes home to face his former team (he was 4-1 as the Patriots' starter). RB LaDainian Tomlinson seeks to become the first rookie to lead the NFL in rushing yards and TD runs since Jim Brown in 1957. The Chargers lead NFL with 14 takeaways, which puts the heat on QB Tom Brady, making his third career start. The Pats have won the past nine meetings, though.

San Francisco (3-1) at Atlanta (2-2)

Time: 1 p.m. today.

Line: 49ers by 3.

Outlook: The Falcons were running on empty last week after losing RB Jamal Anderson (knee) for the season and QB Chris Chandler (concussion) for the second half against Chicago. Chandler should be OK today, but it may be tough to bounce back against the 49ers, who have won seven of their past 10. Atlanta has won the past four meetings against the 49ers at the Georgia Dome.

Tampa Bay (2-1) at Tennessee (0-3)

Time: 1 p.m. today.

Line: Titans by 3.

Outlook: The Titans, who haven't scored an offensive TD since the season opener, are desperate. For the second straight week, they face one of the league's toughest defenses. RB Eddie George is gimpy and the receiving corps is depleted. The Bucs are 6-2 vs. AFC teams the past two seasons under coach Tony Dungy. QB Brad Johnson has completed 70.1 percent of his passes, but has yet to throw for a TD.

Denver (3-1) at Seattle (2-2)

Time: 4:15 p.m. today.

Line: Broncos by 6.

Outlook: Former Ravens QB Trent Dilfer makes his second start for the Seahawks in place of injured Matt Hasselbeck. Dilfer engineered a 24-15 win over Jacksonville a week ago, throwing for 219 yards. Among his 12 straight wins as a starter is a playoff victory over the Broncos last December. It's a tall order this time. The Broncos have owned the Seahawks, winning nine of the past 10 games.

Miami (3-1) at N.Y. Jets (2-2)

Time: 4:15 p.m. today, chs. 13, 9.

Line: Dolphins by 3.

Outlook: The Jets have beaten the Dolphins six straight times, the last a spectacular Monday night comeback from a 23-point fourth-quarter deficit to win in overtime. They have outscored Miami, 44-7, in the fourth quarter of the past two games. Jets QB Vinny Testaverde hasn't thrown an interception in his past 145 attempts. The Dolphins will try to play ball control against New York's 31st-ranked run defense.

Oakland (3-1) at Indianapolis (2-1)

Time: 8:30 p.m. today, ESPN.

Line: Colts by 3 1/2 .

Outlook: This promises to be a shootout just like last year's 38-31 Oakland win, when the Raiders rallied from a 31-7 halftime deficit. It features the Colts' No. 2 pass offense against the Raiders' No. 20 pass defense. The Colts are coming off a bye after a 44-13 loss to New England. If the Raiders can't run the ball on the Colts, they probably can't run the ball at all. Oakland QB Rich Gannon has thrown for 426 yards his past two games.

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