Nfl Week 2

September 15, 2002|By Chicago Tribune

Chicago (1-0) at Atlanta (0-1)

Time: 1 p.m. today.

Line: Falcons by 3.

Key stat: Bears have won six of past seven vs. Atlanta.

Worth watching: Bears WR Marty Booker led NFL with 198 yards receiving last week. QB Michael Vick accounted for 281 yards of offense in Falcons' loss to Packers.

Outlook: Both teams have key injuries on defense, but Falcons' loss of CB Ray Buchanan to steroid suspension will be a bigger factor than Bears' losses.

Miami (1-0) at Indianapolis (1-0)

Time: 1 p.m. today.

Line: Colts by 2.

Key stat: Dolphins have won four in a row in Indianapolis..

Worth watching: QBs Jay Fiedler and Peyton Manning both tossed three TD passes in openers.

Outlook: Dolphins have the look of Super Bowl contenders and seem to feel at home in Indianapolis. Tony Dungy's defense may challenge the Colts, but this year it has to stop RB Ricky Williams (111 rushing yards, two TDs in opener).

Tennessee (1-0) at Dallas (0-1)

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

Line: Titans by 3.

Key stat: Titans have won past two meetings.

Worth watching: How long will Cowboys stick with QB Quincy Carter (13-for-30 in loss to Texans). Titans QB Steve McNair is coming off 24-for-34 day in opening win over Eagles.

Outlook: One week does not make a season, but Titans look like Super Bowl contenders and Cowboys may be starting over - again.

Detroit (0-1) at Carolina (1-0)

Time: 1 p.m. today.

Line: Panthers by 3.

Key stat: Teams combined for three wins last season.

Worth watching: Not much. How quickly will Lions rookie QB Joey Harrington (4-for-11 last week) come off the bench. Will Carolina QB Rodney Peete pick apart his old team?

Outlook: Two of the worst teams in the league meet in a game that will play a role in deciding who gets the No. 1 pick in next year's draft.

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

Time: 1 p.m. today.

Line: Jets by 1 1/2 .

Key stat: Five of past six meetings have been decided by seven points or fewer.

Worth watching: Both QBs are off to hot starts: Pats' Tom Brady threw for three TDs, and Jets' Testaverde tossed two in opening wins.

Outlook: New England played like a Super Bowl champ should in routing Pittsburgh on Monday night. Jets needed big special teams plays to win at Buffalo, and that can't always be repeated. Jets will struggle against Patriots' defense.

Green Bay (1-0) at New Orleans (1-0)

Time: 1 p.m. today.

Line: Packers by 2.

Key stat: Packers have lost seven of past nine games in domes.

Worth watching: Packers QB Brett Favre, who has thrown career-best 153 passes without an interception. Saints RB Deuce McAllister rushed for 109 yards in opener.

Outlook: McAllister gives Saints a dimension they've lacked for years, and a threat that will give Packers trouble.

Cincinnati (0-1) at Cleveland (0-1)

Time: 1 p.m. today.

Line: Browns by 4.

Key stat: Bengals have won four of six meetings since Browns re-joined NFL in 1999.

Worth watching: RB Corey Dillon, who was shut down in opening loss to Chargers, needs to carry the load for Bengals. Can Browns QB Kelly Holcomb repeat his three-TD performance in opening loss to Chiefs.

Outlook: Will Browns be motivated by their fluke loss to Chiefs last week on Dwayne Rudd's brain-drain play?

Jacksonville (0-1) at Kansas City (1-0)

Time: 1 p.m. today.

Line: Chiefs by 4.

Key stat: Chiefs have won 11 of past 13 home openers.

Worth watching: So much for training camp - Jaguars WR Jimmy Smith had eight catches for 104 yards in opener. Chiefs RB Priest Holmes continued the pace he set last season, rushing for 122 yards and four TDs.

Outlook: If the Chiefs can't handle the salary cap-strapped Jaguars at home, it'll be a sign Dick Vermeil's program isn't on track.

Arizona (0-1) at Seattle (0-1)

Time: 4:05 p.m. today.

Line: Seahawks by 3 1/2 .

Key stat: Seattle coach Mike Holmgren goes for 100th career victory.

Worth watching: QB Trent Dilfer is expected to return from a knee injury to start at quarterback for Seattle.

Outlook: Seattle is hoping for an emotional boost from the return of Dilfer, who was named the starter in the offseason and then got hurt. In their first meeting as NFC West rivals, Seahawks should be able to score against Cards' weak defense.

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

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

Line: Rams by 12 1/2 .

Key stat: Rams have beaten Giants five straight.

Worth watching: Rams QB Kurt Warner didn't throw a TD pass last week. Neither did Giants' Kerry Collins.

Outlook: Rams' versatile offense returns home after frustrating loss at Denver and should pound away at rebuilding Giants. RB Marshall Faulk will carry the load again.

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

Time: 4:15 p.m. today.

Line: Chargers by 12 1/2 .

Key stat: Chargers have won past five games they've led at halftime.

Worth watching: Chargers RB LaDainian Tomlinson has rushed for 100 yards five times in 17 games

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