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GAMEDAY / WEEK 6

Capsules

October 08, 2000

NEW ORLEANS at CHICAGO 10 a.m.

* The line: Chicago by 5.

* Key injuries: NO--None. CHI--RB Curtis Enis (shoulder, doubtful).

* Key elements: Chicago QB Cade McNown will have a tough time against a Saints squad that leads the NFL in total defense (234.5 yards a game). The New Orleans pass rush has three or more sacks in three consecutive games.

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THE MATCHUPS NO CHI Points scored 13.8 (29) 15.0 (28) Points allowed 20.5 (T19) 26.0 (T23) Passing Off. 173.3 (25) 189.4 (20) Rushing Off. 108.0 (17) 128.4 (8) Passing Def. 143.8 (1) 222.0 (22) Rushing Def. 90.8 (8) 127.6 (25) Time of Poss. 30:18 (12) 28:12 (26) Turnover Ratio -3 (T19) -5 (T26) Red Zone TD% 40.0 (22) 62.5 (8)

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* The pick: Chicago. The Saints lead the NFL in total defense but are next-to-last in total offense. More balance gives mediocre Bears an edge, but not a huge one.

TENNESSEE at CINCINNATI 10 a.m.

* The line: Tennessee by 9 1/2.

* Key injuries: TEN--DE Jevon Kearse (quad, questionable); WR Carl Pickens (hamstring, questionable); WR Yancey Thigpen (hamstring, questionable); TE Frank Wycheck (foot, questionable). CIN--None.

* Key elements: A big key to Tennessee's success in 1999 was a plus-18 turnover differential. This season, the Titans are at minus-3. The Bengals have been shut out in three of their last six games.

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THE MATCHUPS TEN CIN Points scored 20.2 (14) 5.8 (31) Points allowed 16.0 (5) 26.2 (25) Passing Off. 230.5 (9) 154.5 (29) Rushing Off. 102.8 (18) 94.3 (21) Passing Def. 176.0 (6) 191.0 (12) Rushing Def. 82.5 (6) 131.0 (T26) Time of Poss. 33:21 (3) 27:21 (29) Turnover Ratio -3 (T19) -7 (30) Red Zone TD% 50.0 (T12) 28.6 (29)

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* The pick: Tennessee. The Titan receivers are gimpy and Kearse has a leg injury--but winless Bengals aren't even close to able to take advantage.

GREEN BAY at DETROIT 10 a.m.

* The line: Detroit by 3.

* Key injuries: GB--RB Dorsey Levens (ankle, doubtful); CB Mike McKenzie (knee, doubtful); S Antuan Edwards (knee, questionable).

* Key elements: The Packer defense has averaged a stingy three points allowed in two victories, but 24.7 points in three losses. With Levens banged up, the Packers don't have the running game to take advantage of a Lion defense that has given up 120 or more yards rushing in three consecutive games.

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THE MATCHUPS GB DET Points scored 18.6 (17) 16.8 (25) Points allowed 16.0 (5) 19.2 (16) Passing Off. 227.8 (11) 183.4 (21) Rushing Off. 80.2(T24) 77.2 (26) Passing Def. 188.0(11) 220.2 (20) Rushing Def. 99.6(12) 131.0 (T26) Time of Poss. 29:09 (23) 29:21 (22) Turnover Ratio -6 (T28) +3 (T9) Red Zone TD% 46.7 (14) 31.3 (28)

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* The pick: Detroit. The Pack is not back and has not fared well at the Silverdome.

BUFFALO at MIAMI 10 a.m.

* The line: Miami by 1 1/2.

* Key injuries: BUF--TE Jay Riemersma (knee, doubtful). MIA--WR Tony Martin (foot, questionable); LB Zach Thomas (ankle, questionable).

* Key elements: Miami running back Thurman Thomas would love to gain the 111 yards he needs to tie Franco Harris (12,120 yards, ninth all time) against his former Bill teammates. The Miami pass defense tops the AFC and limits opposing QBs to conference-low 52.9 passer rating.

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THE MATCHUPS BUF MIA Points scored 18.2 (T18) 18.0 (20) Points allowed 19.0 (15) 7.6 (1) Passing Off. 211.5 (14) 145.0 (31) Rushing Off. 117.0 (13) 118.8 (12) Passing Def. 181.3 (8) 174.4 (5) Rushing Def. 66.3 (2) 112.2 (19) Time of Poss. 32:17 (6) 29:43 (16) Turnover Ratio +1 (14) +6 (T4) Red Zone TD% 41.7 (21) 63.6 (7)

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* The pick: Buffalo. Don't be influenced by the records: The 4-1 Dolphins haven't played as tough a schedule as the 2-2 Bills.

INDIANAPOLIS at NEW ENGLAND 10 a.m.

* The line: Indianapolis by 3 1/2.

* Key injuries: None.

* Key elements: The Patriots have won 10 of the last 13 meetings. In his past eight games vs. Indianapolis, Patriot QB Drew Bledsoe has gone 7-1, with 17 touchdowns to only two interceptions. The Patriots have yielded 68 sacks in their last 17 games (5-12) dating to last season. Including playoffs, the Patriots have lost eight consecutive games in their division.

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THE MATCHUPS IND NE Points scored 29.8 (3) 15.8 (27) Points allowed 20.5 (T19) 18.2 (T11) Passing Off. 315.5 (2) 192.2 (18) Rushing Off. 101.0 (19) 80.2 (T24) Passing Def. 204.3 (16) 211.4 (18) Rushing Def. 123.3 (22) 106.2 (15) Time of Poss. 29:38 (18) 28:55 (24) Turnover Ratio -4 (T24) +4 (7) Red Zone TD% 64.3 (6) 35.3 (26)

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* The pick: Indianapolis. Peyton Manning has praise for Bill Belichick's defensive schemes, but still has the poise--and the plays--to win.

PITTSBURGH at NEW YORK JETS 10 a.m.

* The line: N.Y. Jets by 8.

* Key injuries: NYJ--None. PIT--QB Kent Graham (hip, questionable).

* Key elements: The Jets are 4-0 for the first time in their 41-year history. The Steelers own an 8-1 series mark as visitors to the Big Apple dating to 1975. New York has eight consecutive victories, and is 11-2 in the last 13 games, after opening 1-6 in 1999. Steeler quarterbacks have not thrown a touchdown pass in four games.

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