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GAMEDAY / WEEK 8

Capsules

October 22, 2000

ST. LOUIS at KANSAS CITY 10 a.m.

* The line: St. Louis by 7.

* Key injuries: STL--None. KC--RB Donnell Bennett (foot, questionable).

* Key elements: Ram QB Kurt Warner has six consecutive 300-yard games, and needs one more to break Steve Young's NFL record. St. Louis has scored 41 or more points in five of six games. Chief TE Tony Gonzalez has scored at least one touchdown in each of the last three games. The Chiefs have won their last 10 games at home against NFC opponents.

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THE MATCHUPS STL KC Points scored 43.7 (1) 22.3 (9) Points allowed 29.0 (28) 18.8 (13) Passing Off. 379.2 (1) 223.3 (10) Rushing Off. 130.2 (9) 82.7 (26) Passing Def. 258.3 (30) 194.5 (12) Rushing Def. 89.8 (6) 130.2 (24) Time of Poss. 31:09 (12) 28:53 (22) Turnover Ratio +3 (T11) +7 (T3) Red Zone TD% 64.5 (5) 68.4 (2)

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The pick: St. Louis. There is some upset potential, with a loud Arrowhead and banged-up Ram offensive line . . . but stick with the defending champs.

ARIZONA at DALLAS 10 a.m.

* The line: Dallas by 6 1/2.

* Key injuries: None.

* Key elements: Because of Troy Aikman's five-interception performance vs. the Giants last Sunday, fans in Dallas are questioning whether he should remain the starting QB, especially with Randall Cunningham waiting. The Cowboys should have an easier time against the Cardinals; Dallas has won the last 10 regular-season meetings in Dallas. Arizona has lost its last five road games.

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THE MATCHUPS AZ DAL Points scored 19.0 (15) 21.1 (12) Points allowed 27.0 (26) 27.8 (27) Passing Off. 222.0 (12) 175.3 (26) Rushing Off. 89.0 (22) 105.8 (19) Passing Def. 210.2 (17) 167.7 (4) Rushing Def. 149.2 (30) 182.3 (31) Time of Poss. 27:08 (29) 27:16 (28) Turnover Ratio -8 (26) -10 (T27) Red Zone TD% 47.4 (T15) 64.7 (5)

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The pick: Dallas. If the Cowboys don't want to see Aikman's career end sadly, it's time to rally 'round and help.

BUFFALO at MINNESOTA 10 a.m.

* The line: Minnesota by 6 1/2.

* Key injuries: BUF--QB Rob Johnson (shoulder, out); TE Jay Riemersma (knee, questionable). MIN--DE Bryce Paup (knee, out).

* Key elements: Minnesota RB Robert Smith is averaging 28.8 yards per touchdown run (highest since 1970 among players with at least 20 touchdowns), but he might find it rougher going against a Buffalo front seven that yields only 2.7 yards per carry. Bill QB Doug Flutie takes over for Rob Johnson.

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THE MATCHUPS BUF MIN Points scored 18.8 (16) 25.5 (6) Points allowed 20.3 (17) 18.3 (12) Passing Off. 225.5 (8) 222.8 (11) Rushing Off. 106.5 (18) 158.2 (1) Passing Def. 185.0 (9) 216.8 (22) Rushing Def. 72.7 (4) 99.2 (11) Time of Poss. 31:43 (8) 31:46 (7) Turnover Ratio +2 (T14) -3 (T20) Red Zone TD% 44.4 (22) 50.0 (T12)

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The pick: Minnesota. Flutie has his ways, but Buffalo performance against San Diego doesn't inspire confidence.

CHICAGO at PHILADELPHIA 10 a.m.

* The line: Philadelphia by 6 1/2.

* Key injuries: CHI--RB Curtis Enis (shoulder, out). PHI--None.

* Key elements: Eagle QB Donovan McNabb can look forward to facing a secondary that has given up three or more touchdown passes in three consecutive games. Eagle RBs Darnell Autry, Stanley Pritchett and Brian Mitchell combined for 109 yards and two touchdowns in place of injured Duce Staley at Arizona last Sunday. Chicago rookie LB Brian Urlacher has one sack in each of the last five games.

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THE MATCHUPS CHI PHI Points scored 14.4 (29) 24.0 (8) Points allowed 27.0 (25) 14.4 (5) Passing Off. 188.0 (20) 187.4 (21) Rushing Off. 116.0 (15) 136.3 (5) Passing Def. 214.9 (19) 175.7 (6) Rushing Def. 145.0 (29) 107.7 (16) Time of Poss. 27:52 (25) 29:43 (20) Turnover Ratio -6 (25) +3 (T11) Red Zone TD% 46.2 (18) 56.5 (9)

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The pick: Philadelphia. Eagles look like a pretty good team sometimes. Bears, not so much.

DENVER at CINCINNATI 10 a.m.

* The line: Denver by 9 1/2.

* Key injuries: DEN--RB Terrell Davis (ankle/foot, out); RB Howard Griffith (knee, questionable). CIN-None.

* Key elements: Denver QB Brian Griese has an NFL-best 14-to-1 touchdown-to-interception ratio. The Broncos are aiming for their ninth successive victory against Cincinnati. The Bengals have scored only 37 points, and Denver scored 44 last week. Scott Mitchell takes over at QB for Akili Smith.

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THE MATCHUPS DEN CIN Points scored 31.0 (2) 6.2 (31) Points allowed 21.0 (19) 23.8 (22) Passing Off. 260.0 (4) 135.7 (31) Rushing Off. 135.4 (6) 104.3 (20) Passing Def. 238.4 (25) 191.5 (11) Rushing Def. 65.1 (2) 138.3 (27) Time of Poss. 33:34 (2) 26:07 (31) Turnover Ratio +14 (2) -10 (T27) Red Zone TD% 48.0 (14) 22.2 (31)

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The pick: Denver. Smith and Peter Warrick don't know how much longer they can stand Bengals' losing. It might be a very long time.

NEW ENGLAND at INDIANAPOLIS 10 a.m.

* The line: Indianapolis by 8 1/2.

* Key injuries: None.

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