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GAME DAY / WEEK 1

Capsules

September 03, 2000

SAN FRANCISCO AT ATLANTA

* The line: Atlanta by 7.

* Key injuries: None.

* Key elements: Jeff Garcia is the first 49er quarterback since Joe Montana or Steve Young to start Week One since Steve DeBerg started the 1980 opener. Atlanta running back Jamal Anderson, who returns from a 1999 season-ending knee injury, led the NFC with 1,846 yards in an NFL-record 410 carries in 1998. The 49ers have lost six consecutive road games.

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THE MATCHUPS SF Atl Points scored 18.4 (22) 17.8 (23) Points allowed 28.3 (30) 23.8 (25) Passing Off. 205.3 (21) 209.1 (17) Rushing Off. 130.9 (1) 74.8 (30) Passing Def. 254.3 (31) 196.9 (9) Rushing Def. 101.2 (15) 129.5 (29) Time of Poss. 30:21 (16) 28:49 (27) Turnover Ratio -12 (29) -17 (31) Red Zone TD% 46.7 (16) 52.4 (11)

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* The pick: Atlanta. The 49ers' long season starts here.

TENNESSEE AT BUFFALO

* The line: Pick 'em.

* Key injuries: TEN--Wide receiver Yancey Thigpen (ankle, questionable). BUF--Guard Joe Panos (foot, out), quarterback Doug Flutie (groin, doubtful), running back Jonathan Linton (ribs, questionable).

* Key elements: Titans are 16-2 when quarterback Steve McNair has a rushing TD. Jevon Kearse has at least one sack in eight consecutive games. Bills are 4-0 on Sunday nights at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

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THE MATCHUPS TEN BUF Points scored 24.5 (7) 20.0 (16) Points allowed 20.3 (15) 14.3 (2) Passing Off. 217.8 (13) 205.8 (19) Rushing Off. 113.2 (13) 127.5 (8) Passing Def. 230.9 (25) 167.2 (1) Rushing Def. 96.9 (10) 85.6 (4) Time of Poss. 31:30 (8) 32:39 (1) Turnover Ratio +18 (2) -6 (23) Red Zone TD% 62.0 (3) 46.2 (17)

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* The pick: Tennessee. Bills are bent on revenge for the Music City Miracle, but the Titans are tough, ball-hungry and better offensively with addition of Carl Pickens.

SEATTLE AT MIAMI

* The line: Miami by 2.

* Key injuries: SEA--Tight end Christian Fauria (hamstring, questionable). MIA--None.

* Key elements: The last five meetings (including 1999 wild card) between these teams has been decided by seven points or less. Dolphin Coach Dave Wannstedt is 1-11 vs. Seahawk Coach Mike Holmgren, dating to their days coaching the Bears and Packers. Miami has won an NFL-best eight consecutive openers.

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THE MATCHUPS SEA MIA Points scored 21.1 (12) 20.4 (13) Points allowed 18.6 (8) 21.0 (19) Passing Off. 212.3 (16) 217.8 (13) Rushing Off. 88.0 (24) 90.8 (22) Passing Def. 218.3 (17) 183.0 (5) Rushing Def. 120.9 (25) 92.3 (8) Time of Poss. 27:53 (28) 31:34 (7) Turnover Ratio +3 (12) -6 (23) Red Zone TD% 42.9 (20) 41.2 (23)

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* The pick: Seattle. Update Wannstedt's record against Holmgren to 1-12.

SAN DIEGO AT OAKLAND

* The line: Oakland by 6 1/2.

* Key injuries: SD--Cornerback DeRon Jenkins (foot, questionable). OAK--Linebacker Eric Barton (hamstring, doubtful).

* Key elements: This game pits the Charger rushing defense, ranked third in 1999, against the Raider rushing offense, also ranked third in 1999. The Raiders are 4-0 vs. the Chargers in openers; however, the Raiders have lost four consecutive openers.

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THE MATCHUPS SD OAK Points scored 16.8 (28) 24.4 (8) Points allowed 19.8 (10) 20.6 (16) Passing Off. 208.9 (18) 225.6 (11) Rushing Off. 77.9 (27) 130.3 (3) Passing Def. 224.0 (22) 207.6 (12) Rushing Def. 82.6 (3) 97.4 (12) Time of Poss. 30:09 (17) 32:17 (2) Turnover Ratio -8 (25) +4 (11) Red Zone TD% 39.6 (25) 54.4 (8)

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* The pick: Oakland. Two steps forward, one step back for Charger quarterback Ryan Leaf.

N.Y. JETS AT GREEN BAY

* The line: Green Bay by 2 1/2.

* Key injuries: NYJ--None. GB--Wide receiver Corey Bradford (leg, out), running back Dorsey Levens (knee, out), linebacker Brian Williams (knee, out), running back Ahman Green (knee, questionable), linebacker Bernardo Harris (knee, questionable).

* Key elements: Head coaching debuts for the Packers' Mike Sherman and the Jets' Al Groh. In the last five seasons, the Packers are 9-1 at Lambeau Field vs. AFC opponents.

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THE MATCHUPS NYJ GB Points scored 19.3 (19) 22.3 (10) Points allowed 19.3 (9) 21.3 (20) Passing Off. 174.4 (28) 243.8 (7) Rushing Off. 122.6 (11) 94.9 (21) Passing Def. 229.8 (24) 219.1 (18) Rushing Def. 106.4 (17) 112.8 (22) Time of Poss. 30:45 (12) 29:13 (25) Turnover Ratio +13 (3) +5 (9) Red Zone TD% 39.2 (26) 54.7 (7)

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* The pick: Jets. Brett Favre has picked up the pace, but without Levens the Packers are unsettled.

PHILADELPHIA AT DALLAS

* The line: Dallas by 6.

* Key injuries: None.

* Key elements: Eagle running back Duce Staley accounted for an NFL-best 40.9% of his club's offense in 1999. The Philadelphia defense had a league-best 46 takeaways in 1999. Cowboy running back Emmitt Smith needs only 37 yards to become the third NFL player to rush for 14,000.

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THE MATCHUPS PHI DAL Points scored 17.0 (25) 22.0 (11) Points allowed 22.3 (22) 17.3 (5) Passing Off. 130.3 (31) 195.4 (24) Rushing Off. 109.1 (17) 128.2 (6) Passing Def. 216.3 (15) 212.4 (13) Rushing Def. 125.1 (28) 90.1 (6) Time of Poss. 27:19 (29) 32:00 (4) Turnover Ratio +7 (8) +10 (6) Red Zone TD% 35.5 (28) 52.1 (12)

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