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September 10, 2000|STEVE SPRINGER

Picks by STEVE SPRINGER; Research by Roy Jurgens

GREEN BAY at BUFFALO, 10 a.m.

* The line: Buffalo by 6.

* Key injuries: GB--Wide receiver Corey Bradford (leg, out), running back Dorsey Levens (knee, out), cornerback Mike McKenzie (knee, out), linebacker Brian Williams (knee, out), tackle Earl Dotson (back, questionable). BUF--Quarterback Doug Flutie (groin, questionable), fullback Jonathan Linton (ribs, questionable), guard Joe Panos (foot, questionable), linebacker Sam Rogers (shoulder, questionable).

* Key elements: Bills have never lost to Packers in Buffalo (3-0).

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THE MATCHUPS GB BUF Points scored 16 (T16) 16 (T16) Points allowed 20 (T20) 13 (7) Passing Off. 152 (24) 174 (19) Rushing Off. 62 (27) 129 (10) Passing Def. 261 (23) 152 (6) Rushing Def. 118 (18) 53 (3) Time of Poss. 22:08 (28) 32:58 (8) Turnover Ratio -1 (T19) +1 (T5) Red Zone TD% 33.3 (T19) 33.3 (T19)

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** The pick: Buffalo. How bad is Brett Favre's aching elbow? Bad enough to prevent him from winning today.

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KANSAS CITY at TENNESSEE 10 a.m.

* The line: Tennessee by 8.

* Key injuries: KC--Guard Dave Szott (arm, out), fullback Donnell Bennett (foot, doubtful). TEN--Linebacker Randall Godfrey (shoulder, questionable), center Kevin Long (ankle, questionable), wide receiver Yancey Thigpen (thigh, questionable).

* Key elements: Including playoffs, the Titans are 17-2 vs. AFC Central rivals, but only 5-11 vs. the rest of the NFL dating to 1998. Titan run defense has held opponents without TD in 11 of 17 games.

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THE MATCHUPS KC TEN Points scored 14 (T21) 13 (24) Points allowed 27 (T22) 16 (T11) Passing Off. 212 (12) 152 (24) Rushing Off. 74 (23) 53 (28) Passing Def. 273 (25) 174 (12) Rushing Def. 119 (19) 129 (21) Time of Poss. 26:47 (24) 27:02 (23) Turnover Ratio +1 (T5) -1 (T19) Red Zone TD% 50.0 (T11) 33.3 (T19)

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* The pick: Tennessee. Somebody was going to have to pay for the Titans' opening-day loss. It might as well be the Chiefs, who are accustomed to losing.

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MIAMI at MINNESOTA 10 a.m.

* The line: Minnesota by 3.

* Key injuries: None.

* Key elements: The big matchup will be Miami cornerbacks Sam Madison and Patrick Surtain against Minnesota wide receivers Cris Carter and Randy Moss. Lamar Smith rushed for 145 yards against Seahawks last Sunday, the most by a Dolphin in 49 games. The Vikings have won their last six games at the Metrodome.

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THE MATCHUPS MIA MIN Points scored 23 (10) 30 (5) Points allowed 0 (T1) 27 (T22) Passing Off. 134 (27) 190 (16) Rushing Off. 181 (4) 186 (3) Passing Def. 84 (1) 290 (26) Rushing Def. 71 (7) 153 (25) Time of Poss. 38:20 (2) 27:26 (22) Turnover Ratio +5 (1) 0 (T13) Red Zone TD% 50.0 (T11) 75.0 (5)

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* The pick: Minnesota. Can Daunte Culpepper keep it going for another week? Can Jay Fiedler? The answer for today will be yes for Culpepper and no for Fiedler.

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CHICAGO at TAMPA BAY 10 a.m.

* The line: Tampa Bay by 7.

* Key injuries: CHI--Tight end John Allred (shoulder, doubtful). TB--None.

* Key elements: Bear wide receiver Marcus Robinson has 31 catches for 433 yards and four TDs in his past four games. The Buccaneers have held Bears below 20 points in each of last eight games (for 6-2 record). The Buccaneer defense has not allowed a Chicago offensive TD in 10 quarters.

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THE MATCHUPS CHI TB Points scored 27 (T7) 21 (T11) Points allowed 30 (26) 16 (T11) Passing Off. 290 (5) 167 (22) Rushing Off. 153 (6) 140 (8) Passing Def. 190 (15) 216 (20) Rushing Def. 186 (28) 88 (11) Time of Poss. 32:34 (9) 31:35 (12) Turnover Ratio 0 (T13) 0 (T13) Red Zone TD% 66.7 (T6) 100.0 (T1)

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* The pick: Tampa Bay. The education of Cade McNown will continue at Tampa Bay, where he'll learn a few lessons from a great defense. Sometime in the near future, he might actually win a game.

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CLEVELAND at CINCINNATI 10 a.m.

* The line: Cincinnati by 6 1/2.

* Key injuries: CLE--Wide receiver Darrin Chiaverini (head, out). CIN--None.

* Key elements: The Bengals open at Paul Brown Stadium against the Browns in a battle of second-year quarterbacks, Tim Couch and Akili Smith. Despite being swept by the Bengals last season, Cleveland owns a one-game lead (27-26) in the battle of Ohio. Cleveland has lost seven in a row.

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THE MATCHUPS CLE CIN Points scored 7 (27) DNP Points allowed 27 (T22) DNP Passing Off. 160 (23) DNP Rushing Off. 96 (17) DNP Passing Def. 301 (27) DNP Rushing Def. 119 (19) DNP Time of Poss. 22:50 (27) DNP Turnover Ratio -1 (T19) DNP Red Zone TD% 100.0 (T1) DNP

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* The pick: Cincinnati. With an open date, the Bengals got an extra week to prepare for season opener. However, they would have preferred the added preparation for a team they actually had a chance to beat.

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OAKLAND at INDIANAPOLIS 10 a.m.

* The line: Indianapolis by 6 1/2.

* Key injuries: OAK--None. IND--Wide receiver Marvin Harrison (shoulder, questionable).

* Key elements: First game between these teams in Indianapolis. Raider wide receiver Tim Brown (10,983) needs 17 yards to become the 12th player in NFL history with 11,000 career receiving yards.

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