Santa Fe New Mexican, October 2, 2005, Page 13

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October 02, 2005

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New Mexican (Newspaper) - October 2, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico NFL Sunday October 2 2005 THE NEW MEXICAN B5 TODAY ON TV Broncos 21 at Jaguars 11 CBS Rams 21 at Giants 11 FOX Cowboys 21 at Raiders FOX Cardinals 03 vs 49ers ESPN Raiders9 Moss getting under Cowboys skin By Todd Archer The Dallas Morning News SAN JOSE Calif Randy Moss seems made for Oaklands silver and black He is a verticalpassinggame dream He has that Idpntcarewhatyouthink confidence He strikes fear into defenses In his first three games out of Minnesota Moss has 15 catches for 343 yards and two touchdowns Great numbers for almost any receiver but not for Moss I think everybody is looking for that spectacular Oakland coach Norv Turner said I believe hes going to have games like that but along the way hell have games like hes had I know what the expectation level is Weve got to give him as many chances as we can When hes opening up things for other guys we have to understand thats part of the equation of Randy being But the Cowboys have been Moss elixir When Moss sees the Cowboys he remem bers the anger from being passed over in the 1998 draft never mind that 16 other teams said no to him too The Cowboys have paid ever since In five games he has 25 catches for 552 yards His 10 touchdown catches against Dallas are the most of any nondivision foe He has averaged yards per catch against the Cowboys the highest among teams against which he has at least five catches More importantly Minnesota won every game Oakland winless through three games would love to see the same benefit today Moss success against the Cowboys in last years season opener was not about quantity He caught just four passes for 27 yards but he caught touchdown passes of one and three yards However the Cow boys were so focused on Moss that they let other people hurt them Eight other Vikings caught passes Quarterback Daunte Cul pepper had five touchdown passes Moss even completed a pass for 37 yards We have to be aware of where he is all the Parcells said The Cowboys have been susceptible to the big play Last week San Franciscos Brandon Lloyd beat Anthony Henry for an 89yard touchdown play The week before against Washington Santana Moss caught touchdown passes of 39 and 70 yards In the opener Chargers quarterback Drew Brees had a 33yard completion Off to a slow start by his stan dards Raiders receiver Randy Moss center hopes for a big game against the Dallas Cow boys a team that passed him over in the 1998 NFL draft Moss has 10 touch downs in five career games versus Dallas Rusty Kennedy The Associated Press Broncos No more Florida flops By Eddie Pells The Associated Press DENVER its not the heat its the humility The ineptitude began in 1966 a 247 loss to Miami at the Orange Bowl that came before any of the current Denver Bron cos were born It has continued right through this month with a 3410 loss at Dolphins Stadium in which the Broncos were ill prepared for the weather the long trip or their opponent Denvers next trip to Florida comes Sunday against the Jack sonville Jaguars The Broncos are 210 in their 46year history in the Sunshine State a com bined 09 at Miami and Jack sonville The hotter the Jaguars linebacker Mike Peter son said Twoand10 doesnt sound right I like twoandU That sounds In Denvers most recent Flor ida flop the heat and humidity clearly played a factor Cornerbacks Darrent Wil liams and Lenny Walls cramped up and had to leave the game When it was over coach Mike Shanahan blamed the offense for the problems saying Denvers lfor12 on thirddown conversions forced the defense to stay on the field for too long If you cant get drives going and the defense is out there continuously someones going to wear out sooner or said Shanahan who voiced no concerns with the way the team prepared for the conditions in Florida Temperatures are expected in the mid80s and humiditythis time of year can still be high Both teams however are down playing weather for this game Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio is having his team wear dark uni forms Were in October Del Rio said The Broncos meanwhile are preparing for business as usual Were getting ready to play a tough Jacksonville Jaguars said defensive lineman Gerard Warren who played his college ball at Florida Theiweather shouldnt be that big a deal In Denvers only two trips to Jacksonville weather has been a factor once In 1999 a driving rainstorm soaked the second half of the Monday night game bringing both offenses to a halt Until that is the very end when the Jaguars outscored Denver iO7 over the last 2 minutes en route to a 2724 victory Last September Jacksonville won 76 on a 78degree day unusually cool for that time of year While the heat may not have been a factor some thought Shanahans thought process was askew With time running out he opted against a goahead field goal instead calling a running play that resulted in a botched exchange between Jake Plummer and Quentin Griffin and a lost fumble I think they all stick with you when you Shanahan said You go back and you take a look at the film But thats history You try to make sure it doesnt happen Week 4 Preview Terry Bannon Chicago Tribune Last weeks record 86 TEXANS 02 AT BENGALS 30 Time 11 today Line Bengals by 9 Last meeting Bengals won 3427 at Cincinnati on Nov 9 2003 Key stat Bengals No 3 offense vs Tex ans No 25 defense Fantasy factor Bengals Rudi John son who has averaged yards in last nine games faces No 31 rushing defense Texans David Carr off to ter rible start 1TD vs 3 The buzz Cincinnatis highpowered offense should roll Looks like long year for Texans Bannons pick Bengals 31 Texans 17 BRONCOS 21 AT JAGUARS 21 Time 11 today Line Jaguars by 4 Last meeting Jaguars won 76 at Jacksonville on Sept 19 2004 Key stat Broncos No 13 offense vs Jaguars No 2 defense Fantasy factor Broncos Jake Plummer 2 TDs vs 3 INT faces tough challenge from Jaguars defense Jaguars WR Reg gie Williams has 13 catches at least four in each game The buzz Byron Leftwich plays well at home and Jaguars should be able to do just enough on offense to back up tough defense Bannons pick Jaguars 20 Broncos 17 CHARGERS 12 AT PATRIOTS 24 Time 11 today Line Patriots by 5 Vj Last meeting Chargers won 2114 at San Diego on Sept 29 2002 Key stat Patriots have won 21 straight at home Fantasy factor Chargers Keenan McCardell could add to his NFLleading fourTD catches against troubled sec ondary Patriots Tom Brady has thrown 38 TDs vs 11 interceptions in 25 regular season home games The buzz Brady and Chargers Drew Brees could stage Shootout but as always Patriots will find a way to make the plays at the end Bannons pick Patriots 34 Chargers 27 BILLS 12 AT SAINTS 12 Time 11 today Line Pick em Last meeting Saintswon 246 at Buf falo at Buffalo on Sept 9 2001 Key stat Bills are 32nd in rushing defense Saints 26th Fantasy factor Bills Willis McGahee yards per carry and Saints Deuce McAllister will both get chance to The buzz Saints struggling since emo tional openingday win over Carolina First of three home games Saints will play at Alamodome in San Antonio in wake of Hurricane Katrina Bannons pick Bills 27 Saints 24 LIONS 11 AT BUGS 30 Time 11 today Line Bucs by 6 Last meeting Bucs won 2320 at Detroit on Dec 15 2002 Key stat Mismatch BUGS leaguelead ing defense vs Lions No 30 offense Fantasy factor Lions rookie WR Mike Williams could become key if Detroit cant run Lions leaky run defense wont contain rookie Carnell Williams who leads NFL with 434 yards rushing The buzz Lions have had two weeks to mull over getting blown out by Bears Bucs will keep on rolling with oldfash ioned combination of running offense and running defense Bannons pick Bucs 27 Lions 17 SEAHAWKS 21 AT REDSKINS 20 Time 11 today Line Redskins by 2 Last meeting Redskins won 2720 at Washington on Nov 9 2003 Key stat Seahawks No 2 offense vs Redskins No 3 defense Fantasy factor Matt Hasselbeck 4 TDs vs 2 INT will have to make some big plays Redskins Clinton Portis per carry may be key vs Seahawks average rushing defense The buzz Seahawks will be first tough test for Redskins defense but Washing ton is confident and rested after week off Bannons pick Redskins 20 Seahawks 17 COLTS 30 AT TITANS 12 Time 11 today Line Colts by 7 Last meeting Colts won 5124 at Indianapolis on Dec 5 2004 Key stat Colts three wins have come by combined score of 4716 Fantasy factor Colts temporarily low scoring team but at some point Peyton Manning will throw his third TD pass Chris Brown ran for 256 yards and avg vs Colts in 04 The buzz Led by Dwight Freeney 4 the Colts are winning with defense Titans very tough but undermanned Bannons pick Colts 24 Titans 20 RAMS 21 AT GIANTS 24 Time 11 today Line Giants by 3 Last meeting Giants won 2313 at New York on Sept 7 2003 Key stat Giants lead NFL with points per game Fantasy factor Rams Marc Bulger has thrown six TD passes vs three INT Giants rookie Brandon Jacobs from Southern Illinois is getting shortyardage work rushing for two TDs in first three games The buzz Eli Manning has figured some things out in his second season as Rams will find out Bannons pick Giants 30 Rams 2O JETS 12 AT RAVENS 02 Time today Line Ravens by 7 Vz Last meeting Ravens won 2017 at New York on Nov 14 2004 Key stat Ravens 32nd in rushing offense Jets 29th in rushing defense Fantasy factor This should be the week Ravens Jamal Lewis who has only 57 yards rushing comes around Jets QB injuries may make things tough for Curtis Martin The buzz Jets are down to thirdstringer QB Brooks Bollinger from Wisconsin who will make his first NFL start Bannons pick Ravens 24 Jets 13 VIKINGS 12 AT FALCONS 21 Time today Line Falcons by 6 Last meeting Vikings won 3926 at Atlanta on Oct 5 2003 Key stat Falcons No 1 rushing offense vs Vikings No 30 rushing defense Fantasy factor Mewelde Moore is Vikings latest hope at RB Warrick Dunn off to his fastest start with 268 yards in three games faces weak rushing defense The buzz Michael Vick is progressing as passer Thats trouble for Minnesotas disappointing defense which is hurt by injuries in secondary Bannons pick Falcons 27 Vikings 20 EAGLES 21 AT CHIEFS 21 Time today Line Chiefs by 2 Last meeting Eagles won 2310 at Kansas City on Nov 29 2001 Key stat Eagles No 1ranked offense vs Chiefs No 27 defense Fantasy factor Eagles LJ Smith leads tight ends with 17 catches Priest Hol mes getting per carry for Chiefs The buzz Chiefs got wakeup call at Denver on Monday night and their defense will decide this potential Super Bowl preview will have trouble with Brian Westbrook Bannons pick Chiefs 28 Eagles 27 COWBOYS 21 AT RAIDERS 03 Time today Line Raiders by 3 Last meeting Raiders won 2821 at Oakland on Oct 7 2001 Key stat Cowboys No 4 offense vs Raiders No 29 defense Fantasy factor Cowboys WR Terry Glenn averaging 24 yards per catch with one TD goes for third straight 100yard game Lament Jordan leads Raiders in rushing 148 and receiving 16 catches 125 The buzz Cowboys not as tough as their record indicates and may be out of sync from spending week in Bay Area after beating 49ers Raiders have to win at some point Dont they Bannons pick Raiders 24 Cowboys 23 49ERS 12 VS CARDINALS 03 Time today Line Cardinals by 2 h Last meeting 49ers won 3128 at Arizona on Dec 12 2004 Key stat Cards trying to avoid first 04 start since 86 when they still were in St Louis Fantasy factor Can the unsung QBs come through 49ers Tim Rattay had three TD passes last week Cards Josh McCown has five TDs in three games vs 49ers The buzz Cards last in 04 attendance with per game gave up home game for cash and international expo sure Did fans in Mexico expect Patriots Eaglescaliber matchup Bannons pick 49ers 17 Cardinals 13 PACKERS 03 AT PANTHERS 12 Time 7 Monday Line Panthers by 7 Last meeting Packers won 2414 at Carolina on Sept 13 2004 Key stat Packers havent started 04 since 88 Fantasy factor Robert Ferguson leads Packers with two TD receptions Pan thers Steve Smith leads NFL with four TD catches after getting three last week The buzz This matchup looked good in April looks dreadful in September Brett Favre era is fading away in Green Bay Bannons Panthers 27 Packers 17 WIN A TRIP TO THE XL BIG GAME CAMLROCK Win Your Share of per Week Get your entry form at Club Rock today You Could Win a Trip for Two to Detroit for the Big Game ;