DETROIT (0-2) AT

MINNESOTA (2-0)11 a.m.

SERIES RECORD: Vikings lead 44-27-2.

LAST TIME MET: Lions beat Vikings 14-13 on Dec. 14, 1997, at Minnesota.

LAST WEEK: Lions lost to Bengals 34-28 in OT; Vikings beat Rams 38-31.

LAST WEEK'S STARS: Lions RB Barry Sanders had 185 yards rushing and 3 TDs on 26 carries. Vikings RB Robert Smith had career-high 179 yards and 2 TDs on 23 carries.

OFFENSE: LIONS - RUSH (No. 5T), PASS (No. 15), OVERALL (No. 5); VIKINGS - RUSH (No. 3T), PASS (No. 18), OVERALL (No. 7)

DEFENSE: LIONS - RUSH (No. 7), PASS (No. 28), OVERALL (No. 24); VIKINGS - RUSH (No. 12), PASS (No. 27), OVERALL (No. 25)

THE LOWDOWN: Both teams use backup quarterbacks as Randall Cunningham is in for injured Brad Johnson in Minnesota while rookie Charlie Batch takes over for ineffective Scott Mitchell in Detroit. Go with the veteran.

PREDICTION: Vikings 28, Lions 13

GREEN BAY (2-0) AT

CINCINNATI (1-1)

11 a.m. (TV: Ch. 13)

SERIES RECORD: Tied 4-4.

LAST TIME MET: Packers beat Bengals 24-10 on Dec. 3, 1995, at Green Bay.

LAST WEEK: Packers beat Buccaneers 23-15; Bengals beat Lions 34-28 in OT.

LAST WEEK'S STARS: Packers DE Reggie White had 3 sacks. Bengals QB Neil O'Donnell was 25-for-36 for 303 yards and 2 TDs.

OFFENSE: PACKERS - RUSH (No. 30), PASS (No. 6), OVERALL (No. 20); BENGALS - RUSH (No. 18T), PASS (No. 7T), OVERALL (No. 11)

DEFENSE: PACKERS - RUSH (No. 2), PASS (No. 14), OVERALL (No. 5); BENGALS - RUSH (No. 29), PASS (No. 20), OVERALL (No. 28)

THE LOWDOWN: Packers hurting with loss of Dorsey Levens, although Brett Favre should be able to pick up the slack against Bengals' defense.

PREDICTION: Packers 31, Bengals 17

INDIANAPOLIS (0-2)

AT N.Y. JETS (0-2)

11 a.m.

SERIES RECORD: Colts lead 33-22.

LAST TIME MET: Colts beat Jets 22-14 on Dec. 7, 1997, at New York.

LAST WEEK: Colts lost to Patriots 29-6; Jets lost to Ravens 24-10.

LAST WEEK'S STARS: Colts RB Marshall Faulk had 127 yards rushing on 29 carries. Jets WR Keyshawn Johnson had 6 catches for 81 yards and 1 TD.

OFFENSE: COLTS - RUSH (No. 18T), PASS (No. 13), OVERALL (No. 16); JETS OFFENSE - RUSH (No. 29), PASS (No. 2), OVERALL (No. 4)

DEFENSE: COLTS - RUSH (No. 17), PASS (No. 8), OVERALL (No. 10); JETS - RUSH (No. 30), PASS (No. 29), OVERALL (No. 30)

THE LOWDOWN: Peyton Manning has made critical mistakes for the Colts in the first two weeks, however, the Jets have been hurt by miscues and letdowns of their own. Curtis Martin likely to be the difference in this battle of winless AFC East teams as Bill Parcells tries to get the running game established.

PREDICTION: Jets 24, Colts 21

ST. LOUIS (0-2)

AT BUFFALO (0-2)

11 a.m.

SERIES RECORD: Bills lead 4-3.

LAST TIME MET: Bills beat Rams 45-27 on Dec. 10, 1995, at St. Louis.

LAST WEEK: Rams lost to Vikings 38-31; Bills lost to Dolphins 13-7.

LAST WEEK'S STARS: Rams WR Isaac Bruce had 11 receptions for 192 yards and 1 TD. Bills QB Rob Johnson was 10-for-18 for 134 yards and 1 TD.

OFFENSE: RAMS - RUSH (No. 22), PASS (No. 4), OVERALL (No. 6); BILLS - RUSH (No. 18T), PASS (No. 27), OVERALL (No. 27)

DEFENSE: RAMS - RUSH (No. 15), PASS (No. 17), OVERALL (No. 17); BILLS - RUSH (No. 8), PASS (No. 5), OVERALL (No. 2)

THE LOWDOWN: Both teams are off to 0-2 starts thanks to inconsistency and mistakes. Prefer to take the points with a Rams team that has better offensive skill players.

PREDICTION: Rams 17, Bills 14

SAN DIEGO (2-0) AT

KANSAS CITY (1-1)

11 a.m.

SERIES RECORD: Chiefs lead 39-35-1.

LAST TIME MET: Chiefs beat Chargers 29-7 on Dec. 14, 1997, at San Diego.

LAST WEEK: Chargers beat Oilers 13-7. Chiefs lost to Jaguars 21-16.

LAST WEEK'S STARS: Chargers QB Ryan Leaf was 13-for-24 for 179 yards. Chiefs QB Rich Gannon was 23-for-37 for 263 yards.

OFFENSE: CHARGERS - RUSH (No. 17), PASS (No. 21), OVERALL (No. 21); CHIEFS - RUSH (No. 10), PASS (No. 17), OVERALL (No. 12)

DEFENSE: CHARGERS - RUSH (No. 3), PASS (No. 13), OVERALL (No. 7T); CHIEFS - RUSH (No. 11), PASS (No. 3T), OVERALL (No. 3)

THE LOWDOWN: Ryan Leaf is off to a 2-0 start, though he'll be seriously tested here by Derrick Thomas and the Chiefs' defense in Arrowhead Stadium. KC can't afford to fall another game back in the AFC West race this early in the year.

PREDICTION: Chiefs 23, Chargers 6

TENNESSEE (1-1) AT

NEW ENGLAND (1-1)

11 a.m.

SERIES RECORD: Patriots lead 17-14-1.

LAST TIME MET: Oilers beat Patriots 28-14 on Oct. 17, 1993, at New England.

LAST WEEK: Oilers lost to Chargers 13-7. Patriots beat Colts 29-6.

LAST WEEK'S STARS: QB Steve McNair was 20-for-34 for 193 yards and 1 TD. Patriots CB Ty Law had 2 INTs, including 59-yard TD return.

OFFENSE: OILERS - RUSH (No. 27), PASS (No. 12), OVERALL (No. 19); PATRIOTS - RUSH (No. 23), PASS (No. 7T), OVERALL (No. 13)

DEFENSE: OILERS - RUSH (No. 18), PASS (No. 9), OVERALL (No. 12); PATRIOTS - RUSH (No. 14), PASS (No. 16), OVERALL (No. 15)

THE LOWDOWN: Oilers' Eddie George needs to get untracked after rushing for just 97 yards in first two games. He finds the going tough against Patriots defense in top half of AFC.

PREDICTION: Patriots 26, Oilers 14

WASHINGTON (0-2)

AT SEATTLE (2-0)

2 p.m.

SERIES RECORD: Redskins lead 5-3.

LAST TIME MET: Seahawks beat Redskins 27-20 on Nov. 19, 1995, at Washington.

LAST WEEK: Redskins lost to 49ers 45-10. Seahawks beat Cardinals 33-14.

LAST WEEK'S STARS: Redskins RB Terry Allen had 94 yards on 18 carries. RB Ricky Watters had 105 yards on 22 carries.

OFFENSE: REDSKINS - RUSH (No. 16), PASS (No. 14), OVERALL (No. 14); SEAHAWKS - RUSH (No. 3T), PASS (No. 22), OVERALL (No. 15)

DEFENSE: REDSKINS - RUSH (No. 25), PASS (No. 19), OVERALL (No. 26); SEAHAWKS - RUSH (No. 24), PASS (No. 1), OVERALL (No. 1)

THE LOWDOWN: The Seahawks aren't the team the Redskins' struggling defense wants to see. Seattle's piled up 71 points in its first two games, while Washington's offense has faltered.

PREDICTION: Seahawks 27, 'Skins 14

CHICAGO (0-2) AT

TAMPA BAY (0-2)

2 p.m.

SERIES RECORD: Bears lead 30-10.

LAST TIME MET: Buccaneers beat Bears 31-15 on Dec. 21, 1997, at Tampa Bay.

LAST WEEK: Bears lost to Steelers 17-12. Buccaneers lost to Packers 23-15.

LAST WEEK'S STARS: Bears RB Curtis Enis had 94 yards rushing on 22 carries. Buccaneers rookie KR Jacquez Green returned punt 95 yards for TD.

OFFENSE: BEARS - RUSH (No. 8), PASS (No. 20), OVERALL (No. 17); BUCCANEERS - RUSH (No. 28), PASS (No. 16), OVERALL (No. 25)

DEFENSE: BEARS - RUSH (No. 27), PASS (No. 2), OVERALL (No. 13); BUCCANEERS - RUSH (No. 4), PASS (No. 15), OVERALL (No. 9)

THE LOWDOWN: The Bucs open their new stadium - and just in time to host the awful Bears.

PREDICTION: Buccaneers 10, Bears 6

BALTIMORE (1-1) AT

JACKSONVILLE (2-0)

2 p.m.

SERIES RECORD: Jaguars lead 4-0.

LAST TIME MET: Jaguars beat Ravens 29-27 on Nov. 30, 1997, at Jacksonville.

LAST WEEK: Ravens beat Jets 24-10. Jaguars beat Chiefs 21-16.

LAST WEEK'S STARS: Ravens CB Rod Woodson had 2 INTs, including 1 returned 60 yards for TD. Jaguars KR Reggie Barlow returned punt 85 yards for TD.

OFFENSE: RAVENS - RUSH (No. 13), PASS (No. 9), OVERALL (No. 8); JAGUARS - RUSH (No. 5T), PASS (No. 25), OVERALL (No. 18)

DEFENSE: RAVENS - RUSH (No. 5), PASS (No. 10), OVERALL (No. 7T); JAGUARS - RUSH (No. 20), PASS (No. 18), OVERALL (No. 18)

THE LOWDOWN: The Ravens always play Jacksonville tough, even though they are 0-4 lifetime against the Jaguars. Jacksonville has had to come back in the fourth quarter in three of those victories, and one of those went to overtime. Ravens' front seven is very good.

PREDICTION: Jaguars 23, Ravens 20

DENVER (2-0)

AT OAKLAND (1-1)

2 p.m. (TV: Ch. 2)

SERIES RECORD: Raiders lead 49-24-2.

LAST TIME MET: Broncos beat Raiders 31-3 on Nov. 24, 1997, at Denver.

LAST WEEK: Broncos beat Cowboys 42-23. Raiders beat Giants 20-17.

LAST WEEK'S STARS: Broncos RB Terrell Davis had 191 yards and 3 TDs on 23 carries. Raiders RB Napoleon Kaufman had 139 yards rushing and 1 TD on 20 carries.

OFFENSE: BRONCOS - RUSH (No. 7), PASS (No. 3), OVERALL (No. 2); RAIDERS - RUSH (No. 15), PASS (No. 10), OVERALL (No. 10)

DEFENSE: BRONCOS - RUSH (No. 21), PASS (No. 22), OVERALL (No. 21); RAIDERS - RUSH (No. 13), PASS (No. 3T), OVERALL (No. 6)

THE LOWDOWN: Despite John Elway's recent success, the Raiders are one of only two teams who have a winning record (15-11) against him. Not only that, the Raiders have him at home, where last year they prevailed, 28-25, with the help of Napoleon Kaufman's 227 yards.

PREDICTION: Raiders 28, Broncos 24

PHILADELPHIA (0-2)

AT ARIZONA (0-2)

6 p.m. (TV: ESPN)

SERIES RECORD: Eagles lead 48-47-5.

LAST TIME MET: Cardinals beat Eagles 31-21 on Nov. 2, 1997, at Arizona.

LAST WEEK: Eagles lost to Falcons 17-12. Cardinals lost to Seahawks 33-14.

LAST WEEK'S STARS: Eagles RB Duce Staley had 116 yards combined and scored team's first TD of season. Cardinals LB Ronald McKinnon had 12 tackles.

OFFENSE: EAGLES - RUSH (No. 14), PASS (No. 30), OVERALL (No. 30); CARDINALS - RUSH (No. 25), PASS (No. 23), OVERALL (No. 28)

DEFENSE: EAGLES - RUSH (No. 23), PASS (No. 12), OVERALL (No. 16); CARDINALS - RUSH (No. 28), PASS (No. 11), OVERALL (No. 19)

THE LOWDOWN: The Cardinals are home after playing the first two weeks on the road, and quarterback Jake Plummer likes playing at Sun Devil Stadium. He has nine TDs there in the past three games.

PREDICTION: Cardinals 24, Eagles 19

MONDAY'S GAME

DALLAS (1-1) AT

N.Y. GIANTS (1-1)

6 p.m. (TV: Ch. 4)

SERIES RECORD: Cowboys lead 44-25-2.

LAST TIME MET: Giants beat Cowboys 20-7 on Dec. 21, 1997, at Dallas.

LAST WEEK: Cowboys lost to Broncos 42-23. Giants lost to Raiders 20-17.

LAST WEEK'S STARS: Cowboys RB Emmitt Smith had 93 yards and 1 TD on 20 carries. Giants DE Chad Bratzke had 9 tackles, 2 sacks and a forced fumble.

OFFENSE: COWBOYS - RUSH (No. 2), PASS (No. 11), OVERALL (No. 3); GIANTS - RUSH (No. 26), PASS (No. 24), OVERALL (No. 29)

DEFENSE: COWBOYS - RUSH (No. 22), PASS (No. 23), OVERALL (No. 23); GIANTS - RUSH (No. 16), PASS (No. 26), OVERALL (No. 27)

THE LOWDOWN: Loss of Troy Aikman a major blow to Dallas. Jason Garrett takes over and makes just his first start since 1994. Not an easy task against tough Giant defense.

PREDICTION: Giants 20, Cowboys 10