Here's how rosy things are for the Miami Dolphins as they prepare to play host to Arizona in the second week of the NFL season:
They disposed of the Broncos in Denver, a major home-field playoff tiebreaker.
The New York Jets, who figured to be their main opposition in the AFC East, have lost quarterback Vinny Testaverde and a bunch of other good players.
They haven't even unveiled rookie running back Cecil Collins.
Any bad news? Hurricane Floyd, which forced the Dolphins to fly to Fort Myers from Denver early Tuesday morning and bus 100 miles back. And there's that "short week" after a Monday night game that coaches love to complain about.
To beat the Dolphins, the Cardinals will have to play much better than in Philadelphia, where they fell behind, 21-0, and managed to escape, 25-24, on a last-second field goal by Chris Jacke.
Collins could be play this week, enhancing a ground game that Monday night unveiled two other productive rookie running backs, Rob Konrad and J.J. Johnson.
Cardinals (1-0) at Dolphins (1-0)
Today, 1 p.m., Ch. 29
Line: Dolphins by 9 1/2 .
Last meeting: Dolphins won, 38-10, at Arizona on Sept. 8, 1996.
Key stat: Miami has won all seven meetings with Cardinals.
Worth watching: After one week, Dan Marino already leads NFL in passing with a 124.4 rating, thanks to his 2-TD, no-interception performance vs. Broncos. Jake Plummer has led Arizona to 10 comeback victories in 27 games.
Outlook: Dolphins looked like one of the league's elite teams in beating Denver on Monday night. Miami has won 14 of its last 17 at home. Arizona had to rally to beat Philadelphia last week behind four Chris Jacke field goals. That won't be enough here.
Colts (1-0) at Patriots (1-0)
Today, 1 p.m., Ch. 4
Line: Patriots by 4 1/2 .
Last meeting: Patriots won, 21-16, at Indianapolis on Nov. 1, 1998.
Key stat: Patriots have won last six from the Colts.
Worth watching: Can Terry Allen, who had 54 yards last week, supply the rushing game New England badly needs? Colts rookie Edgerrin James leads NFL with 112 yards rushing.
Outlook: Patriots upset Jets thanks to Vinny Testaverde's injury, and face an improving Colts team. Pats have won 14 of last 17 home games, and Colts may be too high after their upset of Bills.
Broncos (0-1) at Chiefs (0-1)
Today, 4 p.m., Ch. 4
Line: Broncos by 3 1/2 .
Last meeting: Broncos won, 35-31, at Denver on Dec. 6, 1998.
Key stat: Broncos have won four of their last five from the Chiefs.
Worth watching: Can Denver's Terrell Davis improve on his 61-yard opening game, or will John Elway's retirement allow defenses to focus on him? Chiefs' Elvis Grbac remains more a question than answer.
Outlook: Denver still smarting from Monday night loss to Dolphins, but visit to K.C. may be just what they need. Chiefs' loss to Bears was no fluke.
Falcons (0-1) at Cowboys (1-0)
Monday, 9 p.m., Ch. 7
Line: Cowboys by 6.
Last meeting: Cowboys won, 32-28, at Dallas on Oct. 20, 1996.
Key stat: Cowboys have won their last five home openers.
Worth watching: Two of the game's top backs. Jamal Anderson, possibly still slowed by his training camp holdout, rushed for only 50 yards in opener against Vikings. Emmitt Smith (109 yards in win over Redskins) still tough to stop.
Outlook: Falcons may match their loss total of 1998 (2) in the second week, especially if they have to go without quarterback Chris Chandler (hamstring). Tony Graziani would start. Troy Aikman still going strong for Dallas.
Browns (0-1) at Titans (1-0)
Line: Titans by 14.
Last meeting: First meeting between these franchises.
Key stat: Tennessee has won seven straight AFC Central games.
Worth watching: The Titans' quarterback situation. Veteran Neil O'Donnell, signed as a free agent just before training camp, will start in place of Steve McNair. McNair will undergo back surgery today to repair a ruptured disc and will be out of the lineup for six weeks.
Outlook: Are they panicking in Cleveland? Isn't it a bit early to throw Couch into battle? True, the Browns' debut was dreadful in this era of expansion teams that are usually competitive early. So Titans coach Jeff Fisher is likely to throw the whole playbook at Couch as Tennessee rolls. ~ Redskins (0-1) at Giants (1-0)
Line: Giants by 2 1/2 .
Last meeting: Redskins won, 21-14, at Washington on Nov. 1, 1998.
Key stat: Under Norv Turner, Redskins are 3-6-1 vs. Giants.
Worth watching: Washington's Michael Westbrook, who had five catches in opener, will try to duplicate that against tough Giants defense. Giants quarterback Kent Graham has won six of his last seven starts.
Outlook: Everything just keeps getting worse for the Redskins. They blew a 21-point lead at home against Dallas last week, now they hit the road to face a team that always gives them trouble. Giants defense likely to be among the NFL's best.
Packers (1-0) at Lions (1-0)
Line: Packers by 6.
Last meeting: Lions won, 27-20, at Detroit on Oct. 15, 1998.
Key stat: Lions have defeated Packers five of the last six times they've played in the Silverdome, including the last two.
Worth watching: Brett Favre, who threw 4 TD passes to beat Oakland last week, has a sore hand. Can Detroit's Charlie Batch repeat his 3-TD performance of last week?
Outlook: This game will tell a lot about these teams. Detroit looked surprisingly good in beating Seattle, but is without Barry Sanders (retired for now) and Herman Moore (knee), injured against the Seahawks. Under Holmgren, Packers struggled on turf, but Lions are missing too many weapons.
Jaguars (1-0) at Panthers (0-1)
Line: Jaguars by 10.
Last meeting: Jaguars won, 24-14, at Jacksonville on Sept. 29, 1996.
Key stat: Jaguars have won eight of their last nine September games.
Worth watching: Second-year Jaguars running back Fred Taylor should find some room vs. Carolina's weak defense if his sore foot allows him to play. Panthers receiver Rae Carruth has bounced back from broken foot. He had five receptions in opener.
Outlook: Jaguars defensive coordinator Dom Capers should have no trouble designing schemes against the Panthers, whom he coached for four years. Both teams joined NFL in '95; that's all they have in common now.
Raiders (0-1) at Vikings (1-0)
Line: Vikings by 11.
Last meeting: Vikings won, 16-13, in Oakland on Nov. 17, 1996.
Key stat: Vikings have won eight of nine home openers in the '90s.
Worth watching: Minnesota wide receiver Randy Moss and Oakland cornerback Charles Woodson were two of the NFL's top rookies in '98.
Outlook: Raiders played Green Bay surprisingly tough last week before blowing a 10-point lead. But going indoors against the Vikings is a bit different. Quarterback Rich Gannon will have to find Tim Brown open deep a few times for the Raiders to have a chance.
Steelers (1-0) at Ravens (0-1)
Line: Steelers by 3.
Last meeting: Steelers won 16-6 at Pittsburgh on Oct. 18, 1998.
Key stat: Steelers have beaten the Ravens four straight.
Worth watching: Pittsburgh's Jerome Bettis rushed for 89 yards -- and an average of 4.9 yards per carry -- in opening win over expansion Browns. Baltimore needs better than 17 of 40 from quarterback Scott Mitchell.
Outlook: Opening blowout of Cleveland revealed little about Steelers. But Ravens looked particularly weak at St. Louis. Look for Steelers to rely on Bettis while Kordell Stewart continues to rebuild his game.
Saints (1-0) at 49ers (0-1)
Line: 49ers by 11.
Last meeting: 49ers won, 31-20, at San Francisco on Nov. 22, 1998.
Key stat: San Francisco has won 17 in a row at home.
Worth watching: Will Ricky Williams' sore ankle prevent him from being a factor for Saints? San Francisco expects better game out of Steve Young, held to 9 of 26 in opening loss to Jacksonville.
Outlook: Are the 49ers heading toward mediocrity? This game will reveal part of the answer. They looked dreadful against Jaguars. But with Williams hobbling, the Saints aren't in a position to pull off an upset.
Chargers (0-0) at Bengals (0-1)
Line: Bengals by 1.
Last meeting: Bengals won, 38-31, at Cincinnati on Nov. 2, 1997.
Key stats: San Diego had NFL's No. 1 defense in '98; Bengals had No. 17 offense.
Worth watching: After missing training camp as a holdout, wide receiver Carl Pickens returns to Cincinnati's lineup. Ex-Bear Jim Harbaugh starts at quarterback ahead of Erik Kramer for Chargers.
Outlook: Cincinnati has the advantage of having played already, and the Bengals gave the Titans a struggle before losing at Nashville. This is the season opener for Chargers, who are still searching for an offense to complement an excellent defense.
Seahawks (0-1) at Bears (1-0)
Line: Seahawks by 3 1/2 .
Last meeting: Bears won, 17-0, at Chicago on Sept. 9, 1990.
Key stat: Seattle gained just 205 yards in last week's loss to Detroit, including 31 on the ground.
Worth watching: Seattle's Ricky Watters looks to bounce back from a dismal performance in the opener -- 21 yards on 13 carries. He must help out an offense that misses holdout wide receiver Joey Galloway and could be without quarterback Jon Kitna (injured toe).
Outlook: The Seahawks could be in for a long day if Chicago's Curtis Enis runs wild against Seattle's suspect run defense.
Bucs (0-1) at Eagles (0-1)
Line: Bucs by 6 1/2 .
Last meeting: Bucs won, 21-6, at Philadelphia on Sept. 3, 1995.
Key stat: After one week, Tampa Bay leads NFC in total defense (107 yards).
Worth watching: Tampa Bay quarterback Trent Dilfer may be running out of chances. He was intercepted three times by the Giants in the opener, one returned for a TD in a 17-13 loss.
Outlook: The Bucs offense threw away the opener to the Giants, letting New York score twice on defense. The Tampa defense will have to dig deep again. Good thing they're playing the Eagles.