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KEYSHAWN'S MOUTH COVERS A LOT OF GROUND

This just in from the NFL injury report:

"Wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson (laryngitis) is listed as probable by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for their game today against the New York Jets."

Forget the Olympics. Forget the dying Mets and the sleeping Yankees. Ignore the fact that Mark Messier is back and Patrick Ewing is on his way out of town, the undefeated Jets and Giants are the big news in the Big Apple this week.

Even bigger, though, is the commotion surrounding Keyshawn and his first game against the Jets, the team that traded him to Tampa Bay in the offseason.

George W. Bush and Al Gore would die for the exposure Keyshawn has gotten in the week leading up to today's showdown at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. Raymond James is the site of Super Bowl XXXV. So, today's game is a possible Super Bowl preview.

"If he extends his hand, it'll still be extended," Johnson told the media this past week when asked if he would shake hands with Al Groh, the new Jets coach. The comment came in one of Keyshawn's series of news conferences in the week leading up to the game.

Keyshawn, who may finally be all talked out, said he is angry with Groh because the coach didn't have the nerve to tell him he was traded. "I don't respect a guy that makes a decision to trade you and then has somebody else tell you," Johnson said.

The Jets' attitude about the whole thing is:

"Hey, we're 3-0 without Keyshawn and why should we pay any attention to somebody who no longer is part of our team?"

Keyshawn's revenge against Groh and the Jets and his ongoing feud with former teammate Wayne Chrebet is merely a spicy sidebar to what figures to be a pretty good early season NFL game, a rare interconference game that captures some interest.

It's one of the highlights of an interesting Week Four schedule (the Bills, Carolina and Minnesota are off) that includes nine intradivisional games.

Jets (3-0) at Buccaneers (3-0)

TV: Ch. 4, 4:15 p.m.

The line: Bucs favored by 7 points.

The scoop: Tampa Bay has allowed only 26 points (second to Miami) and is third behind New Orleans and Tennessee in total defense. Cracking that defense is the task facing QB Vinny Testaverde. Although they bested the Bills last week, it was not a shining day on offense for the Jets. In fact, the New York attack hasn't really gotten untracked and it might not against Tampa. The Bucs lead the NFL with 18 sacks. The Jets, though, have allowed only two. Giving Vinny time to throw and a strong game by the underrated New York defense are keys to any hopes the Jets have of surprising the Bucs.

Fast fact: The Jets are looking to go 4-0 for the first time.

Outlook: Bucs will not have an easy time against a Jets team that looked far more polished and ready for a playoff run than the Bills did last week. Tampa Bay, 13-10.

Patriots (0-3) at Dolphins (2-1)

TV: Ch. 4, 1 p.m.

The line: Dolphins by 4.

The scoop: The last two weeks, QB Drew Bledsoe took a sack on the Patriots' last play on offense. Inability to produce touchdowns in the red zone and inability to make a big play has gotten New England into an early-season hole. Things get worse today against Miami, which is No. 1 in defense where it counts -- on the scoreboard. The Fish have allowed only one touchdown in three games.

Fast fact: Last time Miami lost at home in September was in 1993.

Outlook: Stingy fish won't let the Pats get anything going. Miami, 17-3.

Packers (1-2) at Cardinals (1-1)

TV: Ch. 29, 4 p.m.

The line: Cardinals by 1 1/2 .

The scoop: If Dorsey Levens is healthy he should have a huge day against Arizona, which ranks 29th in the league against the run.

Fast fact: This will be Packers QB Brett Favre's first game in Arizona.

Outlook: Green Bay, 20-14.

Redskins (1-2) at Giants (3-0)

TV: ESPN, 8:30 p.m.

The line: Giants by 1 1/2 .

The scoop: Isn't it odd that some of the same people who think it's cool that George Steinbrenner is trying to buy another championship are rooting against Daniel Snyder and his $100 million Redskins? The Giants haven't played a good team (Arizona, Philadelphia and Chicago), but neither have the Redskins (Carolina, Detroit and Dallas). So far, though, New York looks like the more aggressive, confident, polished football team on both sides of the ball. The Redskins look uninspired, confused and vastly overrated. The Giants rank a surprising fourth in the league on offense and eighth on defense -- nice balance. Their running game leads the league and quarterback Kerry Collins ranks second in the NFC efficiency ratings (98.9). The Redskins have decent stats but quarterback Brad Johnson is floundering in key situations.

Fast fact: Tiki Barber of the Giants leads the NFL with 326 rushing yards.

Outlook: The Giants at home are determined to avenge being swept last season by the Redskins, including a 50-21 rout at what is now called FedEx Field. Giants, 24-21.

Jaguars (2-1) at Colts (1-1)

TV: Ch. 7, Monday 9 p.m.

The line: Colts by 4.

The scoop: Last time Indy hosted a Monday Night game, it was a dreary 9-6 loss to the Bills in 1997. This one will be more exciting than that. Promise. Colts had the bye week to ponder blowing a 21-point lead and losing at home to the Raiders. Jags plodded through the mud against Cincinnati last week. Both sides are anxious to light it up and probably will. Jacksonville handicapped by the lack of a running game (27th in the league) while Indy's defense is porous against the run.

Fast fact: Jaguars (5-0) have never lost on Monday Night Football.

Outlook: Lots of offense in a 38-35 Colts win.

Titans (1-1) at Steelers (0-2)

Kickoff: 1 p.m.

The line: Titans by 7.

The scoop: It's hard to believe the Titans won a 47-36 shootout last time they faced the Steelers at Three Rivers Stadium. Titans were off last week while Steelers bungled a shot at a tying field goal at the end of their loss in Cleveland. Pittsburgh hasn't defeated Tennessee since 1997.

Fast fact: Tennessee has won 15 of its last 16 games against AFC Central opponents.

Outlook: On paper, looks like an easy Tennessee win, but Steelers won't get kicked around again at home. Tennessee 23-21.

Rams (3-0) at Falcons (2-1)

Kickoff: 1 p.m.

The line: Rams by 6 1/2 .

The scoop: St. Louis keeps winning despite a defense that ranks last in the league in total yards and passing yards. That's because the Rams are No. 1 offensively. Statistically, Atlanta has not been impressive (25th on offense, 21st on defense) but held Carolina to 59 yards rushing last week. One stat does stand out with the Falcons: QB Chris Chandler still has not thrown an interception.

Fast fact: Kurt Warner of the Rams has the top two single-game totals in passing yards in the NFL this season (441 and 394) and is tied for the third-best.

Outlook: Rams have scored 30 or more in an NFL record nine straight games. Falcons can get close to that against soft St. Louis defense. Rams, 30-26.

Lions (2-1) at Bears (0-3)

Kickoff: 1 p.m.

The line: Bears by 2.

The scoop: After a 17-yard performance against the tough Bucs last week, Detroit is last in the league in rushing but has faced three pretty good defenses (Saints, Redskins and Bucs). The Bears just happen to be last in rushing defense and struggling on offense.

Fast fact: Only St. Louis and San Francisco rank behind Chicago in team defense.

Outlook: A scoreless tie? Detroit, 10-7.

Eagles (1-2) at Saints (1-2)

Kickoff: 1 p.m.

The line: Saints by 2.

The scoop: Philly's impressive opening-day rout of Dallas is ancient history now. The Eagles have struggled since and now take on the No. 1-ranked defense in the league. Coach Jim Haslett's Saints are allowing just 223.3 yards per game but haven't been tested by a top-notch offense yet.

Fast fact: Joe Horn of the Saints leads the NFC with 24 receptions.

Outlook: Saints have played over their heads so far. Eagles, 17-14.

49ers (0-3) at Cowboys (1-2)

Kickoff: 1 p.m.

The line: Cowboys by 6 1/2 .

The scoop: A Cowboys-Niners game was huge once -- they have met in six NFC championship games -- but times have changed. Dallas is just trying to stay competitive. San Francisco is at rock bottom. Troy Aikman is cleared to start at QB for the Cowboys after Randall Cunningham directed the upset at Washington.

Fast fact: Dallas has five touchdowns in seven trips inside the 20 (71.4 percent).

Outlook: Cowboys still tough (seven of last nine) at home. Dallas, 24-14.

Bengals (0-2) at Ravens (2-1)

Kickoff: 1 p.m.

The line: Ravens by 11.

The scoop: Supposedly Super Bowl material, Ravens were a disappointment in the rain and mire at Miami last Sunday night and Tony Banks took a step backward. Rookie WR Peter Warrick, who is averaging 19.4 per catch, is quietly establishing himself as a weapon for the Bengals. Another rookie, RB Jamal Lewis (8.4-yard average per attempt) made his first start for Baltimore last week.

Fast fact: Surprise! Cincinnati (12th) ranks ahead of Baltimore's vaunted defense. The Ravens are only 14th in the NFL rankings.

Outlook: Bengals not as bad as record. Ravens, 16-13.

Chiefs (1-2) at Broncos (2-1)

Kickoff: 4:15 p.m.

The line: Broncos by 6 1/2 .

The scoop: Denver probably will be without quarterback Brian Griese (shoulder), which means Gus Frerotte would make his Broncos' debut. Griese (7 TDs, no interceptions, and a league-leading 116.2 passing rating) has been outstanding so far. Denver has won its last two with a third-string running back, 27-year-old rookie Mike Anderson, who has run for 19 first downs in two games. The Chiefs unleashed Sylvester Morris last week and the rookie receiver from Jackson State caught three of the five TD passes by QB Elvis Grbac. It's been decades since KC had an honest-to-goodness big play man on offense.

Fast fact: Denver WR Rod Smith loves facing the Chiefs. He has four 100-yard receiving games in his last five games against them.

Outlook: Chiefs primed for an upset, especially if Griese is out or hampered by his shoulder injury. Kansas City, 27-20.

Browns (2-1) at Raiders (2-1)

Kickoff: 4:15 p.m.

The line: Raiders by 10 1/2 .

The scoop: Raiders came from 21-0 to win at Indy, then rallied from 24-7 down to a halftime time only to collapse in second half at home against Denver last week. Same old unpredictable Raiders. Young Browns have won two in a row and only Tampa Bay (18) has more sacks than Cleveland's 14.

Fast fact: Cleveland last visited Oakland in 1979.

Outlook: Browns hang in but lose, 31-24.

Seahawks (1-2) at Chargers (0-3)

Kickoff: 4:15 p.m.

The line: Seahawks by 2.

The scoop: After embarrassing shutout at Miami, the Seahawks are settling down under Mike Holmgren. Moses Moreno was injured (rotator cuff) in San Diego's loss at Kansas City so Ryan Leaf is back as the starting quarterback for a Chargers team that is last in the league in total offense.

Fast fact: Chargers have given up a league-high 12 first downs by penalty.

Outlook: Seahawks are coming on. Bolts are foundering. Seattle, 24-7.

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