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Steelers-Raiders matchup turns back the clock

It's a fitting memorial to the late Steve Sabol, president of NFL Films, that the Pittsburgh Steelers and Oakland Raiders are meeting today.

Among the historic events in NFL history chronicled by Sabol's operation was the rivalry between the Steelers and Raiders in the 1970s when the teams met five years in a row in the American Football Conference playoffs. Pittsburgh defeated Oakland in the AFC championship games in 1974 and ‘75 on its way to winning its first two Super Bowls. The Raiders won the next year on their way to their first Super Bowl title.

Their most memorable game, of course, was in the divisional playoffs of 1972 -- the Immaculate Reception Game. Franco Harris of the Steelers caught a deflected pass from Terry Bradshaw for a 60-yard scoring play with 15 seconds to play, delivering a 13-7 victory for Pittsburgh. NFL Films proclaimed it the greatest play in NFL history.

A look at Steelers-Raiders and the rest of Week Three:

>Game of the Day

Falcons (2-0) at Chargers (2-0)

Kickoff: 4:05 p.m.

The line: Chargers (-3).

The scoop: Considering records and the prospect of passing duel between Matt Ryan of Falcons and Philip Rivers of Bolts, this is most appealing game on the schedule. ... Ex-Chargers running back Michael Turner of Atlanta may be facing league discipline after his drunk driving arrest.

Outlook: Can Chargers cover Julio Jones, Roddy White and Tony Gonzalez? Probably not. Atlanta, 24-19.


>Top attractions

Jets (1-1) at Dolphins (1-1)

Kickoff: 1 p.m.

The line: Jets (-1 1/2 ).

The scoop: Unlike the Bills, Dolphins don't seem intimidated by Rex Ryan Jets. Fish are 4-2 against Ryan and New York last three years. ... Winner gets share of first place in AFC East.

Outlook: Miami wears down another opponent in early season heat. Fish, 21-13.


Eagles (2-0) at Cardinals (2-0)

TV: Ch. 29, 4 p.m.

The line: Eagles (-3 1/2 ).

The scoop: Who predicted these teams would be unbeaten for this game, especially since Arizona had to play at New England last week? ... Cardinals looking to go 3-0 for first time since 1974. ... Eagles are first NFL team to win first two games by a point each.

Outlook: If Kevin Kolb starts for Cards, he could end up getting beat by his old team. Eagles, 20-10.


Texans (2-0) at Broncos (1-1)

TV: Ch. 4, 4:25 p.m.

The line: Texans (-2).

The scoop: Houston coach Gary Kubiak made it a career as backup to John Elway with the Broncos. ... Broncos QB Peyton Manning was 16-2 against Texans when he quarterbacked Colts in same division as Houston.

Outlook: Houston has faced Titans and Jaguars so far. Now Texans get tested by Manning and Mile High altitude. Denver, 33-28.


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

Kickoff: 4:25 p.m.

The line: Steelers (-3 1/2 ).

The scoop: Steelers looked like their usual self in stuffing the Jets, 27-10, last week. Oakland went on the road for first time and had dreadful second half in 35-13 loss at Miami.

Outlook: Ben Roethlisberger and his team of receivers will go over the top this week. Steelers, 27-17.


Patriots (1-1) at Ravens (1-1)

TV: Ch. 2, 8:20 p.m.

The line: Ravens (-2 1/2 ).

The scoop: Patriots are 6-0 in regular season against the Ravens, 1-1 in postseason including last season's AFC championship game. ... Tom Brady of Patriots has thrown TD pass in 34 straight games.

Outlook: Baltimore out for revenge. Ravens, 35-28.


>Best of the rest

Bills (1-1) at Browns (0-2)

TV: Ch. 4, 1 p.m.

The line: Bills (-3).

The scoop: Bills are only team in NFL without a FG try so far. Not only has Buffalo lost eight straight road games since opener at Kansas City (41-7) last season, the last six have been by an average score of 40-16. Ouch.

Outlook: Now, Bills must show they can play tough on the road, too. Shaky vote for Buffalo, 24-20.


Rams (1-1) at Bears (1-1)

Kickoff: 1 p.m.

The line: Bears (-7).

The scoop: Who's Danny Amendola? The former Texas Tech receiver caught 15 passes in win vs. Washington last week. ... Chicago trying to bounce back from home loss to Green Bay.

Outlook: Bears are positively bad news at Soldier Field. Chicago, 27-13.


Buccaneers (1-1) at Cowboys (1-1)

Kickoff: 1 p.m.

The line: Cowboys (-8).

The scoop: Dallas took a 28-0 first half lead and routed Bucs, 31-15 in Tampa last year. ... Bucs gave Giants all they could handle in New Jersey swampland last week.

Outlook: Greg Schiano's young Bucs play for keeps to final gun. Cowboys need to bounce back. Dallas, 20-10.


Jaguars (0-2) at Colts (1-1)

Kickoff: 1 p.m.

The line: Colts (-3).

The scoop: Jacksonville has won the last three against AFC South rival, including 17-3 win in The Luke last year. ... Colts K Adam Vinatieri has 23 last-minute-of-fourth quarter-or-overtime field goals in his career.

Outlook: Rookie quarterback Andrew Luck played like a veteran last week. Colts, 26-14.


49ers (2-0) at Vikings (1-1)

Kickoff: 1 p.m.

The line: 49ers (-6 1/2 ).

The scoop: Alex Smith of the Niners has thrown club record 216 passes without an interception. Impressive considering Frankie Albert, Y.A. Tittle, John Brodie, Joe Montana, Steve Young and Jeff Garcia have worn the SF.

Outlook: Niners had only 10 turnovers all last season, but Vikings keep it tight. San Francisco, 24-19.


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

Kickoff: 1 p.m.

The line: Lions (-3 1/2 ).

The scoop: Detroit coach Jim Schwartz faces his old team for first time. He spent 10 years with Titans including last two as defensive coordinator. ... Titans' Jared Cook ranks behind only Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez in receiving yards the last two seasons among NFL tight ends.

Outlook: Tennessee has been handled by Patriots and Texans so far. Detroit, 34-10.


Bengals (1-1) at Redskins (1-1)

Kickoff: 1 p.m.

The line: Redskins (-3).

The scoop: Cincinnati ranks 30th and Washington 28th in total defense so high-scoring game is in prospect. What's more, the Redskins lost linebacker Brian Orakpo and defensive end Adam Carriker for the season with injuries last week.

Outlook: Jim Haslett's Redskins defense is hurting. Bengals, 38-31.


Packers (1-1) at Seahawks (1-1)

TV: ESPN, Monday, 8:30 p.m.

The line: Packers (-3 1/2 ).

The scoop: Green Bay ranks a surprising fifth in the league in defense after playing two quality opponents -- San Francisco and Chicago. Seattle is sixth after shutting down Cowboys at home last week.

Outlook: Looking for Green Bay offense to get into gear. Packers, 28-10.


>Dog of the day

Chiefs (0-2) at Saints (0-2)

Kickoff: 1 p.m.

The line: Saints (-9).

The scoop: Can you believe Chiefs are leading the AFC in total offense (407.5)? Saints are third in the league with 422.0, however. ... Saints' Drew Brees has thrown for 300-plus yards for an NFL record nine games in a row.

Outlook: Saints better win with Green Bay and San Diego coming up. New Orleans, 35-20.


Last week's record: 6-9 outright; 6-7-2 versus spread. Season's record: 16-14 outright, 13-15-2 versus spread.?