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Sunday Playbook: NFL schedule-maker has sense of history in Week Two

Somebody in the NFL schedule-maker’s office must have a sense of history.

Look at some of the matchups on the card for Week Two:

Cardinals at Bears: Harkens back to the times when both franchises were located in Chicago.

Jets at Colts: Has to make you think of Broadway Joe, his guarantee, and Super Bowl III, which knocked the NFL off its high horse (no pun intended).

Chargers at Bengals: Franchises met in minus-37 wind chill at Riverfront Stadium in 1981 AFC Championship Game. Weather was not suited for Air Coryell and Bengals won.

Seahawks at Packers: Met in last year’s NFC Championship Game, but the 2012 regular-season meeting is more famous. Replacement officials allowed a Russell Wilson pass to Golden Tate on the last play, giving Seattle a 14-12 win when it appeared Tate was guilty of offensive interference and there appeared to be a simultaneous catch between Tate and Packers defender M.D. Jennings.

A capsule look at this week:

Game of the dayPatriots (1-0) at Bills (1-0)

TV: Ch. 4, 1 p.m.

The line: Patriots (-1½)

The scoop: We’ll find out if Pats’ D is as dreadful as it looked against Steelers and whether Tyrod Taylor is the real deal as Bills’ QB. ... Zebs, watch for those New England pick plays. It’s called offensive interference.

Outlook: Best time to catch the Patriots is early in the season. Bills. 24-23.

Top attractionsCowboys (1-0) at Eagles (0-1)

TV: Ch. 29, 4:25 p.m.

The line: Eagles (-4½)

The scoop: Teams split last year, with each winning on the other’s field. ... Cowboys will be without WR Dez Bryant (foot). Eagles signed ex- Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray, the NFL rushing leader in 2014, then gave him the ball only eight times for 9 yards in opener at Atlanta. Go figure.

Outlook: We’ll see how creative Chip Kelly is against Dallas “D.” Cowboys, 34-31.

Seahawks (0-1) at Packers (1-0)

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

The line: Packers (-3½).

The scoop: Marshawn Lynch’s mother wants to call plays for Seahawks. ... Replay of last year’s NFC Championship game, an OT win for Seattle. ... Rams chased Seattle QB Russell Wilson all over field in opener but Packers are not Rams. ... Packers’ Aaron Rodgers had 140.5 p rating at Bears.

Outlook: Seahawks fired up after OT loss in St. Louis. Packers struggle to 21-19 win.

Chargers (1-0) at Bengals (1-0)

Kickoff: 1 p.m.

The line: Bengals (-3)

The scoop: Cincy QB Andy Dalton joined Ken Anderson, Boomer Esiason and Carson Palmer in 100-TD passes club last week. ... Next TD pass by Philip Rivers of Chargers will break a tie with Dan Fouts as franchise’s all-time leader.

Outlook: Bengals may be AFC team to watch. Cincinnati, 30-21.

Best of the restTexans (0-1) at Panthers (1-0)

Kickoff: 1 p.m.

The line: Panthers (-3)

The scoop: Houston coach Bill O’Brien already has hit the panic button, making QB change from Brian Hoyer to Ryan Mallett ... Texans would be unwatchable were it not for the JJ Watt show. ... Panthers 4-1 at home in last five starts by Cam Newton.

Outlook: Watt chases Cam around for three hours. Carolina, 27-20.

49ers (1-0) at Steelers (0-1)

Kickoff: 1 p.m.

The line: Steelers (6½)

The scoop: Demise of Niners is greatly exaggerated. ... Niners held Minnesota to 248 total yards and no TDs in opener at home. ... Steelers rolled up 464 yards but still lost at New England. ... Niners’ RB Carlos Hyde leads entire NFL with 168 rushing yards.

Outlook: San Fran is 5-4 all-time in Pittsburgh but Steelers eke one out, 17-13.

Lions (0-1) at Vikings (0-1)

Kickoff: 1 p.m.

The line: Vikings (-1½)

The scoop: Detroit collapsed at San Diego after taking 21-3 lead. Vikings’ were total flop on offense (248 yards) at San Francisco. Lions won both games in NFC North series last year but in low-scoring affairs, 17-3 and 16-14.

Outlook: Lions’ only playoff win since 1957 was at Dallas in 1991 season. This Detroit team doesn’t look like a playoff winner either. Vikings, 17-14.

Cardinals (1-0) at Bears (0-1)

Kickoff: 1 p.m.

The line: Cardinals (-2½)

The scoop: In the late 1940s there were three pro football teams in Windy City – Bears, Cardinals and AAFC Rockets/Hornets. Papa Bear’s teams used to beat up regularly on South Side neighbors before Birds flew off to St. Louis.

Outlook: Arizona rolled up 427 yards in win over Saints, allowed 408. Bears were decent versus Packers. Chicago, 20-17.

Titans (1-0) at Browns (0-1)

Kickoff: 1 p.m.

The line: Titans (-2)

The scoop: Johnny Manziel will start at QB for Browns in home opener. Manziel is erratic to say the least. ... Marcus Mariota comes off four-TD pass debut for Titans. Also had perfect (158.3) passer rating.

Outlook: Looks like another long year in Cleveland. Titans, 20-10.

Falcons (1-0) at Giants (0-1)

Kickoff: 1 p.m.

The line: Giants (-2½)

The scoop: Big Blue’s Tom Coughlin, Eli Manning and Rashad Jennings were laughing stocks of Manhattan and rest of free world for way they handled end of game lead at Dallas. Manning wore dunce helmet on front page of New York tabloid. ... Falcons upset Eagles at home with huge game from WR Julio Jones (9-141-15.7, 2 TDs).

Outlook: Giants will try to score this time. New York, 31-20.

Rams (1-0) at Redskins (0-1)

Kickoff: 1 p.m.

The line: Rams (-3)

The scoop: Rams upset Seahawks, who still are in brain-cramp mode. St. Louis may have as much talent and more speed than any NFC team ... Redskins limited Dolphins to 256 yards.

Outlook: Can’t see Redskins doing much against St. Louis rush. Rams, 27-13.

Ravens (0-1) at Raiders (0-1)

Kickoff: 4:05 p.m.

The line: Ravens (-6½)

The scoop: No team, except Browns, seems to have worse luck than the Raiders. They placed their hopes on second-year QB Derek Carr and he was knocked out of home opener with hand injury. However, Carr practiced and should be able to face Ravens. Not so safeties Charles Woodson and Nate Allen.

Outlook: Raiders will be better if Carr is full go. Baltimore, 20-17.

Jets (1-0) at Colts (0-1)

TV: ESPN, Monday, 8:15 p.m.

The line: Colts (-7)

The scoop: Jets’ defense is no picnic. If Indy gives up on running game again it will play right into hands of Gang Green. ... Jets QB Ryan Fitzpatrick hooked up six times with Brandon Marshall (62 yards and TD) in opener.

Outlook: Indy not 7 better than New York. Colts, 17-13.

Buccaneers (0-1) at Saints (0-1)

Kickoff: 1 p.m.

The line: Saints (-10)

The scoop: Bucs put on dreadful show and were routed by Titans in most one-sided game of Week One. ... Rookie QB Jameis Winston threw for two TDs in NFL debut ... Ex-Bill CJ Spiller (knee) was inactive for Saints in opener but may play.

Outlook: Saints have won last seven against bad Tampa teams, but four were by touchdown or less or in OT. New Orleans, 24-17.

Dog of the dayDolphins (1-0) at Jags (0-1)

Kickoff: 4:05 p.m.

The line: Dolphins (-6)

The scoop: Miami was unimpressive in win over Redskins, but managed win on 69-yard punt return by Jarvis Landry. ... Rookie-laden Jaguars didn’t threaten Panthers last week.

Outlook: Heat building already on coach Joe Philbin in South Florida but Dolphins should prevail. Dolphins, 24-9.

Last week: 11-4 outright, 11-4 versus spread.


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