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Paul Zimmerman
October 27, 1997
The first question is: If the Patriots made Jets backup quarterback Glenn Foley look like Joe Montana, what's going to happen when they face Brett Favre in the Monday-nighter? Score one for Green Bay.
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October 27, 1997

Dr. Z's Forecast

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Sorry, but at this writing I don't know whether Cardinal coach Vince Tobin feels that Jake (the Snake) Plummer is ready for full-time action against the Oilers. I'm guessing that he does, though it wouldn't surprise me if he played it safe with Kent Graham, if his ankle is O.K., or Stoney Case. This could be the start of an interesting career. The team seemed to come to life under Plummer last week, and when you're 1-6, you play the young gun. Plummer puts a couple of scores on the board, and Arizona gets win number 2.

Seattle over Oakland in the Kingdome. The Raiders played their Super Bowl against the Broncos, and it's time for a letdown. The Seahawks looked lost in their coverage schemes early in the season, but things have settled down, and the defense has allowed only one touchdown in the last two games.

Finally, there's an upset that I'd love to pick, but do I have the courage? What the hell, why not? Atlanta to beat Carolina on the road. The Falcons hung in against the 49ers. They do some of the little things that go unnoticed, such as on punt coverage, where they've allowed only 46 return yards this season. Chuck Smith, their sackmaster, is an intriguing player who can almost single-handedly disrupt an offense. The only question is: Who's going to be their quarterback in the fourth quarter? If Chris Chandler goes down again, then all bets are off.

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