Chicago (2-0) at Philadelphia (1-1) Non-strikers from regular team -- Chicago: WR Votie Patterson (IR). Philadelphia: None.
Chicago Coach Mike Ditka -- 'The defenses will have the advantage. It's a matter of how they can handle what we do defensively and a matter of how we can handle what they do defensively.'
Philadelphia Coach Buddy Ryan -- 'We've got a game plan based on what we think they're going to do. It doesn't mean they're going to do it.'
Chicago defense -- Bears will try to play normal 3-4 scheme without athletes that made it so successful. Mike January, cut in training camp, replaces Mike Singletary at MLB. LLB Bobby Bell and DB Steve Trimble are only two new Bears to ever play in NFL game.
Philadelphia offense -- QB Guido Merkens, a nine-year veteran at a variety of positions, will call signals. WR Otis Grant played two seasons with Los Angeles Rams. Rookies Reggie Brown and Alvin Ross will be in backfield.
Chicago offense -- Will be led by quarterback Mike Hohensee, who has impressed coach Mike Ditka with his throwing ability and poise. Anthony Mosely, who was in Chicago's training camp briefly, has taken over at RB for Walter Payton.
Philadelphia defense -- Ryan has changed from 4-3 to 3-4 alignment because it's easier to teach but has hinted he will unleash defense to rattle unseasoned Chicago players. FS Carter Hartwig played six seasons for Houston
Head-to-head -- Chicago leads series, 20-4-1; won last meeting 17-14 (ot) at Soldier Field on Sept. 14, 1986.
Streaks -- Chicago has won last three meetings between teams and eight of the last 10.
Cleveland (1-1) at New England (1-1) Favorite -- New England by 2.
Turf -- Artificial.
Non-strikers from regular team -- Cleveland: none. New England: RB Tony Collins, S Raymond Clayborn, G Sean Farrell, CB Darryl Holmes, C-G Guy Morriss, DE Benton Reed (IR), G Ron Wooten.
Cleveland Coach Marty Schottenheimer -- 'We'll start on the premise no one's going to try and out-smart anybody. We'll have a limited number of things (plays and formations) and everyone will try and do these to the bestof their ability.' On whether to run or pass more: 'Personnel dictates whether you can do one or the other better; the run is easier because the timing on passing is more difficult.'
New England Coach Raymond Berry -- 'I have no idea which will work best (run or pass). We're trying to be realistic in the installation of what we're doing, but the younger players are still thinking through what to do. Protecting the quarterback is the big question, but we won't know how well we're prepared until the game. Offensive linemen are the most difficult to prepare.'
Browns defense -- Strong at linebacker and defensive line, says Schottenheimer. Steelers former first-round pick Darryl Sims will start at one defensive-end position.
Patriots offense -- Bob Bleier will start at quarterback. A first-year player from Richmond, he was in the Patriots training camp this summer and is familiar with their system. Berry is happy with WRs Larry Linne, Wayne Coffey, Dennis Gadbois and Brian Carey. Backup QB Todd Whitten has only been in camp since Sunday. RBs will be former Cowboy Chuck McSwain and Carl Woods.
Browns offense -- Quarterback Jeff Christensen, age 27, was a Browns' 5th-round draft choice in 1983, has had stays with Cleveland and Philadelphia. Ray Williams, from Clemson, will likely be at one wide-receiver spot; WR Mike McDade is a USFL, Canadian and Arena Football veteran.
Patriots defense -- Four linebackers were in the Patriots summer training camp and know the defensive system; late last week New England was still signing defensive backs to fill out the roster.
Head-to-head -- Browns lead series, 6-2; Cleveland won last meeting, 24-20, on Oct. 6, 1985.
Streaks -- Browns have won three of last four meetings with New England. Patriots have won 23 of last 34 regular-season games under Berry.
Miami (2-0) at Seattle (1-1) Non-strikers from regular team -- Miami: None. Seattle: Ray Hairston (IR), Filipo Mokofisi (IR).
Miami Coach Don Shula -- 'It's pretty hard to predict what will happen. Our secondary should be OK since we've got four guys there with NFL game experience. We really haven't evaluated our players yet since we've been working hard at just preparing them. I have no idea who will start at most positions. We've been preparing for Seattle's coaches more than for their players since we don't know much about them.'
Seattle Coach Chuck Knox -- 'I really don't know what we've got other than that will play as hard as they can. We have a good bunch in that sense. But as far as being any good, well, we'll find out Sunday. We'll decide on starters Friday. It's been difficult because we have a lot of players who were out of condition and were unfamilar with our system. As far as preparing for Miami, we're just preparing for their system.'
Seattle defense -- So lacking in experience that Knox has converted offensive players to defense. QB Charles Glaze probably will start at CB, where he tried out as a free agent for Seahawks.
Miami offense -- None of the QB -- Geoff Torretta, Scott Stancavage nor Kyle Mackey -- were familar with Miami offense. Torretta was Vinny Testaverde's backup at Miami. TE Lawrence Smapleton and WR George Farmer have played in the NFL.
Miami defense -- Secondary could be tough against inexperienced passer. Ss Demetrious Johnson and Tate Randle have started in NFL, and CBs Robert Sowell and John Swain have played with Dolphins. LB Dennis Fowlkes played parts of four years with Minnesota Vikings.
Seattle Offense -- Have passers in NAIA All-American David Lindley and San Diego State's Jim Plum. Glaze ran option at South Carolina State. Knox probably will emphasize run as usual and has reserve C Eisenhooth to anchor the line. Picked up former NFL RBs Rick Parros and Michael Morton Wednesday and both should play Sunday. WRs Ricky Teal, Kevin Juma and Mike Grant are talented.
Head-to-head -- Dolphins lead lead series, 3-1; Dolphins won last meeting, 31-10 in 1984 playoff game.
Streaks -- Dolphins have won five straight games on the road.
Pittsburgh (1-1) at Atlanta (1-1 Turf -- Natural.
Non-strikers from regular team -- Pittsburgh: RB Earnest Jackson, C Mike Webster. Atlanta: LB Joe Costello (IR), LB Tim Green, WR Bruce Walker (IR). none.
Atlanta Coach Marion Campbell -- 'I think the game will boil down to errors. Obviously some teams will have better personnel. We don't know much about Pittsburgh's personnel. We won't know comparative quality until they get out there. To win, we've got to be mistake free. We mainly are preparing for what the Steelers system wouldregularly be.'
Pittsburgh Coach Chuck Noll -- 'This reminds me of 1960, when we started the AFL with guys who are just like this. They ended up coming along pretty good after a bit. It proved to me there are lots of people, and all they need is an opportunity. Not all of them are going to benefit by it, but all you need is a few people. Our whole philosophy of winning is you have to be fundamentally sound, so we have to get the techniques across.'
Atlanta defense -- Line looks strong after signing DT Buddy Moor, a 3-year starter in the USFL; DE Booker Reese, Tampa Bay's 2nd-round draft pick with 35 NFL games under his belt; DE Mark Studaway, Houston's 4th-round pick in 1984 who hs played 12 NFL games; NT Emanuel Weaver, Cincinnati's 2nd-round pick in 1982; and DT Leonard Wingate, Los Angles Raiders 8th-round pick in 1985.
Pittsburgh offense -- QB Steve Bono spent two seasons as Minnesota reserve and played in first two preseason games with Pittsburgh after being signed as free agent. QB Reggie Collier played three seasons in USFL, was MVP at Orlando in 1985 after becoming starter in fifth game and passing for 2,578 yards. RB Rodney Carter played in ann four preseason games for Pittsburgh.
Pittsburgh defense -- LB Chris Bingham played three season for Pittsburgh (1982-84) and one for San Diego (1985). SS Dave Edwards played for Pittsburgh in 1985-86.
Atlanta offense -- QB Erik Kramer was Atlantic Coast Conference player of year in 1986 and QB Jeff Van Raaphorst set career passing yardage record at Arizona State. RB Norm Granger drafted by Dallas in 5th round in 1984 and played 15 games as NFL rookie but sat out 1985 season and on injured reserve in 1986. RB Mike Williams was Philadelphia 4th-round pick in 1983.
Head-to-head -- Steelers lead series, 6-1; Pittsburgh won last meeting, 35-10, in 1984.
Streaks -- Steelers have won four straight over Falcons since loss in 1970.
San Diego (1-1) at Cincinnati (1-1) Non-strikers from regular team -- San Diego: none. Cincinnati: LB Reggie Williams.
San Diego Coach Al Saunders -- 'We do have some experienced players, and we have some we don't know a whole lot about. We're still trying to sort them out before we decide what type of attack we'll employ.'
Cincinnati Coach Sam Wyche -- 'We know what their veterans would have done; we assume that their rookies will do some of those things. They won't be able to do as many, but they will do, philosophically, the same things.'
San Diego defense -- LB unit looks to be strength, as all four - John Taylor, Mike Humiston, Jeffrey Jackson and Brian Ingram -- have NFL experience. Secondary anchored by CB Ed Berry, who played in every game last year for Green Bay. CB Elvis Patterson, starter for Giants in first game of season but released, listed as third team on depth chart.
Cincinnati offense -- Inexperienced at all positions. Strength should be backfield, with former Buccaneer Pat Franklin and '87 draft choices Marc Logan and David McCluskey. QBs Adrian Breen and Dave Walter, neither of whom has any pro experience, will probably split time.
San Diego offense -- Former USFL and CFL QB Mike Kelley has speedy WRs Al backfield has all-CFLer Keyvan Jenkins and former Steeler Todd Spencer.
Cincinnati defense -- Addition of regular LB Reggie Williams will help immeasurably. DE Jeff Reinke (Raiders DL in '86) only other player with NFL experience. P Scott Fulhage nearly made team in training camp.
Head-to-head -- Chargers lead series, 10-7-1; Chargers won last meeting, 44-41 in 1985.
Streaks -- Chargers have beaten Bengals twice in a row in wild games (50-34 and 44-41) since Bengals beat them 27-7 in 1981 AFC Championship game.
Tampa Bay (1-1) at Detroit (0-2) Turf - Artificial.
Non-strikers from regular team - Tampa Bay: None. Detroit: None.
Tampa Bay Coach Ray Perkins -- 'In this kind of situation you prepare for schemes rather than for players, because I'm not sure exactly whose going to line up at Detroit. I expect several big plays from the kicking game because guys haven't worked together long enough to set up their lane coverages. I would also expect teams to pressure for blocked kicks.'
Detroit Coach Darryl Rogers -- 'As far as household names I don't think we have any. Tampa Bay has a number of USFL Tampa Bay Bandits but we don't have any Michigan Panthers. Ray Perkins is in the same boat. He doesn't know who we have. No one has lined up or said who is starting anywhere or what they are doing. I honestly have no idea.'
Tampa Bay defense - Will be more coordinated than most substitute teams because of common experience in USFL. CB Ivory Curry has previous NFL experience with LA Rams and Buccaneers.
Detroit offense - Don't look for much throwing with rookie QB Tod Hons, although Lions will probably try to set something basic up since complex run-blocking takes longer for a new offensive line to learn. Kicking game could be sore point, too, since Mike Black was cut by Lions last year after poor pressure punting. FB Stanley Edwards has been around. WR Eric Truvillion has USFL experience and WR Mel Hoover has three years of experience with Eagles.
Detroit defense - DEs Charles Benson, one of Miami's last cuts, and late Lions' cut George McDuffie make pass rush appear to be Detroit strong point. LBs Robert Thompson and Carl Carr have been around. DB Alvin Hall has NFL experience with Lions while KR Dan Bradley, former Oklahoma QB, could sparkle.
Tampa Bay offense - QB John Reaves, with nine years of NFL experience and three in the USFL, will probably throw a lot. Played three years with RB Greg Boone. Look for wide open offense.
Head-to-head - Next meeting Nov. 23 atTampa Stadium. Detroit leads series, 10-8; Lions won last meeting, 38-17.
Streaks - Tampa Bay snapped 19-game road losing streak in Silverdome last season. Teams split last year.
St. Louis (1-1) at Washington (1-1) Non-strikers from regular team -- St. Louis: WR Roy Green, DE Curtis Greer, RB Broderick Sargent, S Leonard Smith, RB Earl Ferrell, DT Mark Garalczyk (IR), WR Troy Johnson, LB E.J. Junior, Derrick McAdoo, Adrian McBride (IR), Jeff Payne (IR), RB Vai Sikahema, WR J.T. Smith, T Lance Smith. Washington: none.
St. Louis Coach Gene Stallings -- 'When your goal is reaching the playoffs, every week is important. I think our new people are picking up things pretty well.'
Washington Coach Joe Gibbs -- 'We were dealt a hand and now we have to play it.'
St. Louis defense -- Greer will lead a defensive line expected to blitz to test Washington offensive line. Smith provides experience in secondary.
St. Louis offense -- Green is a two-time Pro Bowl receiver with blazing speed. Sargent and former Missouri running back Eric Drain will share ball-carrying load. Shawn Halloran, who succeeded Doug Flutie at Boston College, will start at quarterback.
Washington offense -- Former Tennessee star Tony Robinson, who has served time in prison on drug charges, and Louisville's Ed Rubbert, the last quarterback cut in preseason, are competing for starting QB job. RB Lionel Vital will be primary ball carrier.
Washington defense -- Likely will be overmatched by Green, but CB Eric Jeffries is competent coverage man. Five-year veteran DT Dan Benish, who started all 16 games in 1985 for Atlanta, anchors defensive front.
Head-to-head -- Redskins lead series 47-30-1, won last meeting 20-17 in Week 13 last season.
Streaks -- Redskins all-time NFL sell-out record, 159 games dating to 1966, is in jeopardy. Redskins have won five straight over Cardinals. Monday, Oct. 5 San Francisco (1-1) at NY Giants (0-2) Turf -- Artificial.
Non-strikers from regular team -- San Francisco: DE Tony Holyfield (IR). NY Giants: None.
San Francisco Coach Bill Walsh: 'You try to keep it simple but then after a few practices you say 'What the heck?' and stick in more complicated stuff. We have flankers throwing the ball, things like that. We have some high risk plays.'
NY Giants Coach Bill Parcells: 'We'll keep it simple but you can't overcome inexperience with simplicity. I think we can run 50 quarterback sneaks without making a mistake but that would be taking it a bit too far.'
NY Giants defense -- No players have NFL experience, although linemen Reggie Carr, Curtis Garrett and Torin Smith are 300-pounders. Carr, LBS Chris Davis, Corey Clark and Frank Nicholson and DBs Boris Byrd and Paul Bobbitt played together on semi-pro Connecticut Giants.
San Francisco offense -- QB Bob Gagliano played two full seasons in USFL; RB Tony Cherry, WR Carl Monroe and G Michael Durrette are NFL veterans who were among 49ers' last pre-season cuts in training camp and FBs Del Rodgers and Andre Hardy have NFL experience.
San Francisco defense -- LBs Tom Cousineau and Keith Browner are former NFL starters who were among last pre-season cuts. NT Joe Drake also played a complete NFL season.
NY Giants offense -- QB Jim Crocicchia was among last pre-season cuts but did not play in exhibition games. T Bill Dugan and RB Van Williams are only Giants with NFL experience but WR Edwin Lovelady could be best player on team.
Head-to-head -- NY Giants lead series 12-7 and have won last three meetings, including 49-3 victory in 1986 playoffs.
Streaks -- Giants have lost two straight after winning last 12 games of 1986 season, including Super Bowl XXI.