Which teams will respond in wake of tragedy?

Posted: Friday, September 21, 2001

The NFL goes back to work this weekend. But which team will be motivated, which team still will be thinking about the terrorist attacks once play begins? Will the New York and Washington teams respond well or poorly?

The picks:

Oakland (plus 1 1/2) at Miami

A cross-country flight for the Raiders, with all the hassles that usually don't accompany charters. Raiders won 27-0 in playoff game in Oakland last season.


Tennessee (plus 2) at Jacksonville

The Titans don't want to fall to 0-2. Neil O'Donnell at quarterback?

TITANS, 20-12

New York Giants (plus 1 1/2) at Kansas City

The Yankees and Mets are 5-0 since baseball went back to work ....

GIANTS, 20-13

New York Jets (minus 1 1/2) at New England

The Yankees and Mets are 5-0 since baseball went back to work ...

JETS, 20-13

Washington (plus 8) at Green Bay (Monday night)

This will take more than heads and hearts.


Denver (minus 8) at Arizona

The Cardinals play for the first time in 24 days. They'll probably wish they hadn't.

BRONCOS, 37-10

Philadelphia (minus 2 1/2) at Seattle

Another cross-country trip.


Baltimore (minus 7) at Cincinnati

The Ravens wish they had Priest Holmes, who always tore up the Bengals.


San Diego (minus 3 1/2) at Dallas

When was the last time a team that was 1-15 the previous year was favored at Dallas in its second game?


Buffalo (plus 10) at Indianapolis

The Colts were one of Week 1's most impressive teams. Can they get it back?

COLTS, 31-10

St. Louis (minus 6) at San Francisco

A test for both defenses.

RAMS, 36-34

Minnesota (minus 3) at Chicago

The Vikings might be as bad as they looked in the opener.

BEARS, 16-13

Detroit (minus 1 1/2) at Cleveland

Detmer's revenge?

BROWNS, 12-10

Carolina (plus 3 1/2) at Atlanta

Chris Weinke didn't grow up in Georgia.

FALCONS, 20-10

Week One: 8-6-1 (spread), 10-5 (straight up)

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