It appears as though the Baltimore Colts will suffer continued misfortune, at the hands of the Cleveland Browns and the Pittsburgh Steelers, the next two weeks.
That would give Baltimore an 0-4 start, which would have owner Robert Irsay fuming. And it's 300-1 against the Colts coming back from such a disastrous start to duplicate their nine-game winning streak that saw Coach Ted Marchibroda take the team from last place to the playoffs in his 1975 head-coaching debut. Another team that is headed for deep trouble is the 0-2 Cincinnati Bengals.
With four of the next five games against opposition such as New England, Houston, Dallas and Pittsburgh, it's even money between Homer Rice and Marchibroda as to who becomes the first NFL coach to get fired.
The NFL this week:
N.Y. Jets 6 over Detroit, New England 6 over Cincinnati, Denver 3 over Atlanta, Philadelphia 2 over New Orleans, Cleveland 8 over Baltimore, Miami 7 over Minnesota, Green Bay 3 over Tampa Bay, Houston 6 over Kansas City, Pittsburgh 7 over St. Louis, Los Angeles 13 over San Francisco, Dallas 9 over Chicago, Seattle 2 over Oakland, San Diego 11 over Buffalo. Monday, Washington 5 over N.Y. Giants.