Washington football fans should not be overly concerned about their team's loss to the Dallas Cowboys Monday night. I think they'll make a strong comeback and will have little difficulty beating the Giants in the Meadowlands Sunday.

Meanwhile, the NFL regular season got under way with its usual share of stunning surprises. The Rams were floored by the Lions and Billy Sims. With their impressive win over L.A., the Lions move right up to the top of the standings and I make them a cofavorite with the Bucs for Central Division honors. I also rate them as an early three-point choice over a Packer team that gave its critics indigestion.

It didn't take long for two of the NFC coaches under fire -- Bart Starr and Ray Perkins -- to do more than turn the other cheek. Both the Packers and the Giants, who figured to have the potential to be winless until their own midseason encounter, emerged undefeated in a pair of rather astonishing opening-day upsets.

This week's NFL action: (Thursday) Los Angeles-Tampa Bay even. (Sunday) Philadelphia 3 over Minnesota, Denver 1 over Dallas, New England 8 over Atlanta, Buffalo 1 over N.Y. Jets, Pittsburgh 9 over Baltimore, Detroit 3 over Green Bay, Kansas City 3 over Seattle, Chicago 4 over New Orleans, Washington 4 over N.Y. Giants, Miami 77 over Cincinnati, San Diego 7 over Oakland, San Francisco 3 over St. Louis, (Monday) Houston 4 over Cleveland.