New England at Carolina: A rematch of Super Bowl XXXVIII, when Adam Vinatieri kicked a 41-yard field goal with four seconds to play that gave the Patriots a 32-29 victory and their second Super Bowl victory in three years. The Patriots looked impressive in a 30-20 victory over the Oakland Raiders on Thursday night, and Carolina is a trendy pick by some to win the Super Bowl.

Buffalo at Tampa Bay: Stingy defenses with a swarming group of linebackers go head-to-head. Linebackers London Fletcher and Takeo Spikes helped limit the Houston Texans to one touchdown in a 22-7 Bills' win yesterday. For the Bucs, linebackers Shelton Quarles and Derrick Brooks led a charge that forced Minnesota Vikings quarterback Daunte Culpepper into three interceptions during a 24-13 win.

Kansas City at Oakland: One of the most heated rivalries gets going early in the season. The Chiefs' revamped defense held the New York Jets to seven points in a 20-point victory. The offense, meantime, continued from where it left off last season, with backup tailback Larry Johnson rushing for 110 yards and two touchdowns on nine carries. The Raiders unveiled a deep passing attack featuring Randy Moss that is a threat to score points in bunches every week.

Tom Brady and the Super Bowl champion Patriots were in midseason form in their opener.