Badgers’ improving run game

November 22, 2000 10:00 AM
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Saturday, Nov. 25

Wisconsin 40, HAWAII 14: Wisconsin offense coming together in late-season rush. Badgers have tallied 84 points vs. Minny & Indiana after scoring just 71 total in previous five contests. Wiscy QBs (either Bollinger or Sorgi) have topped 200 YP each of last two games. Undersized Hawaii defense will get pushed around by physical Wisconsin OL that’s overcome early-season injuries. Clever Badger defensive coaches likely to rattle and confuse Warriors’ talented but inexperienced true frosh QB Chang, who will be facing vet CBs Fletcher and Echols. Chang had loads of time to throw last week vs. La. Tech, but that will be different vs. Bowl-bound Wisconsin. And Bennett loves the "carpet."

Sunday, Nov. 26

N.Y. Giants 23, ARIZONA 13: Giants can’t beat the good teams TY, but Arizona is not a good team. NYG 4-1 vs. spread facing the "weak sisters," with the only non-cover in opener vs. Cards. Offense/defense-poor Arizona 3-13 vs. spread last 16 on board. And Jake Plummer suffered injured ribs (check status) last week at Philly, with ex-Giant journeyman Dave Brown accounting for only Arizona TD. Arizona has allowed 20 rush TDs (not good).

Monday, Nov. 27

Green Bay 23, CAROLINA 13: Neither of these two likely to make postseason. But Green Bay (2-1 SU, 3-0 vs. spread last 3, with wins over Vikings and Colts) can reach .500 here and at least look very interested in playoff run. Brett Favre (301 YP & 2 TDP last week in snow) demonstrating some of his old authority and leadership, while counterpart Beuerlein making mistakes (2 crucial ints. last Sunday at Minny). Panthers’ 27th-ranked rush offense played w/o injured RB Biakabutuka (toe) last week. Meanwhile, Pack missing Dorsey Levens less now that talented Ahman Green (153 YR last week) feel more comfortable in offense.