Plays and replays

September 10, 1990|By Ray Frager

Numbers

*Best day passing: Jim Kelly, Buffalo, 28-37-0, 1 TD, 283 yards.

*Best day rushing: Sammie Smith, Miami, 23 carries, 159 yards, 1 TD.

*Best day receiving: Willie Anderson, Los Angeles Rams, five catches, 128 yards, 1 TD.

*Longest touchdown passing: Ernest Givins, Houston, 80 yards from Warren Moon.

*Longest touchdown rushing: Neal Anderson, Chicago, 17 yards.

*Longest field goal: Chris Jacke, Green Bay, 53 yards.

*Most field goals: Four, Scott Norwood, Buffalo; Greg Davis, Atlanta.

100-yard rushers

*Sammie Smith, Miami, 23 carries, 159 yards.

:0*Neal Anderson, Chicago, 20 carries, 101 yards.

100-yard receivers

*Willie Anderson, Los Angeles Rams, five catches, 128 yards.

*Mark Jackson, Denver, seven catches, 121 yards.

*Al Toon, New York Jets, eight catches, 118 yards.

*Robert Clark, Detroit, six catches, 117 yards.

?3 *Henry Ellard, L.A. Rams, six catches, 106 yards.

Records, streaks and milestones

*The Chicago Bears have won seven consecutive openers and are 17-1 in September over five seasons.

*The 53-yarder by the Packers' Jacke tied Jan Stenerud's club record for longest field goal.

*The Kansas City Chiefs have not given up a rushing touchdown in 26 quarters.

*The Dallas Cowboys' 17-14 victory over the San Diego Chargers ended a 14-game home losing streak.

*The 48,063 in attendance at Texas Stadium yesterday marked the Cowboys' smallest home crowd in 26 years.

*The Atlanta Falcons' 21 points in the first quarter tied a club record for the opening period, set against the Houston Oilers in 1984.

*The Indianapolis Colts haven't won a season opener since leaving Baltimore for Indianapolis in 1984.

*Jim Kelly's 3-yard scoring pass to Butch Rolle was the 1,000th touchdown in the Buffalo Bills' 31-year history. Rolle's past six receptions have gone for touchdowns.

*Stanley Morgan's touchdown reception for the Colts moved him up to fifth on the NFL's list of all-time receivers with 10,377 yards.

Injuries

*Pittsburgh Steelers free safety Thomas Everett suffered a concussion and a lacerated forehead after he was kicked while tackling Cleveland Browns fullback Kevin Mack. Coach Chuck Noll said Everett "should be all right."

*The Browns' Mack suffered a broken ring finger on his left hand. Team spokesman Kevin Byrne said Mack may return to action as soon as next week if a pin can be inserted into the broken bone to set it. If the bone cannot be fixed that way, Mack could be out for several weeks.

*Colts quarterback Jeff George suffered a concussion after being hit by the Bills' Cornelius Bennett. Colts coach Ron Meyer said George would be examined after 24 hours to make sure there are no residual effects, but added he expected the rookie ** to be back in the lineup next week.

*Los Angeles Raiders running back Marcus Allen was taken to the locker room late in the second quarter to get 10 stitches for a cut over his right eye.

*Denver Broncos linebacker Marc Munford strained his left knelate in the second quarter against the Raiders and didn't return

to the game.

Football of confusion

At times during the Falcons' 47-27 win over the Houston Oilers, it seemed that no one was quite sure what was happening. On a couple of touchdowns, for instance.

Aundray Bruce knocked the ball loose from Oilers quarterbac Warren Moon as he appeared to be passing. Then the Falcons' Bobby Butler and Deion Sanders stood and watched the ball before Butler finally picked it up in the end zone. It was ruled a touchdown.

Just over a minute later, as Moon was running on an option, Jessie Tuggle tackled him, then appeared to grab the ball from under the Houston quarterback after he hit the ground. Tuggle trotted downfield, pausing to look back, and into the end zone. The officials ruled it a touchdown.

"I talked to the officials, and they really didn't know what happened," Moon said of the play on which Tuggle took the ball. "They were looking at each other. They really weren't in control of what was going on."

Did they use garlic, too?

"We just put the stake out there, and they hammered it into us," Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jim Everett said.

The man wielding the hammer was Green Bay Packers quarterback Anthony Dilweg, who started in place of former holdout Don Majkowski and completed 20 of 32 passes for 248 yards.

"We didn't do enough things to force him to make mistakes," Rams linebacker Mike Wilcher said of Dilweg.

Packers coach Lindy Infante said: "He [Dilweg] was very solid. There were no interceptions, and I don't even remember a ball that was thrown that I would question."

So, will Dilweg or Majkowski start next week?

"If you thought I was out there for three hours trying to think wha I was going to do with the quarterback next week, well, I'm sure you're brighter than that," Infante told reporters.

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