Best and worst

September 16, 1997|By Ken Murray

Worst blunder: Jets running back Richie Anderson losing the ball at the Patriots' 5 at the end of the first half with the Jets going for the tying touchdown. Although a helmet caused the fumble, Anderson, running right, should have had the ball in his right hand, not the left.

Best cadence: Broncos quarterback John Elway, a master at drawing a defense offside with his hard count, got the Rams to jump in the second quarter, then zipped a 24-yard touchdown pass to tight end Dwayne Carswell for the go-ahead score in a 35-14 rout.

Worst officials' call: The fumble charged to Falcons' Todd Kinchen on a third-quarter punt return. The Raiders took a 24-21 lead when Kenny Shedd recovered and ran 25 yards for a touchdown. Replays clearly show the ground knocked the ball loose, yet the officials let the play stand.

Best save: When the Patriots' Mike Jones deflected a 29-yard field-goal attempt by the Jets' John Hall at the end of regulation, took several teammates off the hook -- cornerback Steve Israel, who gave up Keyshawn Johnson's tying touchdown pass; kick returner Derrick Cullors, whose fumble set up the kick, and quarterback Drew Bledsoe, whose shaky performance nearly cost the Pats the game.

Worst imitation of a running back: Bills' 31-year-old Thurman Thomas, who averaged 0.6 yards per carry (10 attempts for 17 yards) in a 22-16 loss to the Chiefs. This came one week after Thomas averaged 0.7 yards (12 for 18) in Week 2.

Best run: Would you believe a 1-yard run by Bucs fullback Mike Alstott? You would if you saw him score a second-quarter touchdown against the Vikings. He attempted to dive over the pile first, but was thrown back. Then he bounced to the left side, spun away from a would-be tackler's grasp and literally backed cornerback Robert Griffith into the end zone.

Pub Date: 9/16/97

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