Day in review

September 22, 1997

Top performances

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300-yard passers

Player, Team ..... C-A ... Yds. .. TD

George, Oak. .... 26-38 .. 374 .... 3

Young, S.F. ..... 17-24 .. 336 .... 2

Collins, Car. ... 24-47 .. 328 .... 1

Tstvrde, Ravens.. 23-37 .. 318 .... 3

Bledsoe, N.E. ... 24-37 .. 301 .... 2

100-yard rushers

Player, Team .... No. .. Yds. .. TD

Davis, Den. ..... 27 ... 215 .... 1

Bates, N.O. ..... 29 ... 162 .... 2

Smith, Minn... 28 ... 132 .... 1

Smith, Buf. .. 12 ... 129 .... 3

Kaufman, Oak. ... 27 ... 126 .... X

Sanders, Det. ... 18 ... 113 .... 0

Carter, Cin. .... 13 ... 104 .... 1

100-yard receivers

Player, Team .... No. .. Yds. .. TD

Brown, Oak. .. 10 ... 153 .... 1

Jett, Oak. ....... 5 ... 148 .... 2

Pickens, Cin. .... 8 ... 125 .... 0

Lewis, Ravens .... 8 ... 124 .... 1

Brown, N.E. ... 6 ... 124 .... 1

Reed, Minn. ...... 9 ... 119 .... 2

Moore, Det. ..... 11 ... 111 .... 1

Carruth, Car. .... 8 ... 110 .... 0

Galloway, Sea. ... 5 ... 106 .... 1

Freeman, G.B. .... 7 ... 122 .... 2

They said it

"It was almost like we didn't have anything to lose. I was through with pressure. I'm tired of it."

Heath Shuler, Saints quarterback.

Bill [Parcells] is one of the few coaches who puts in fakes and runs them. Bill has a reputation for not being afraid to run them. He says, 'Whatever it takes.' "

Brian Hansen, Jets punter, who threw a 26-yard pass on a fake punt, setting up a field goal.

Injury report

Tom Tumulty, Bengals LB: Suffered a bruised right thigh. Did not return.

David Williams, Jets T: Suffered a sprained foot. Did not return.

Cortez Kennedy, Seahawks DT: Suffered a sprained left ankle. Did not return.

Clyde Johnson, Chiefs CB: Suffered a bruised left leg. Did not return.

Pat Terrell, Panthers S: Suffered a sprained neck. Did not return.

By the numbers

Milestones: A 6-yard gain by Barry Sanders early in the second quarter made him the sixth player to exceed 12,000 career rushing yards. Broncos quarterback John Elway passed Fran Tarkenton for second place in career completions. His 3,698 completions trail only Dan Marino.

Up: The 49ers defense hasn't allowed a rushing touchdown.

Down: After scoring 24 points in each of their first two games, the Bears have scored a total of 10 in their next two.

Next week

Jaguars (2-0) at Redskins (2-1): The NFC Central leaders visit the well-rested NFC East co-leaders.

49ers (3-1) at Panthers (2-2): The 49ers looked sharp yesterday, the Panthers didn't, but they're the best in the NFC West.

Tonight's game

Time: 9 p.m., chs. 2, 7

Line: Jaguars by 3 1/2

Vs. spread: Steelers 0-2; Jaguars 1-1

Last week: Both teams were idle.

Worth watching: Whoever starts at QB for Jacksonville -- Mark Brunell (knee) or backup Rob Johnson (ankle) -- is coming off an injury. Brunell was upgraded to questionable on Thursday; Johnson remains doubtful. It could be Steve Matthews, who guided the Jags past the Giants two weeks ago.

Outlook: Jacksonville makes its "Monday Night Football" debut with a chance to move two games ahead of the Steelers. Jaguars will need Brunell or Johnson to win this one. Steelers could win if they can control the ball with Jerome Bettis (4.7 yards per carry).

Notable: Despite quarterback injuries, Jacksonville is second in total offense and passing offense.

Injuries:

STEELERS: Out: K Chris Jacke (hip); G Brenden Stai (ankle). Questionable: LB Carlos Emmons (shoulder); CB Chad Scott (ankle). Probable: TE Mark Bruener (toe); LB Greg Lloyd (ankle).

JAGUARS: Questionable: QB Mark Brunell (knee); Doubtful: QB Rob Johnson (ankle). Probable: S Dana Hall (knee); S Mike Logan (hamstring); WR Will Moore (hamstring).

Pub Date: 9/22/97

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