Day in review

December 08, 1997

Top performances

300-yard passers

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

Plummer, Ari. ... 19-38 ... 337 .... 4

Marino, Mia. .... 24-39 ... 310 .... 2

Stewart, Pit. ... 18-29 ... 303 ... 3

Zeier, Ravens ... 17-28 ... 302 ... 1

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100-yard rushers

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

Sanders, Det. ... 30 ...... 137 .... 1

Bettis, Pit. .... 24 ...... 125 .... 0

Barber, NYG ..... 21 ...... 114 .... 0

Faulk, Ind. ..... 23 ...... 133 .... 1

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100-yard receivers

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

Thigpen, Pit. ........ 6 ....... 175 .... 3

Morton, Det. ......... 9 ....... 171 .... 1

McCardell, Jac. ...... 11 ...... 152 .... 2

Alexander, Ravens .... 6 ....... 150 .... 0

Bruce, StL ........... 9 ....... 144 .... 2

Hastings, N.O. ....... 6 ....... 120 .... 1

Conway, Chi. ......... 7 ....... 115 .... 0

Smith, Den. .......... 4 ....... 115 .... 1

Moore, Ari. .......... 5 ....... 114 .... 3

Metcalf, S.D. ........ 8 ....... 109 .... 0

They said it

"It's the worst we've played that I can remember."

L -- Marv Levy, Bills coach, whose team has lost four of five.

"They stomped us today. It's that simple."

-- James Trapp, Raiders safety, after a 30-0 loss to the Chiefs.

Injury report

Raymont Harris, Bears RB: Fractured his left leg. Out for season.

L Charles Dimry, Eagles CB: Sprained his neck. Did not return.

William Thomas, Eagles LB: Bruised his right knee. Did not return.

Tyrone Wheatley, Giants RB: Sprained his left ankle. Did not return.

Trent Dilfer, Buccaneers QB: Sprained his right ankle. Expects to play next week.

By the numbers

Record: The Packers' Brett Favre threw two touchdown passes, giving him 30 and making him the first passer in NFL history to throw that many in four consecutive seasons.

Milestone: With two touchdown catches, the Vikings' Cris Carter has 86 in his career. He moved into fifth place all-time past Paul Warfield and Lance Alworth, who each have 85.

Ups: The Patriots won their third straight game, despite being out-gained in all of them. The Giants' Danny Kanell has never lost consecutive games as a starter in high school, college or the NFL.

Downs: The Jaguars, who once led the AFC with a plus-12 turnover ratio, have not come up with one in three games. The Rams' delay-of-game penalty in the fourth quarter was their 10th this season, most in the NFL. The Buccaneers are 7-0 outside the NFC Central, but 2-5 with five straight losses against divisional foes. The Falcons are 17-49 on the road in the 1990s, the worst in the NFL.

Next week

Steelers (10-4) at Patriots (9-5): The best of the non-West AFC slug it out.

Broncos (11-3) at 49ers (12-2): A Super Bowl preview, or a super tease?

Tonight's game

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

Line: Cowboys by 6 1/2 .

Vs. spread: Panthers 5-6; Cowboys 3-8.

Last week: Panthers lost to Saints, 16-13. Cowboys lost to Oilers, 27-14.

Worth watching: Physical questions loom about both quarterbacks. The Cowboys' Troy Aikman has a sore back and the Panthers' Kerry Collins is coming off a concussion.

Outlook: When this one was scheduled, it looked like the nation would see two NFC powerhouses punch it out. Instead, it's two disappointing teams trying to stay in the playoff race. Dallas should get a boost from the return of DT Leon Lett from suspension.

Notable: Cowboys QB Troy Aikman needs 255 yards passing for his fifth 3,000-yard season in six years.

Injuries:

PANTHERS: Out: WR Mark Carrier (hand). Doubtful: WR Raghib Ismail (shoulder). Probable: LB Michael Barrow (groin); WR Rae Carruth (knee); QB Kerry Collins (concussion); S Damon Pieri (foot).

COWBOYS: Out: RB Daryl Johnston (neck); T Mark Tuinei (knee). Doubtful: CB Deion Sanders (rib). Questionable: S Darren Woodson (shoulder). Probable: QB Troy Aikman (back); DT Tony Casillas (ankle); T Tony Hutson (groin); S Singor Mobley (ankle); G Nate Newton (knee); RB Emmitt Smith (shoulder); T Erik Williams (ankle).

Pub Date: 12/08/97

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