Day In Review

September 14, 1998

Top performances

300-yard passers

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

George, Oak. .. .. .25-44 .. .. . 303 .. ... 1

O'Donnell, Cin. .. .25-36 .. .. . 303 .. ... 2

100-yard rushers

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

Davis, Den. .. .. ... 23 .. .. .. 191 .. ... 3

Sanders, Det. .. .. . 26 .. .. .. 185 .. ... 3

Smith, Min. .. .. ... 23 .. .. .. 179 .. ... 2

Kaufman, Oak. .. .. . 20 .. .. .. 139 .. ... 1

Bettis, Pit. .. .. .. 21 .. .. .. 131 .. ... 1

Faulk, Ind. .. .. ... 29 .. .. .. 127 .. ... 0

Watters, Sea. .. .. . 22 .. .. .. 105 .. ... 0

Stewart, Jac. .. .. . 26 .. .. .. 103 .. ... 1

Lane, Car. .. .. .. . 18 .. .. .. 100 .. ... 0

100-yard receivers

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

Muhammad, Car . .. .. .9 .. .. .. 192 .. ... 1

Bruce, St.L .. .. ... 11 .. .. .. 192 .. ... 1

Scott, Cin. .. .. .. . 5 .. .. .. .30 .. ... 2

Brown, Oak. .. .. .. . 6 .. .. .. 127 .. ... 1

McCaffrey, Den. .. ... 5 .. .. .. 117 .. ... 0

Dawkins, N.O. .. .. .. 5 .. .. .. 110 .. ... 1

Quotable

"That's the best half I've ever been involved with."

-- John Elway, Broncos quarterback, on Denver's 35-point performance in the first half against the Cowboys.

"It's like having your first kid. It's a great feeling."

-- Jon Gruden, Raiders coach, on his first NFL victory.

"When it's a big game, Reggie has that ability to go from a great player to the greatest player in the NFL. We're kind of spoiled because we expect him to do those things regardless of back or age or whatever."

-- Santana Dotson, Packers defensive tackle, on Reggie White.

"It's very disappointing not only to be 0-2, but really to be playing the way we're playing."

-- Tony Dungy, Buccaneers coach.

"I'd rather catch a ball and win the game than have a hundred yards and lose. Because at this rate, we're going to be sitting home at the end of the season watching other teams play."

-- Mushin Muhammad, Panthers wide receiver.

Injury report

Troy Aikman, Cowboys QB: Fractured collarbone. Expected to miss four to eight weeks.

John Elway, Broncos QB: Injured right hamstring. Status uncertain.

Dorsey Levens, Packers RB: Sprained left ankle. Status uncertain.

Brad Johnson, Vikings QB: Sprained right ankle. Status uncertain.

Henri Crockett, Falcons LB: Broken left wrist. Expected to miss six to eight weeks.

Nolan Harrison. Steelers DE: Strained left hamstring. Re-evaluated today.

By the numbers

Records: Running back Terrell Davis set a Broncos record by scoring a touchdown in his sixth straight game, breaking the mark he shared with Sammy Winder (1985). The Lions' Barry Sanders' 67-yard touchdown run extended his NFL record for touchdown runs of 50 or more yards to 14.

Streaks: La'Roi Glover's sack of Kerry Collins in the first quarter was the 51st consecutive game the Saints have recorded a sack. That's the longest current streak in the NFL, and the longest this decade. Denver's victory over Dallas extended its franchise-record, regular-season home winning streak to 18 games. It was the Cowboys' first loss to an AFC West team in 10 games in the 1990s. Tennessee's Steve McNair has not thrown an interception in 66 passes, a streak dating to the second quarter of the Oilers' season finale against Pittsburgh. The Raiders' Tim Brown, who had six receptions for 127 yards, has caught at least one pass in 78 straight games.

Milestones: The Panthers' Kevin Greene had two sacks to give him 138 for his career and move him past Richard Dent to third all-time.

Ups: Pittsburgh's Andre Coleman's touchdown reception was his first since Dec. 14, 1996, with San Diego. Before his 65-yard touchdown return in the fourth quarter, the Bengals' Damon Gibson had been on the receiving end of six punts in his short career. He had fair-caught four of them, dropped another, and returned the sixth for just 7 yards.

Downs: Oilers running back Eddie George's 11 yards rushing matched his worst performance as a pro, which came last December in a loss at Cincinnati.

Next week

Steelers (2-0) at Dolphins (2-0): Miami and Marino get a real test after squeaking by a pair of divisional weaklings.

Broncos (2-0) at Raiders (1-1): There's still heat in this storied rivalry, but you can expect Oakland to get burned by Denver's juggernaut.

Pub Date: 9/14/98

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