Day in review

September 28, 1998


"We have shown we can play with some of the so-called powerhouses of the AFC. Now we have to show that we can beat them."

-- Receiver Yancey Thigpen of the Oilers, who lost to the unbeaten Jaguars to fall to 1-3.

"I'll probably have this one done up and put it in a place of importance."

-- Owner Bill Bidwill, receiving the game ball for the Cardinals' victory in their first regular-season game in St. Louis since he moved the team after the 1987 season.

"You just wonder, 'Are you good enough to do this?' Right now I don't know if I am. I've won all my life."

-- Chargers rookie Ryan Leaf, the second choice in the draft, who was intercepted four times, then booed and benched.

"Yeah, we're improving every week, but we're still 0-4. That's not a good thing."

-- Eagles receiver Irving Fryar, on his team's worst start in 26 years.

Injury report

Michael Bates, Panthers KR: Knee injury. Missed fourth quarter.

Robert Brooks, Packers WR: Sore back. Did not return.

Curtis Conway, Bears WR: Strained groin. Day-to-day.

Chris Dishman, Cardinals G: Sprained neck. Did not return.

Fred Lane, Panthers RB: Cracked rib. Kept playing.

Fernando Smith, Jaguars DE: Sprained left knee. Played second half.

L Dave Thomas, Jaguars CB: Strained hamstring. Did not return.

By the numbers

Records: The 49ers' Jerry Rice has 28 career touchdowns against Atlanta, an NFL record for most touchdowns by a player against one team. The 49ers became the first team in NFL history to win 100 games in two different decades. After going 104-47-1 during the 1980s, they improved to 100-31 in the '90s.

Streaks: The Saints recorded a sack for the 52nd consecutive game. Since the NFL began keeping the stat in 1982, the record is 60 straight by the Redskins from 1984 to 1987. The Rams lost their eighth straight home game. The Falcons have not allowed a 100-yard rusher in 11 straight games.

Milestones: The Cowboys' Michael Irvin became the 10th player in NFL history to reach 11,000 career receiving yards. Jeff Wilkins' 57-yard kick was the longest field goal in Rams history. It was Brett Favre's 13th game with at least four scoring passes, tying him for third all-time with George Blanda.

Ups: The Saints' Danny Wuerffel is 3-0 in starts against the Colts' Peyton Manning, including two in college. The 34 points were the most for the Giants since a 35-7 win at Detroit on Oct. 27, 1996. Charlie Jones' touchdown catch was the Chargers' first TD pass since the opener. They have just four touchdowns in as many games.

Downs: At 45-87, the Cardinals have the second-worst record in the NFL in the 1990s. At 42-90, the Rams have the worst. Bears tackle Andy Heck, who has a broken toe, ended his streak of 59 consecutive starts.

Next week

Chargers (2-2) at Colts (0-4): It's Draft Day II, Ryan Leaf vs. Peyton Manning. The NFL's top two draft picks met in the preseason, but this time it's for real. Neither is having a stellar rookie year.

Vikings (4-0) at Packers (4-0): Half of the NFC's unbeatens take the Monday night spotlight, battling for first in the Central.

Pub Date: 9/28/98

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