Day in review

November 09, 1998

Top performances

300-yard passer

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

Johnson, Min. .. 28-38 .. 316 .... 1

100-yard rushers

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

E. Smith, Dal. ... 29 ... 163 .... 0

Sanders, Det. .... 20 ... 140 .... 0

R. Smith, Min. ... 20 ... 137 .... 1

Garner, Phi. ..... 16 ... 129 .... 1

Brown, NYG ....... 15 ... 119 .... 0

Taylor, Jac. ..... 27 ... 118 .... 1

Murrell, Ari. .... 23 ... 107 .... 0

Watters, Sea. .... 24 ... 105 .... 2

Anderson, Atl. ... 32 ... 104 .... 2

Avery, Mia. ...... 21 ... 100 .... 1

100-yard receivers

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

McCaffrey, Den. ... 9 ... 133 .... 1

McDuffie, Mia. .... 9 ... 132 .... 2

Dudley, Oak. ...... 6 ... 105 .... 1

Mathis, Atl. ...... 8 ... 117 .... 0


"If we continue to play like this, we've got no shot."

-- Drew Bledsoe, Patriots quarterback, after Falcons sent New England to third loss in four games, 41-10.

"It started out in a horrific manner. There isn't any bright spot, no silver lining."

-- Pete Carroll, Patriots coach, on the loss.

"I might be able to get a few hours sleep, but only a few hours."

-- Ray Rhodes, Eagles coach, after Philadelphia edged Detroit 10-9 to improve his record to 2-7.

Injury report

Randall Cunningham, Vikings QB: Broken right leg.

Brad Johnson, Vikings QB: Broken thumb.

John Elway, Broncos QB: Aggravated rib injury.

Troy Aikman, Cowboys QB: Sprained and cut index finger on throwing hand.

Mark Brunell, Jaguars QB: Strained groin.

Curtis Enis, Bears RB: Torn knee ligaments. Out for rest of season.

Kevin Mathis, Cowboys CB: Broken right arm.

Karim Abdul-Jabbar, Dolphins RB: Sprained ankle.

Donnell Bennett, Chiefs RB: Sprained shoulder.

By the numbers

Streaks: The Saints have recorded a sack in 58 consecutive games. The NFL record since sacks became an official stat in 1982 is 60 straight games by Washington (1984-87). The Dolphins shut out the Colts for the first 52 minutes, extending their home streak without allowing a touchdown to 17 quarters. The Colts finally scored in the fourth quarter The Seahawks ended a seven-game losing streak to the Chiefs The 49ers have won their last 13 home games Arizona's Jake Plummer completed 15 consecutive passes against Washington. The Lions' Jason Hanson has hit 15 straight field goals from 40-49 yards. The Broncos' Terrell Davis' string of seven straight 100-yard games was stopped by the Chargers. The Broncos have won 21 straight regular-season games at home.

Milestones: The Cowboys' Emmitt Smith passed Tony Dorsett to become Dallas' leading career rusher and the eighth NFL player with more than 12,000 yards rushing. The Bills' Andre Reed surpassed Charlie Joyner -- now Buffalo's receivers coach -- for sixth place in career yards receiving with 12,150. Jets coach Bill Parcells won his 124th regular-season game, tying him with Joe Gibbs for 15th place.

Ups: Jacksonville is 4-0 in the AFC Central and has won those games by an average of 30-16. Dallas is 5-0 in the NFC East and has won those games by an average of 30-7. The Cowboys were 3-5 in the division a year ago. The Jets are 4-0 in the AFC East and have won those games by an average of 31-10. The Jets were 2-6 in the division a year ago. Arizona improved to 5-4, just the second time the Cardinals have been over .500 after nine games since 1988, their first season in Arizona.

Downs: Patriots rookie Robert Edwards rushed for 11 yards on 10 carries against the Falcons and has 108 yards in his last three games after gaining 104 in each of his previous two. The Chiefs were penalized 17 times for 152 yards and turned the ball over four times Chargers rookie quarterback Ryan Leaf completed only four of 15 passes for 26 yards with an interception and a sack in San Diego's loss to Denver.

Next week

Patriots (5-4) at Bills (5-4): Both teams will be trying to rebound from lopsided losses that knocked them out of a four-way tie for first place in the AFC East.

49ers (7-2) at Falcons (7-2): The surprising Falcons are 4-0 at home and can take sole possession of first place in the NFC West by knocking off perennial division winner San Francisco.

Pub Date: 11/09/98

Baltimore Sun Articles
Please note the green-lined linked article text has been applied commercially without any involvement from our newsroom editors, reporters or any other editorial staff.