Day in review

October 18, 1999

Top performances

300-yard passers

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

Griese, Den. ..........19-31 ............363 ................2

Tolliver, N.O. ..........28-45 ............354 ................2

Beuerlein, Car. .......23-36 ............300 ...............4

100-yard rushers

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

Faulk, St.L. .................18 .............181 ................1

George, Ten. ...............28 ............155 ................0

Martin, NYJ ..................23 ............128 ................0

Gary, Den. ...................37 ............124 .................1

Bettis, Pit. ...................26 .............111 .................2

James, Ind. .................26 .............111 .................0

Staley, Phi. ..................23 .............101 .................0

100-yard receivers

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

Robinson, Chi. ..............4 ..............136 ..................1

Moss, Min. ...................10 ..............125 ..................1

Chamberlain, Den. ........3 ...............123 .................0

Martin, Mia. ...................7 ...............118 .................1

McCaffrey, Den. ............5 ..............116 ..................2

Connell, Was. ................8 ..............110 ..................0

Quotable

"That doesn't mean that everything that's not gone right is Randall Cunningham's fault. But we are 2-4 and we are one-third of the way through the NFL season."

-- Dennis Green, Vikings coach, after replacing Randall Cunningham with Jeff George in the second half and saying George will start next week.

"I tell you what, I love Notre Dame right now. I will wear this hair anytime John Carney does that for me."

-- Junior Seau, Chargers linebacker, who dyed his hair because his alma mater, Southern California, lost to Carney's Notre Dame. Carney's second field goal was the game-winner.

"I don't feel it's very difficult [to be pressed into playing]. I felt really comfortable with what we were doing. I think it's tougher for everyone else to get comfortable with me. But I'm prepared to go into the game at any time."

-- Jay Fiedler, Jaguars quarterback, who stepped in for injured Mark Brunell and rallied Jacksonville.

"In a situation like that, getting an interception, it kind freezes you. You see the ball and think, `Oh, my, I can actually catch that.' And I did."

-- Jason Fisk, Titans defensive tackle, whose interception with 5: 12 left helped preserve a close victory.

Injury report

Charlie Batch, Lions QB: Bruised upper right arm. Did not return.

Ruben Brown, Bills OT: Injured hamstring. Did not return.

Mark Brunell, Jaguars QB: Bruised ribs. Did not return.

Dermontti Dawson, Steelers C: Injured hamstring. Did not return.

Ray Lucas, Jets QB: Ankle injury. X-rays scheduled today.

Dan Marino, Dolphins QB: Injured right shoulder. MRI scheduled today.

Eric Moulds, Bills WR: Injured hamstring. Will miss 3-4 weeks.

Jake Plummer, Cardinals QB: Broke right ring finger. Will be out 4-6 weeks.

Darnay Scott, Bengals WR: Bruised ribs. Did not return.

Leon Searcy, Jaguars RT: Injured right knee. Did not return.

Robert Smith, Vikings RB: Aggravated injured hernia. Will be out 3-6 weeks.

By the numbers

Streaks: The Jaguars are 3-0 against the Browns, adding yesterday's to two victories in 1995 when Jacksonville was the expansion team. The 5-0 start matches the best for the Rams since 1989. They play host to the Browns next week, seeking their first 6-0 start since winning their first seven in 1985.

Milestones: Jason Hanson's six field goals equaled the Lions team record set by Garo Yepremian in 1966. The Falcons' Chuck Smith recovered the 13th fumble of his career, tying the team record set by Greg Brezina. Jerry Rice played in his 212th game for the 49ers, matching Hall of Famer Jimmy Johnson's team record.

Ups: The Colts committed just one penalty for five yards. The Eagles had two interceptions, increasing their season total to an NFL-high 13. Indianapolis has won 15 of 21 vs. the Jets. The Patriots' nine sacks were the most in 20 years and one short of the team record.

Downs: The Falcons have lost three straight in the Georgia Dome, one shy of the most they had since moving into the facility in 1992. The nine sacks were the most ever against the Dolphins.

Next week

Redskins (4-1) at Cowboys (3-1): Just like old times, Washington and Dallas will be battling for the NFC East lead.

Broncos (2-4) at Patriots (4-2): Do the Broncos have any more surprises up their sleeves? They've won two straight.

Pub Date: 10/18/99

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