Extra Points

October 07, 2002

Closing in

The Cowboys' Emmitt Smith is 234 yards shy of breaking the NFL career rushing record held by Walter Payton.

Defense never rests

The Tampa Bay defense hasn't given up a touchdown on the road all season and scored a touchdown for the fourth consecutive week.

Ground attack

With four 100-yard games this season, Dolphins running back Ricky Williams is one short of Delvin Williams' team record, set in 1978.

Colt record

Kicker Mike Vanderjagt extended his consecutive-game scoring streak to 59, breaking the team record. Lou Michaels scored in 58 straight games from 1965 to '69. Milestone

Steelers running back Jerome Bettis went over 11,000 yards rushing for his career.

Dud in Denver

Chargers coach Marty Schottenheimer is 3-11 in games in Denver.

Late boost

The Chiefs have scored a league-leading 85 fourth-quarter points.

Moving on up

Bills' Drew Bledsoe moved into 16th place in career completions (2,692), ahead of Steve Young.

Tonight's Game

Green Bay (3-1) at Chicago (2-2)

Time: 9.

TV: Chs. 2, 7.

Line: Bears by 1.

Key stat: Bears have lost eight straight to Packers at home.

Worth watching: Bears' Rosevelt Colvin leads NFL with six sacks. Packers' Brett Favre has thrown eight TD passes vs. three interceptions.

Outlook: Can the Bears run the ball? Anthony Thomas is averaging just 3.0 yards per carry, but the Packers have the NFL's 27th rushing defense. If the Bears can't run, the Packers will win on the strength of Favre's passing.

- Chicago Tribune


Green Bay (3-1) at New England (3-2)

The defending Super Bowl champions are smarting from two consecutive losses and will meet a Packers team playing on short rest. The footballs could be flying, too, as the game features the league's first- and fifth-ranked passing offenses.

Miami (4-1) at Denver (4-1)

The Dolphins and Ricky Williams, who has topped 100 rushing yards in four of five games, face the Broncos and their highly regarded run defense. Both teams had impressive victories yesterday.

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