Extra Points

November 03, 2003

Sinking feeling

Losers of four straight, the Raiders are off to their worst start since 1964, when they were 1-7-1.

Second best

Edgerrin James surpassed Marshall Faulk as the Colts' second-leading career rusher and has 5,369 yards. Lydell Mitchell holds the record with 5,487.

Extra time

Yesterday was the second time a Jets-Giants game was decided in overtime. The Jets won the first one, 26-20, at the Yale Bowl in 1974.

Hit record

The Buccaneers had at least one sack for the 68th consecutive game, tying the NFL record set by Dallas from 1976 to 1980.

Century man

Marcel Shipp is the first Cardinals running back since Johnny Johnson in 1992 to have consecutive 100-yard rushing games.

Going down

The Steelers' five-game losing streak is their longest since dropping six in a row in 1999.

Busy building

Yesterday, Sun Devil Stadium played host to its fourth football game in eight days.

New England (6-2) at Denver (5-3)

Time: 9.

TV: Chs. 2, 7.

Line: Broncos by 3.

Key stat: Patriots have won four in a row, the past three by an average score of 15-7.

Players to watch: With QB Jake Plummer still out, Danny Kanell gets a chance to do better than his 28-of-49, two-interception showing in last week's loss to the Ravens. The Broncos' defense has allowed only 13.3 points per game in three home games.

The buzz: The Patriots have climbed to first in the AFC East despite an onslaught of injuries. But QB Tom Brady is still standing and directing and efficient offense. -- Chicago Tribune

NEXT WEEK

Buccaneers (4-4) at Panthers (6-2)

The Super Bowl champions need a victory to stay close in the NFC South. The Panthers, who beat the Bucs in Week 2 in Tampa, are 4-0 in the division.

Browns (3-5) at Chiefs (8-0)

As both teams come off a bye week, Kansas City will be looking to keep its perfect record intact against Cleveland, which tends to play better on the road than at home.

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