Nfl Week 14

December 08, 2003

Tough as steel

The Steelers' Jerome Bettis moved into ninth place in NFL history with 12,116 yards rushing. He passed Thurman Thomas, who had 12,074.

Good day for Favre

The Packers' Brett Favre tied Dan Marino's NFL mark of 24 straight games with a touchdown pass against one opponent, and tied Cecil Isbell's team record of 22 consecutive games with a touchdown pass. Favre eclipsed Forrest Gregg's team record by playing in his 188th straight regular-season game.

Still sharp

The Broncos' Shannon Sharpe, a former Raven, became the first tight end to reach 800 receptions.

Failing numbers

The Raiders' 3-10 record is their worst since moving into the NFL in 1970.

Fast start

The Broncos' Clinton Portis has 2,960 rushing yards in his first two seasons, moving past LaDainian Tomlinson (2,919) and Ottis Anderson (2,957) for the fourth-best start in league history.

Batting 1,000

The Titans' Derrick Mason became the first receiver in franchise history to have more than 1,000 yards for a third straight season.

TONIGHT'S GAME

St. Louis (9-3) at Cleveland (4-8)

Time: 9.

TV: Chs. 2, 7.

Line: Rams by 4 1/2 .

Key stat: Rams are 22-0 when RB Marshall Faulk rushes for 100 yards or more.

Players to watch: Rams QB Marc Bulger has thrown 16 TD passes vs. 18 interceptions. Browns QB Kelly Holcomb has nine TD passes vs. 10 interceptions.

The buzz: The Rams are surging toward their NFC West showdown with Seattle next week, but have to take care of business here first. Faulk could get his fourth straight 100-yard game.

-- Chicago Tribune

NEXT WEEK

Buffalo (6-7) at Tennessee (9-4)

The Bills have won two straight after a horrible midseason slump. The Titans have lost two in a row, severely damaging their chances of winning the AFC South title.

Philadelphia (10-3) at Miami (8-5)

The Eagles, winners of eight straight, are playing for home-field advantage in the NFC playoffs. The Dolphins are looking to avoid another December swoon.

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