Extra Points


November 07, 2005|By KEN MURRAY

Revived Vikings

Don't look now, but a 27-14 win over Detroit moved the Vikings into a second-place tie in the NFC North at 3-5 and conceivably back into playoff contention behind first-place Chicago.

End of the line?

It's possible Vinny Testaverde made his last NFL start yesterday for the Jets. He was pulled after an ineffective 6-for-11 effort against the Chargers. His successor, Brooks Bollinger, engineered two touchdown drives and had a chance to win the game, but his fourth-down pass to Justin McCareins in the end zone was batted away by CB Quentin Jammer.

Keeping a promise

After being charged with driving under the influence last week, Browns RB Reuben Droughns apologized to his teammates and promised a big game. Yesterday he delivered with 116 rushing yards and 73 receiving yards in a 20-14 win over Tennessee.

Grossman or Orton?

The Bears are going to face a difficult decision when injured QB Rex Grossman is able to play again. Although his replacement, Kyle Orton, has made plenty of mistakes as a rookie, he has shown enough flashes to warrant a longer look in Chicago.

Vick on target

Falcons QB Michael Vick's first 200-yard passing game of the season belied his reputation as an inaccurate passer. Vick completed 22 of 31 throws for 228 yards and one touchdown to beat the Dolphins, 17-10.

Replacing Holmes

The transition is just about complete in Kansas City, where RB Larry Johnson seems poised to replace a battered Priest Holmes, 32, as the Chiefs' tailback. With Holmes out with a concussion, Johnson rambled for 107 yards and two TDs, including the game-winner, in a 27-23 decision over Oakland.

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