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Spotlight / A Glance At This Week In The Nfl

September 13, 1993|CHRIS DUFRESNE

HOUSTON 30, KANSAS CITY 0

You could have filled a city dump with the trash talked before this one. In fact, it has developed into the NFL's best rivalry. Oilers versus Chiefs? Heck no, Oilers offense vs. Oilers defense. Coach Jack Pardee vs. defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan.

You don't think Ryan wants to be the main man? As Chris Berman noted on ESPN, Ryan already has his own television show.

By mid-week, the two units were at war. Wide receiver Earnest Givens sniped at Ryan, who has called his team's run-and-shoot offense the chuck-and-duck. Ryan retorted that he had never heard of Givens.

Finally, quarterback Warren Moon told everyone to shut up and play.

Who needs team harmony? Ryan's defense held the Chiefs to 46 rushing yards, caused five turnovers and sacked Chiefs' quarterback Dave Krieg four times. Moon's offense controlled the game with, yes, that junk-yard offense, and peace was restored in Houston for at least another 15 minutes.

Oh, quarterback Joe Montana sat this one out with an injured wrist. Think the Chiefs missed him?

CAN'T WAIT UNTIL NEXT WEEK

This was no thriller even though Dean Biasucci of the Indianapolis Colts kicked a 42-yard field goal to beat Cincinnati, 9-6, with three seconds left.

What a shock this wasn't a better game. We've come to expect so much from these franchises.

The final field-goal tally: Biasucci, 3, the Bengals' Doug Pelfrey, 2.

Ooooh, what a finish. Biasucci missed a 39-yarder with 4:49 left, Pelfrey a 35-yard attempt with 2:18 remaining.

The quarterbacks sizzled. Colts' starter Jack Trudeau was 17 for 36 for 218 yards with two interceptions. David Klinger of the Bengals completed 16 of 37 passes for 146 yards with an interception.

Looking ahead: The Colts host Cleveland next week, the Bengals will be at Pittsburgh.

ANYONE NEED A NAME TAG?

OK, let's get our reunions straight: Reggie White, the former Philadelphia Eagle, faced his former teammates for the first time as a Green Bay Packer. While White had a good game, twice stripping Randall Cunningham of the ball in the first half, the Eagles beat the Packers on Roger Ruzek's 30-yard field goal with five seconds left.

The night before the game, White went to dinner with a couple of former teammates. (Just an aside: Think Dick Butkus ever had dinner with the opposition?)

Lost in the White hoopla was the reunion of linebacker/defensive end Tim Harris, the former Packer who now plays for the Eagles.

Harris, who had two tackles and no sacks, was booed when he was introduced.

"The booing fired me up," Harris said.

Apparently not.

Gary Clark, the former Washington Redskins star receiver, returned to RFK Stadium for the first time as a Phoenix Cardinal. It was a sweet day all around. The Cardinals defeated the Redskins, with Clark catching six passes for 93 yards.

In Minneapolis, Viking quarterback Jim McMahon defeated his former team, the Chicago Bears. McMahon completed a career-high 79% of his passes.

Jimbo, had you put those kinds of numbers up every week in Chicago, Da Bears would not have Da dumped you.

THE RECORD, FOR NOW

With his 25th consecutive field goal Sunday, New Orleans Saints' kicker Morten Andersen set a record some experts predicted would last for hours.

Andersen's 27-yard field goal in the first quarter against Atlanta broke the mark of 24 straight previously held by Chicago's Kevin Butler in 1988-89.

Andersen's streak was snapped when he missed a 42-yard try in the third quarter.

After the game, though, Andersen had to wait and see if his record would even hold the day.

John Carney of the San Diego Chargers entered an afternoon game against Denver having made 22 straight. Carney made his only attempt in the Chargers' loss to Denver and will continue his chase of Andersen's record next week.

SUPER BOWL PAYBACK

It was the Super Bowl rematch everyone was waiting for. Wasn't it? Who could forget the humiliation, the disappointment. Super Bowl XIV. Terry Bradshaw's victory-clinching pass to John Stallworth, the one that made that sports magazine cover. Jack Youngblood plays with broken leg. Pittsburgh beats Rams, 31-19.

Sunday, the Rams answered with a 27-0 victory over the Steelers. That evens the score.

In another Super Bowl rematch, the Buffalo Bills avenged their 52-17 loss in Super Bowl XXVII last Jan. 31 with a 13-10 victory over the Dallas Cowboys.

DAN THE MAN

Before he's done, Miami quarterback Dan Marino might own every significant passing record. With 286 yards passing Sunday, he became only the fourth player in NFL history to surpass 40,000 yards. With 40,024 career passing yards, Marino trails John Unitas by 215 yards on the all-time list. Fran Tarkenton and Dan Fouts are the only other passers with more than 40,000 passing yards in the NFL.

"It's nice and it shows that you have been around awhile, but I would have liked to do it in a winning fashion," Marino said.

ODDS AND ENDS

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