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NFL SPOTLIGHT / WEEK 1

Two-minute Drill

September 04, 2000

at N.Y. GIANTS 21, ARIZONA 16

The Giants' defense did plenty of treading on Jake "The Snake" Plummer, who threw three interceptions and pretty much played like a guy who has a real future in plumbing.

BALTIMORE 16, at PITTSBURGH 0

Steelers have one of the highest payrolls in the league and score no points. That's the same number of points you and I scored Sunday, and we didn't spend a penny on NFL players.

at WASHINGTON 20, CAROLINA 17

After losing, Panther safety Eugene Robinson said, "Our resolve was to come in here and steal one. I think we demonstrated that." Note to Eugene: The object of the game is to win. Have fun in the off-season.

at MINNESOTA 30, CHICAGO 27

To beat the Vikings, all you have to do is stop Randy Moss, Cris Carter and now, Daunte Culpepper. Luckily for the league there is one man who has shown the ability to do that with ease: Dennis Green.

DETROIT 14, at NEW ORLEANS 10

Saints' newly installed West Coast offense had only 252 yards and 13 first downs, leaving fans to wonder whatever happened to those good old days when Mike Ditka was coach.

PHILADELPHIA 41, at DALLAS 14

Troy Aikman misfired on all five of his passes and was sacked for 30 yards in losses on his other four attempts before leaving game with the ninth concussion of his career. Not remembering this game could be a good thing.

INDIANAPOLIS 27, at KANSAS CITY 14

Elvis Grbac threw a key interception in the fourth quarter, opening door to the Colts' victory. Kansas City is now the first place in history where "Elvis has left the building" evokes wild applause and cheering.

JACKSONVILLE 27, at CLEVELAND 7

After the Browns dropped to 2-15 since rejoining the league last season, running back Errict Rhett said, "I can't say we're a young team, that's not an excuse." No, but you can say you're a bad team.

at ATLANTA 36, SAN FRANCISCO 28

49er quarterback Jeff Garcia, who passed for 253 yards, but severely underthrew many receivers, forcing adjustments in routes: "I really believe we are going to be a good team." Yep, all you need is a quarterback.

TAMPA BAY 21, at NEW ENGLAND 16

How can you tell when you need to completely rebuild your offense? If you're the Patriots, it's when you have only 88 yards rushing, 30 by the usually statue-like Drew Bledsoe.

at OAKLAND 9, SAN DIEGO 6

Sebastian Janikowski's only field-goal attempt, a 41-yarder late in the first half, went wide left. Later, the first kicker taken in the first round since 1979 offered everyone $20 to forget the whole thing.

at MIAMI 23, SEATTLE 0

Dolphins raise the roof on their new season with Jay Fiedler. What was the name of that guy who used to be their quarterback? You remember. Never won a championship. Don't tell me, I'll think of it in a second. . .

N.Y. JETS 20, at GREEN BAY 16

Brett Favre throws an interception instead of leading comeback victory, making the Packers 2-4 in their last six games at Lambeau Field. That smell wafting through the stands in Green Bay isn't just cheese.

at BUFFALO 16, TENNESSEE 13

OK everyone, repeat after me: Winning a regular-season game is not "revenge" for losing a playoff game and a possible trip to the Super Bowl. Which would you rather do?

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