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Dolphins-Rams most intriguing of undefeated matchups
Posted: Wednesday September 26, 2001 1:40 PM
By B. Duane Cross, CNNSI.com
Never one to follow the crowd, the Glance will give a passing nod to the matchup of unlikeliest of unbeatens (Cincinnati-San Diego). However, while many are fawning over the Bengals and Chargers, the game of the week is in St. Louis.
The unbeaten Rams play host to undefeated Miami. "We're 2-0," says Dolphins head coach Dave Wannstedt. "I know it's early in the season, but we've beaten two division champions [Tennessee and Oakland] from a year ago."
The Rams' offense rolled up 424 yards in Week 2 against San Francisco, led by 184 yards from running back Marshall Faulk. The Dolphins counter with the AFC's fourth-ranked defense.
The two quarterbacks in the game -- St. Louis' Kurt Warner and Miami's Jay Fiedler -- have never played against each other in the NFL, but one followed the other in the NFL Europe League. In 1998, Warner followed Fiedler as the quarterback for the Amsterdam Admirals of NFL Europe.
Warner and Fielder are part of a four-man former NFL Europe QB brigade that has combined for a 7-0 record as NFL starters in 2001, joining Cincinnati's Jon Kitna (2-0) and Tampa Bay's Brad Johnson (1-0).
Kansas City @ Washington -- 1 p.m. EDT |
Chiefs lead the all-time series 4-1, and both teams are 0-for-2001. We want to see this game for the train-wreck factor: Just how bad are the Skins? And it's not that the Chiefs are much better....
Miami @ St. Louis -- 1 p.m. EDT |
Dolphins lead the all-time series 7-1, including the last six. Rams have won eight of their past nine home openers, while Miami has won 10 of its last 11 September games.
New Orleans @ N.Y. Giants -- 1 p.m. EDT |
G-men lead the all-time series 12-8, and have won seven of their past nine home games in the series. Coming off a bye week, the Saints are one of two teams (Denver) without a turnover.
Baltimore @ Denver -- 4:15 p.m. EDT |
Broncos won the only previous regular-season matchup 45-34 in 1996, as John Elway threw three TD passes and scored on a 9-yard run with 1:16 remaining to cap a fourth-quarter comeback.
Cincinnati @ San Diego -- 4:15 p.m. EDT |
Chargers lead the all-time series 15-9, including wins in four of the past five matchups. The Bengals are playing for their first 3-0 start since 1990, while the Chargers haven't been 3-0 since 1994.
San Francisco @ N.Y. Jets -- 9 p.m. EDT Monday |
Niners lead the all-time series 7-1, including all four of their road games in this series. Tied with Dallas for most wins for an NFC team on MNF, San Fran can tie Miami with a victory (35).
Armed and dangerous |
In his past three regular-season games, Atlanta QB Chris Chandler has completed 42 of 61 (68.9 percent) for 528 yards with four touchdowns and only one interceptions for a 110.6 passer rating.
Brownie points |
Cleveland RB James Jackson had his first career 100-yard game (124) against Lions last week. His 31 carries matched Jim Brown's club-rookie game mark (Nov. 24, 1957 vs. Rams, 237 yards).
Lambeau Leap |
Green Bay QB Brett Favre and WR Antonio Freeman have connected for 52 touchdowns and need only two to pass Washington's Sonny Jurgenson and Charley Taylor for eighth all-time.
Indianapolis RB Edgerrin James (38 touchdowns in 34 career games) needs only two TDs to tie Jim Brown (40; 1957-59) for most TDs in first 35 career games. James has four in four games vs. Patriots.
Home cooking |
The home team has won the past 12 regular-season meetings between the Steelers and Bills. And while Pittsburgh has won four of the past six matchups, Buffalo has won 17 of past 24 games at Ralph Wilson Stadium.
Oakland WR Jerry Rice has 272 receiving yards and four touchdowns in three games vs. Seattle. He needs 28 yards to join Walter Payton (21,803) as only players in NFL history with 20,000 combined yards.
| Flattery: Little E |
Dallas RB Emmitt Smith passed Barry Sanders for second place on the all-time rushing list. Smith now has 15,291 career rushing yards and needs 1,436 to pass Walter Payton (16,726).
| Flag: 8th wonder |
Everyone is talking about the seven interceptions Detroit QB Ty Detmer threw against Cleveland. Well, let's not forget an earlier pick that was negated because of a penalty.
| Flattery: Desert rose |
Did anyone notice that Arizona WR David Boston has at least 90 yards receiving in three of his past five games, including a career second-best 145 yards vs. Broncos last week.
| Flag: Brian Billick |
If it wasn't clear after Week 1, certainly it is now: You can win with a middle-of-the-road QB. However, you must have a running game. Sorry, coach, Terry Allen ain't the answer.
| Flattery: Green giant |
Packers RB Ahman Green leads the NFL with 323 yards from scrimmage (50 receiving). He also is first Packer to rush for 100 yards in each of the first two games of a season.
CNNSI.com's James Quintong says a number of players have yet to make much of an impact this season, disappointing many fantasy owners. Obviously, you don't want to cut them, but these players are worth watching, especially if there are some owners desperate to trade them. He takes a look at some of the early season flops in this week's Fantasy File.
Check out Fantasy Central for more insight and analysis.
Users sounded off on which NFL mark is least likely to be broken: |
The Bills' streak of four straight Super Bowl losses in the early 90's. No team will ever be so good, yet so bad.
John, Baltimore, Md.
Least likely to be broken? My own NFL record for supporting the Chargers through losing seasons.
Tom, Poway, Calif.
Jim Marshall's consecutive games played streak of 282 would be one of the least likely. That is 17 years of playing every game and he wasn't just some kicker.
Ken, Orlando, Fla.
Jim Brown's 5.2 career ypc (yards per carry) average is unlikely to be eclipsed anytime soon.
Calion, East Setauket, N.Y.
Most Yards Gained Rushing, Season (Team): 3,165 -- New England, 1978.
Joe, Barre, Mass.
294.5 Rushing Yards/Game by the 1924 Frankford (Philadelphia) Yellow Jackets. No team has even rushed for 200 YPG since 1984.
This one's easy. No NFL team will ever match the 1932 Chicago Bears' record of six ties in a season. It's the single most unbeatable record in sports.
Stuart, New Orleans
Johnny Unitas' 47 straight game with at least one TD pass. That's nearly three whole seasons with at least one TD pass in each game. Untouchable.
Most consecutive years returning interception over 100 yards: 6 -- Bobby Dan Dillon (1953-1958).
T.J., Tustin, Calif.
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