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Taylor, not Moss, is NFL's top rookie

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Posted: Monday November 23, 1998 11:58 AM


Because he has proven the skeptics wrong, Minnesota wideout Randy Moss is the emotional favorite to win NFL rookie of the year. But the thinking man's choice should be Jacksonville running back Fred Taylor. The ninth pick overall in the draft, Taylor has started just seven games but has scored four more touchdowns than Moss and has gained nearly 300 more yards from scrimmage than Moss. Taylor has accounted for almost a third of his team's total offense. In the end, Taylor is simply more critical to his team's success than Moss is to the Vikings. And that is the very definition of MVP.

Dirty birds hungry, too

Atlanta Falcons safety Eugene Robinson told me that mentally, the Falcons are way ahead of his former team, the Green Bay Packers. Robinson, the NFL's active career interceptions leader, has quickly become a leader and teacher in Atlanta. And the 14-year veteran has noticed a big difference between his former and current employer.

"This team is hungry," Robinson told me. "And because they've been on top for so long, that's an edge the Packers might not have anymore." The Falcons have now won a team record eight games in a row at the Georgia Dome. And there is one man in particular who is responsible for the team's current success. Adam Sandler. Almost the entire team has seen Sandler's hit movie, "The Waterboy." And the Falcons have adopted the film's catch phrase, "You can do it!" as their own battle cry. And it seems to be working.

Aptly named

When he was drafted in the first round in 1992 running back Tommy Vardell seemed to be cursed by the nickname he picked up at Stanford. In his first five seasons in the NFL, Touchdown Tommy scored seven times. But since joining the Lions in 1997 he has more than lived up to his moniker. Vardell now has 13 TDs in his last two seasons.

Really dirty birds

Finally, just how bad are the Philadelphia Eagles? Well, the NFC East is without question the worst division in football. And the Eagles have lost their last three division games by a combined score of 82-3.  

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