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St. Louis' Warner, Faulk leading statistics parade
Latest: Thursday September 14, 2000 08:31 AM
By B. Duane Cross, CNNSI.com
ATLANTA -- If NFL teams remain on the same scoring pace while playing the same type of competitive games as they have through the first two weeks of the season, the 2000 season will be a record-breaking one. Teams have scored 43.8 points per game through two weeks, which, if the pace holds, would be the highest average for any season since 1970. Also, games are close. The average margin of victory in 2000 is 9.93 points, which would be the lowest since 1970.
Leading the offensive parade is reigning MVP Kurt Warner and the defending champion St. Louis Rams with 494.5 yards per game.
Warner tops the league with 827 passing yards, the most in the history of the league through two games. On Sunday in St. Louis against the San Francisco 49ers, Warner can become the fourth player since 1990 to throw for 1,000 yards in the first three games of a season. With 340 yards, he'll surpass New England Patriots quarterback Drew Bledsoe (1,166) for the most yards in a season's first three games since 1990.
Faulk is tied for the NFC lead (with Philadelphia Eagles running back Duce Staley) with 331 scrimmage yards (146 rushing, 185 receiving).
Last season, Faulk set the single-season record for most yards from scrimmage with 2,429, and became only the second player in history to have 1,000 yards rushing (1,381) and receiving (1,048). Former 49ers running back Roger Craig did it in 1985. As a member of the Indianapolis Colts in 1998, Faulk broke the 2,000-yard barrier with 1,319 yards rushing and 908 receiving.
If Faulk reaches 2,000 in 2000, he'll join Pro Football Hall of Fame running back Walter Payton (1983-85) as the only players in league history to accomplish the feat in three consecutive seasons. Faulk is averaging 165.5 yards from scrimmage per game this season and 114.6 per game for his career, which puts him in third place all-time behind Jim Brown and Barry Sanders.
| Under pressure |
Green Bay Packers general manager Ron Wolf received voters' support to remodel Titletown's field of dreams. Now, let's see some on-field success.
| Bitter in the bay |
AFC West showdown between the Denver Broncos and Oakland Raiders. Is there a better way to settle first place (Broncos win = early season tiebreaker) in the division than between these rivals?
| FedEx misstep |
Andre Reed is the best receiver who could be delivered to Washington? Hope he came with a complimentary year's supply of Geritol, or maybe he can borrow some from Irving Fryar.
| Flattery -- Mike Anderson stepped into the Broncos' starting lineup and rushed for 131 yards against the Atlanta Falcons. Hey, Al Davis -- maybe Mike Shanahan does know what he's doing. |
| Flag -- It's time to pull the plug, Don Ohlmeyer. Monday Night Football is a laughingstock -- in the worst kind of way. |
| Flattery -- Who was that QB rallying Arizona against Dallas? Welcome back, Jake Plummer. |
| Flag -- Back of the line, Indianapolis Colts. True title contenders wrap up 21-point leads. |
| OK, so the Washington Redskins lost a game. Why is Ray Rhodes being considered a possible replacement for Norv Turner? |
| Hey, Keyshawn Johnson -- Wayne Chrebet has more catches (9-to-6), more yards (118-96) and more TDs (2-1) than you. |
| Rob Johnson leads the Buffalo Bills with 91 rushing yards. The Bills have not scored a rushing TD. |
| Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Detroit Lions (1 p.m. EDT) -- The Lions have not scored an offensive TD this season. That ineptitude may stretch to 12 quarters by late Sunday afternoon. |
| Buffalo Bills at New York Jets (1 p.m. EDT) -- Did anyone actually think these teams would be a combined 4-for-4 at this point? Best game on the board. |
| Denver Broncos at Oakland Raiders (4:05 p.m. EDT) -- There's no love lost between these teams. Best Left Coast game on the board. |
| New Orleans Saints at Seattle Seahawks (4:15 p.m. EDT) -- Coin toss between this matchup and Cleveland-Pittsburgh as dog of the day. |
| Dallas Cowboys at Washington Redskins (9 p.m. EDT Monday) -- Once upon a time this would have been the game to see.... Deion Sanders changes teams almost as often as he changes clothes, but never say he doesn't know when to abandon ship. |
| The St. Louis Rams are averaging 406 passing yards, while the San Francisco 49ers are yielding 308. All-time series will be knotted at 50-50-2 after Kurt Warner carves up the Niners' secondary. The Rams also trail in the all-time series points by 41 -- which will change, too. |
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