STATS OF THE WEEK
? Eric Dickerson has rushed for a total of 86 yards in two games for the Raiders. His replacement with the Colts, Rodney Culver, has run for 97.
?By halftime of the Lion-Viking game the defensive backs for both teams had combined for more interceptions (three) than all the wideouts had receptions (two).
?Total yardage comparison in Houston's 23-10 win over Indianapolis: Oiler running back Lorenzo White 175, Colts 162.
GAME OF THE WEEK
Detroit at Washington, Sunday. The Lions' third game at RFK Stadium in 13 months provides an early test of their new, bigger, tougher offense. In its history Detroit is 0-16 at Washington, with the Lions' two worst losses to the Redskins coming in '91—45-0 in the season opener and 41-10 in the NFC title game. With tight ends Jimmie Johnson (6'2", 248 pounds) and Mike Hinnant (6'3", 280) playing prominent roles, Detroit's offense is bigger this season, but is it better? This game's the yardstick.
THE END ZONE
When Falcon coach Jerry Glanville was driving to the Georgia Dome for his team's season opener on Sept. 6, the battery died in his 1950 Mercury. He made it to a gas station that sold only Interstate batteries, the brand endorsed by Redskin coach Joe Gibbs. "I got that green ugly thing in my car now, and I'm putting money in Gibbs's pocket," Glanville said. "I can't think of a worse combination." How about a trifecta, Jerry? On Sunday Gibbs's Redskins beat Glanville's Falcons 24-17.