?Steeler kicker Gary Anderson, who missed two PATs in his first 10 seasons, missed two in September.
The punt-return unit of the Cowboys' special teams established its priorities when it blocked the Redskins' first punt for a safety in their 1992 opener. A week later Dallas blocked the Giants' first punt and deflected their second en route to a 34-0 lead. Led by Issiac Holt, who has blocked seven punts in his eight-year NFL career, the return unit torments Dallas special teams coach Joe Avezzano on the sideline, daring him to go for the block by saying things like, "Don't lose your guts, Joe!" But who can fault Avezzano for wanting to set up a return once in a while? After all, Dallas's Kelvin Martin leads the league in punt returns with a 27.5-yard average.
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?The Patriots played 170 minutes this season before they ran a play inside the opposition's 20-yard line. The magic moment came in the fourth quarter of Sunday's 41-7 loss to the Bills.
? New England (0-3) has given up 14 sacks and scored 13 points this year. Buffalo (4-0) has yielded five sacks and scored 153 points.
?Early in the third quarter on Sunday, Patriot quarterback Hugh Millen had completed all 14 of his passes, and his team still hadn't scored.
The career of Bengal linebacker Kevin Walker continues lo be a nightmare. A third-round pick in the 1988 draft, Walker is best known as the guy who ended Bo Jackson's football career with a dragging tackle two seasons ago. But Walker also is thought to be one of the few men ever to play pro football on two reconstructed knees. He was doing it this year—after surgery on his left knee in '88 and his right knee in '91—until Sunday, when he tore up the left knee again in Cincinnati's 42-7 loss to the Vikings. He's only 26....
The Chargers (0-4) have thrown for one touchdown and had 11 passes intercepted this season and haven't scored a touchdown in their last 169 offensive plays. Only a month into his first season as an NFL coach, Bobby Ross is blowing his stack at reporters and apologizing to the fans for San Diego's crummy play. "They look like the same old Chargers to me," says former San Diego defensive end Lee Williams, who's now an Oiler....
The second pick in the 1990 draft. Jet running back Blair Thomas, has six NFL touchdowns. Deion Sanders has seven.