GAME OF THE WEEK
Rams at 49ers, Sunday. Six years ago the Oilers and the 49ers nearly made a monster trade involving quarterback Jim Everett, whom Houston had drafted but been unable to sign. San Francisco offered two first-round draft picks, the lower of its two second-round picks in '87 and nosetackle Manu Tuiasosopo for Everett. The Oilers wanted the higher of the Niners' two second-round picks, and San Francisco said no. The next morning Houston sent Everett to the Rams for two first-round selections, a fifth-round pick, guard Kent Hill and defensive end William Fuller. The following spring the Niners sent their lower second-round pick plus a fourth-rounder to the Bucs for another quarterback, Steve Young. Everett and Young will be the starters in Sunday's game.
Aftermath of the Everett sweepstakes: a great nontrade for San Francisco; a great deal for Houston, which drafted wideout Haywood Jeffires and running back Spencer Tillman with two of the Rams' picks and traded the third for defensive end Sean Jones; a lousy deal for Los Angeles, unless Everett, who is 40-44 as the Rams' starter, snaps out of a two-year funk.
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This Sunday, when he faces Minnesota's Chris Doleman, Bear left tackle Troy Auzenne will be blocking a player wearing number 56 for the fourth straight week. Pat Swilling of the Saints, Lawrence Taylor of the Giants and Darion Conner of the Falcons preceded Doleman across the line from Auzenne.
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