"Distractions were my biggest concern," Handley said after the Giants ran over the Cardinals 31-21 to improve to 2-3. "I was worried about the players focusing." Handley's silly feuds with the media grabbed more headlines in New York last week than Lawrence Taylor's announcement that he would retire at season's end and the news that Phil Simms's career was threatened by elbow surgery.
?Have some pride, Seahawks. Is this team mailing it in or what? Seattle had eight yards of offense in the last 45 minutes of a 27-0 loss in Dallas. The defeat dropped the Seahawks to 1-5. "If we don't do something early," said Seattle defensive end Tony Woods after the game, "we have guys who just give up."
THURMAN'S HELMET II
In the third quarter of the Bills' 20-3 loss to the Raiders, Buffalo running back Thurman Thomas was sitting on his helmet on the sideline when he turned his head to speak to assistant coach Elijah Pitts. Pop! Neck spasms. Thomas missed several series. In fact, the Bills' ground game has been missing for two weeks. After averaging 4.5 yards a carry in winning its first four games, Buffalo has been limited to only 3.0 yards a rush in losses to the Dolphins and the Raiders.
"There will be some bad people now saying the Bills aren't as good as they are," said Thomas, who, you remember, couldn't find his helmet at the start of the Super Bowl in January.
STATS OF THE WEEK
?Oiler wideout Haywood Jeffires, who has caught at least six passes in every game this season, needs to average 5.6 receptions the rest of the year to have the first back-to-back 100-catch seasons in NFL history. He had nine catches in Houston's 38-24 win over Cincinnati.
?No back has rushed for 100 yards in a game against the Eagles in the 1990s.
?Including Sunday's 6-3 victory, Colt quarterback Jeff George is 4-1 lifetime against the Jets—and 4-21 as a starter against the rest of the NFL.
?The Patriots played 280 minutes this season before finally taking a lead, 12-10 over the 49ers in the third quarter on Sunday. The league's only winless (0-5) team, New England lost 24-12.