STATS OF THE WEEK
•Colt kicker Dean Biasucci had an .814 field goal percentage for the 1987, '88 and '89 seasons combined. Since then he has had a .607 percentage. This year he has made only five of 11 attempts.
•The Bengals gained an average of 26 inches per play in the second half of their 26-10 loss to the Oilers.
Here are two more reasons that the owners and players have to hammer out a new collective bargaining agreement—fast.
•The players' postseason shares haven't changed since the last collective bargaining agreement was signed in 1982, but Super Bowl ticket revenues, not to mention the receipts from other playoff games, have skyrocketed. Last week, in fact, the NFL hiked the price of a Super Bowl ticket another $25, to $175 a seat. Using the salary of Buffalo defensive end Bruce Smith as an example, here's how out of whack the system has become: Smith is being paid $93,750 a game this season, but if the Bills win the AFC East and go on to win the Super Bowl, he would make an average of only $21,333.33 a game for the three postseason victories. The following chart compares the upcoming Super Bowl at the Rose Bowl with the one held there a decade ago to highlight the disparity between Super Bowl ticket revenues and a winning player's cut of the gate.
•Last week the Redskins came to the same conclusion that the Steelers had in training camp: Second-year player Huey Richardson isn't strong enough to play defensive end, mobile enough to play outside linebacker or interested enough to play on special teams. A first-round pick by Pittsburgh, Richardson was the biggest disappointment of the 1991 draft. But a comparison of his NFL career to that of Washington inside linebacker Kurt Gouveia, an eighth-round choice in 1986 and the Skins' leading tackier this season, shows how the current system rewards untried rookies at the expense of veterans.
DOLTS NO MORE
Ripping the Colts' brain trust (an oxymoron, some would say) has been a popular pastime around the NFL in recent seasons, but the Indianapolis front office suddenly is looking pretty smart. The Colts traded up to select Jeff George with the first pick of the 1990 draft. Then they resisted temptations to deal the first two choices in the '92 draft and used them to pick defensive stars Steve Emtman and Quentin Coryatt. George and Emtman, with some help from their friends, upset the previously unbeaten Dolphins 31-20 on Sunday at Joe Robbie Stadium.
With the Colts trailing 20-17 and about two minutes to play, George threaded an eight-yard pass between two Dolphins to wide receiver Billy Brooks, giving Indy a first down at the Miami five. Three plays later, the Colts faced fourth down, two feet from the goal line. George called time and alerted coach Ted Marchibroda that the Dolphin defense was susceptible to a wide rush to the left. A quarterback sweep with the option to pass was called, and George ran around left end for the go-ahead touchdown. Miami came right back and, with 17 seconds to go, was on the Indianapolis seven. There, the 6'4", 290-pound Emtman leaped and batted a Dan Marino pass, caught the ball and returned it 90 yards for his first touchdown since he played fullback at Cheney (Wash.) Junior High.