GAME OF THE WEEK
Dallas at Denver, Sunday. Paul Harvey should tell this one. The Cowboys haven't beaten the Broncos since the 1977 season, when Dallas defeated them twice, including a 27-10 win in the Super Bowl. Two bright young fellows helped choreograph the Cowboy offense that season. One was Mike Ditka, who was coaching Roger Staubach's receivers. The other was a 33-year-old rookie coordinator, who in the Super Bowl called for running back Robert Newhouse to throw his first option pass in two years. The result was a 29-yard TD throw to wideout Golden Richards.
It was a terrific call by a vibrant new NFL coaching star—Dan Reeves.
Tight end Charles Arbuckle, a fifth-round draft pick by New Orleans in 1990, had never even gotten into a game in brief stints with the Saints, the Browns and the Chargers, and he had yet to catch his first pass in 11 games with the Colts this year.
But last week Indianapolis coach Ted Marchibroda decided he needed to beef up his offensive line to stop Buffalo's standout pass rusher, Bruce Smith, so he moved Arbuckle up to the first unit and started two tight ends.
Buffalo still got to Colt quarterback Jack Trudeau for four sacks—including one by Smith—but the Bills forgot to keep an eye on Indy's extra receiver. Arbuckle caught nine passes for 106 yards, which was almost as stunning a development as the Colts' 16-13 overtime win. "I was in a zone today," Arbuckle said after the game, "and I guess the Bills didn't have any film of me."