The Envelope, Please
Stats of the Year
?Since Houston defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan punched offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride a year ago, the Oilers have lost Ryan to Arizona, quarterback Warren Moon to the Vikings in a bad trade, Gilbride and coach Jack Pardee to firings, and 14 of 15 games.
?In the final 40 minutes of his team's 26-20 overtime win over the Vikings on Nov. 13, Patriot quarterback Drew Bledsoe threw on 62 of 68 plays, excluding kicks.
? Barry Sanders of the Lions, who will almost certainly be the NFL's leading rusher this season, also figures to lead the league in number of carries with lost yards; with one game left, he had 51 such carries.
?Third-year Bengal coach David Shula has a career record of 2-0 in Seattle, 8-37 everywhere else.
?Falcon wideout Andre Rison was late for 19 team meetings in 1994.
?Steeler Gary Anderson missed as many field goals (three) in a 21-3 win over the Raiders on Nov. 27 as he had missed in his previous 28 games.
Quotes of the Year
?"I hope I'm around the game as a coach for a long time. If that doesn't happen, then I hope the game is banned in the United States."—Buc coach Sam Wyche, on rumors of his firing.