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Redskins Revival
Peter King
November 25, 1996
Washington's obit: definitely premature, A league with worlds of value, A run on free-agent running backs
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November 25, 1996

Redskins Revival

Washington's obit: definitely premature, A league with worlds of value, A run on free-agent running backs

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The AFC's prime Super Bowl threats—the Broncos, the Chiefs, the Bills and the Steelers—are a combined 11-0 against the NFC this season....

Winners of two straight, the Buccaneers may have turned the corner. They held the Chargers to three points over the final 49 minutes of a 25-17 win on Sunday, and maligned quarterback Trent Dilfer completed 30 of 40 passes for a career-high 327 yards. "I kept hearing I should be tougher on them, but the effort was there every week," first-year Bucs coach Tony Dungy said on Monday. "I had to keep encouraging them—not tearing them down—and telling them they'd win. I knew they were doing what it took."...

Two weeks after Lions defensive line coach John Teerlinck was summoned to NFL offices in New York City to discuss what the league said was a pattern of cheap hits by his players on opposing quarterbacks, Detroit defensive tackle Luther Elliss came in low and hit Seahawks quarterback John Friesz on Sunday. Friesz was later sidelined with what was diagnosed as a sprained knee ligament, but on Monday the Seahawks announced he will be sidelined for the season with a broken right leg. "I haven't been tackled around the knees, and so low, so many times in one game in my career," said Friesz, a seven-year veteran who on Saturday signed an extension that will keep him with Seattle through 1998....

Friesz's signing means the Seahawks are no longer interested in unemployed free agent Jeff George, who last month rejected their six-year, $30 million offer. Because quite a few other veterans—including Elvis Grbac, Rick Mirer and Scott Mitchell—could become available in the off-season, George should not expect to see another offer as lucrative as Seattle's....

The race for 1996 All-Pro kicker is no contest. It's the Colts' Cary Blanchard, who has made 27 of 29 field goal attempts. Both of his misses, from 46 and 42 yards, hit the upright. "I'm in one of those zones," Blanchard said after the last of his four field goals on Sunday, a 50-yarder with 1:24 left, provided the final points in a 34-29 win over the Jets....

Not only will Fox try to keep its NFC package when the network's TV deal expires after next season, but it will also try to muscle the Monday-night contract from ABC.

The End Zone
Weekend at JJ's: Dolphins coach Jimmy Johnson, Colts defensive coordinator Jim Johnson and Steelers tackle John Jackson won. Ravens defensive tackle James Jones—but not skill-position guys Jimmie Johnson (Eagles) or Jack Jackson (Bears)—caught a touchdown pass. Jimmie Jones (seven tackles, one sack) led the Rams defense, but, like fellow defensive lineman Joe Johnson ( Saints), was a loser.

[This article contains a table. Please see hardcopy of magazine or PDF.]

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