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John Walters
November 25, 1996
"If it ain't broke, don't fix it," said disgruntled Eagles running back Ricky Watters last week after his reduced number of carries (19) in Philadelphia's Nov. 10 loss to Buffalo. Against the Redskins, Watters had 26 carries for 87 yards but also fumbled for the 17th time since the beginning of 1994, the most by any NFL back in that span....
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"If it ain't broke, don't fix it," said disgruntled Eagles running back Ricky Watters last week after his reduced number of carries (19) in Philadelphia's Nov. 10 loss to Buffalo. Against the Redskins, Watters had 26 carries for 87 yards but also fumbled for the 17th time since the beginning of 1994, the most by any NFL back in that span....

The only team that has held opponents to fewer than 18 points in each of its last six games? The Tampa Bay Buccaneers....

Pittsburgh linebacker Chad Brown, who took over for All-Pro Greg Lloyd at the outside spot after Lloyd was injured in Week 1, has 10 sacks. Lloyd's single-season high for sacks was 10, in '94....

The Lions' Barry Sanders is 18 yards from becoming the first player in league history to rush for 1,000 in eight straight seasons. Thurman Thomas is 117 yards shy of reaching the same milestone. Sanders was Thomas's backup at Oklahoma State for one season....

Bengals cornerback Ashley Ambrose returned his league-leading eighth interception for a touchdown in Cincinnati's 31-17 loss at Buffalo. Cincy's 25 picks are tops in the NFL....

In their last two losses the hard-luck Oilers have been beaten on the game's final play from scrimmage; in their last three defeats the defense has allowed a total of three touchdowns. Houston has dropped 14 games in the past two years, but only three of those losses have been by more than a TD....

With the possible exception of second-year punter Todd Sauerbrun (46.7 yards a kick), the Bears will fail to send one of their players to the Pro Bowl for the third consecutive season....

Saints interim coach Rick Venturi, 0-3 since replacing Jim Mora, is 2-44-1 in stints with New Orleans, Indianapolis and Northwestern.

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