1. PURPLE POWER PLAY
You'd think Dennis Green's controversial book would distract the Vikings, but history says otherwise. Last year, after rumors surfaced that team owners were feeling out Lou Holtz about Green's job, Minnesota won four of five. On Sunday the Vikings won a huge game over the Bucs.
2. THE OLD BRAWLGAME
Former Bills quarterback Jim Kelly, now with NBC, recently called Colts quarterback Jim Harbaugh a baby on his Buffalo TV show. Harbaugh confronted Kelly in a San Diego hotel on the eve of the Colts-Chargers game on Sunday. A scuffle ensued, and Harbaugh cracked a bone in his throwing hand when he reportedly punched Kelly in the head. Harbaugh's out, without pay, until the hand heals. According to sources, both men have refused to apologize.
3. SNOW JOB
Broncos kicker Jason Elam, a Florida native who attended Hawaii, was stranded in a Colorado blizzard along 1-25 on Saturday. He used his cell phone to call authorities, was rescued, made the team charter to Buffalo and went from ice cold to red hot. Elam hit three of four field goals, including the overtime winner, to boost the Broncos.
Dallas hasn't missed the playoffs since 1990. But at 4-4 (including a damaging 1-4 in the division) and with November games at San Francisco and Green Bay looming, and with injuries racking the roster, let's face facts. "We're not a great team," cornerback Deion Sanders says. "We're just a pretty good team." Pretty good equals a wild-card game on the road. Maybe.
5. LIFE ON THE MOON
The graying of Seattle continued on Sunday, when the most senior of NFL citizens, 40-year-old Warren Moon, threw for 409 yards and five touchdowns against the Raiders. The Seahawks have won five of the seven games that Moon has started.