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The Buzz
Peter King
September 21, 1998
1. Injury Epidemic.Two weeks into the season and already 10 starting quarterbacks, including three of the game's best passers (Troy Aikman, John Elway, Brad Johnson); one of the best guards, the Chiefs' Dave Szott; both Jaguars starting defensive ends, Tony Brackens and Jeff Lageman; and both Eagles first-string corners, Bobby Taylor and Troy Vincent, have been sidelined by injuries. It makes you wonder how big a toll the wear and tear of the lengthy preseason takes on players.
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September 21, 1998

The Buzz

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1. Injury Epidemic.
Two weeks into the season and already 10 starting quarterbacks, including three of the game's best passers ( Troy Aikman, John Elway, Brad Johnson); one of the best guards, the Chiefs' Dave Szott; both Jaguars starting defensive ends, Tony Brackens and Jeff Lageman; and both Eagles first-string corners, Bobby Taylor and Troy Vincent, have been sidelined by injuries. It makes you wonder how big a toll the wear and tear of the lengthy preseason takes on players.

2. Mitchell Watch.
After forging a 28-28 tie with the Bengals on Sunday, the Lions had two more chances to win. Scott Mitchell to the rescue! Interception, interception. Cincinnati won on the fourth play of overtime when cornerback Corey Sawyer returned the second pick 53 yards for a touchdown. It's only a matter of time before Mitchell, the man Detroit fans love to hate, is benched for rookie Charlie Batch.

3. Commitment to Chaos.
The Raiders were flagged for 16 penalties in their home opener, a 20-17 win over the Giants in front of 22,718 empty seats. After two weeks Oakland has been called for 31 infractions, 10 more than any other team in the league.

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