1. Gut Check
Here's how great the 49ers have it in the NFC West: On Sunday they sat Steve Young because of an abdominal pull, committed six turnovers and still beat the Panthers 25-23. Now they travel to 7-2 Atlanta. Take away a one-point Falcons win in 1995, and the Niners have won eight meetings between the two teams since 1994 by an average of almost 25 points. Time for the Falcons to prove they belong.
2. Enis's Plight
Lost for the season after tearing the ACL in his left knee during the Bears' 20-12 loss to the Rams, Chicago running back Curtis Enis might now regret his decision this summer to turn down a six-year deal with a $7.2 million signing bonus. Instead, Enis agreed to a three-year pact with $3.6 million up front because he wanted to be able to test free agency earlier. Now he'll be fortunate to be a starter in the third year of his contract.
3. Hardly a New Leaf
During the Chargers' bye week at the end of October, rookie quarterback Ryan Leaf returned to his college haunts at Washington State and, according to published reports, threw beer on two students, made obscene gestures and was thrown out of two bars and a convenience store. Leaf, who admits he and some old friends visited "places we used to frequent to have a good time," denies all the allegations of misbehavior. Leaf also looks immature on the football field—four completions in 15 attempts against the Broncos on Sunday—so it's no wonder that the Chargers are crying in their beer about their supposed franchise savior. "You've got to constantly work on him about being professional and having class," says coach June Jones.