1. Peyton Arrives
In the same week that fellow rookie Ryan Leaf lost his starting job in San Diego, Colts quarterback Peyton Manning enjoyed his finest hour in a 24-23 win over the Jets. Down 23-10 and facing a hot defense, Manning rallied Indianapolis with touchdown marches of 49 and 80 yards in the final 25 minutes. The highlights of the winning drive: converting a fourth-and-15 pass to Marshall Faulk, then throwing the go-ahead score to tight end Marcus Pollard.
2. Carroll's Perils
The Patriots are 5-5, eight starters are hurt, quarterback Drew Bledsoe is slumping, and on Sunday they lost to Doug Flutie and the Bills. It was the Pats' fourth loss in their last five games. Things don't look too good down the road either. Five of New England's final six foes (Bills, Dolphins, Steelers, 49ers and Jets) have winning records. More Sundays such as the one he endured in Buffalo, and coach Pete Carroll will be a serious candidate for the firing line.
3. The Pack's Back?
Baseball needed McGwire and Sosa. Paula Jones needed a nose job. After serious injuries to Dorsey Levens and Travis Jervey, Green Bay needed a running back. On Sunday at the Meadowlands, Darick Holmes looked like Paul Hornung. Coming off the bench midway through the first quarter, Holmes, acquired in a Sept. 29 trade with the Bills, carried 27 times for 111 yards and a touchdown against the Giants. No accident that the Packers won 37-3.