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September 27, 1999
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September 27, 1999

The Nfl

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How good is Tampa Bay's defense? Linemen Tyoka Jackson and Regan Upshaw and linebacker Jeff Gooch, who started a combined 44 games in '98 for the league's second-ranked unit, were inactive for Sunday's game against the Eagles. Yet the Bucs' defense did not give up a touchdown for the second week in a row, and Tampa Bay cruised to a 19-5 win....

The Chargers, who committed a league-high 51 turnovers last season, didn't have any against the Bengals, and they forced five en route to a 34-7 win....

NFL owners will make a serious mistake if they try to gouge the prospective buyer of an expansion franchise in Houston. Should the league demand more than $620 million from front-runner Bob McNair—that's $90 million more than Al Lerner paid for the Browns—he would probably try to buy and relocate an existing franchise instead, perhaps a stadium-needy team such as the Vikings. The NFL's expansion committee could recommend a city when it meets on Oct. 6, and McNair might start shopping around if Houston doesn't get the nod.

The End Zone
Sign Language
Tammy Reid, the wife of Eagles coach Andy Reid, and Jeannie Pederson, the wife of the team's starting quarterback, Doug Pederson, are good friends. Doug's early struggles on the field inspired the following sign for the Eagles' game against the Bucs at Veterans Stadium: MRS. REID AND MRS. PEDERSON: NEXT TIME YOU GO SHOPPING TOGETHER, GET A QUARTERBACK.

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