1. Straight from the Lion's Mouth
The agents for Barry Sanders naively push for the Lions to release or trade the reclusive running back. "I've talked to Barry several times since he retired," says team security director and family friend Allen Hughes. "He told me he's through. He said, 'I'm tired. I played football for a long time, and the records mean nothing to me.' This is the agents talking, not Barry." It sure would be nice to hear that from Barry.
2. Deadskins No More
With coach Norv Turner hanging by a thread, and new owner Daniel Snyder scratching the itchiest trigger finger of any boss south of Steinbrenner, the Redskins hang a 50-spot on one of the league's best defenses. After the 50-21 thrashing of the Giants, Washington leads all NFL offenses, with 899 yards and 85 points in two games. Quarterback Brad Johnson's intergalactic 125.9 passer rating is tops also.
3. Best Behavior
The Chiefs drop the two-time Super Bowl-champion Broncos to 0-2 with a 26-10 defeat, and Kansas City linebacker Derrick Thomas shines. Thomas, suspended one game for his deplorable antics during last year's meeting between the two teams at Arrowhead Stadium, finishes with eight tackles, a sack, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. Afterward he presents a game ball to new coach Gunther Cunningham. "This was special for me," says Thomas, "because it was Gunther's first win."