1. Boy, George! Let's see if we've got this right: In a league desperate for quarterbacks the man with the best gun and one of the worst reputations on the free-agent market, Jeff George, went begging for a job last spring, finally accepting a one-year, $400,000 contract to be a backup with the Vikings. After his four-touchdown, 363-yard dissection of the Chargers on Sunday, George is 5-0 as a starter and is the league's second-rated quarterback.
2. Under the Gun Dan Marino simply got tired—at least that's what the Dolphins hope. Coming off a neck injury, Marino hadn't played in 39 days, so the inactivity probably explains why he looked so over-the-hill in a 20-0, five-interception loss to the Cowboys on Thanksgiving. He'll start in the pivotal AFC East match with the Colts on Sunday, but Jimmy Johnson will have him on a short leash.
3. What Rivalry? The Jets and the Giants meet on Sunday for only the ninth time since the AFL-NFL merger. (The series is tied 4-4.) The Big Apple isn't exactly abuzz. "It's a newspaper rivalry," says former Jets and Giants punter Dave Jennings. "How can it be a real rivalry for the fans if the teams only play once every three years?" The NFL is looking at giving regional rivalries a boost when the schedule is revamped in 2002 to accommodate the expansion Houston franchise. The most popular proposal: Each team would play six division games, eight outside the division and two against regional rivals.