1. After the playoffs you will have seen the last of Deion Sanders as a Cowboy, Dan Marino as a Dolphin and Jerry Rice as a 49er.
2. Super Bowl XXXIV, Jan. 30: Rams 33, Colts 27. Best big game in years.
3. The Bears will be the breakout team of 2000. Chicago has a young quarterback and an imaginative offense in place, and its defense held II foes to 21 points or less in a 6-10 season. Now the Bears enter the off-season a league-high $25.9 million under the cap.
4. Barry Sanders will remain retired.
5. Seahawks honcho Mike Holmgren will let two players with All-Pro potential but too much dog in them—wideout Joey Galloway and defensive tackle Sam Adams—leave by way of free agency.
6. Tackle Jon Runyan will re-sign with the Titans for $6 million a year, landing the biggest deal for an offensive lineman in NFL history.
7. Five coveted free agents will be on the move: DE Simeon Rice ( Browns); DE Chuck Smith ( Redskins); QB Jeff Blake ( Ravens); Galloway (Bears); and TE Ken Dilger (Jets).
8. Ryan Leaf and Steve Young will be opening-day starters in San Diego and San Francisco, respectively.
9. The Browns and the Redskins will open the April 15 draft by taking Penn State players 1-2: defensive end Courtney Brown and linebacker LaVar Arrington.
10. Super Bowl XXXV, at Tampa, Jan. 28, 2001: Broncos 19, Bucs 13. Back to the future for Denver.