Greenbacks. Dennis Green had the last laugh on those who have questioned his personnel moves, such as starting quarterback Daunte Culpepper this year. Last week Vikings owner Red Mc-Combs gave Green a $3 million-a-year extension to continue as coach and vice president of football operations through 2004.
Buckling Under. Tampa Bay has lost its last two games, its defensive leader (tackle Warren Sapp) was suspended for the first quarter of Sunday's game for missing a meeting and its Mouth of the South wideout is getting edgy. "I won't become a Bert Emanuel, and I won't become an Alvin Harper," says Keyshawn Johnson, referring to two notable Tampa Bay free-agent flops.
Comeback Kid. In a 1999 preseason game against the Chargers, Rams quarterback Trent Green tore up his left knee. On Sunday against San Diego, he played in a real game for the first time since the injury and threw a 48-yard touchdown pass to Marshall Faulk. Faulk has kept all of his touchdown balls—except this one. "This belongs to you," he told Green, handing him the ball.