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December 02, 2002

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High Priest
K.C.'s Holmes at The Top Again

The Chiefs' Priest Holmes raised eyebrows in 2001 when he won the league rushing title with a 1,555-yard season. Now he is really shocking people by closing in on a second crown. With five games left, Holmes has a 111-yard lead over the Chargers' LaDainian Tomlinson. More impressive, since the start of the 2001 season, the 5'9", 213-pound Holmes is the only back in the league to have averaged at least 100 yards rushing per game. During a 39-32 loss to the Seahawks on Sunday, he ran for 197 yards and two touchdowns. He added seven catches for 110 yards and another touchdown, giving him 20 TDs for the year. No wonder he's being mentioned in the same breath as the best multipurpose back in the game, the Rams' Marshall Faulk, who holds the NFL single-season record for touchdowns, with 26 in 2000.

"I'm not old enough to say where Holmes ranks among the alltime greats, but I know where he ranks now," Seattle cornerback Ken Lucas said after Sunday's game. "He has to be Number 1 or Number 2. We played the Priest Holmes Chiefs today. This is his team."

Colts Could Be Sitting Pretty

The team that might be in the best shape to get home field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs? How about the Colts, who have won in Philadelphia and snowy Denver during a winning streak that has stretched to three games? One of five teams with a conference-best 7-4 record, Indianapolis plays three of its last five at home, including season-ending games against the Giants and Jaguars. The Colts' challenge could be the two-game road trip they face against the Titans and the Browns, starting on Dec. 8....

Cowboys quarterback Chad Hutchinson, who spent four years as a pitcher in the Cardinals' organization, started for only the fourth time in his career on Sunday and paid his first dividend in a 21-19 win over Jacksonville. He threw for 301 yards and two touchdowns. " Roger Staubach told me Chad reminds him of himself when he came back to football from the Navy after his long layoff," coach Dave Campo says. "What you don't see yet is a pocket presence, but he's tough, smart, competitive and a workaholic."...

He has said nothing publicly, but Raiders wideout Jerry Rice has decided to return next year for his 19th season, during which he'll turn 41. In so doing he will set the bar so high for career catches that no player even in this pass-happy era will have the remotest chance of equaling him. Rice is 63 receptions from 1,500, and no one else has 1.100.

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