THE WEIRDNESS CONTINUES
If you've got this season figured, you're ahead of us. Take Sunday:
?The Bengals lost their second straight home game, 23-12 to the Colts, after having won 13 in a row at Riverfront Stadium. Cincinnati hasn't scored a touchdown in its last seven quarters. "We're like a baseball player in a slump," says wideout Tim McGee. "We have to keep swinging. It'll come." It better come soon. The Bengals have road games with the Raiders, Oilers, Bills and Browns in the next six weeks.
? Coach John Robinson's beloved running game has failed him in the Rams' last two games—a 23-20 defeat at Buffalo and a 40-21 loss at home to New Orleans on Sunday. L.A.'s runners gained 112 yards on 48 carries in the two losses. What's more, against the Saints, the normally sure-handed Henry Ellard dropped three balls, and Ram quarterbacks threw three interceptions. "We stunk the place out," Robinson said.
? Jim McMahon is having a lousy season in the clutch. The Chargers, who lost 20-13 to the Giants, could have won or tied their last three games on their final series, but McMahon couldn't get San Diego into the end zone. He has completed only nine of 26 passes in his three most recent fourth quarters.
Suffering wouldn't take the weekend off in the Bay Area. On the second play of the 49er-Patriots game—which had to be relocated to Stanford Stadium in Palo Alto because of the earthquake—Niner safety Jeff Fuller banged heads with New England running back John Stephens. Fuller fell to the grass, unconscious. The Niners' team doctor said Fuller suffered three compressed vertebrae and may never regain full use of his right arm. Later, San Francisco quarterback Joe Montana suffered a sprained left knee, linebacker Jim Fahnhorst departed with a possible fractured right foot, and running back Harry Sydney broke his left arm. "It's been one hell of a week around here," said cornerback Eric Wright. Still, the 49ers won 37-20.
CHRISTIAN IS A LION
New Chiefs quarterback Steve Pelluer needed only a couple of days to grasp coach Marty Schottenheimer's offense. Soon after being traded from Dallas to K.C. on Oct. 17, Pelluer was asked how much of the Chiefs' offense he knew. "I know about 80 percent of it," he said. "I hand the ball to Christian." Christian Okoye, who leads the AFC in rushing with 709 yards, ran for 170 on 33 carries in K.C.'s 36-28 win over the Cowboys.
STATS OF THE WEEK
? Houston's two teams—the collegiate Cougars and the NFL Oilers—won at the Astrodome last weekend by a combined score of 122-21.