Chiefs at Browns. Kansas City coach Marty Schottenheimer, who resigned as Cleveland's coach last December after a dispute with owner Art Modell, returns to the Dawg Pound for his first game since then. The change has been good for both teams. The Browns are 7-3 and have a more innovative defense under new coach Bud Carson, and though Schottenheimer's Chiefs are only 4-6, they are much improved over last year; Kansas City ranks fourth in the league in rushing offense and second in total defense.
Dolphins at Cowboys. Rumor has it that Soap Opera Digest will cover this one. Count the plot lines. 1) When first-year coach Jimmy Johnson left the University of Miami for Dallas, he hoped that one of his Hurricane assistant coaches, Gary Stevens, would succeed him, but the university shunned Stevens, who was then hired by Dolphin coach Don Shula to be his quarterback coach. 2) David Shula, Don's son and the Dolphins' previous quarterback coach, left Dad to become offensive coordinator in Dallas, where he's coaching former Hurricane quarterback Steve Walsh, who was coached by Stevens in college. 3) Last January Dave Wannstedt gave up his job as the Hurricanes' defensive coordinator to become the Dolphins' linebacker coach, but when Johnson got the Cowboy job a month later, Johnson lured Wannstedt from the Dolphins to Dallas by offering him the position of defensive coordinator. 4) "And," says Johnson, who spent five years in Miami, "I had a tremendous relationship with Don Shula. I've seen the Dolphins practice more than any team in pro football except our own."