Oilers at Bengals. The Bengals hate the Oilers. They think coach Jerry Glanville's boys are a dirty, fight-starting bunch. Last year, in the Oilers' 41-6 rout of the Bengals at the Astrodome, Houston defensive back Cris Dishman stood over fallen Cincinnati quarterback Boomer Esiason and screamed, "You're in the House of Pain now, Boomer! It's all over!" To which Esiason replied: "Hey, Dishman, why don't you go cover Eddie Brown one-on-one so we can get back in this game real quick?"
Bills at 49ers. The deal that took O.J. Simpson from Buffalo to San Francisco in 1978 may have been the last bad move made by the 49er franchise, which surrendered five picks for an aging back who lasted only two seasons. But the trade was a boon to Buffalo. One of the draft picks the Bills received was converted into linebacker Tom Cousineau, who was traded to Cleveland in '82 for three more picks. One of those, a No. 1 in '83, yielded quarterback Jim Kelly.
Vikings at Browns. Imagine Herschel Walker (left) wearing the other team's uniform. The Browns, who love to run the big back, lost Kevin Mack for 12 weeks this season after he had knee surgery and was imprisoned for cocaine use. So they entered the Herschel stakes in October, offering the Cowboys six high draft picks and linebacker Clifford Charlton for Walker. The Vikes outbid them. Now, on the tundra of northeast Ohio, the man who would have been a Brown will try to push Minnesota into the playoffs and knock his former suitors out.