DO YOU THINK BOOMER'S LICKING HIS CHOPS?
Jerry Glanville's reputation for coaching a bruising defense is taking a beating. No team in NFL history has given up as many passing yards in the first six games of a season as the Falcons have in 1990. On Sunday, Atlanta yielded 302 yards to Ram quarterback Jim Everett (24 completions in 38 attempts, three touchdowns, no interceptions) in a 44-24 loss. Next up: Boomer Esiason and the Bengals on Sunday night. Here's how the Falcons' pass defense compares with the alltime worst after six games.'
MAKE HIM SLEEP WITH THE RULE BOOK, CHUCK
Subbing for the winded Rod Woodson as a deep back on the Steelers' kick-return team, rookie Barry Foster jogged away from a kickoff in the third quarter of the Steelers' game with the 49ers, thinking the possession rules were the same as those on punts. He figured that the ball would carry into the end zone and Pittsburgh would take over on the 20. But a kickoff is a free ball, and when it rolled to the five, the Niners pounced on it. San Francisco, leading only 13-7 at the time, scored three plays later and went on to win 27-7. "I blanked out," Foster said. "I just made a rookie mistake."
AND IN THE BATTLE OF 56's...
How linebackers wearing number 56—Ken Harvey and Lawrence Taylor—fared in the Giants' 20-19 victory over the Cardinals:
A PLUS B DOES NOT EQUAL C
The Giants have beaten the Redskins in five of their last five meetings. The Redskins have beaten the Eagles in four of their last five meetings. The Eagles have beaten the Giants in four of their last five meetings.
LAUGHTER IS THE BEST MEDICINE
Seahawk kicker Norm Johnson, who entered the season with a lifetime field goal percentage of .705, was verbally flogged by Seattle fans for missing five field goals in the first six games. On the eve of Sunday's game against Kansas City, a local TV comedy show, Almost Live, put together a skit with a Johnson look-alike playing a used-car salesman. The look-alike would try to kick the tires on the used cars, and he would miss. But Johnson had the last laugh when he booted field goals of 39, 27, 39 and 43 yards in Seattle's 19-7 upset of the Chiefs.
GET A JOB, AUNDRAY
It took linebacker Robert Lyles, whom the Falcons acquired on waivers from the Oilers for $100, two days of practice last week to win the starting left outside linebacker job from Aundray Bruce, the first pick in the 1988 draft.
STATS OF THE WEEK
? Bo Jackson hits the ground running. In his four midseason premieres for the Raiders, he has averaged 4.7 yards a carry (245 yards on 52 carries). In his most recent, L.A.'s 24-9 victory over the Chargers on Sunday, he ran 12 times for 53 yards and two touchdowns.
?The Eagles' 13-7 loss to the Redskins marked the first game since Dec. 1,1985, in which Philadelphia did not force a turnover.
?All nine two-game season series that have been completed this year have been sweeps.