•By leading the Buccaneers to a 27-10 win over the Lions on Sunday at Tampa Bay, Craig Erickson became the first Tampa Bay starting quarterback other than Vinny Testaverde to win a game since 1987.
•The leading Raider receivers in Sunday's 24-9 loss to the Chiefs were a Rocket (Ismail, four catches for 75 yards) and a Jett (James, three catches for 74 yards).
•It's no contest: The worst division in football is the NFC Central. On Sunday last year's champ (Minnesota), this year's favorite (Green Bay) and this year's current first-place team (Detroit) lost by 19, 22 and 17 points, respectively.
In a 31-14 upset of San Diego, Seahawk quarterback Rick Mirer threw 40 passes. more than he has in any game since high school. He also ran for a TD. "He's a righthanded Steve Young," says Charger cornerback Donald Frank....
Worried about the future of NFL quarterbacking? Here's another reason to be: The Chiefs, led by 37-year-old Joe Montana, have faced starters Steve DeBerg (39), Warren Moon (36), John Elway (33) and Vince Evans (38) in their four games thus far.
GAME OF THE WEEK
Miami at Cleveland, Sunday. Cleveland is full of memories for Dolphin coach Don Shula. He grew up in suburban Painesville and stayed home to become a star defensive back at John Carroll University. A ninth-round pick by the defending NFL champion Browns in 1951, Shula was the only rookie to make the team. Now, closing in on George Halas's career record for coaching victories, Shula returns to Cleveland Stadium, where he began his career. "I love going back there," Shula says. "To me it symbolizes real football."
THE END ZONE
Detroit linebacker Chris Spielman's all-time favorite movie is Rocky, and his devotion to it has led to a little difference of opinion with his wife, Stefanie. The Spielmans are expecting their first child in March, and Chris wants to name the child Rocky Apollo if it's a boy and Adrian if its a girl. Stefanie is not wild about either one. "We're still negotiating," says Chris, "but let's just say it's not going well for me." And if he loses? "Well, boy or girl, this kid will still bench-press more than any kid on the block."
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