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Peter King
November 01, 1993
RUST BELT REVELRY
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November 01, 1993

The Nfl

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?The Raiders are on pace for a 1,458-yard penalty season, which would break the NFL's single-season record, held by the '69 Raiders, by 184 yards.

?At 32, Detroit's Mel Gray became the oldest player to return a kickoff for a TD—he ran one back against Seattle on Oct. 17—since Johnny (Blood) McNally did it at 33 for the old Pittsburgh Pirates in 1937.

?Bear running back Tim Worley could become the first player to play in 17 regular-season games in one year. Worley played in all six Steeler games before being traded to Chicago last week. Because the Bears have had both of their bye weeks, they still have 11 games left.

GAME OF THE WEEK
Washington at Buffalo, Monday. Twenty-one months ago, when the Redskins routed the Bills 37-24 in Super Bowl XXVI, Washington, coached by Joe Gibbs, got its touchdowns from Earnest Byner, Gerald Riggs and Gary Clark. The Skins are now 1-5; Gibbs, Riggs and Clark are gone; Byner has gained nine yards rushing; Super Bowl MVP Mark Rypien is hurting; and stalwart left tackle Jim Lachey is out for the year with a knee injury. Buffalo is 5-1, Marv Levy still coaches, Jim Kelly still throws the ball, Thurman Thomas still runs it, and Andre Reed and Don Beebe still catch it.

THE END ZONE
The paternity watch: Kelly Proehl, the wife of Phoenix wideout Ricky Proehl, is due to deliver a daughter this Sunday, when the Cardinals play host to New Orleans. But, says Kelly, "we've just decided if there's a block of time when he can't be there, he can't be there."

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