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SI: Dan Henning, the Detroit Lion offensive coordinator, says that the defenses are ahead of the offenses now, more than at any time that he can remember. And Jim, the Bills haven't been nearly as explosive as in the past.
KELLY: It's six weeks into the season. Geez, give us a chance. We've been in position to make big plays, and we've been moving the ball O.K. We just haven't been executing at the important times.
LOTT: I agree with Jim. It's early, and the offenses aren't as sharp as the defenses yet. I don't think this whole field goal thing is a trend yet. Give it time and this will be like any other season.
KELLY: Nick, let me ask you a question. I had to do some research for my TV show this week, and isn't it true that the number of kicks attempted is about the same, and it's just that the percentage is higher?
LOWERY: Well, attempts are up 14 percent. But you're right. The percentage that are successful is also up.
SI: Actually, kickers have made about 80 percent of their field goals through six weeks. Last year they made about 72. So the success rate is also up about eight percent. Why, Nick?
LOWERY: Well, we're the best athletes in the game, and we also work the hardest.
IRVIN: Nick, you're way off your rocker! You come in, go to a 45-minute meeting, kick the ball around a little bit and then do absolutely nothing. It's the easiest job in the world. Face it.
SI: Michael, come on. The pressure....
IRVIN: Well, there's that one moment when it's the last play of the game, and it's all on your shoulders. You miss it, and you pack your bags. It's like I told Eddie Murray when we just signed him: "Hey, fella, this is the NFC East. It's pretty tough to get across that goal line. Don't miss." When it comes down to that last play, I do agree that's a lot to put on a man.