GAME OF THE WEEK
San Francisco at New Orleans, Sunday. We've all thought of the Saints as a running team during the Jim Mora years, but in Mora's seven seasons as coach, they have rushed for less than four yards a carry. Now the Saints are 3-0 after Sunday's 14-3 win over the Lions, and their backs, led by rookie Derek Brown, are gaining 5.6 yards per carry. Brown stepped into the breach when injuries finished Vaughn Dunbar and Lorenzo Neal for the year.
Forty-niner quarterback Steve Young finally admitted after Sunday's 37-30 win over Atlanta that the fractured tip of his left (throwing) thumb is bothering him. "My receivers are just going to have to bear with me," he said. "I'm not as accurate. I don't have the feel, especially on the medium passes." Young injured the thumb on Aug. 8 and missed the rest of the preseason. He has now thrown seven interceptions, equaling his total for all of '92....
In each of the last two weeks, Giant running back Rodney Hampton has carried the ball more than in any game in his 10 years as a high school, college and pro running back. In Week 2 he had 29 carries for 134 yards against Tampa Bay; in Week 3, 41 carries for 134 yards in a 20-10 win over the Rams.
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Atlanta coach Jerry Glanville, on 335-pound (or so) rookie guard Lincoln Kennedy: "He can be a great player in this league for a long time if he learns two words: I'm full."