Speaking of the disappointing Oilers, who are now 1-3, Bum Phillips appears to be the overwhelming choice of fans on Houston talk shows to return to the team he coached from 1975 to '80 if owner Bud Adams dismisses Jack Pardee. But those close to the club think that Adams will promote defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan instead of bringing someone in from the outside. "It's something I'm going to have to think about," Adams said after the Ram loss. "I would think they [the coaches] would realize their jobs are on the line."...
The Vikings are 2-1 after beating Green Bay 15-13—remarkable, considering that they have led for just 15 minutes and eight seconds of the 180 minutes they've played this year.
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With sports collectors flooding the lobbies of NFL road hotels, some players are registering under pseudonyms known only to family and friends. Oiler quarterback Warren Moon tends toward the punny. During Week 1 in New Orleans, he checked in as Bill Fold. During Week 3 in San Diego, he registered as Vic Tory.