•Very quietly, Minnesota wideout Cris Carter is on pace for 96 catches this season.
GAME OF THE WEEK
Detroit versus Green Bay, in Milwaukee, Sunday. Against the Saints in the deafening Superdome last week, the Packers needed a fourth-down conversion to avoid falling to 4-5. However, Green Bay pulled out the game 19-17 with a final-minute drive, which was capped by the winning field goal from the league's most underrated kicker, Chris Jacke. The win gave the Pack a huge lift. "Once you start believing you can win, you do," said Green Bay offensive coordinator Sherm Lewis. A victory on Sunday would put the Packers within a game of the division-leading Lions.
While Blair Thomas languishes on the bench with a hamstring injury, Johnny Johnson has won the Jets' starting job at running back, clinching it with a 21-carry, 141-yard performance in New York's 31-17 win over Indianapolis. Johnson, a fourth-year veteran who was obtained from Phoenix in the off-season, is the sort of back who can grind down an opponent with 20 or 25 carries, and he was being misused early in the season, averaging 10 rushes in the Jets' first eight games. "I told people it was just a matter of time for Johnny," says Jet safety Lonnie Young, another former Cardinal. "He's a big-time player."
...In the face of the very real possibility that the Rams will leave Los Angeles, there were 31,935 empty seats at Anaheim Stadium for L.A.'s 13-0 loss to the Falcons....
Pity the poor Buc fans. Tampa Bay is shelling out $1,325 million a year for former Redskin cornerback Martin May-hew, and now, in successive home games, the Buc secondary has allowed Sterling Sharpe and Jerry Rice four-touchdown games....
The Chiefs' Marcus Allen returned to the scene of his prime, the Los Angeles Coliseum, for the first time since leaving the Raiders in the off-season. "The best thing," he said, "was getting off the bus and seeing all the people in silver and black cheering me." Allen rose to the occasion with a 17-carry, 85-yard rushing day that included a twisting 39-yard run. Allen now has 105 touchdowns, tied for the sixth-most ever with Don Hutson....
Minnesota tackle Tim Irwin has a clause in his contract that calls for him to receive a $1,000 bonus every time he blocks an extra point or a field goal. He blocked one of each in the Vikings' 26-23 win in Denver.
THE END ZONE
Cleveland loves Kosar so much that a day after he was waived by the Browns, Democrats in the suburb of Parma Heights approved a resolution supporting Kosar's entry in the 1994 Democratic primary for the U.S. Senate. Kosar is a Republican.
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