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Veteran stars like Lott and running back Roger Craig, a former 49er who rushed for 44 yards Sunday, can make that kind of difference. They're supposed to. Which is why the 49ers are banking a chunk of their future on Harris.
Stats of the Week
?In 1940, Lion running back Whizzer White—the Supreme Court justice—was the NFL's leading ground gainer, with 514 yards. That's 10 fewer yards than Detroit's Barry Sanders had in September. Sanders picked up 160 on Sunday in a 31-3 victory over the Bucs.
?Dolphin quarterback Dan Marino has been sacked more times (13) in five games this year than he was in four of his previous eight seasons. He was dumped four times in a 41-23 loss to the Jets.
?Dominant Giants? Hardly. They've won only one game by a margin of 10 points or more since last Thanksgiving; they've been outscored by a total of six points in their last seven games; and in those seven games, kicker Matt Bahr has scored 62 of New York's 110 points.
?Cursed Jets? Surely. In their 23-20 loss to the Bills on Sept. 15, the Jets had the ball for 40:35, the second-highest time of possession for a losing team since the NFL started keeping the stat, in 1976. In their 19-13 overtime loss to the Bears on Sept. 23, the Jets blew two chances to win on killer mistakes by running back Blair Thomas and kicker Pat Leahy. Before he was stripped of the ball late in the fourth quarter, Thomas hadn't lost a fumble in 208 career rushes and receptions. Chicago recovered and scored to tie the game. Excluding blocked attempts, Leahy had made 79 straight field goals inside the 30 before missing one from 28 yards that would have beaten the Bears in overtime. The Jets didn't roll over and die, though. They dominated Miami on Sunday.