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Turnaround: Miami held Thurman Thomas to 33 yards in 11 carries. In the past three Bills-Dolphins games _ all Buffalo victories _ Thomas had rushed for 154, 165 and 135 yards.

Mr. Big Foot: Morten Andersen kicked field goals of 50 and 20 yards in the Saints' victory over the Lions. It was his 19th field goal of 50 yards or more, tying him with Kansas City's Nick Lowery for the all-time NFL lead from that distance.

Turnaround II: New Orleans entered Sunday's game with the lowest time-of-possession average (25:44) in the NFL. But the Saints controlled the clock against the Lions, holding the ball for 40:43 and winning 13-7.

To the point: Giants linebacker Steve DeOssie on why his team lost to the Raiders: "They came out in the second half and played. We came out and just sat."

Turnaround III: The Lions have been outscored 54-28 in the fourth quarter in their first five games. Detroit allowed just 54 fourth-quarter points all last season.

What's wrong with us? Seahawks running back John L. Williams questioned his teammates' effort in a loss to the previously winless Chargers. Williams: "The heart of so many guys is just not there. We've got guys on the team who have been in the league one, two or three years and are just going through the motions. I haven't been on a club like this before. It's tough. We're 1-4, and it's like we gave up on a 16-game season."

Well, we tried: The Lions tried to sign free-agent linebacker Pat Swilling in the off-season to shore up their pass rush. But New Orleans matched the offer and kept Swilling _ who had two sacks Sunday against Rodney Peete.

Facts and figures: With apologies to Barbie _ who said "Math class is tough" _ it's easy to have fun with numbers. The Chargers had no interceptions against the Seahawks after throwing 11 in their first four games. The Chargers also won for the first time. Interestingly, Seattle had won 14 of its past 16 games against San Diego. Minnesota's Chris Doleman sacked Chicago's Jim Harbaugh. It's the sixth game in a row in which Doleman has had a sack. The Raiders had only one turnover against the Giants; they committed 15 in their first four games. They lost their first four games; they beat the Giants. Anthony Carter has caught passes in 100 consecutive games for the Vikings. He is the eighth player in NFL history to have a 100-game streak. The Bears have been outscored 100-34 in the second halves of their past three games.

Brother act: The Sharpe brothers were, well, sharp Sunday. Green Bay's Sterling Sharpe caught nine passes for 107 yards and a touchdown in the Packers' loss to Atlanta. Younger brother Shannon Sharpe of Denver caught nine passes for 118 yards in the Broncos' victory over Kansas City.

Gee whiz: Hey, Bobby Ross! You just won your first game as an NFL coach as your Chargers downed the Seahawks. How does it feel? "It just makes us 1-4." Yeah, but you won despite scoring no points in the second half. That's got to make you feel good, huh?!?! "We've got to go back to work and get better." Gee, coach, don't get excited or anything.


Dallas (3-0) at Philadelphia (3-0), Chs. 10, 40; WFNS-910-AM: The Cowboys are off to their best start since they won seven in a row in 1983. Philadelphia is off to its best start since it won six consecutive games in 1981.

Dallas running back Emmitt Smith is the NFL's leading rusher with 341 yards. Smith will be going against the No. 1 defense in the league. No runner has gained 100 yards against the Eagles since Washington's Gerald Riggs had 221 on 29 carries on Sept. 17, 1989.

Philadelphia's Randall Cunningham is the league's leading passer, with a 74-percent completion average. He's thrown eight touchdown passes and no interceptions. In addition, he's 7-0 vs. the Cowboys. Dallas' Troy Aikman, meanwhile, will have to overcome his memory of being sacked 11 times in the first of two meetings with the Eagles last year. So far this season, Aikman has been sacked just twice, and he's fifth in the quarterback ratings with five touchdown passes in his past two games.

A good matchup will be Dallas receiver Michael Irvin against Eagles cornerback Eric Allen. Irvin, who's averaging 21.9 yards on 17 receptions, has four touchdown catches. Allen says his strategy against Irvin will be to get physical from the first play.

_ Compiled by Mike Huguenin