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SUNDAY'S NOTEBOOK

Okay, it's over, you won: At the end of Seattle's 27-0 loss to Dallas, the Seahawks were running out the clock instead of passing. Seahawks coach Tom Flores: "We just wanted to get out of town. This one was over."

Are you guys in this league? Philadelphia and Kansas City played for only the second time Sunday. No teams have met fewer times.

Coming from nowhere: Kansas City wide receiver Willie Davis has had superb games the past two weeks. In last week's loss to Denver, Davis had five catches for 127 yards and a touchdown. In Sunday's victory over Philadelphia, Davis had five catches for 167 yards and a touchdown. So who is this guy? Davis, who turned 25 Saturday, was signed as a free agent after playing well for the Orlando Thunder in the World League. Davis was on the Chiefs' practice squad for 15 weeks last season and for the majority of the '90 season. His main claim to fame before the past two weeks was that he attended Central Arkansas, an NAIA school in Conway, Ark., that also produced Scottie Pippen.

Can we play them again next week? Indianapolis quarterback Jeff George is 8-22 in his short NFL career. But he's 4-1 against the Jets after Sunday's 6-3 victory. George will get his next chance at the Jets on Dec. 13.

A good account, but who's counting? Patriots quarterback Hugh Millen, after the Pats led the 49ers in the fourth quarter but eventually lost 24-12: "We made a better account of ourselves, but nobody walks into the door at 10 o'clock (Sunday) morning and says, "Boy, I hope we make a good account of ourselves.' At this point, we're still winless."

Well, we changed our minds: The "tomahawk chop" was back at Kansas City's Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs had said before the start of the season that they would discourage the chop, bowing to the protests of some Indian groups. But the Chiefs took out a full-page ad in the Kansas City Star on Saturday to say they were bringing back the chop in response to demands from fans and players. Kansas City officials said in the ad that the chop was not meant to be insulting; instead, it was a way for the fans to express their support for the team.

Run to glory: The Raiders' Eric Dickerson rushed for 52 yards on 16 carries, leaving him with 12,720 yards in his career _ 19 behind Tony Dorsett, the NFL's No. 2 career rusher. The Jets' Freeman McNeil rushed for 7 yards, becoming the 15th player in NFL history to rush for more than 8,000 yards.

The jersey factor: Falcons cornerback Bobby Butler said the 87-degree heat bothered the team in its loss in Miami. Butler said the Falcons' jerseys may have played a role: "We had on the hot black jerseys, and they were wearing their cool white jerseys and aqua pants."

TONIGHT'S GAME

Denver (4-1) at Washington (2-2), 9 p.m., Chs. 10, 40; WFNS-910 AM: The last time Denver was at RFK Stadium, it won 14-10 in 1989 despite the absence of John Elway, who was sidelined with a virus. The last time Denver played Washington with Elway, the Redskins won Super Bowl XXII 42-10.

Washington is coming off a loss to Phoenix in which the Redskins collapsed in the fourth quarter. Denver, meanwhile, is coming off a victory over Kansas City in which Elway led the Broncos to two touchdowns in the final two minutes.

Redskins quarterback Mark Rypien had two interceptions returned for touchdowns in the fourth quarter last week and expects to be greeted by boos from the home folks. But he says his confidence remains unshaken: "It's time to go out now and have fun and let things fall where they'll be. It's not going to do any good to sit here and worry about it."

The Broncos have given up more points (75) than they have scored (70) and have allowed 20 sacks. The Broncos rank 26th in the NFL in sacks allowed; only the Patriots and the Packers have allowed more.

Washington wide receiver Art Monk enters with 813 receptions, seven short of Steve Largent's all-time mark.

_ Compiled by Mike Huguenin

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