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East

BILLS: DE Bruce Smith stopped the game against Denver in the first quarter to retrieve the ball after recording his 150th sack. Smith has 10 sacks this season and is the first player to have 10 or more sacks in 11 straight seasons. Steve Christie's 55-yard field goal in the loss was the second-longest of his career. He kicked a 59-yarder in 1993.

COLTS: They were in the playoffs the past two seasons, but a win may be the goal left for '97. "It would be too devastating if we went 0-16," WR Sean Dawkins said. They rank 30th in the league in scoring after losing to San Diego.

DOLPHINS: The last time the team had to reschedule a game was in the fall of 1992 against New England in the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew.

JETS: After starting the season 1-2, they have won four of their past five. The defense has surrendered the two top passing performances in the league this season: Oakland's Jeff George, 374 yards; and Miami's Dan Marino, 372 yards.

PATRIOTS: Six of their eight opponents after Monday night's game against Green Bay have winning records. They face four road games in five weeks.

Central

BENGALS: Before the media entered the locker room after the loss to the Giants, some players had to be separated after a shouting match. And coach Bruce Coslet drew a penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct during the game for objecting to a call and angrily cut off his news conference Monday after becoming increasingly argumentative with reporters. "Sitting up here, I'm getting (angry)," he said. "I think I'd better end this right now." Rookie DB Tremain Mack, 22, began serving a 30-day jail sentence after pleading no contest to a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol.

JAGUARS: They have lost the first two games of a three-game road trip caused by an agricultural fair that is tying up their stadium parking lots. They were 12-1 _ 8-0 past two seasons _ when leading at the half. They had three sacks in losing to Pittsburgh and have at least two in each game this season.

OILERS: Steve McNair increased his lead as the leading rusher among quarterbacks with a career-high 70 yards on six carries in the win over Arizona. He has 349 yards. McNair's longest TD pass (55 yards) and scoring run (35) were season highs. With 2,177 yards in his first 24 games, RB Eddie George moved ahead of Billy Cannon (2,111) and Gary Brown (2,115) for ninth on the team's all-time rushing list.

RAVENS: K Matt Stover, the NFL career leader in field-goal percentage, was 2-for-3 in the win over Washington, coming up short on a 49-yarder in the second quarter. WR Michael Jackson had three catches for 28 yards but went a fifth straight game without a TD.

STEELERS: Two officials scheduled to work the game _ back judge Jim Saracino and field judge Bill Schmitz _ were caught in the Denver blizzard and never made it to Pittsburgh. The NFL flew in two replacements at the last minute, field judge Bob Lawing and back judge Dick Creed. Jerome Bettis has 213 yards in his two starts against Jacksonville this season. The team is 8-0 in the Central at home since losing 27-9 to Cincinnati on Oct. 19, 1995. They are 12-2 with Pro Bowl safety Carnell Lake starting at cornerback.

West

BRONCOS: RB Terrell Davis passed 1,000 yards against Buffalo. QB John Elway had 147 total yards and is 3 short of 50,000 for his career. He will be the third player in history to reach 50,000, joining Marino and Fran Tarkenton.

CHARGERS: They had gone 24 games without a 100-yard rusher, and now RB Gary Brown has 100 yards twice in three games. He had 169 yards on 28 carries in the win over Indianapolis. He had 181 yards and one touchdown on a career-high 36 carries in a 25-10 win at Oakland on Oct. 5. Brown pushed his season total to 643 yards. He needs 1,000 to claim a $1-million bonus.

CHIEFS: Marcus Allen recorded his 2,950th rushing attempt in the win over St. Louis, moving past Franco Harris into third place on the all-time list. Allen also extended his league mark for rushing TDs by getting No. 117. The win was No. 300 in franchise history. LB Derrick Thomas recorded his 99th sack. Thomas needs one to become the 15th NFL player to reach 100 and only the second to do it in fewer than 10 seasons. The team has won five straight in domes.

RAIDERS: The 554 yards in losing to Seattle were not the most they have surrendered. They gave up 593 to San Diego on Nov. 10, 1985, in a game they lost 40-34 in OT. Cole Ford's 53-yard field goal was his career best. Tim Brown leads the AFC with 49 receptions. Jeff George surpassed 20,000 passing yards.

SEAHAWKS: QB Warren Moon had his first 400-yard passing day since Nov. 20, 1994. Moon passed for five TDs for the fourth time. He has 265 TD passes and 45,803 passing yards. He ranks fifth in TD passes (behind Marino, Tarkenton, Johnny Unitas and Joe Montana) and fourth in passing yardage (behind Marino, Tarkenton and Elway).

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