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East

BILLS: They snapped a two-game losing streak against Miami on Sunday and avoided losing back-to-back home games for the first time since 1994. They played without three defensive starters, inside linebackers Chris Spielman and Damien Covington and free safety Kurt Schulz. They played most of the game with four down lineman, starting Sean Moran instead of another linebacker. John Holecek played middle linebacker in his first career start. Spielman is out for the season with a neck injury, and Covington is out for six weeks with a knee injury.

COLTS: In their loss to the Bucs, they had to move their linebackers, with starter Stephen Grant inactive for the fifth consecutive game with a neck nerve injury and leading tackler Quentin Coryatt unable to play because of a bruised left Achilles' tendon sustained last week. Elijah Alexander moved to the middle in place of Grant, and Steve Morrison and Bert Berry played outside linebacker. Their defense was further weakened when DT Ellis Johnson, the former UF star out of Wildwood, bruised a knee in the first quarter and could not return. Former FSU standout Zack Crockett had a career-high 14 carries and matched his regular-season career-high of 81 yards rushing.

DOLPHINS: They have not won three straight over Buffalo since 1984 to 1986 when they had a six-game winning streak. They scored a point in their 157th straight game, the second-longest streak in the league. The last time they were shut out was 1987 by the Bills.

JETS: Their victory against Baltimore gave them two straight home wins for the first time since they won three straight in 1994. Before beating Oakland on Sept. 21, they lost 13 straight at Giants Stadium. They are in first place for the first time since Week 12 of 1986. Leon Johnson's 60-yard punt return the first time they got the ball was the longest since Terance Mathis went 98 yards for a touchdown _ and tied a league record _ on Nov. 4, 1990.

PATRIOTS: RB Curtis Martin had his third 100-yard game of the season, finishing with 104 yards on 21 carries. But he had just 24 yards through three quarters against Minnesota. The Vikings entered the game with the NFL's 17th-rated run defense. They lost OT Zefross Moss in the second quarter with a lower back strain. QB Drew Bledsoe's two TD passes gives him 100. He has 20 this season and at least two in eight of nine games.

Central

BENGALS: RB Ki-Jana Carter, already hampered by a torn rotator cuff, sprained his left ankle against San Diego. He carried 9 times for 25 yards before sustaining the injury in the second half. Rookie Corey Dillon, hobbled by a sore knee, took over and rushed for 123 yards in 19 attempts. Dillon is the second Bengal to rush for 100 yards this season and the first rookie since Ickey Woods in 1988. OT Willie Anderson pulled a hamstring on the first play of the second half and RB Brian Milne sustained a mild concussion.

JAGUARS: Keenan McCardell's first-period catch gave him 37 consecutive games with a reception, 25 with Jacksonville. They got their second defensive TD when Chris Hudson picked up an Eddie George fumble and ran 32 yards. Clyde Simmons got his 106th career sack when he tackled QB Steve McNair in the second quarter. Simmons moved to 11th in the NFL in career sacks, seventh among active players. They had one sack against the Oilers. In every other game this season, they had at least two sacks.

OILERS: Darryll Lewis' 47-yard interception return for a TD in the first quarter gave him 21 career INTs and moved him into the franchise's top 10 for interceptions. The loss ended a three-game winning streak and gave Jacksonville a victory after two straight losses.

RAVENS: Coming off a career-high 176 yards rushing last week, RB Bam Morris gained 130 yards on 31 rushes. His 25-yard run in the first half was his longest this season. LB Ray Lewis, who led the team with 106 tackles entering the game, had 14 more. WR Jermaine Lewis left with a sprained ankle in the second half.

STEELERS: Heading into Monday night's game, they were 7-0 at Kansas City's Arrowhead Stadium in regular-season games. Their only loss there was a wild-card playoff game in 1993. Injuries on defense have forced them to move Carnell Lake from his natural safety position to cornerback. Coach Bill Cowher made the same move in the 1995 Super Bowl season. They are 12-2 in games with Lake at cornerback.

West

BRONCOS: With 101 yards rushing, RB Terrell Davis matched the team record he shares with Otis Armstrong of seven 100-yard games in a season. He needed 13 games to reach the mark last year and has seven games left this season. Davis, who entered the game as the league's leading rusher, has 1,169 yards and is on pace for 2,078. QB John Elway has an 18-9 record and 38 TD passes against Seattle _ the best against any West opponent.

CHARGERS: Bobby Houston strained his right calf in the second quarter against Cincinnati and did not return, hampering the team's injury-depleted linebacking corps. QB Stan Humphries also sustained a concussion in the first quarter of a loss to Kansas City two weeks ago. He played last week and led them to a win over Indianapolis. The low-power offenses combined for 21 punts _ 11 by Cincinnati, 10 by San Diego.

CHIEFS: They have Derrick Thomas back at full strength and have added Wayne Simmons to an already strong group of linebackers. The secondary has helped them lead the league with 12 INTs going into Monday night. TE Ted Popson has 44 catches, more than the team got from that position last season.

RAIDERS: They have lost three straight and four of five on the road, where they play two of their next three. They came in with 15 plays this season of 40 or more yards but had just one against Carolina, a 41-yard pass from Jeff George to Tim Brown.

SEAHAWKS: QB Warren Moon completed 28 passes to move past Fran Tarkenton into third place in NFL history with 3,708. He trails only Dan Marino and Elway. It was the first of three straight road games, a franchise first. They had won five of their past six games since losing to Denver 35-14 in Week 2.

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