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East

CARDINALS: WR Rob Moore, who entered Sunday tied for third in the league with 48 catches, caught three for 82 yards in the win over the Eagles, a 27.3-yard average. Bernard Wilson had a 66-yard INT return for a TD, both career firsts. It was the first by an Arizona lineman in two seasons. They held Ricky Watters to 73 yards in 21 carries, the second straight game they have kept him from getting 100. They are the only East team Watters has not gained 100 yards against.

COWBOYS: They have lost four of their past five games to drop below .500 this late in the season for the first time since 1990, when they finished 7-9. San Francisco and Dallas entered the game ranked 1-2 in total defense. Coach Barry Switzer is 1-4 against the 49ers.

EAGLES: WR Irving Fryar had two catches to move within one of Gary Clark, who is ninth with 699 career receptions. Fryar has 48 this season and needs two to join Jerry Rice as the only players to catch 50 or more in eight consecutive seasons. DT Rhett Hall had a sack for the fifth consecutive game and has 7{ sacks this season. K Chris Boniol had his 52nd straight field goal from 35 yards or less undone by penalties. Forced to try from 37 yards, Boniol hit the left upright and missed for the seventh time in 18 attempts. Their 15 penalties tied for fourth-most in team history and tied a Cardinals record for infractions by an opponent.

GIANTS: They had a bye week but didn't get much time to relax. They were off Oct. 27 and 28, practiced the next three days, then had the weekend off. They have lost five of their past six coming off bye weeks. "It's the first time in years I've been eager to get back and get going," DE Michael Strahan said.

REDSKINS: DT Chris Zorich, cut by the Bears on Tuesday and signed Friday, entered Sunday's win over Chicago in the second quarter. He had one tackle. They entered the game yielding 161 rushing yards per game, last in the league. The Bears had 62.

Central

BEARS: WR Chris Penn sustained a concussion in the third quarter but is expected to play Sunday at Minnesota. The drama Early Edition shot part of an episode just before kickoff. Series stars Kyle Chandler and Fisher Stevens were in the scene. The show will air Nov. 22 on CBS. Officials would not comment on the ejection of WR Curtis Conway, who was tossed for making contact with an official and then slamming his helmet in disgust. Conway thought he was interfered with on a pass pattern in the end zone just before the half.

PACKERS: Their 20 consecutive regular-season victories tied the NFL record for second-longest home winning streak, which they also hold, having won 20 straight from 1929-32. Miami holds the record with 27 straight from 1971-74. Including playoffs, they have won 23 straight at Lambeau Field since losing to St. Louis on Sept. 3, 1995. The Rams visit Lambeau Field next week. Sunday's game was the 135th meeting between the Lions and Packers since 1934. The Packers lead 69-59-7. RB Dorsey Levens' 59 yards boosted his season rushing total to 755, 55 more than his career total during his first three seasons. QB Brett Favre, despite a turf toe injury that limited his mobility, started his 86th straight regular-season game, the longest current streak among quarterbacks.

LIONS: Jason Hanson kicked his 17th consecutive field goal, a 34-yarder with 12 seconds left in the second quarter. The ball hit the right goal post and ricocheted through. CB Corey Raymond was carried off the field with two minutes left with a sprained right foot. Herman Moore, the NFC's leading receiver, had nine catches but gained only 50 yards. They converted just 2 of 17 third-down plays, and the Packers were just 3-of-14.

VIKINGS: OT Korey Stringer sustained a lower-back injury in the win over the Patriots, but it was not serious. Scott Dill took over for Stringer. Dill shifted from right guard, where he had replaced David Dixon. They had no turnovers for the second straight game. They have gone 11 quarters without a turnover and have lost just three fumbles. They are 5-0 outside the Central.

West

PANTHERS: Sunday's win over Oakland improved their record to 5-4, the same mark they had last season through nine games. They have yet to defeat a team with a winning record. They improved to 2-1 against the AFC West. Reserve LB Percell Gaskins strained a calf muscle in warmups and did not play. They matched their franchise record with 28 first-half points. All five of their TDs came on rushing plays, ending QB Kerry Collins' string of eight games with at least one TD pass.

FALCONS: QB Chris Chandler had a streak of 82 consecutive passes without an interception until the Rams' Todd Lyght picked one off in the fourth quarter. They have had at least one sack in 21 straight games. They have 36 this season and are on pace to easily break the franchise record of 47. WR Bert Emanuel's two touchdown catches in the win equaled a career high for most in a game and also gave him six TDs on the season, equaling his career high. RB Jamal Anderson eclipsed his career high with 159 yards rushing, bettering his mark of 109.

RAMS: They lead the league with 13 interceptions. Isaac Bruce not only set a career high with 233 yards receiving, he totaled the most allowed by Atlanta in team history. The previous mark (226) was set by another St. Louis receiver, Eddie Kennison, last season. They scored more than 30 points for the first time since the season opener.

SAINTS: They have lost three straight, including back-to-back shutouts, by a combined score of 59-17. The shutouts _ against Carolina and San Francisco _ are the only two in the league this season.

49ERS: Coach Steve Mariucci said he was giving his players some well-deserved rest with an extra day off this week. The players, off Monday and today, begin preparation Wednesday for Monday night's game at Philadelphia. "It will be good to step back and freshen up emotionally because we've been through some tough games," Mariucci said. They are the only team in the league that has not allowed a rushing touchdown.

_ TIMES WIRES

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