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AROUND THE NFC

BEARS: They were were shut out for the first time since Dec. 24, 1989, at San Francisco. Star receiver Marcus Robinson was a non-factor with two receptions for 25 yards. In two games, starting running back Curtis Enis has 31 yards on 15 carries. They have scored nine points in the past three meetings with the Bucs.

CARDINALS: They beat the Cowboys for the second straight time but only the fourth in their past 20 regular-season meetings. They scored on their opening drive for the first time since Dec. 27, 1998, against San Diego. The 32 points were their most against Dallas since a 38-0 win in 1970. Receiver David Boston had 102 yards on six catches, his second straight 100-yard game.

COWBOYS: Quarterback Randall Cunningham tied the team record of 14 straight completions, counting his last attempt the previous week. Steve Pelluer had 14 in a row against Seattle on Nov. 27, 1986.

EAGLES: They didn't produced a first down until midway through the second quarter. Wide receiver continues to be a major problem. Through two games, Charles Johnson has six receptions for 53 yards to lead the receiving corps. By comparison, running back Duce Staley has 11 receptions for 119 yards. Philadelphia, which led the NFL with 46 takeaways last season, didn't get any against the Giants.

FALCONS: Darrick Vaughn's 100-yard kickoff return tied a team record set by Dennis Pearson in 1978 and equaled by Deion Sanders in 1991. It was the second-longest return ever against the Broncos.

49ERS: They had their worst loss (38-22 to the Panthers) in a home opener since 1988. They had won seven straight home openers. Receiver J.J. Stokes caught a 17-yard touchdown from Rick Mirer midway through the fourth quarter, and fullback Fred Beasley scored his fourth touchdown of the season on a 2-yard rush with 1:44 left.

GIANTS: Coach Jim Fassel is 7-0 lifetime against Philadelphia. Players said they didn't drink any pickle juice, which the Eagles used in Week 1 to prevent cramping.

LIONS: Although they are 2-0, they have yet to score an offensive touchdown. In the opener, their two scores came on a punt return and an interception. Sunday marked the first time in kicker Jason Hanson's nine-year career he scored every point in a Detroit victory. The five field goals were one short of the team record he shares with Garo Yepremian.

PACKERS: Quarterback Brett Favre's two touchdowns gave him 238, moving him to 13th on the NFL career list, one ahead of Jim Kelly. Receiver Antonio Freeman's two touchdown receptions gave him 44 for his career, moving him one ahead of Billy Howton for fifth on the team's career list.

PANTHERS: Former 49ers running back William Floyd rushed for a 1-yard touchdown on the first drive against San Francisco. Receivers Donald Hayes and Muhsin Muhammed and tight end Wesley Walls combined for 19 receptions and 322 yards with three touchdowns. George Seifert improved to 3-0 against the 49ers since he became coach of Carolina last season. From 1989-1996, Seifert guided the 49ers to a 108-35 (.755) record and two Super Bowl titles. Defensive end Reggie White was credited with half a sack, improving his record total to 192{.

RAMS: They set an NFL record by scoring 30 points or more in their eighth consecutive regular-season game. In their past two games, quarterback Kurt Warner is 60-for-80 for 827 yards and four touchdowns, with four interceptions. Running back Marshall Faulk has 331 yards on 29 carries for 146 yards and 13 receptions for 185 yards.

REDSKINS: Quarterback Brad Johnson's four interceptions were a career high. His only three-pick game came last season against the Eagles. Cornerback Deion Sanders led the team with six tackles.

SAINTS: According to the New Orleans Times-Picayune, the team made history with its rally for a 28-27 victory over San Diego. To the best of anyone's recollection, the 10-play, 90-yard drive for the winning touchdown marked the first time in team history a victory has been secured that way. The team also snapped a 14-game road losing streak dating to Sept. 27, 1998.

VIKINGS: Receiver Cris Carter has 10,455 total yards in 11 seasons, breaking Darrin Nelson's team record of 10,365. Quarterback Daunte Culpepper's 26-yard run in the first quarter was the longest of his career. He had runs of 24 and 21 yards last week against Chicago.

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