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Published November 25, 2003

BENGALS: Cincinnati ran 85 plays to San Diego's 55 and dominated time of possession 38:18 to 21:42. ... Its season-high 33 first downs were two off the club record.

BILLS: Drew Bledsoe was 15-of-28 for 135 yards, the fourth straight game in which he has had 184 yards or less. ... The game-time temperature was 70 degrees, the warmest for a November game in Buffalo.

BRONCOS: The temperature was 18 degrees at kickoff, the second-coldest home game in team history. The coldest was against San Diego on Dec. 10, 1972, when the temperature at kickoff was 9 degrees. ... Clinton Portis' 11.79 per-carry average broke the team record of 11 set by David Rolle against Oakland on Oct. 12, 1960.

BROWNS: Kelly Holcomb completed his first three passes, giving him 16 straight in two games to tie the club record Bernie Kosar set in 1989.

CHARGERS: In the past three games, San Diego has allowed an average of 33 points and 454 yards. ... Marcellus Wiley, the $40-million defensive end, got his second sack of the season and forced a fumble on the play.

CHIEFS: The Raiders called a timeout as Morten Andersen prepared for his winning kick, playing right into his hands. "The timeout afforded me extra time to pick out a target in the stands," he said. "It helps me. I keep telling them that and they keep calling it."

COLTS: Peyton Manning has 3,105 yards passing, giving him 3,000-plus in each of his six seasons. That moved him into a tie with Len Dawson for third most in league history. ... Mike Vanderjagt hasn't missed in 30 field-goal attempts, tying Jeff Wilkins for the third-longest streak in league history.

DOLPHINS: Middle linebacker Zach Thomas has a concussion. Tackle Larry Chester aggravated an injury to his left quadriceps in the first quarter.

JAGUARS: Kevin Johnson played his first game with the team and had five catches for 77 yards. Johnson was released Nov. 11 after leading the Browns with 41 catches for 381 yards.

JETS: Defensive end John Abraham tweaked his strained right groin and did not play in the second half. ... Santana Moss caught a touchdown for the seventh consecutive game.

PATRIOTS: They improved to 62-41-1 against the AFC South, the only division in which they have all-time winning records against every team.

RAIDERS: Tim Brown had seven catches for 50 yards and needs only 44 receptions to pass Cris Carter into second on the league's career list.

RAVENS: Defensive end Anthony Weaver aggravated a shoulder series on the first series and did not return.

TITANS: Alge Crumpler's big block knocked cornerback Samari Rolle out with a concussion, but he returned.

[Last modified November 25, 2003, 02:06:38]


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