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Around the NFC

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© St. Petersburg Times, published October 10, 2000


BEARS: Team officials said Soldier Field will be resodded before Sunday night's game against the Vikings. There were large clumps and divots around the 20-yard lines, the result of soccer games and water getting onto the field through a tear in the tarp.

CARDINALS: A botched extra point was their first since Kevin Butler missed one Oct. 12, 1997. ... Their offense has not scored a first-quarter touchdown in 22 games. ... Wide receiver Frank Sanders reaggravated his injured left shoulder on his second touchdown but said he thought he'd be ready for Sunday's game against Philadelphia.

COWBOYS: Their two wins have come on the road, where their only loss was by one point in Arizona. At home, they are 0-2 and have lost by a combined score of 82-38. "Maybe that's because we get booed at home," running back Emmitt Smith said.

EAGLES: Running back Brian Mitchell, playing his first game against the Redskins after 10 years in Washington, passed Marcus Allen for fifth place on the all-time combined yardage list. Mitchell has 17,677.

FALCONS: Kicker Morten Andersen played his 282nd game, tying Jim Marshall for second place on the NFL career list behind George Blanda (340). ... Linebacker Chris Draft made his first career start in place of Keith Brooking, out with a sprained foot.

49ERS: Running back Garrison Hearst is eligible to come off the physically unable to perform list this week. He may participate in workouts with the team, which has three weeks to decide whether to activate him. ... They have sold out 170 consecutive games, including the post-season, dating to Oct. 11, 1981. ... They start four rookies on defense, most of any team. ... Running back Charlie Garner is averaging 100 yards this season, best through six games in team history.

GIANTS: Their four sacks cost the Falcons 30 yards, and the hard hitting and constant pressure helped cause at least six dropped passes. "We wanted to be physical," cornerback Jason Sehorn said. "We wanted to get up in their face. We noticed in the last couple of games, people that got up in their face have disrupted their passing game."

LIONS: Free safety Kurt Schulz, signed from Buffalo as a free agent during the off-season, has a league-leading six interceptions and has done everything and more the team hoped Mark Carrier's replacement would. "He got here quietly," linebacker Stephen Boyd said. "But he's made a big, loud impact."

PACKERS: Quarterback Brett Favre, who threw three interceptions and fumbled twice against Detroit, bristled when asked if Green Bay had any hope of reaching the playoffs after a 2-4 start. "I'm not even thinking about that," he said. "I don't think anyone in this locker room is thinking about that. What we're thinking about is trying to get this season back on track."

PANTHERS: They have allowed one passing touchdown this season. ... Coach George Seifert tied George Allen for 19th on the all-time list with 118 wins. ... Running back Tshimanga Biakabutuka had 103 yards, breaking Fred Lane's team rushing record of 2,001. He has 2,068.

RAMS: Coach Mike Martz delivered on his promise and gave the players the bye week off after a 5-0 start. Players are not required to return to Rams Park until today. First practice is Wednesday.

REDSKINS: Wide receiver Albert Connell got into a shouting match with assistant coach Terry Robiskie at the end of the first half after catching one pass to that point. He had five receptions in the second half. "I have a tendency to get a little frustrated, but I'm a player and he's a coach," Connell said. "We got the win, so we need to put it behind us." ... Rookie linebacker LaVar Arrington ran 23 yards after taking a handoff on a kickoff return.

SAINTS: With 128 yards against the Falcons, running back Ricky Williams has three straight 100-yard rushing games and 472 yards for the season after a disappointing rookie campaign. "I think for the first time we were finally able to put it all together on offense: passing, running, protecting Jeff (Blake) and making big plays," Williams said. "They were still keying on me. But Jeff got to run and throw deep, the things he does best."

VIKINGS: Before Monday's game, they signed defensive lineman Roy Barker, who played with the team from 1992-95. Barker, who played with the Packers last season, backs up John Burrough at left end.

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