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© St. Petersburg Times, published October 17, 2000

BENGALS: Since 1997, six teams have opened stadiums. Cincinnati is the only one not to sell out every game in the stadium's inaugural season. ... They set a team record with their third shutout loss. The Cincinnati Reds weren't shut out in 162 National League games this season. ... They have more punts (38) than points (37).

BILLS: Defensive end Marcellus Wiley had his first two-sack game.

BRONCOS: On Saturday, the team signed former Florida State placekicker Scott Bentley because of Jason Elam's lingering back problems. Bentley handled kickoffs only, and Elam made 3 of 4 field goals. ... They had a 100-yard rusher (Mike Anderson), two 100-yard receivers (Rod Smith, Ed McCaffrey) and a 300-yard passer (Brian Griese) for the second time in their history. It happened Oct. 17, 1999, against Green Bay.

BROWNS: After opening the season with two wins in their first three games, they have lost four straight. ... The running game struggled against the Broncos, producing 38 yards. Rookie Travis Prentice led with 27 yards on six carries. ... Rookie quarterback Spergon Wynn saw playing time for the second time this season and completed 2 of 5 passes for 21 yards.

CHARGERS: They lost their first game in their past seven trips to the Buffalo area, dating to 1964, when they lost the AFL championship game at Buffalo's War Memorial Stadium. ... At 0-7, they are off to their worst start since opening the 1975 season with 11 losses.

CHIEFS: Quarterback Elvis Grbac has thrown touchdown passes in 12 consecutive games, tying Len Dawson for the second-longest streak in team history. Dawson also holds the record, 14 games from Oct. 3, 1965, to Oct. 8, 1966. ... Owner Lamar Hunt, who also owns the Kansas City Wizards of Major League Soccer, was in Washington to watch the Wizards defeat the Chicago Fire 1-0 in the MLS Cup final.

COLTS: They held the ball for more than 36 minutes and outgained the Seahawks 499-317. ... Quarterback Peyton Manning got his 20th win in his 38th start.

DOLPHINS: Linebacker Zach Thomas' ankle should be at full strength for Monday night's game against the Jets. ... The defense has allowed three touchdowns this season, fewest through six games since the 1977 Atlanta Falcons. ... They play three of their next four games on the road.

JAGUARS: Rookie wide receiver R. Jay Soward, the team's first-round pick, has had a tough time adjusting to the NFL. He had five receptions for 31 yards in six games before Monday night.

JETS: They held the ball for 37:54 against the Patriots. In their first meeting, New York's 20-19 win Sept. 11, New England had it for 38:00. ... They have won six of the past seven against the Patriots.

PATRIOTS: They had 51 yards rushing against the Jets, led by running back Kevin Faulk's 26. ... They are in a 4-27 slump when they score fewer than 20 points, but they have won 36 of 40 when scoring 20 or more.

RAIDERS: Wide receiver Andre Rison, cut by the Chiefs in the preseason, was booed after both of his catches by Kansas City fans.

RAVENS: They have failed to score a touchdown in 12 straight quarters. ... They became the first team this season to hold the ball longer than the Redskins (31:04 to 28:56).

SEAHAWKS: A loss to the Colts spoiled quarterback Brock Huard's solid home debut. Huard, who supplanted Jon Kitna as the starter Oct. 8, threw three touchdowns in his first NFL start at Husky Stadium, where he played in college for the University of Washington. He finished 19-of-26 for 226 yards and one interception. ... Many fans listened on the radio to the baseball playoff game across town between the Seattle Mariners and New York Yankees. ... Charlie Rogers had six kickoff returns for 198 yards, including an 80-yarder.

STEELERS: Quarterback Kordell Stewart played only two plays, during a third-quarter goal-line series that began with a first down at the 1 but ended with Pittsburgh settling for a field goal. Stewart was benched for Kent Graham after leading the team to road victories over the Jaguars and Jets. ... They had lost at home to Cincinnati the past two seasons and were 0-8 at Three Rivers Stadium against the AFC Central since beating Jacksonville 30-15 on Nov. 22, 1998. They had lost 10 of 12 at home.

TITANS: They hosted their first Monday night game in Tennessee when they met the Jaguars. Going in, they were 11-0 at Adelphia Coliseum, including a playoff win last season.

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