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© St. Petersburg Times, published December 19, 2000

BENGALS: Rookie wide receiver Danny Farmer had five catches for 102 yards, the most yards by a Cincinnati receiver this season. ... They sold 50,469 tickets, but the crowd was roughly half that size. ... They have won eight of their past 10 home finales.

BILLS: They lost their fourth straight for the first time since losing six in a row in 1985. ... Wide receiver Eric Moulds was held to two catches but still tied the franchise single-season record of 90 set by Andre Reed in 1994. ... They finished 5-3 at home, the 14th straight season they've finished .500 or above at Orchard Park.

BRONCOS: More than half their 66 rushing yards came on one carry, a 38-yard run by Mike Anderson four plays into the game. ... Anderson, who had run for more than 100 yards in three straight games, finished with 62. ... Kicker Jason Elam was wide right on a 37-yard field-goal attempt after entering 12-for-12 from inside the 40. ... They were held under 10 points for the fifth time since Mike Shanahan became coach in 1995. They had been trying for a team-record five straight 30-point games.

BROWNS: They were shut out for the fourth time. ... They finished the season with 42 sacks after getting 25 in 1999. ... Chris Gardocki broke his club record with 108 punts.

CHARGERS: They have 17 turnovers in their past four games and are an NFL-worst minus-28 on the season.

CHIEFS: Punter returner Kevin Lockett allowed the Broncos their only points on a second-quarter blunder. He was standing near his 10, apparently content to let Tom Rouen's punt sail over his head, when he suddenly turned and headed toward the goal line. The ball ticked off his helmet at the 5, bounced at the 2 and rolled into the end zone, where Denver's Jason Suttle covered it.

COLTS: Peyton Manning became the fifth quarterback in history to record consecutive 4,000-yard passing seasons. ... They have won two in a row in Miami for the first time since 1987-88. ... Manning's 50-yard touchdown to Marcus Pollard on the team's first possession was the longest play against the Dolphins this season.

DOLPHINS: Kicker Olindo Mare has made 15 consecutive field goals and is 26-for-27 this season.

JAGUARS: Wide receiver Jimmy Smith's touchdown reception was the franchise-record 38th of his career. ... They challenged three calls and prevailed on all.

JETS: Pro Bowl fullback Richie Anderson had a second straight poor game. He gained 22 yards on five receptions, lost a fumble and sustained a concussion.

PATRIOTS: Chad Eaton had a monster game with 12 unassisted tackles, two sacks and a blocked field goal. ... Lee Johnson had seven punts to become the NFL's career leader with 1,159. He broke Dave Jennings' record of 1,154. Johnson had to wait to set the mark after fumbling the snap on his third punt.

RAIDERS: Running back Tyrone Wheatley had 146 yards on 26 carries, giving him a career-best 980 yards. He had the ninth 100-yard rushing game against the Seahawks this season.

RAVENS: They need to shut out the Jets on Sunday to tie the NFL record of five in a season by Pittsburgh in 1976. ... They must hold the Jets to 41 points or fewer to break the record for fewest points allowed in a 16-game season, 187 by the 1986 Chicago Bears.

SEAHAWKS: Running back Ricky Watters ran for 168 yards, third-most in his career, on 26 carries for his second 100-yard game of the season and 32nd of his career. ... Punter Jeff Feagles tied former Raiders punter Ray Guy (1973-86) for an NFL record by playing in his 207th consecutive game.

STEELERS: They finished 182-73 in their 31 seasons in Three Rivers Stadium, where they fielded four Super Bowl champions in the stadium's first decade. They had one losing record there, 2-6 last season. ... Extra security was on hand for the final game at Three Rivers, and there were no problems with fans trying to take home stadium souvenirs.

TITANS: Coach Jeff Fisher became the franchise's winningest coach at 60-45. Bum Phillips went 59-38 in six seasons coaching the Houston Oilers. ... Running back Eddie George's 176 yards, his sixth 100-yard rushing game this season, gave him a career-high 1,426. He hadn't practiced most of the week because of a toe injury.

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