Plays and replays


* Best day passing: Jim Kelly, Buffalo, 29-39-1, 2 TDs, 381 yards.


* Best day rushing: Thurman Thomas, Buffalo, 25 carries, 165 yards, 1 TD.

* Best day receiving: Brian Blades, Seattle, 12 catches, 160 yards, 2 TDs.


* Longest touchdown passing: Neil O'Donnell, Pittsburgh, 89 yards to Dwight Stone.

* Longest touchdown rushing: Allen Pinkett, Houston, 8 yards.

* Longest field goal: Ken Willis, Dallas, 54 yards.

* Most field goals: 4, Ken Willis, Dallas, 22, 25, 38 and 54 yards; 4, Gary Anderson, Pittsburgh, 29, 31, 38 and 39 yards.

100-yard rushers

* Thurman Thomas, Buffalo, 25 carries, 165 yards, 1 TD.

* Mark Higgs, Miami, 30 carries, 146 yards, 1 TD.

* Christian Okoye, Kansas City, 143 yards, 22 carries, 1 TD.


* Allen Pinkett, Houston, 26 rushes, 144 yards, 1 TD.

* Gaston Green, Denver, 24 carries, 0 TDs, 116 yards.

* Emmitt Smith, Dallas, 32 carries, 112 yards, 0 TDs.

100-yard receivers

* Brian Blades, Seattle, 12 catches, 160 yards, 2 TDs.

* Andre Reed, Buffalo, 11 catches, 154 yards, 1 TD.


* Mark Clayton, Miami, 6 catches, 138 yards, 2 TDs.

* Dwight Stone, Pittsburgh, 4 catches, 124 yards, 1 TD.

* Michael Irvin, Dallas, 9 catches, 123 yards, 1 TD.

* Henry Ellard, Los Angeles Rams, 7 catches, 116 yards, 0 TDs.

* Robert Delpino, Los Angeles Rams, 10 catches, 113 yards, 0 TDs.

* Keith Byars, Philadelphia, 8 catches, 111 yards, 1 TD.


* Thurman Thomas, Buffalo, 8 catches, 103 yards, 1 TD.

* Sam Graddy, Los Angeles Rams, 3 catches, 103 yards, 1 TD.

300-yard passers

* Jim Kelly, Buffalo, 29-39-1, 2 TDs, 381 yards.

* Jeff George, Indianapolis, 27-42-2, 1 TD, 301 yards.

Records, streaks and milestones


* Thurman Thomas became the first Bills player to gain 100 yards rushing and receiving in the same game. In fact, only three other Bills -- O.J. Simpson, Roland Hooks and Joe Cribbs -- have done it in the same season.

* In the Cowboys' 26-14 victory over the Browns, the Cowboys held their opponent under 300 yards of total offense for the seventh straight regular-season game.

* Cowboys kicker Ken Willis kicked a field goal of 54 yards, his career best that tied the Cowboys record set by Toni Fritsch in 1972.

* The last time the Jets won their first game of the season at home was in 1978, when they beat the Dolphins at Shea Stadium.

* Saints inside linebacker Vaughan Johnson (strained left calf muscle) missed his first game since 1986, ending a streak of 58 straight.

* Saints wide receiver Eric Martin caught a pass in his 58th straight game with a 15-yard gain in the second quarter.


* Chiefs quarterback Steve DeBerg has thrown for 28,648 yards, passing Phil Simms for 16th place on the NFL career list.

* The four interceptions thrown by the Falcons' Chris Miller tied his personal record. He also threw four against San Francisco on Dec. 20, 1987, against Detroit on Dec. 27, 1987 and Chicago on Nov. 11, 1990.

* Falcons running back Keith Jones gained a career-high 74 yards.

* The Chiefs' Deron Cherry recovered the 15th fumble of his career, tying a Chiefs record held by Bobby Bell and Willie Lanier.

* The Chiefs' Stephone Paige has caught a pass in 81 consecutive games.

* The three interceptions by the Chiefs' Albert Lewis gave him 31 in his career. It was his fifth game with more than one interception.


* The Bills' Butch Rolle caught his ninth touchdown in his last nine catches going back five seasons.


* Eagles quarterback Randall Cunningham suffered a knee injury when he was hit by the Packers' Bryce Paup on the first play of the second quarter while dropping back to pass. A preliminary diagnosis by Eagles team physician Vince DeStefano said Cunningham had torn the medial collateral and posterior cruciate ligaments of his left knee. Cunningham was to undergo a magnetic resonance imaging test in Philadelphia as soon as possible, possibly last night, to determine the extent of the injury.

* Seahawks quarterback Dave Krieg broke his right thumb.

* The Jets played without receiver Al Toon, who was sidelined with post-concussion syndrome. During the week, he had been listed as probable with a contused chest. The team did not say when Toon sustained the concussion.

* Buccaneers running back Chuck Weatherspoon sprained his ankle and did not have a carry.


* Browns cornerback Raymond Clayborn was helped off the field because of an injury to his right leg in the second quarter.

* Steelers quarterback Bubby Brister left in the fourth quarter with a slight concussion and the Steelers don't expect to know until later in the week if he'll be available next Sunday in Buffalo.

At least it wasn't Gatorade

Bill Parcells' former Giants players dumped on him yesterday on NBC's pregame show, "NFL Live" yesterday.

Giants linebacker Carl Banks hailed Parcells' debut by throwing some of his former coach's words back at him.

"This is your debut on the big screen," Banks said on tape. "They don't need you Tuesday, they need you now. Are you ready?"


In another tape, Jeff Hostetler, the longtime second-string quarterback under Parcells, talked about the "head coach who couldn't recognize talent."

Forever young

Thanks to the new kid on the block, the old man in the league got his chance to make the Jets a winner.

Pat Leahy, at age 40 the NFL's oldest player, kicked three field goals. His 40-yarder with 1:22 remaining lifted the Jets over the Buccaneers, 16-13.

"I've seen it all from way back," said Leahy, an 18-year veteran. "It's still a big thrill.

"You remember all the ones you made to win and all the ones you missed. This ranks up there with them all. It's just good to start us off on the right foot."


Leahy might not have gotten the chance if not for the running of Blair Thomas, who rushed for 92 yards and helped the Jets control the ball for more than 38 minutes, including 23:57 in the second half.

Remembering the past

For a few moments before his first regular-season game as an NFL head coach, Rich Kotite considered the significance of the occasion from a purely personal point of view.

"I waited a long time [for this]," he would say later. "You know, I never really think about those things very much, but I was in the hotel room and I said, 'Geez, this is your first game, and it's at Lambeau Field, where Vince Lombardi was . . .' It was a great feeling."

Butler in plea bargain

Bears kicker Kevin Butler withdrew a guilty plea to drunken driving when a judge said he would have to spend the weekend in jail and miss yesterday's game against the Vikings, his attorney said.


Butler made a plea-bargain arrangement with the Lincolnshire town attorney after an Aug. 6 arrest in the north Chicago suburb, said attorney Alfred D. Stavros. Butler agreed to counseling and a year of court supervision.

Is the future now?

Pittsburgh quarterback Bubby Brister never did get Pittsburgh's traditionally slow-to-start offense going, halting two first-half possessions with interceptions and later missing a wide-open Dwight Stone in the end zone on a fourth-quarter pass.

When Brister left the game with a mild concussion with 8:17 to play after being sandwiched by Leslie O'Neal and George Hinkle, former Maryland star Neil O'Donnell took over for him. And, with 1:30 to play, his flat pass to Stone turned into an 89-yard scoring play.

They said it

Giants defensive coordinator Al Groh on Steve Young as 49ers quarterback in place of injured Joe Montana: "It's not like you are going from an iron deer to an antelope. He's another talented quarterback."