Plays and replays


Records, streaks and milestones

* The Saints' league-leading defense, which hasn't allowed an offensive touchdown in 16 quarters, intercepted 5 Philadelphia passes, sacked rookie Brad Goebel and his sub Pat Ryan 5 times and recovered a fumble.

* The Eagles' defense, third best in the league, was almost as tough, intercepting 2 passes and sacking starter Bobby Hebert twice before he left, suffering from a concussion.

* Cincinnati started a season 0-6 for the first time since 1979.

* Dallas' 5-2 start is the best since Tom Landry was the coach in 1986.

* Atlanta's Art Monk moved into second place on the all-time NFL receiving list. His 7 catches, for 106 yards, gave him 756 career receptions. He moved past Charlie Joyner with his 751st catch, a 14-yard touchdown pass.

* Washington allowed an opponent to score in RFK Stadium for the first time in their 4 home games.

* Buffalo's Kenneth Davis had a 78-yard touchdown run, the longest in the NFL this season.

* Deion Sanders' 100-yard kickoff return equaled the longest in Atlanta's history.

* Dallas' Troy Aikman had thrown 116 straight passes without an interception before he was intercepted by Cincinnati's Alonzo Mitz.

* Cincinnati, which surrendered 21 points to Dallas in the second quarter, has been outscored in the second period this season by 74-3.

* Cleveland's Bernie Kosar remained the only quarterback in the NFL who has not thrown an interception this season, going 21-for-29 for 266 yards.

* Cleveland was penalized 11 times for 103 yards. Washington was not called for any infractions.

* The Falcons' Chris Miller went over 10,000 yards passing for his career.

* The Rams' Jim Everett was the only NFL quarterback without a touchdown pass this season until he threw for 2 yesterday. He had thrown for 83 over the past 3 years, most of anybody in the league.

* Houston's Warren Moon now has had 3 big games against New York, going 85-for-121 for 1,011 yards.

* Drew Hill became the Oilers' all-time leading receiver with 411 ,, catches.

* Kansas City scored 14 points in each quarter to hand the Dolphins their most lopsided loss since a 35-0 shutout in 1970 at Baltimore.

* In addition to having interceptions in 4 straight games, Houston's Cris Dishman had a fumble recovery in Game 2, giving him a 5-game streak with a take-away.


* New Orleans QB Bobby Hebert suffered a concussion.

* Buffalo QB Jim Kelly suffered a mild concussion.

* The New York Jets lost guard Dave Cadigan to a sprained ankle, tight end Ken Whisenhunt and RB Freeman McNeil with sprained knees.

They said it

* "You guys made it darned hard on me, but I finally got it." Los Angeles Rams QB Jim Everett, who had been the only quarterback in the league without a TD pass this season, to reporters.

* "Moon being Moon, he will make big plays. I think it's all Moon. You could put any 4 receivers with legitimate hands with him and he will do it." New York Jets DB Mike Brim, who had an interception but was one of many burned defensive backs.

* "If we had made another play or 2 in the Washington game, we could be 6-1. Realistically, we are better at this stage than I believe many thought we would be." Dallas coach Jimmy Johnson.

* "Barring injury, Troy Aikman is on the verge of being one of the great quarterbacks in the game. He'll be selling Pepsi for a long time." Cincinnati coach Sam Wyche.

* "We're not going to agonize over going 0-6. We know sometime we're going to win and beat our chests. Don't ignore us. We're going to be fun to watch." Wyche.

* "When I told him one of our most basic running plays and he said, 'What's that?' I kind of knew he was out of it." Buffalo's Frank Reich, who replaced Jim Kelly late in the first half.

Oh, brother

When Indianapolis and Buffalo faced off against each other, brothers Gary and Brian Baldinger faced off against each other, too. Gary is a nose tackle with the Bills, Brian a center for the Colts.

The 2 played against each other last year, but Brian was a tackle. "We never actually hit each other," Gary said of last year's meeting. The Baldingers -- a third brother, Rich, plays for Kansas City -- said they couldn't use one particular insult football players favor. "I can't insult his family because his family is my family," Gary said.

If you don't like the heat...

Cincinnati coach Sam Wyche kept reporters outside the Bengals locker room in Dallas yesterday -- but not because, as was the case last season, there were women present.

Numerous Cincinnati players were dehydrated by the 90-degree heat.

"There are too many players lying on the floor being treated, and I don't want microphones in their faces," he said.

Taking the blame

Cincinnati QB Boomer Esiason is struggling with the cause of the Bengals' 0-6 start.

"I just wonder if maybe it's me," Esiason said. "There have been some unbelievable interceptions when I'm in there. Passes have been tipped and intercepted I don't know how many times. Just like today. It makes me wonder, and I really don't know what we're going to do about it."

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