"It seemed every time we had a big play running or passing, the officials wanted to be part of the game. I know them [the officiating crew] pretty well, and once I saw the head guy [Ed Hochuli], I knew it was going to be a questionable day." -- Elvis Grbac, Chiefs quarterback, whose team was called for 13 penalties, eight of them offensive holding.
"I don't know where the team is right now. We're trying to be positive, but it's so easy to be negative." -- Simeon Rice, Cardinals defensive lineman. "I tried to tell you Jake might get a snack or an appetizer against me, but he won't get a four-course meal." -- Deion Sanders, Cowboys cornerback, whose injured toe was never tested by Cardinals quarterback Jack Plummer. "A lot of quarterbacks throw interceptions during games. Troy Aikman has thrown three interceptions during a game. Jake Plummer's thrown three or four interceptions in a game this year already, and they're still in there playing." -- Kent Graham, Giants quarterback, after throwing three interceptions, leading to 10 Eagles points.
Chad Cascadden, Jets LB: Injured knee. Did not return.
Charles Dimry, Chargers CB: Sprained right knee. MRI today.
Jeff Graham, Chargers WR: Concussion. Returned in second quarter.
Jim Harbaugh, Chargers QB: Bruised right elbow. X-rays today.
Bill Joe Hobert, Saints QB: Sprained neck and cervical stinger. Will be re-evaluated today.
David Palmer, Vikings KR: Bruised ribs. Sat out second half.
Otis Smith, Jets CB: Fractured left shoulder.
Fred Taylor, Jaguars RB: Reinjured hamstring. Sat out second half.
By the numbers
Milestones: Patriots offensive tackle Bruce Armstrong passed Hall of Famer John Hannah for most starts in club history with 184. Kicker Jason Elam became the Broncos' career scoring leader. His seven points gave him 748, bettering the 742 of Jim Turner (1971-79). Natrone Means moved into sole possession of third place on the Chargers' career touchdowns rushing list with 32. The Browns' Tim Couch and Kevin Johnson are the first pair of rookies in the 1990s to hook up for touchdowns three weeks in a row.
Ups: The Cowboys are 9-2 after their bye week in the 1990s. The last time the Rams opened 3-0 was 1995, when they won their first four games and finished 7-9. The 49ers are 7-3 against the Oilers/Titans. The 49ers are 27-10-1 since 1981 when the starting quarterback is out, including four straight wins with backups.
Downs: The Steelers hadn't lost their first two home games in a season since 1986. By going 16-for-33 with three interceptions, the Cardinals' Jake Plummer is sure to remain the worst-rated starting quarterback in the NFL. The Eagles' offense has gone 47 consecutive series without a touchdown.
49ers (3-1) at Rams (3-0): Surprise! The old guard meets the new in showdown at the top of the NFC West.
Pub Date: 10/04/99