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NFL REPORT

Stats

In his return from a five-game suspension, Cowboys receiver Michael Irvin caught five passes for 51 yards. . . . After waiting 15 years for his first NFL head coaching opportunity, Tony Dungy got his first victory as Tampa Bay beat Minnesota, 24-13. . . . The Panthers set a team record by scoring 45 points against the Rams. . . . The Jaguars, the NFL leaders in penalties, had 15 for 123 yards. . . . The Rams are off to a 1-5 start, their worst since 1987 (1-7). . . . Heisman Trophy winner Eddie George had the third 100-yard game of his rookie year with the Oilers, rushing for 109.

Still kicking

Nick Lowery of the New York Jets broke the NFL record for career field goals when his 20-yarder early in the fourth quarter against Jacksonville gave him 374, besting the mark set by Jan Stenerud. But on the next series, he missed a 36-yarder that cost the Jets a chance at their first victory.

Streaks

Dallas won its 12th straight over Arizona. . . . Miami snapped an eight-game slide with Dan Marino not at quarterback. . . . Jerome Bettis, Steelers, had 109 yards rushing for his fifth consecutive 100-yard game. The Steelers have won five straight since an opening loss. . . . Washington also has won five in a row. . . . Terry Allen, Redskins, for the first time in 11 games didn't run for a touchdown. . . . Atlanta has lost six straight at the start of a season for the first time since 1985. . . . The Jets have lost 11 straight over two seasons. . . . The Jaguars had a play go for at least 30 yards for the seventh straight game, matching their total of last year.

Struggling

Jim Kelly, Bills, threw an interception on his first play since suffering a hamstring injury Sept. 19 that sidelined him for two games. He was sacked seven times, had trouble moving the team and fans were calling for backup Todd Collins, who led the Bills to two victories in Kelly's absence.

Sacks

Tony Tolbert, Cowboys, had two sacks. . . . Miami sacked Jim Kelly seven times, with Trace Armstrong getting 2 1/2 and Tim Bowens one. . . . Buffalo's Bruce Smith's one sack gave him 133.5 in his career, moving him into second place on the career list, behind Green Bay's Reggie White. . . . Pittsburgh got to Jeff Blake 10 times, tying a team mark. . . . Carolina had five sacks against the Rams. . . . Philadelphia's Mike Mamula hit Dave Brown, forcing a fumble that William Thomas returned for a TD to clinch the Eagles' victory over the Giants. It was their eighth sack.

Swipes

Terrell Buckley, Dolphins, ran 91 yards for a touchdown with his fifth interception this season. . . . Rod Woodson, Steelers, ran 42 yards for a TD with a fumble, while Kevin Greene, Panthers, went 66 yards with one. . . . Anthony Parker, Rams, had a 22-yard interception return for a TD.

Stars

Rushing
Ray Zellars, Saints, gained 174 yards, 100 in the third quarter and 56 in the fourth, one week after being suspended for a game. . . . Curtis Martin, Patriots, rushed for 164 yards and two touchdowns.
Receiving
Wayne Chrebet, Jets, set career highs with 12 catches for 162 yards and a touchdown. . . . Curtis Conway, Bears, gained 111 yards on seven catches and scored twice.
Passing
Gus Frerotte, Redskins, threw for 280 yards and two TDs, hitting on 18 off 33. . . . Jeff Hostetler, Raiders, had four TD passes, including bombs of 58 yards to James Jett and 62 yards to Rickey Dudley. He hit on 28 of 37 for 294 yards.
Defense
Chad Brown, Steelers, had 4 1/2 sacks, four tackles, five assists, one forced fumble, two passes defensed and an interception.

Sidelined

QB Chris Chandler, Oilers, strained his groin when he tumbled out of bounds and rolled into Falcons coach June Jones. . . . Jets center David Alexander sprained his knee and is likely out for the rest of the season. . . . Rookie QB Tony Banks, Rams, sustained a bruised right elbow.

Swings

Trent Dilfer, Bucs, the league's lowest-rated starting quarterback, threw for three touchdowns without an interception. Dilfer had one TD pass and 10 interceptions going in. . . . New Orleans, which has won two straight after an 0-5 start, averaged 64 yards a game rushing through the first six games, but had 205 Sunday. . . . Henry Ellard, the sixth-leading career receiver, had eight receptions for 152 yards after catching just 11 passes in his previous five games.

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