The brief history of the San Francisco 49ers' series with the Carolina Panthers indicates Steve Young and Kerry Collins are both in for big games tonight (9 p.m., Ch. 7, 11, Radio 930).
The Panthers have won three of the first four meetings in the fast-growing NFC West rivalry, but that's not the only trend. No matter what the final score has been, both teams' quarterbacks have put up impressive numbers.
Young and Collins are both working their way back following injuries, adding a new twist to a series that has quickly built a reputation for producing the top team in the division. That will hold true again this time because San Francisco (3-1) and Carolina (2-2) are the only two remaining NFC West teams with perfect records in division play.
Young is likely to play the entire game for the first time this season after being forced out of the season-opening loss to Tampa Bay with the latest in a long line of concussions. He missed the second week but took the bulk of the snaps the past two games before yielding to rookie Jim Druckenmiller for mop-up duty.
Adrian Murrell, Jets, carried a career-high 40 times for 156 yards in New York's 31-14 victory over Cincinnati. . . . Terry Allen, Redskins, playing with a cast on his broken left thumb, rushed for 122 yards on 36 carries in Washington's 24-12 victory over Jacksonville. . . . Napolean Kaufman, Raiders, went for 162 yards on 26 carries and a TD in Oakland's 35-17 victory over St. Louis.
Jeff George, Raiders, threw for four touchdowns in a 35-17 rout of the Rams. . . . Neil O'Donnell, Jets, had three TD passes and was 20 of 34 for 212 yards against Cincinnati.
Tony Martin, Chargers, gained 155 yards on four catches, three of them for TDs, in San Diego's 21-17 victory over Baltimore. . . . Rob Moore, Cardinals, had eight receptions for 147 yards and a TD in Arizona's 19-18 loss to Tampa Bay.
Cornerback Jason Sehorn led the Giants with 11 tackles and two assists and strong pass coverage. . . . Safety Eric Turner, Raiders, had two interceptions.
Tampa Bay had six sacks, led by Brad Culpepper with three. . . . Pittsburgh had seven sacks after managing a total of three in its first three games. . . . Saints defensive tackle Wayne Martin had 1 1/2 sacks, giving him 6 1/2 this season. . . . Rich Owens, Redskins, had two sacks. . . . Tony Tolbert had two of Dallas' five sacks.
Orlando Pace, the top pick in this year's NFL draft, made his first start at left tackle for the Rams. He was matched at times against Oakland defensive lineman Darrell Russell, the No. 2 pick in the draft. . . . Bam Morris, Ravens, back from a four-game substance abuse suspension, rushed 17 times for 81 yards.