My Two Cents

Dolphins defensive end Trace Armstrong, who turns 35 next week,
is the most underrated player in the league. A situational pass
rusher, he leads the AFC in sacks, with 6 1/2, and is on track
for his third double-digit sack season in five years...The
best uniform in football is the one the Giants wear at home:
royal-blue jersey with gray pants and NY helmet logo...Every
Cowboys defender should hang his head in shame after the
heretofore winless 49ers and their beat-up offensive line
produced 261 rushing yards and scored 41 points...I must have
slept through the '90s. Is Ricky Watters (below) really just 35
yards short of passing Earl Campbell on the NFL career rushing

The Book

An AFC scout sizes up Rams defensive end Kevin Carter, the NFL
sack champion in 1999 who was fined by coach Mike Martz and
pulled from the starting lineup for missing practice one day
last week.

"He hasn't adjusted to the increased attention he's getting from
offenses. [Carter has two sacks in four games.] Everyone's
chipping him with a back or a tight end in addition to hitting
him with a tackle on most passing plays. He's still a great
talent and quick for his size. But great pass rushers fight
through double teams, and he hasn't shown he can do that. His
lack of pressure is a big reason why the Rams are getting waxed
on defense. Last year he mixed up his rushes and seemed to get
five or six legit pressures a game. Now he's getting only one or

The Buzz

RARE AIR. Titans quarterback Steve McNair has arrived. He comes
off the bench late in the fourth quarter with a bruised sternum
and in four plays takes Tennessee 64 yards to the winning
touchdown in a 23-20 road victory over Pittsburgh. It's the most
meaningful regular-season win of McNair's six-year career. He'll
have more.

JUSTICE IS SERVED. After watching star wide receiver Terrell
Owens taunt the Cowboys after both of his touchdown catches at
Texas Stadium, the 49ers did the right thing, suspending him for
a game and docking him one week's salary ($24,294). You're better
than that, Terrell.

GOLDEN EAGLE. After getting 1 1/2 sacks against New Orleans Pro
Bowl tackle Willie Roaf, Philadelphia defensive end Hugh Douglas
has racked up seven for the season. The Jets' Bill Parcells
doesn't get fleeced often, but acquiring Douglas from New York
in 1998 for second- and fifth-round draft selections was a steal
for the Eagles.

Match Game

A Tattoo On Which NFL Player?

"I went to the tattoo parlor and my homeboy had a picture of a
wolf devouring a person," the player says. "I told him I wanted
one of those, but to make the person a wide receiver."

A. Redskins safety Mark Carrier
B. Niners safety Lance Schulters
C. Chargers safety Rodney Harrison

Answer below
Answer: Schulters


The Last Word

"The quickest thing that tears a team down is success. It
happened to Dallas. It happened to San Francisco. It's happening
to us."
--GREEN BAY QUARTERBACK BRETT FAVRE, on the decline of the Packers