In its first three games combined, Detroit has run for an abysmal
199 yards. During his 10-year career, future Hall of Famer Barry
Sanders ran for more than 200 yards in a game on four occasions.
STAR IN THE MAKING
Chiefs defensive tackle Ryan Sims
After his rookie year in 2002 was marred by a monthlong holdout
during training camp and then a season-ending dislocated right
elbow injury in Game 6, Sims, who was a first-round draft pick
from North Carolina, began this season with a vengeance. In the
first two games combined he matched his tackle total (six) for
last year and had his first two NFL sacks. "Ryan's just a puppy,"
says K.C. defensive coordinator Greg Robinson, "but he's playing
the game with great enthusiasm. He's a powerful package. I think
he's motivated to show that he was worthy of being a first-round
pick." The Chiefs are desperate for a penetrating inside
presence, and the 6'4", 315-pound Sims looks like he can be that
MY TWO CENTS
1. Quarterbacks aside, no injury will hurt a team more this year
than the fractured left hip that prized pass-rushing linebacker
Rosevelt Colvin of the Patriots suffered on Sept. 14. New England
was counting on Colvin, a free-agent pickup, to be the keystone
for a revamped pass rush, but he played only five quarters before
being sidelined for the season.
2. The Raiders' most indispensible player? It could well be
injured wideout Jerry Porter. Without his breakneck speed,
Oakland can't stretch any defenses, so opponents are clogging the
short passing lanes and crowding the line of scrimmage. --P.K.