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ir c THE PALM BEACH POST FRIDAY, DECEMBER 5, 1997 FLORIDA CORPORATION Pro football . Bengals 41, Oilers 14 Rookie corners cause for concern fi n THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Cincinnati's Corey Dillon scores the first of his four touchdowns in Thursday's 41-14 victory over Tennessee. Dillon set an NFL rushing record for a rookie in a single game with 246 yards. Rookie Dillon runs over Oilers MASTERCARE CAR SERVICE" mi minniiit n S ?.7n U u u nLiL" II HsqirSalMOW-SOOil 93 U Most vehicles. 1 Price includes oil disposal tee. MasterCare MAINTENANCE TUNE-UP According to the service schedule in your owner s manual, we II install new Bosch spark plugs. $9099 Most ci etec ean cars 6 S 8 slnMty hHjff r T'ansverse V-6 erg & AC mterierence elra MasterCard fr COMPLETE RADIATOR SYSTEM FLUSH Test lor leaks, chemically clean system, refill with required amount of recycled coolant and add sealantlubricant. 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Comp-Att-Int Sacked-Yards Lost Punts Fumbles-Lest Penalties-Yards Time of Possession 12 34 12-44 54-27e 131 239 04 U 1-173 3-7 0-0 0-0 14-254 20-21-0 3-15 1-6 4-427 1-230 44 04 1041 1-73 19:21 40:39 Tennessee Cincinnati 0 10 M-H 14 M W 1-41 First Quarter Cin-Oillon I run (Pellrey kick), 10:44. Cin-McGet 1 pass from Esiason (Pelfrey kick), 4 03. Second Quarter Cin-Oillon 31 run (Pelfrey kick), 9:49. Cin-Oillon 1 run (Pelfrey kick), 5:57. Third Quarter Cin-Dillon 2 run (Pelfrey kick), 7:05. Chi FG Pelfrey 2a, 44. Fowl Quarter Ten-W.Davis 5 pass from McNalr (Del Gre-coftlck), 12:20. Cin-FG Pelfrey 40, 5:30. Ten-Kent II pass from McNalr (Del Greco kik),3:31. A-49.0M. INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING-Tennessee, McNalr 5-16, RoOy I-12, George 5-11, Thomas 1-5. Cincinnati, Dillon 39-246, Carter 11-29, Milne 2-2. Bienlemy 14, Esiason l-(mlnus I). PASSING-Tennessee, McNalr 14-254-146. Cincinnati, Esiason 20-24-245. RECEIVING-Tennessee, W.Davis 4-45, Thomas 3-24, Roan 2-26, Wycheck 2-21, Sanders 2-1, Kent 1-11. Cincinnati, Scott 643, McGee 4-43, Bienlemy 3-11, Dunn 2-44, Dillon 2-30, Hun-do h 1-13, Battaglla 1-9, Carter 1-5. TACKLES-ASSISTS-SACKS Tennessee, Stewart 1144, Bishop 1044, Crook 7-24, Lewis 0-14, Ford 544, Wortham 4-14, Marts 444, D.Walker 4-04, Jackson 34-1, Evans 344, Dor-sett 2-14, G.Walker 244, Lyons 1-14, Bowden 144, Hall 144, Holmes 144, L.Jones 14-0, Killer 144, Del Greco 14-0, Stalllngs 144, A, Williams 144. Cincinnati, Shade 74-1, Collins 44-1, Dixon 44-1, Sawyer 444, Copeland 3-04, Ambrose 2-04, Francis 244, Orlando 244, To-var 244, McDonald 1-14, Myers 1-14. INTERCEPTIONS Tennessee, None. Cincinnati, None. MISSED FIELD GOALS None. NFL leaders Quarterbacks Art Com Yds TD Int S. Young, S.F. Chandler, Atl. Favre, G.B. Dllfer, T.B. Johnson, Mln. Aikman, Dal. Mitchell, Del. Plummer, Arli T. petmer, Phi. Frarotte, Was. 205 192 279 167 421 249 336 199 452 275 423 244 414 236 102 102 244 134 402 204 23S6 It 2191 16 3175 20 2356 20 3036 20 2745 16 2119 15 1449 I 1567 7 2682 17 Rushers Att Yds Avg LG TD Sanders, Det. Levens, G.B. Hearst, S.F. R.Harris, Chi. E. Smith, Dal. Wallers, Phi. R. Smith, Mln. Dunn, T.B. Allen, Was. Anderson, Atl. 263 1594 0.1 2t 9 260 1237 4.6 52t 7 234 1019 4.4 51 4 251 974 3.9 60t 10 234' 963 4.1 44 3 250 946 3.1 20 5 184 936 5.1 78t 5 173 738 4.3 52t 4 210 724 3.4 34 4 214 712 3.3 39 6 NFL Injury report The National Football League Injury report for this week's games as provided by the league: Sunday ATLANTA (5-0) AT SAN DIEGO (4-9) - Fal-cads: QUESTIONABLE: K Morten Andersen (hamstring); CB Michael Booker (hip); DT Travis Hall (ankle); CB Lenny McGill (thigh). PROBABLE: CB Juran Bolden (hamstring); CB Ronnie Bradford (elbow); CB Ray Buchanan (hamstring); RB Byron Hanspard (knee). Chargers: OUT: QB Stan Humphries (concussion). PROBABLE: CB Dwayne Harper (thigh); TE Freddie Jones (leg). BUFFALO (6-7) AT CHICAGO (2-11) - Bills: OUT: CB Marlon Kerner (knee-Injured reserve); RB Tim Tindale (knee-lnlured reserve). QUESTIONABLE: CB Raymond Jatkson (hip). PROBABLE: TE Robert Coons (ankle). Bears: QUESTIONABLE: WR Bobby Engram (ankle); TE Keith Jennings (shoul-deV). PROBABLE: WR Fablen Bownes (hip); D Alouo Spellman (shoulder). DENVER (11-2) AT PITTSBURGH (9-4) -Broncos: OUT: G Mark Schlereth (back). PROBABLE: G Brian Hablb (back); CB Randy HHiard (eye); DT Maa Tanuvasa (ankle); DE Alfred Williams (elbow). Stealers: OUT: LB Greg Lloyd (ankleInfection). DOUBTFUL: TE Kirk Botkln (knee). QUESTIONABLE: TE Mark Bruener (foot). PROBABLE: RB Jerome Beitls (back); WR Will Blackwell (ankle); T John Jackson (knee); S Cornell Lake (hamstring); WR Yancey Thlgpen (knee). DETROIT (7-6) AT MIAMI (8-5) - Lions: DOUBTFUL: LB Richard Jordan (hamstring); . C6 Corey Raymond (foot). QUESTIONABLE: LB George Jamison (shoulder). PROBABLE: G ' Mike Compton (rib). Dolphins: OUT: S firacey Walker (leg-injured reserve). DOUBTFUL: TE Frank Wainright (pectoral). QUESTIONABLE: RB Jim Kilts (groin). PROBABLE: WR Charles Jordan (toe); CB Sam Madison (ankle); WR Brian Manning (knee); RB Jerrls McPhall (ankle); T Richmond Webb (knee). GREEN BAY (10-3) AT TAMPA BAY (9-4) -Packers: QUESTIONABLE: DE Paul Frase (tack); WR Terry Mlckens (knee); TE Jeff Thomason (ankle). PROBABLE: DT Gilbert Brown (ankle). Buccaneers: QUESTIONABLE: WR Horace Copeland (ankle); LB Rufus Porter (neck); G Jim Pyne (groin). PROBABLE: RB Mlfce Alston (shoulder). INDIANAPOLIS (1-12) AT NEW YORK JETS (14) - Colts: OUT: CB Dedrlc Mathls (knee). QUESTIONABLE: LB Elijah Alexander (ankle); S Robert Blackmon (thigh); LB Stephen Giant (neck); CB Carlton Gray (hand); QB Psul Justin (knee); RB Lamont Warren (ribs). PROBABLE: WR Aaron Bailey (thigh); S Ray McElroy (shoulder). Jets: OUT: T Jumbo Elliott (Achllles-lnured reserve); T David Williams (back). QUESTIONABLE: CB Aaron Ofenn (knee). DOUBTFUL: QB Glenn Foley (knee). PROBABLE: DT Jason Ferguson (shoulder). MINNESOTA (0-5) AT SAN FRANCISCO (11-2) .- Vikings: OUT: QB Brad Johnson (neck). DOUBTFUL: OL Scott Dill (back); CB Leonard Wheeler (ankle). QUESTIONABLE: WR Chris Walsh (thigh). PROBABLE: DE Fernando Smith (groin); S Orlando Thomas (hamstring). 49ers: OUT: RB Garrison Hearst (clavicle); WR Jerry Rice (knee). PROBABLE: G Kevin Go-gan (knee); CB Marquei Pope (foot); CB Fran-kit Smith (knee); S Rod Woodson (shoulder); DT Bryant Young (ankle). NEW ENGLAND (8-5) AT JACKSONVILLE (9-4) - Patriots: QUESTIONABLE: WR Terry Glenn (hamstring); WR Dietrich Jells (knee). PROBABLE: WR Shawn Jefferson (ankle); CB Steve Lofton (hamstring); RB Curtis Martin; (shoulder); DT Henry Thomas (knee). Jaguars: DOUBTFUL: C Michael Cheever (back). PROBABLE: T Tony Boselli (ankle); DE Tony Brackens (ankle); LB Kevin Hardy (hamstring); RB Natrone Means (ankle); DT Esera Tuaolo (ankle); G Rich Tylskl (quadrlcep). NEW YORK GIANTS (7-5-1) AT PHILADELPHIA (6-6-1) - Giants: OUT: C Derek Engler (ankle); DE Cedrlc Jones (leg); LB Ryan Phillips (knee). DOUBTFUL: S Brandon Sanders (groin). QUESTIONABLE: RB Rodney Hampton (knee). PROBABLE: RB Tiki Barber (thigh). Eagles: QUESTIONABLE: G Ian Beckles (foot); WR Chris T. Jones (knee); CB Randy Kinder (ankle). PROBABLE: DT Edward Jasper (asthma); DE Greg Jefferson (back); DE Ndukwe Kalu (thumb); CB Troy Vincent (hip). OAKLAND (4-9) AT KANSAS CITY (10-3) -Raiders: QUESTIONABLE: G Lester Holmes (back); CB Albert Lewis (knee); DE Anthony Smith (quadrlcep). PROBABLE: LB Rob Fre-derlckson (foot); T Pat Harlow (back). Chiefs: OUT- QB Elvis Grbac (shoulder). QUESTIONABLE: DE John Browning (calf). PROBABLE: RB Kimble Anders (ankle); WR Lake Dawson (knee); LB Donnle Edwards (thumb); CB James Hasty (back). ST. LOUIS (M0) AT NEW ORLEANS (54) -Rams: QUESTIONABLE: DE Leslie O'Neal (foot). PROBABLE: TE Ernie Conwell (back); G Zach Wlegert (shoulder). Saints: QUESTIONABLE: TE John Farquhar (ankle); LB Mark Fields (neck); WR Eric Guilford (concussion I; S Anthony Newman (neck); TE Nicky Savoie (ankle). PROBABLE: C Jerry Fontenot (neck); DT Wayne Martin (shoulder); DT Pio Sagapo-Itjele (thumb). SEATTLE (6-7) AT BALTIMORE (44-1) -Seahawks: OUT: T Howard Ballard (arm); RB Reggie Brown (knee); DT Cartel Kennedy (ankle); CB Shawn Springs (thumb); P Rlck Tuten (pelvis). DOUBTFUL: LB Joe Cain (kneeankle); G Derrick Graham (neck). QUESTIONABLE: CB Jeremy Lincoln (ankle). Ravens: OUT: G Leo Goeos (chest). DOUBTFUL: CB Eugene Daniel (thigh). QUESTIONABLE: S Rondell Jones (groin); S Stevon Moore (knee); RB Tony Vinson (thigh). PROBABLE: RB Joy Graham (ankle); CB DeRon Jenkins (back); CB Antonio Langham (back); QB Vlnny Testa-verde (knee); DE Keith Washington (calf). WASHINGTON (64-1) AT ARIZONA (3-10) -Redskins: OUT: RB Terry Allen (ankle); DT Chris Mims (abdomen). PROBABLE: WR Henry Ellard (groin); G Tre' Johnson (shoulder); Dr Ryan Kuehl (ankle); RB Marc Logan (groin); C Jeff Uhlenhake (Knee); WR Michael Westbrook (knee). Cardinals: Reports no new injuries. Monday CAROLINA (6-7) AT DALLAS (6-7) - Panthers: OUT: WR Mark Carrier (hand). DOUBTFUL: WR Raghib Ismail (shoulder). PROBABLE: LB Michael Barrow (groin); WR Rae Carruth (knee); QB Kerry Collins (concussion); S Damon Pleri (foot). Cowboys: OUT: RB Daryl Johnston (neck); T Mark Tuinel (knee). DOUBTFUL: CB Deion Sanders (rib). QUESTIONABLE: S Darren Woodson (shoulder). PROBABLE: QB Troy Aikman (back); DT Tony Cailllas (ankle); T Tony Hutson (groin); S Singor Mobley (ankle); G Nate Newton (knee); RB Emmltt Smith (shoulder); T Erik Williams (ankle). " By Ethan J. Skolnick Palm Beach Post Staff Writer DAVIE The Lions are backed into a corner. Actually, two corners. Rookie cornerbacks Bryant Westbrook and Kevin Abrams will start for Detroit on Sunday night. but Lions coach Bobby Koss said that won't cause him to toss and turn too much under the covers. Dolphins notebook "I could sit and think and not sleep at night," Ross said. "But I m not going to do that. I ve got to sleep. Am I concerned? Yeah, big- time." Westbrook, the fifth overal pick in the draft, won the starting left cornerback job in training camp, and has started 11 games The 5-foot-8 Abrams was a second-round pick who didn't get his first start until last Thursday, in a win against the Chicago Bears. He will start again Sunday, with Corey Raymond still nursing a sore foot. Abrams blew the coverage on Erik Kramer s 78-yard touchdown pass to Ricky Proehl. Later, Chris Penn beat Abrams for a 33-yard catch to help set up a field goal. Dolphins coach Jimmy Johnson said, "their corners have a lot of ability. Westbrook was exceptional last year, and Abrams has tremen dous speed. B Plans for Phillips: Jimmy Johnson is hedging publicly, yet pnvately he has related his plans to play newly acquired running back Lawrence Phillips quite a bit this season, if not this week. Phillips practiced again Thurs- day, and was slowed a bit by soreness in his left knee. Johnson announces his first four of eight inactives today, and Phillips is un likely to be one of them. "He thinks it's bursitis," Johnson said of Phillips' knee. "I think there s more there. Yet Johnson does not believe any surgery will be necessary until after the season. B Seeking support: Reaction to the Dolphins signing of Phillips keeps coming in. Tyrone Williams, a Green Bay Packers cornerback who served 126 days at a Nebras ka correctional facility earlier this year for a misdemeanor weapons charge, was a Nebraska teammate of Phillips'. "It's good to have a nucleus to depend on," Williams said. "Here we have guys who I can go and talk to. I don't know if he had that situation in St. Louis. "I think he's gotten a bad rap, but there are some things that he has to control himself and can fix. It's up to him. ... He needs to surround himself with some good guys who can kind of guide him along." B Secondary shake-up: Starting strong safety Shawn Wooden has a right forearm injury, and starting right cornerback Sam Madison has a sore ankle. Both were limited in practice Thursday. Both are expected to play Sunday. Just in case, Calvin Jackson has been working at his old cornerback position, and Corey Harris and George Teague are switching off at free safety. B No blackout: Miami's ABC affiliate, WPLG-10, and Office Depot agreed to guarantee the purchase of any remaining unsold tickets by game time. That means the game will be televised in Dade and Broward counties. Mitchell fenses more off guard. But not all the critics. "Everywhere I'd been, I was well-thought-of and liked as a player," Mitchell said. "And (in Detroit) was really the first time in my life when people questioned whether I could play, questioned everything about me. It has made me a better person. It kind of gets me fired up now. You just learn that this life isn't about what happens to you, but it's about what you do about what happens." with 12 yards on a fake. George carried only five times for 11 yards overall, his lowest totals in two NFL seasons. Baltimore Ravens: Coach Ted Marchibroda named reserve quarterback Eric Zeier the starter for Sunday's game against Seattle, replacing Vinny Testa-verde, who has not recovered from a knee injury. Chicago Bears: The team has allowed an NFL-high 377 points. If they give up three more Sunday to Buffalo, the Bears will be the most scored-upon team in 78 years of Chicago football. Denver Broncos: If both Denver and Kansas City finish 13-3, the Chiefs win the AFC West and get home field for the playoffs because they would have one division loss to two for the Broncos. That would make Denver the fourth seed in the AFC, behind the other two division winners. B Kansas City Chiefs: The team signed free agent corner-back Bucky Brooks to a two-year contract. Brooks, 27, had three special teams tackles in three games with Green Bay before being released Nov. 25. He also had two tackles for Jacksonville in three games this season. B New York Giants: Coach Jim Fassel said he won't hesitate to replace struggling quarterback Danny Kanell with Dave Brown in Sunday's key game at Philadelphia. "I don't like to pull quarterbacks, but he's a young quarterback and he's learning how to play," Fassel said of Kanell, a former FSU standout who has thrown four interceptions and been sacked 12 times in the past four games. "We're also in a playoff race, and I need to do whatever I can to win games." B San Diego Chargers: The team will place quarterback Stan Humphries on the injured reserve list today, officially ending Humphries' season. He hasn't played since suffering a concussion Nov. 2 at Cincinnati, his second in 18 days. Palm Beach Post Wire Services CINCINNATI Corey Dillon rushed for 246 yards an NFL record for a rookie running back and set a club record with four touchdowns as the Cincinnati Bengals beat the Tennessee Oilers 41-14 Thursday night. Cincinnati (5-9) has scored 114 points in its past three games with 36-year-old Boomer Esiason starting at quarterback. He threw for 253 yards Thursday. But it was Dillon who won the crowd's cheers and a place among the NFL's top running backs. The second-round draft choice out of Washington stiff-armed the Oilers (7-7) while breaking one long run after another, scoring on runs of 2, 31, 1 and 2 yards and moved ahead of Tampa Bay's Warrick Dunn for most yards by a rookie running back this season. ,.. ; With just under 2:00 to play, Dillon broke Brown's 1957 rookie record of 237 yards. He took a handoff from Esiason, bolted right and bulled for 10 yards while the crowd cheered his name. Dillon brutalized a defense that was ranked third in the league against the run and had a lot of motivation. The Oilers were coming off a 27-14 victory over Dallas on Thanksgiving Day and needed another win to stay in playoff contention. The two-prong attack of Esiason throwing and Dillon running shredded the same defense that stopped Troy Aikman and Em-mitt Smith so easily only a week earlier. The game was decided by half time, when the Bengals had 321 total yards Dillon had 152 rushing and Esiason 161 passing and a 28-0 lead. Unable to rely on Eddie George and their ball-control ground game, the Oilers were at a loss to move the ball against a defense that had allowed 922 yards in the last two games. Punter Reggie Roby was their leading rusher at half time Critics haven't MITCHELL From 1C there I was like, 'This is just football, not some mystery.' " When Marino suffered a torn Achilles' tendon in 1993, Mitchell started seven games and threw for 1,173 yards. Just in time for his free agency. Had Marino not been injured, Mitchell said, "I'd probably still be (with the Dolphins). It's hard to do when you're a backup when you play behind a guy like Marino, who never got hurt and always played and you just knew you were going to sit on the bench. "I watched a lot of other guys who were drafted before I was, a ot of guys that had already been given chances to play, and a lot of them are out of the league now. And it's because when they got their spot, they didn't take advantage. I just knew I had to make it work when I got in there." But when he got to Detroit he earned a quarterback can also be a target forrcriticism. sacked Lions9 Mitchell's recent games How Scott Mitchell has fared in the Lions' current three-game winning streak (a 99.8 QB rating in those games): OPPONENT ATT. C0MP. YARDS TD INT Minnesota 29 21 271 2 0 Indianapolis 28 16 150 0 0 Chicago 31 20 282 2 1 TOTALS 83 57 703 4 1 "He appears to handle it well, but he's a human being, like all of us," Lions coach Bobby Ross said. "You hear that kind of thing, it's got to be bothersome to him. I'm quite certain of that. I've tried to get him to ignore it. I hear it, too. It's very quick to happen." The previous three years, Mitchell took abuse along with coach Wayne Pontes, who constantly tinkered with his variations of the run-and-shoot. Mitchell said the current system keeps de

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