Rich Gannon was disturbed this week when Minnesota Coach Jerry Burns said quarterback Wade Wilson, who missed seven games with a broken thumb, should not lose his job because of an injury.

Wilson was activated for yesterday's game, but Gannon, who had led the Vikings to three straight wins, started and threw three touchdown passes as the Vikings beat the Bears, 41-13.

Burns apparently is convinced. "Gannon is our quarterback," he said after yesterday's game. . . .

The Vikings are 16-6 in November since Burns became coach in 1986, 4-0 in 1990.


San Francisco's Roger Craig became the first running back to catch 500 passes. He is the 24th player to reach the 500-catch plateau. With two touchdown passes, Joe Montana moved into sixth place on the career list. He moved past former Chiefs quarterback Len Dawson. . . . James Brooks became the Bengals' career rushing leader with 69 yards on 11 carries. That gave him 5,440 yards, surpassing Pete Johnson's 5,421 yards. The Bengals traded Johnson to San Diego for Brooks in 1984.


Louis Lipps has become the Steelers' third-all-time receiver in yardage with 5,170. He had five receptions for 65 yards Sunday. Lipps trails only John Stallworth (8,723) and Lynn Swann (5,462).

The Jets' Al Toon, who has caught passes in 74 straight games, had four receptions and brought his career total to 400. Only Kellen Winslow and Lionel Taylor got to 400 quicker.