The best and worst from yesterday's games:


Blake Injures Passing Shoulder

The Cincinnati Bengals have lost both of their games and might have lost their starting quarterback for a few weeks as well.

Jeff Blake sprained his passing shoulder in the second quarter when he was hit by Chargers linebacker Junior Seau.

X-rays found no fracture, and Blake gingerly played catch on the sideline at the start of the second half while Akili Smith ran the offense, but Blake did not return and the Bengals lost, 34-7. Coach Bruce Coslet said it was too early to tell how long Blake will be sidelined.

If Blake is out for several weeks, the Bengals will be looking for another quarterback to back up Smith and Scott Covington, a pair of rookies.

"If he's out for four or five weeks, yes," Coslet said. "If it's minor, sometimes you don't have to. We'll hope for the best."

More Injuries

Saints rookie running back Ricky Williams's first full game was cut short by a sprained right elbow. X-rays were negative, but he wore a splint after rushing for 80 yards on 22 carries against the 49ers. ... The Lions lost two starters to injury when guard Tony Semple dislocated his left elbow and cornerback Bryant Westbrook pulled his right hamstring. Semple is out indefinitely, but Westbrook said after the game he expects to play next Sunday in Kansas City.

Progress Report

The ruptured disk in Steve McNair's back was found to be worse than expected during surgery yesterday, but the Titans quarterback is still on target to return for an Oct. 31 game against the Rams.

Team physician Burton Elrod said Watkins found that the disk was more fragmented than they had thought. McNair, who had started 34 consecutive games before yesterday, will start his rehabilitation in Los Angeles.

Welcome to the Jungle

The quarterbacks selected with the top three picks in the draft saw plenty of action yesterday, most of it of the rough kind. No. 1 selection Tim Couch started for the Browns and was sacked seven times in a 26-9 loss.

After making his NFL debut in the second half, Donovan McNabb, the No. 2 pick, was sacked six times as the Eagles lost, 19-5. No. 3 Akili Smith, pressed into service after Jeff Blake was injured, threw an interception and was sacked twice in the Bengals' 34-7 defeat.



Last time the Giants, 50-21 losers to the Redskins yesterday, gave up more than 50 points to an opponent. That year, they lost to the Redskins, 72-41.


Total points scored in two games this season by the Vikings, who last season set an NFL record with 556 points and averaged more than 34 points a game.


The Arizona Cardinals' record against the Dolphins following yesterday's 19-16 loss. The Cardinals also are winless against Denver, Carolina and Jacksonville.