Just keep telling Kordell Stewart he doesn't have what it takes to be a great quarterback. He sure looked like one (303 passing yards, three touchdown passes, two scoring runs) in the Steelers' 35-24 win over the Broncos. "My best game so far," Stewart said. There's more where that came from.
2. DAY OF THE DOLPHIN
For the first time, the state of Florida hosted, in a single day, three NFL games with division leads on the line. In Tampa the Packers ruined the Bucs' NFC Central title hopes 17-6. Simultaneously, 202 miles to the northeast, Jacksonville lost its share of the AFC Central lead by falling 26-20 to New England. Left to salvage the state's rep, Miami kicked a last-second field goal to beat Detroit 33-30 and stay tied atop the AFC East with the Patriots.
3. THE RUN FOR 2,000
Only two players, O.J. Simpson and Eric Dickerson, have run for 2,000 yards in a season. With two games left, the NFL's three best backs have a shot. Barry Sanders needs 269 yards, Terrell Davis 278 and Jerome Bettis 415 to hit the mark.
4. HERE COMES HOSS
The Giants can break the Cowboys' five-year hold on the NFC East title by beating the Redskins on Saturday. But the Meadowlands could become Heartbreak Hotel if the last man to quarterback the Giants to a Super Bowl win, Jeff Hostetler, has his way. The Washington signal-caller warmed up for the showdown with a three-touchdown day at Arizona.
5. JET CRASH
For the eighth time in nine years, the Colts beat the Jets at the Meadowlands. The losers looked like the Kotite Jets. "I know a bunch of their guys," Indianapolis defensive end Dan Footman said afterward, "and now maybe they'll be home for the holidays with me." Count on it.