Workhorse Giants back Tiki (left) had 124 rushing yards on Sunday, his fourth consecutive 100-yard game. Bucs defensive back Ronde (right) had a key interception--that's four in two games--and a sack in a win over Carolina. And, oh, yes, Barber look-alike Shaun Alexander, whom Tiki calls "the third brother" (SI PLAYERS, Dec. 12), is having himself an O.K. season, too (page 46).
Cowboys thriller over the Chiefs actually pleased coach Bill Parcells ("I am happy we won," the Grumpalumpapus allowed), and fits in neatly in the city of winners. Dominant Dirk Nowitzki has the Mavericks at 15-5, while the Stars, led by stingy goalie Marty Turco, had won 10 of 11 to take hold of the top spot in the Pacific Division.
Pittsburgh's Mr. Selfless says his job is to "spell Willie Parker." On Sunday that spelled 101 yards and two touchdowns on a cold and sloppy field, as well as a potentially postseason-saving 21-9 win over the Bears in what may be Bettis's final season. Said receiver Hines Ward, "He epitomizes what the Steelers are all about."