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EXTRA POINTS
Jill Lieber
December 23, 1985
Timeout for awards to some of the NFL's big gainers and losers in 1985. The envelopes, please:
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December 23, 1985

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QUICK COUNT
The best and worst single-game performances through the 15th weekend.

CATEGORY

TEAM

OPPONENT

DATE

Most points scored: 62

Jets

Bucs

11-17

Most total yards: 593

Chargers

Raiders

11-10

Fewest total yards: 65

Bucs

Packers

12-1

Most rushing yards: 307

Redskins

Falcons

11-3

Fewest rushing yards: 22

Bucs

Jets

11-17

Oilers

Giants

12-8

Most net yds. passing: 494

Chargers

Seahawks

9-15

Fewest net yds. passing: -22

Falcons

Bears

11-22

Most first downs: 35

Jets

Bucs

11-17

Fewest first downs: 5

Bucs

Packers

12-1

Most sacks: 12

Cowboys

Oilers

9-29

Most fumbles lost: 5

49ers

Vikings

9-8

Bucs

Jets

11-17

Most interceptions: 6

Cowboys

Redskins

9-9

Rams

Chiefs

10-20

Longest time of possession: 43:21

Falcons

Rams

11-17

Timeout for awards to some of the NFL's big gainers and losers in 1985. The envelopes, please:

WORST-MANNERED FANS
Denver's. First, there was the incident on Nov. 11 in which a Bronco fan hurled a snowball at 49er holder Matt Cavanaugh just as Ray Wersching was getting ready to attempt a 19-yard field goal. Wersching botched the kick, and the 49ers lost the game 17-16 and possibly a playoff berth. Even worse is the way Bronco fans treat their own kicker, Rich Karlis, who was once a favorite son but has had an off year. After missing a potential game-winning 35-yard field goal in a game the Raiders won in overtime on Dec. 8, Karlis needed the protection of two body-guards to get from the locker room to his car in the parking lot.

ON THE BRINK OF EXTINCTION
The Bills will replace as many as 13 players; the Colts are ready to ship out both quarterbacks and all receivers. Also at the end of the line: John Riggins, Washington; Ed White, San Diego; Jan Stenerud, Minnesota; Cliff Branch, Raiders; Earl Campbell, New Orleans; Lyle Blackwood, Miami; Lynn Dickey, Green Bay (see below); Bubba Baker, St. Louis; Wilbert Montgomery, Detroit; Ken Anderson, Cincinnati; Bill Bain, Rams.

ROOKIE SURPRISE
Bills wide receiver Andre Reed, a fourth-round pick from Division II Kutztown University in Pennsylvania. A surprisingly confident kid when he arrived in camp, Reed had 45 receptions through 15 games; the club record for most catches by a rookie is 52 by Joe Cribbs in 1980.

ROOKIE BUST
Tackle Kevin Allen, Eagles No. 1 pick and the No. 9 overall, replaced as a starter in Game 5 by rookie Ken Reeves, a sixth-rounder.

BIGGEST SPLASH BY EX-USFLer
Cleveland Running back Kevin Mack ( L.A. Express) has rushed for 1,074 yards.

SMALLEST SPLASH BY EX-USFLer
San Diego wide receiver Trumaine Johnson, the former All-Everything for Arizona. Signed for $2.8 million. Only two receptions in 10 games.

COMEBACK PLAYER
Curt Warner, Seattle Seahawks, with 1,002 rushing yards a year after serious knee surgery.

MACHO MAN
Miami tackle Jon Giesler, who played almost entire season on knee that needs surgery. Arthroscopy on Oct. 29, back in lineup 12 days later. Also has sprained Achilles tendon and ligament damage in his hand. Says Giesler, "There have been times when I wake up at 3 a.m. after a road trip in tremendous pain, and I turn to my wife and say, 'That's it. I'm not going to play anymore this season.' "

FORGOTTEN MAN
Quarterback Richard Todd. Making $665,000 this season as the Saints clipboard holder.

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