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NFL PRESS BOX NOTES -- Week 14
Posted: Fri November 28, 1997 at 3:00 p.m. EST

TRIPLE TD THREAT: Miami Dolphins running back KARIM ABDUL-JABBAR leads the NFL with 14 touchdowns. He seeks to become the first AFC player to lead the league in TDs since the Los Angeles Raiders' MARCUS ALLEN and Miami Dolphins' MARK CLAYTON did so in 1984 with 18 touchdowns apiece. At his current pace, Abdul-Jabbar will finish with 19 touchdowns, the most for an AFC player since San Diego's CHUCK MUNCIE posted 19 in 1981. Last week, Abdul-Jabbar had three touchdowns in Miami's game against New England, the second time this year he has had a three-TD effort in a game. Following is a list of players with the most three-touchdown games since 1970.

Player Three-TD Games Player Three-TD Games Jerry Rice 13 Walter Payton 6 Emmitt Smith 8 Terry Allen 5 Marcus Allen 7 Eric Dickerson 5 Chuck Foreman 7 John Riggins 5 Earl Campbell 6 Barry Sanders 5 Joe Morris 6 Wesley Walker 5.

10-CATCH GAMES: The Denver Broncos' SHANNON SHARPE leads all NFL tight ends with 54 receptions and 823 yards. No tight end has caught more passes this decade than Sharpe, who raised his total in the '90s to 447 after his 10-catch performance in Week 13. That marked the fifth time in his career that Sharpe had 10 catches in a game, moving him within one of the all-time record for 10-catch games by a tight end. Following are the career leaders among tight ends in 10-catch games.

TIGHT END TEAM 10-CATCH GAMES Kellen Winslow San Diego 6 Shannon Sharpe Denver 5 Todd Christensen Oakland/LA 4 Ozzie Newsome Cleveland 4

SNAPPING THE BALL: The Chicago Bears have been on the field for the most offensive snaps through 13 weeks. The New York Giants lead the league with most defensive snaps. The top five teams in offensive and defensive snaps through Week 13:

OFFENSE DEFENSE TEAM SNAPS SNAPS Chicago Bears 854 N.Y. Giants 843 Philadelphia Eagles 850 Oakland Raiders 832 Arizona Cardinals 829 Cincinnati Bengals 822 Baltimore Ravens 813 San Diego Chargers 813 Denver Broncos 805 N. Y. Jets 807

DYNAMIC DUOS: When wide receivers TIM BROWN of Oakland (1,040 yards), HERMAN MOORE of Detroit (1,036) and YANCEY THIGPEN of Pittsburgh (1,016) passed the 1,000-yard receiving plateau last week, they joined respective teammates NAPOLEON KAUFMAN (1,088), BARRY SANDERS (1,427) and JEROME BETTIS (1,318) to form the first 1,000-yard rushing and receiving duos in the NFL this season. While it was the fourth time the Steelers have had a 1,000-yard tandem, it marked the sixth time the Lions and Raiders each have had a 1,000-yard rusher and receiver. That ties them for third place all-time (with the Atlanta Falcons) behind the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins (eight times each). Cowboys running back EMMITT SMITH needs 59 rushing yards and wide receiver MICHAEL IRVIN 135 receiving yards to give Dallas its ninth 1,000-yard duo.

THANKSGIVING GAMES: According to TOTAL FOOTBALL, the official encyclopedia of the National Football League, three of the 25 most memorable regular-season NFL games have taken place on Thanksgiving Day. Following are brief recaps of those games:

DATE TEAMS SUMMARY 11/28/29 Chi. Cardinals 40, Chi. Bears 6 RB Ernie Nevers sets NFL record by scoring 40 points (6 TDs, 4 PATs). It is the league's longest-standing individual record. 11/28/74 Dallas 24, Washington 23 Rookie QB Clint Longley replaces an injured Roger Staubach, throws three touchdowns, and rallies the Cowboys from a 16-3 deficit. 11/25/93 Miami 16, Dallas 14 K Pete Stoyanovich kicks 20-yard FG as time expires.