Monday, October 13, 2003
Green, McNair shine; Chiefs, Panthers remain unbeaten
JERSEY CITY, New Jersey - Michael Vick was supposed to
make his debut on Monday Night Football. Instead, he will again
watch from the sidelines as the Atlanta Falcons try to give
coach Dan Reeves his 200th career victory.
With one of the NFL's most electrifying players in Vick, the
Falcons were scheduled for their first Monday night game since
the 1999 regular-season finale when they visit the St. Louis
But Vick suffered a fractured right fibula during the preseason
and remains sidelined. The Falcons are hoping to get their star
quarterback back within a few weeks.
Without Vick, the Falcons have struggled under Doug Johnson.
After a season-opening win at Dallas, Atlanta has dropped four
Johnson passed for a career-high 352 yards and two touchdowns in
last Sunday's 39-26 loss to Minnesota. Despite his big game,
Johnson has just six touchdown passes and nine interceptions.
It also has been a struggle on defense for the Falcons, who rank
27th in the NFL in scoring defense at 27.8 points per game.
As a result, Reeves' milestone victory has been on hold. He owns
a 199-168-2 record over 23 seasons and ranks sixth in the NFL
on the all-time wins list.
The Falcons' defense could be a welcome sight for the Rams
(2-2), who are coming off their bye week and rank seventh in the
NFL at 25.0 points per game.
Two weeks ago, Lamar Gordon rushed for 81 yards and a touchdown
in a 37-13 rout of Arizona. Gordon is starting in place of
Marshall Faulk, who is expected to miss at least a month with a
Marc Bulger also had a strong game against the Cards as he
completed 28-of-42 passes for 272 yards and two touchdowns with
Sunday's action saw both the Kansas City Chiefs and Carolina
Panthers remain undefeated.
Trent Green passed for 400 yards and three touchdowns, including
a 51-yard throw to Eddie Kennison in overtime, as the Chiefs
(6-0) rallied from a 17-point fourth-quarter deficit Sunday and
defeated the Green Bay Packers, 40-34, in Week Six of the NFL.
The Carolina Panthers (5-0) also remained perfect and knocked
the Indianapolis Colts from the ranks of the unbeaten with a
23-20 overtime win. The idle Minnesota Vikings (5-0) are the
NFL's only other unbeaten team.