Injuries overshadow Anderson's record

The World Series may be dominating the American sporting scene, but after a weekend of shattered records and broken bodies, it seems the gridiron game is reluctant to be relegated to the sidelines.

The World Series may be dominating the American sporting scene, but after a weekend of shattered records and broken bodies, it seems the gridiron game is reluctant to be relegated to the sidelines.

Leading the pack in the jostle to grab the headlines was the Minnesota Vikings kicker, Gary Anderson, who became the league's all-time leading scorer, taking his tally to 2,004 points in helping his team retain their unbeaten record with a thrilling 31-27 victory over the Buffalo Bills.

The Cincinnati Bengals, previously winless and hopeless, confounded all expectations by demolishing the Denver Broncos 31-21, with the running back Corey Dillon setting a single-game rushing record with 278 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

The St Louis Rams, themselves on course for an assault on the record books after a sizzling start to the season, found themselves on the wrong end of a 54-34 mauling in Kansas City. Of greater concern to the defending champions than the loss of their unbeaten record, was the broken finger sustained by their quarterback Kurt Warner, and a shoulder injury to the running back Marshall Faulk. Both await test results with anxiety, Warner facing a four-week absence.

The Tennessee Titans made short work of the Baltimore Ravens, prevailing 14-6, but celebrations were muted following the departure of their running back Eddie George with a knee injury. Few players are as crucial to their team's welfare as George is to the Titans and he spent yesterday undergoing medical examinations in an effort to determine the extent of the damage.

Among others spending quality time with their doctors are a group of battered quarterbacks, including Kansas City's Elvis Grbac, Cade McNown from Chicago, Cincinnati's Akili Smith and the Seattle pair of Brock Huard and Jon Kitna, all of whom were forced out of the action on Sunday.

With records and bodies seemingly broken in equal measure, Anderson's achievement was almost put in the shade. His record-setting kick, a routine 21-yard field goal, capped the scoring in the Vikings triumph over the Bills, but the game's big play had occurred moments earlier, when the receiver Randy Moss made a spectacular catch in the end zone to give his team the lead with three minutes remaining. The Vikings, now the league's only unbeaten team, came back from an 11-point deficit in the fourth quarter. Quiet and unassuming by nature, the 18-year veteran from South Africa savoured his moment. "It can't have happened in a more special way," Anderson said. "To get a chance to kick a field goal in front of the home crowd in that kind of setting, I couldn't have asked for a better script myself."

Nor could Dillon, who surpassed Walter Payton's mark of 275 yards in a breathtaking display, as the Bengals achieved their first win of the season in extraordinary fashion. Led by Dillon's 278 yards and two touchdowns, Cincinnati chalked up a total of 407 rushing yards, the fifth-highest tally in the league's history.

Four years ago, Dillon eclipsed Jim Brown, another gridiron legend, when he set the single-game rookie rushing record. He is in exalted company, but seems to know his place. "I'm not even in their league right now," he said of Payton and Brown, the best runners ever to play the game. "I just wanted to make a big play and ended up with 278."

The Washington receiver Albert Connell delivered 211 yards and three touchdowns as the Redskins demolished Jacksonville 35-16.

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Daily World Cup Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Scrum Master - Southampton, Hampshire - Excellent Package

£40000 - £60000 per annum + Excellent benefits: Deerfoot IT Resources Limited:...

Senior Scrum Master - Hampshire - £47k

£47000 per annum + Excellent benefits: Deerfoot IT Resources Limited: Key skil...

Geography Teacher

£110 - £200 per day + pension and childcare: Randstad Education Maidstone: Geo...

KS1 Teacher

£110 - £120 per annum + TBA: Randstad Education Reading: KS1 Teacher needed fo...

Day In a Page

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: Peace without magnanimity - the summit in a railway siding that ended the fighting

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments

Peace without magnanimity - the summit in a railway siding that ended the fighting
Scottish independence: How the Commonwealth Games could swing the vote

Scottish independence: How the Commonwealth Games could swing the vote

In the final part of our series, Chris Green arrives in Glasgow - a host city struggling to keep the politics out of its celebration of sport
Out in the cold: A writer spends a night on the streets and hears the stories of the homeless

A writer spends a night on the streets

Rough sleepers - the homeless, the destitute and the drunk - exist in every city. Will Nicoll meets those whose luck has run out
Striking new stations, high-speed links and (whisper it) better services - the UK's railways are entering a new golden age

UK's railways are entering a new golden age

New stations are opening across the country and our railways appear to be entering an era not seen in Britain since the early 1950s
Conchita Wurst becomes a 'bride' on the Paris catwalk - and proves there is life after Eurovision

Conchita becomes a 'bride' on Paris catwalk

Alexander Fury salutes the Eurovision Song Contest winner's latest triumph
Pétanque World Championship in Marseilles hit by

Pétanque 'world cup' hit by death threats

This year's most acrimonious sporting event took place in France, not Brazil. How did pétanque get so passionate?
Whelks are healthy, versatile and sustainable - so why did we stop eating them in the UK?

Why did we stop eating whelks?

Whelks were the Victorian equivalent of the donor kebab and our stocks are abundant. So why do we now export them all to the Far East?
10 best women's sunglasses

In the shade: 10 best women's sunglasses

From luxury bespoke eyewear to fun festival sunnies, we round up the shades to be seen in this summer
Germany vs Argentina World Cup 2014: Lionel Messi? Javier Mascherano is key for Argentina...

World Cup final: Messi? Mascherano is key for Argentina...

No 10 is always centre of attention but Barça team-mate is just as crucial to finalists’ hopes
Siobhan-Marie O’Connor: Swimmer knows she needs Glasgow joy on road to Rio

Siobhan-Marie O’Connor: Swimmer needs Glasgow joy on road to Rio

18-year-old says this month’s Commonwealth Games are a key staging post in her career before time slips away
The true Gaza back-story that the Israelis aren’t telling this week

The true Gaza back-story that the Israelis aren’t telling this week

A future Palestine state will have no borders and be an enclave within Israel, surrounded on all sides by Israeli-held territory, says Robert Fisk
A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: The German people demand an end to the fighting

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments

The German people demand an end to the fighting
New play by Oscar Wilde's grandson reveals what the Irish wit said at his trials

New play reveals what Oscar Wilde said at trials

For a century, what Wilde actually said at his trials was a mystery. But the recent discovery of shorthand notes changed that. Now his grandson Merlin Holland has turned them into a play
Can scientists save the world's sea life from

Can scientists save our sea life?

By the end of the century, the only living things left in our oceans could be plankton and jellyfish. Alex Renton meets the scientists who are trying to turn the tide
Richard III, Trafalgar Studios, review: Martin Freeman gives highly intelligent performance

Richard III review

Martin Freeman’s psychotic monarch is big on mockery but wanting in malice