NFL news of September 22, 2002

*- The unbeaten Carolina Panthers have issued bobblehead dolls of some prominent players. Todd Steussie had his in his locker, and admitted it gave him the creeps. “It’s spooky,” Steussie said. “You ever see the ‘Seinfeld’ episode when George’s fianc?had a doll that looked exactly like his mother and it freaks George out? That’s kind of what that bobblehead doll does to me. It’s a little too close to home.” When asked about an ESPN Page 2 column by Bill Simmons that called the Panthers the “worst 2-0 team ever,” Steussie replied, “I guess that’s why he’s not on Page 1.”

*- New Orleans is 2-0 for only the fourth time in the franchise’s 36-year history (1991, 1993, 1998). A major reason is the offense. The Saints totaled 368 total yards in their opener at Tampa Bay and 357 against Green Bay last week. They also produced the first back-to-back 100-yard games rushing (Deuce McAllister, 109, 123) and receiving (Joe Horn, 108, 120) in team history.

*- Quarterback Trent Dilfer on how the 0-2 Seahawks must handle their situation: “I got into a lot of fights when I was in high school, and I got jumped one time in a Burger King and these guys were just beating the snot out of me. I thought I was going to die, and it got worse and worse. But you can’t quit. Finally I’m laying on this Burger King table, I’m realizing, ‘You better do something or this might be the end.’ So you get up and you say ‘Come on you got anymore?’ and you just keep going and going. And eventually I won.”

— Record “Around the NFC”

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