NFL news of October 24, 2002

Running back Emmitt Smith needs only 93 yards to break Walter Payton‘s 15-year-old NFL record of 16,726 rushing yards, and the Cowboys already have a postgame ceremony planned in case he does it at home Sunday against Seattle.

The Seahawks rank 32nd in rushing defense and have given up some big numbers already this year —127 to Charlie Garner, 173 to Thomas Jones and 183 to Marshall Faulk.

Of course, if Smith doesn’t get the record Sunday, he’ll be shooting for it a week later against the Lions at Ford Field.

…The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are 5-2 but haven’t beaten a team with a winning record. Their five wins have been against teams with a combined 11-21 record—Baltimore and Atlanta (both 3-3), Cleveland (3-4), St. Louis (2-5) and Cincinnati (0-6). Their losses have been against New Orleans (6-1) and Philadelphia (4-2).

— Curt Sylvester, Detroit Free Press “Cowboys ready if Smith gets record this week.”

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