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ST. LOUIS - The first nine games of Tavon Austin's NFL career were unremarkable, to put it mildly. The game-breaking skills rarely were in evidence. In Week 10, the payoff of eye-popping speed and derring-do burst to the surface for the St. Louis Rams rookie mini-mite. He scored the NFL version of a hat trick with three straight touchdowns - each of them covering more than half the field. Stands for Rams Bye.
By R.B. Fallstrom. 900 words, photos moved in advance for Nov. 16 release. SENT.
DENVER - The Kansas City Chiefs have the 9-0 record. The Denver Broncos have Peyton Manning. A high-stakes meeting for first place in the AFC West is set for Sunday night, with the Chiefs bringing in the league's best defense and hoping to stop Manning, who is dinged-up but still leading the Broncos on a record-setting pace.
By National Writer Eddie Pells. 800 words, photos moved in advance for Nov. 16 release. SENT.
Someone will survive in the NFC East, which no longer is the only division totally up for grabs. The AFC and NFC North also are mired in uncertainty and, in some cases, mediocrity.
By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. 900 words, photos moved in advance for Nov. 16 release. SENT.
The 49ers at the Saints, a battle for NFC supremacy. That's what the script might have called for, except that the Seahawks have trumped both of them so far. And nobody wants to go to Seattle in the postseason.
By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. UPCOMING: 1,600 words and photos by 1 a.m. Friday moving in advance for Nov. 16 release.
IRVING, Texas - The last time Dallas was embarrassed on national TV on a Sunday night, the head coach was gone the next day. Owner Jerry Jones says he isn't planning drastic changes after the New Orleans Saints sent Jason Garrett and the Cowboys into the bye week with a humbling 49-17 blowout. The difference is Dallas is still tied for the NFC East lead at 5-5, not a one-loss team.
But the Cowboys are dead last in defense even after firing Rob Ryan and replacing him with Monte Kiffin, and Tony Romo's offense is in a five-week funk with Bill Callahan calling plays instead of Garrett.
By Schuyler Dixon. 800 words, photos moved in advance for Nov. 16 release. SENT.
FBN--NFL NOTES. 1,000 words, photos moved in advance for Nov. 16 release. SENT.

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