Kicking Off Loser Image : Pro football: Former NFL doormats greet the new season with wins. Glanville's Falcons punish Houston.


A new season, new players, new coaches and new results--Tampa Bay, Atlanta and Dallas all won on opening day; the Rams, Broncos and Vikings all lost.

And the Giants beat the Eagles for the first time in five games.

The most striking debut was turned in by an old guy turned new guy--Jerry Glanville, now coaching Atlanta, who had his Falcons pumped up for his old team, the Houston Oilers.

Final, 47-27, and a characteristic Glanville stat for Atlanta--16 penalties for 139 yards.

"They were flying at us," said Houston linebacker Robert Lyles. "There were guys jumping all over the pile."

On one play, a short pass late in the game, nine black shirts were on the pile and only two were standing by--one of them Deion Sanders, who later returned an interception 82 yards, prancing the last 20.

AS FOR ROOKIES: Jeff George, the No. 1 pick in the draft, got a swift introduction to the regular season. He was 13 of 24 for 160 yards and a touchdown in a 26-10 loss in Buffalo. He also was sacked three times and knocked out of the game with a concussion with 11:48 to go when he was hit by Cornelius Bennett.

Steve Broussard, the Falcons' No. 1 pick, ran 17 times for 54 yards, scored on a 6-yard run and left the game briefly with a sprained ankle.

Rodney Hampton of the Giants caught four passes for 26 yards, including a 12-yard TD pass from Phil Simms, and rushed six times for 17 yards.

Harold Green of Cincinnati carried five times for 22 yards and caught two passes for 5 yards.

Seattle's Cortez Kennedy, signed less than a week ago, had four tackles.

Chicago safety Mark Carrier, a USC product, had three tackles and an assist and Percy Snow, Kansas City's No. 1, had three tackles, an assist and a sack as the Chiefs beat Minnesota 27-24.

Tampa Bay's Keith McCants had one assist.

SPEEDUP: Sunday's 13 games, played under the NFL's new speed-up rules, averaged 3 hours and four minutes, including the 3:49 that Houston, Atlanta and the officials spent sorting out penalties and other oddities. Seven of the games came in under three hours, the shortest the 2:50 it took the Bucs to beat the Lions, 38-21.

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