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Two teams with equal 6-6 records faced a Kingdome specialty. Once again, Seattle's All-Pro quarterback Dave Krieg had the Raiders' number, throwing five TD passes in a 35-27 win. L.A. had its chance, but a 95-yard kickoff return by rookie Tim Brown led to no points.
It's still described as the Halloween Massacre. Indy racked up the offense against a weaker Denver team in this 55-23 blowout. Not a bad way for the Hoosier Dome to get introduced to MNF.
This game brought out the best and worst of both teams in five quarters. Ex-Bronco quarterback coach Mike Shanahan, now the head man of the Raiders, agonized at Denver's 24-point first-half domination. Then the Silver and Black exploded to force overtime. In the extra period, L.A. intercepted John Elway to set up Chris Bahr's winning field goal. The 30-27 Raider comeback ranks with the greatest ever, and is one of the most fantastic finishes in MNF history.moreless
Cleveland had not scored a touchdown so far in 1988, but in the rematch with Indianapolis (a playoff opponent the year before), third-stringer Mike Pagel got the Browns into the end zone. The 23-17 win seemed to put the Browns on the right track.