Not-so-dirty Birds: Amazingly, for the second straight week, the Falcons were involved in winning the Best Game of the Week. And, though I didn't think it was possible, Mike Vick was even BETTER this week than last week.
Can we all agree that if you just saw the stats and didn't know the player's name was "Reggie Bush," you'd say that – as a No. 2 overall pick -- he's been more dud than stud. (In fact, he's miles behind even being the best rookie on his own team! That would be Marques Colston.)
The Vince Young Era is in full effect. 7/15 for 87 yards passing? Who cares? How about those zero INTs? And how about that 10 yards-per-carry average, complete with a rushingTD? He did just enough to win the game, and that's all that matters.
Two words: L. J. Uh, were people really wondering if Larry Johnson was worth the preseason Fantasy hype?
Someone needs to explain the Jags. Someone needs to explain the Eagles. They get together and play and they both remain mystifying. Why do I get the feeling this is the one great game a year that Fred Taylor uses to keep tantalizing everyone?
The Giants' D is very very good. I'm not saying that Bruce Gradkowski was supposed to pick them apart, but New York totally neutered the Bucs.
It's a banner day, as the pride of Jewish fans everywhere – Texans backup QB Sage "Chosen One" Rosenfels – came off the bench to throw 3 TDs. Even in a loss, it's progress.
Apparently, Rex Grossman has excised whatever fart had been lodged in his brain during the Monday Night debacle at Arizona.
Steve McNair makes the Ravens a playoff team. I'm back to touting his "MVP" worthiness. I'm not saying he IS MVP, but you certainly can't deny the affect he has on the team when he's playing.
The Cardinals are bad... How bad are they? The Cardinals are SO bad... that they make the PACKERS look good.
Shawne Merriman: 3 sacks. Think he's playing with much motivation, knowing he might be out four games in the future? (Meanwhile, Tomlinson hit the 8,000-yard mark – in his 6th season – and tied Emmitt as the 2nd-fastest player ever to 90 TDs. Sick.)
The Colts became the first team to start 7-0 in back-to-back seasons since the Packers in 1930, but let's be honest: That doesn't mean jack if they don't win the Super Bowl. That's why the game's far more important milestone was Adam V. kicking the game-winning FG. Sign of things to come down the road... when it REALLY counts?
You have my sympathy, Jets fans: I'd be upset too if I lost to the Browns. That it happened on a controversial play is kind of beside the point. (Although it begs the question why officials' "judgment calls" aren't reviewable. Totally ludicrous.)
Finally, let's make it VERY clear: Playing Ben Roethlisberger cost the Steelers the game. He threw for 301 yards and 1 TD, but it would have been 426 yards and 3 TDs if you count the two INT-TDs he threw. It's very likely this was the final nail in the Steelers' "title-defense"; the season isn't even halfway over and they are as good as done.