Posted: Wednesday October 5, 2005 2:53PM; Updated: Wednesday October 5, 2005 2:53PM
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1. Donovan McNabb's success: I'm not questioning McNabb's "warrior" status, but don't expect his gaudy stats to hold up. He's coming off games against San Francisco, Oakland and Kansas City. Wait 'til he faces a real pass rush.
2. Indy's Defense: They've faced Baltimore, Jacksonville, Cleveland. Tennessee. The four horsemen of offensive ineptitude. This week's opponent, San Francisco, is ranked 30th in total offense.
3. Patriots Injuries: The Pats win at Pittsburgh and one week later the injuries catch up to them? Unlikely. The loss to the Chargers was nothing more than a let-down game.
4. Eli Manning: Not to harp on the schedule, but would you look at the Giants' opponents? Manning torched Arizona and St. Louis. Brooks Bollinger could move the ball on those teams.
5. Randy Moss: Check out the standings. Vikings 1-3, Raiders 1-3. Doesn't seem to matter where Moss plays.
6. Shaun Alexander: Leads the NFL with 455 rushing yards. Last in the league in tough yards that matter.
7. Brett Favre: Will he or won't he retire? I don't care anymore. Neither do you.
8. Undefeated teams: Bengals' opponents have 3-10 combined record. Bucs -- 4-12. I already ripped the Colts and you can't take the 3-0 'Skins seriously.
9. Marshall QBs:Chad Pennington's injury was overblown because the Jets offense was terrible even when he was healthy. But why does the Jags' Byron Leftwich always get a free pass?
10. Rookies: Carnell Williams, Matt Jones and Derrick Johnson had us really excited at first, but they've come to earth a bit. To be fair, Caddy still looks like the real deal.
-- Andrew Perloff (2:58 p.m.)
Andrew, speak for yourself. I care whether or not Brett Favre retires. If I had my way I would have the legendary quarterback play forever. I would take him over any other quarterback in the league on any day. Including Peyton.
-- Patrick , Point Lookout (3:06 p.m.)
Eli Manning also had a great game against the Chargers. I remember a certain Super Bowl champion not having an easy time moving the ball against them last week?
-- Rick Polito, Mount Kisco, N.Y. (3:11 p.m.)
Yeah, it's too soon to take the 'Skins seriously. But they controlled the clock well against Seattle and had two penalties for ten yards. If the offense doesn't beat itself, they'll make the playoffs.
-- Jim Franck, Charlottesville, Va. (3:15 p.m.)
The Saints and home games. The attempt to insinuate that the Saints will struggle, underachieve and play sloppily, because they can't play at home is interesting. Considering they have struggled, underachieved and play sloppily, ever since Jim Haslett arrived, this seems a little ridiculous to me. The real impact is on the hometown fans who won't be able to see the games not on the Haslett's attempts to save his job by deflecting criticism.
-- Jack, Chicago (3:18 p.m.)
Undefeated teams: If I read one more story on how great the Bengals are for being 4-0, I am going to get sick! They just beat a Texans team, AT HOME, by the score of 16-10. Yes, they did score some points against the Vikings and the Bears, but I find it hard to believe that any team in the NFL couldnt do that with 5 GIVEAWAYS (not takeaways since they were horrible passes from the qb's on both teams)!
-- Nelli, Columbus, Ohio (3:21 p.m.)
I'm a Giants fan, but I'm not gonna rip on your Manning comment. The Pats lost Harrison and Light vs. Pitt -- not exactly third stringers. So yes, injuries did catch up to them.
-- Dan Fagella, Howell, N.J. (3:21 p.m.)
You are an idiot. Calling Eli Manning not good enough and calling Bengals and Indy D not real. You are a member "we love Patriots cult" members. Nothiong more to say.
-- Aditya, Los Angeles (3:25 p.m.)
Andrew, Randy Moss doesn't play defense for Oakland. Maybe if he did they would win. On offense, Moss is putting up some of the best numbers at WR in the NFL. Minnesota is losing because Moss was their passing threat.
-- Ryan, Detroit (3:27 p.m.)
It's nice to see a journalist who isn't pumping up a ridiculous story. Especially points 7, 8 and 9. In my opinion, Brett Favre is becoming Jerry Rice the sequel. It's time for Green Bay to move on. Washington is getting ranked way to high on everybody's power polls. C'mon, two of their wins were due to other teams playing like idiots at the end of the game. They will lose soon and often. And, oh yeah, when exactly was Chad "Waterfall Ball" Penningtion a good quarterback? I didn't catch that over the last few seasons. Also, on No. 5, I am the only person who understands the fact that Randy Moss only pays football because the money is sweet?
-- Chris Prokop , Calgary, Alberta, Canada (3:31 p.m.)
What's up with everyone writing off the Skins? "experts" on this website picked the Bears, Seahawks and Cowboys to make the playoffs ...
-- Glen Goland, Boston (3:32 p.m.)
I agree the Bengals haven't played a good team yet. But when did 4-0 become an easy thing in the NFL, regardless of who they play? They are all NFL-caliber teams.
-- Glenn Hutton, Covington, Ky. (3:32 p.m.)
How about the imminent demise of Mike Shanahan? After he raided Cleveland's defense in the offseason, all the "experts" at SI and ESPN were saying he'd completely lost it. Well, after taking a mulligan in Miami, they've done something the Pats and Eagles couldn't do -- shut down the Chargers and Chiefs. Whether they'll be able to hold up against the Colts in the playoffs though, that's a different story ...
-- Justin, Philadelphia (3:32 p.m.)
Great, great point. That loss to Miami had everyone fooled. -- AP (3:33 p.m.)
I care whether or not Favre retires, too. But the point is, the media has been asking him week in and week out for years. Although Favre's answers are admittedly vague, it's the media that keeps asking the question, not the fans.
-- Andrew, Green Bay (3:35 p.m.)
Agreed. It's all the hoopla about Favre's retirement that's tired, not watching him play. -- AP (3:39 p.m.)
Pass rush? Do you consider Dallas to have a pass rush. Please hurry up and answer before the game is over. After he beats the Big D...I guess we can figure what you will say... Offensive line stepped up. No pass rush this week...yada yada. As soon as they get beat.. You say I told you so. We say very good Andrew your 1-5. I guess it had to happen sometime.
-- JP , Elkton, Md. (3:44 p.m.)
Perloff -- I can't take you seriously until you get some new glasses. You look like you should be serving Peter King's lattes at Starbucks. Anyway, don't fault the Bengals for being 4-0. They play who they play, and at this stage in the game there really aren't too many opponents to play who aren't 2-1, 2-2, etc. It would be awfully hard to match up every week against a top-notch team so don't discount them. If they were 0-4 like usual, you would be whistling the "Same 'Ol Bengals" tune, so give credit where credit is due.
-- Tony , Cincinnati (3:48 p.m.)
Man, I don't know about your opinion on that Indy defense. The way I see it, as long as you have the beast known as Freeney playing on the defensive line, you should be able to wreak havoc on just about any offensive line this league has to offer.
-- Michael Forde , Brooklyn, N.Y. (3:49 p.m.)
If you actually watched football, you'd see the Eli Manning knows what he is doing out there. Comparing him to Brooks Bollinger is a little much.
-- Franco , Hoboken, N.J. (3:51 p.m.)
I've seen a lot of Eli Manning and I wasn't comparing him to Bollinger. Part of the reason Manning had such bad stats last year was because he faced tough defenses. Part of the reason he's trhiving this year is playing against weak pass defenses. -- AP (3:52 p.m.)
Chad "Waterfall Ball" Pennington led the jets to the second round of the playoffs 2 of the last 3 years, with excellent statistics jackass.
-- Matt , Providence, R.I. (3:52 p.m.)
For the record, I didn't call him "Waterfall Ball," and I'm not 100 percent sure what that means. Does that refer to how Pennington's deep passes go straight up and fall straight down to the ground. If so, that's kind of clever. Remember when Justin McCairens almost called a fair catch on that deep pass during Week 2. But the bottom line is, the Jets' offensive line is struggling, so Pennington was going nowhere this year anyway. -- AP