I have no logic for this one. Pack coming off a short week, all beat up, no running game, totally demoralized, 0-2 this season at Lambeau and the Saints are getting it together defensively.
Step up, Robert Ferguson.
Speaking of teams desperate for a quarterback
change. Herman Edwards has made one. "There are no more trades out there
for us," he told me the other day. "We have what we have. We'll make
the best of it." And Vinny Testaverde knocks his old team from the
ranks of the unbeatens.
Now you should be completely confident New England will win. Every time I pick the Pats to go into a deep sleep, they rise up and smite someone. The thing that worries me about the Pats now is their inability to pressure the quarterback -- at all.
When Bud Adams shows his face at Reliant
Stadium, I wonder if he looks around and thinks: If I were as suave,
as politically savvy and pleasant to be around as Bob McNair, I could have
gotten a stadium like this built and I wouldn't have had to move my
team to Tennessee?"
Peyton Manning and Alex Smith meet
at midfield before the game, shake hands warmly and quasi-hug. Manning
says: "Kid, you know that thing called the tackle box? Well, make sure
you run out of it a lot today and throw the ball away, because Dwight
Freeney's coming for you like a freight train."
Add Bill Parcells and his defensive
coordinator, Mike Zimmer, to the list of coaches who can't quite figure
out how to make Donovan McNabb sweat. It would help if Parcells could
find a way to get Julius Jones going.
The key to this game, and I bet Jake Plummer
will hear it in his sleep tonight, is Denver not turning the ball over.
If the Broncos don't, I guarantee they win. But if Jake is Arizona Jake and
Sometimes-Denver Jake, I can make no such guarantee.
The real story here is Neil Rackers. He
enters the game 16 for 16 in field goals, exits it with six more, and
just might be about to do to the single-season field-goal record (39)
what Jerry Rice did to the career receptions record.
As much as I have loved the Jags over
the last couple of years, I now simply like them. Yes, I've fallen out
of love. That's what 8-9 over the last 17 games has done to my
affections. The Bengals, on the other hand, will officially be the
league's most intriguing team after Sunday night.
I know, I know. A rout, you say? How can
you pick a rout with the Chargers coming off two emotional, physical
games (Giants, Pats) and coming off an East Coast trip last week, and
blah, blah, blah. Well, it's easy. The Chargers are really, really
good. And LaDainian Tomlinson is the best player in the NFL right now.