Posted: Sunday October 15, 2006 7:20PM; Updated: Tuesday October 17, 2006 9:56AM
You'll probably continue to see Vince Young, who earned his first win Sunday, hand the ball to Travis Henry.
That unidentified NFC juggernaut gaining ground in the rearview mirror is the Carolina Panthers, winners of four in a row since kicker John Kasay single-leggedly kept their season alive in Week 3 at Tampa Bay. The Bears remain the class of the NFC in the season's opening six weeks, but don't do something silly and let John Fox's team slip off your radar screen.
Guess you could say Ben Roethlisberger shut all of our mouths, didn't he? The Steelers quarterback climbed off the endangered list in a big way at home against Kansas City, looking like the Big Ben of old for the first time in a month of Sundays.
And that sound you heard emanating from western Pennsylvania Sunday night was the collective exhaling of worried Steelers fans. To repeat, entering Sunday, Roethlisberger was 4-5, with six touchdown passes and 14 interceptions in his most recent nine regular-season games. In his previous 19 career regular-season games, Roethlisberger had gone 18-1, with 26 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.
Marty Schottenheimer can be defensive about his Martyball reputation all he wants, but he sees now what can be accomplished with that Chargers offense when he takes the training wheels off third-year quarterback Philip Rivers. Still think you should have run the ball on 20 of the first 24 second-half plays in Baltimore, Marty?
With Vince Young continuing to take baby steps at quarterback, Tennessee is doing the wise thing riding Travis Henry for all he's worth. The running back's renaissance the past two weeks has been eye-opening to say the least: 301 yards rushing on 51 carries, an average of almost six yards a pop. Henry churned for 178 yards on 32 rugged carries at Washington, not bad for a guy who probably didn't go high in many fantasy drafts.
I have to believe there's going to be some serious heck to pay in Washington this week after the underachieving Redskins fell to 2-4 with that home loss to winless Tennessee. Either that or Daniel Snyder spontaneously combusts. Either way, the Redskins make news.
It's not going to get much easier for Washington, either. The Redskins next week are at Indy, then have a bye before facing Dallas at FedEx and traveling to Philly in Week 10.