Dennis Green said his aim against Seattle was to balance things out with the run. I mean that's why they got Edgerrin James, right? Uh oh, got down, 14-0, right away. Goodbye balance. Twenty runs, 38 pass plays, five sacks. You see, there's this thing called the offensive line.
Joe Gibbs' trademark through the years was a rock-solid O-line, flanked by one, two, sometimes even three monster tight ends, and he could either run with frightening power or max-protect for his QB. Well, the line couldn't handle the Dallas pass rush Sunday night, and Minnesota put big pressure on it in Game 1. It's like a master architect watching his foundation crumble.
Ah, the irony of it. Now they're calling for Joey Harrington to replace Daunte Culpepper, and after all Joey'd been through in Detroit. What do I think of the idea? Well, something's got to be done. Daunte's game has disappeared. He needs to sit and watch for a while, then make a re-entry in the second act.
Roy, don't ever visit any of the bookies in my neighborhood. That's Roy Williams, the wideout who swore Detroit would beat the Bears. Well, he only fell short by four touchdowns. "I said we'd win if we do what we're supposed to do," he said, postgame. Oh, comma, I see. Is that what you're gonna tell the bookie when you refuse to pay him? Is your life insurance paid up?
The debate rages: Which is worse, their offense, with a QB who keeps getting his passes deflected, or a defense that just gave up 306 on the ground? I was just asked if Cadillac Williams is still on this team. Yeah, 23 carries, 59 yards, average 2.6. Anything else I can help you with?
Lifelike appearance of Brett Favre, working the offense well against the Saints, lifts the Pack two places to No. 29. Don't sneer at it. Two places up each week and they'll be at No. 1 by season's end.
"What do you write," the Flaming Redhead asks, "when there's absolutely nothing you can say about a team?" You turn to the schedule. Hmm, let's see. Washington on Sunday, then Miami. Yep, there it is. Sure is interesting.
Our man on the road shoots me the information that after Cleveland's loss last week to Cincinnati, the Browns and the Bengals are tied at 33-all in the all-time "Battle of Ohio" series. OK, all-time means something different to me. I want to know about the real all-time Ohio action, and I'm thinking about the Dayton Triangles and the Cleveland Bulldogs and the Columbus Tigers back in the '20s. "You know, that's really boring," said someone not far from me at present. Cheer up. Only one to go.
My friend Artie Snaps, the rodeo photographer, sent me a story about a sportswear company that launched a marketing campaign in New Zealand to sell more All Blacks rugby shirts. With each purchase, a buyer would get one of 8,000 posters made with, catch this, a bit of blood drawn from every member of the team and mixed with the ink. Perfect for the Raiders. And for some of their higher-priced players ... well, if maybe a little too much blood were drawn, by accident of course? You get the picture.