You know how Jon Gruden is. The sky is falling, the world is ending, the entire planet will grind to a halt if we don't win this week. That's what he's telling his team this week. And I'm naive enough -- particularly with John Abraham's ouchy groin either limiting him or sidelining him -- to buy it.
I like the Bills a lot more than I thought I would. But if you think they're going to win at Nick Saban's house, after Saban limp-wristed the replay flag in the fourth quarter during the Pittsburgh loss and after the Dolphins have had three extra days to prepare, you're crazy.
After watching the Bears dismantle the Packers, I'm convinced that if the Bears stay healthy (always a big if in Monsters of the Midway-land), the season will come down to whether Rex Grossman can be an above-average quarterback. If so, they've got a great chance to be in the Super Bowl.
I don't know why, really. I guess because this game, quite literally, is the Packers' season. They're at Detroit, at Philly and at Miami for three of their next four, and starting 0-2 at home would end any hopes they have of salvaging Mike McCarthy's rookie year.
Mario Williams' first-game stats vs. Philadelphia: two tackles, one assist, no sacks, little impact. The Texans drafted Williams so they could one day beat Peyton Manning. That one day is not Sunday at the RCA Dome.
I loved hearing Tom Coughlin the other day. Everyone's anointing the Giants as a very good team (me among them). He came out and said: Hey, you gotta win to be a very good team. Winning. Pretty important factor.
I have a bad feeling about the Panthers right now. Really bad. Dan Morgan's fifth concussion, Maake Kemoeatu looking like a turnstile against the Falcons' run game, Travelle Wharton out for the year, necessitating Jordan Gross' move from right to left tackle. But John Fox will be Grudenesque this week. It's must-win time.
Kerry Collins, I guarantee you, is thinking very, very hard after his third blistering hit from Shawne Merriman about why he came back to this game. He's also thinking: Hurry up and develop, Vince Young. I won't mind carrying the clipboard.