Spoke to Dick Jauron this week, and he was talking about what a good job Chad Pennington was doing. "He's just so steady," Jauron said. It appears most of the free world, including me, was wrong to write off the guy, because he looks totally in command of that offense. This week he'll have to overcome a resurgent Bills D, led by end Ryan Denney.
Rod Marinelli's doghouse is going to get pretty crowded if the Lions don't win this one. Mike Williams is the most famous bowzer now. Here's a clue to your slide down the depth chart, Mike: You've got to practice hard all the time to play for Marinelli and offensive coordinator Mike Martz.
I don't see a way out of the tunnel for Tennessee anytime soon, not with the second of three oppressive defenses (San Diego, Miami, Dallas) on tap. If I'm Jeff Fisher, I resist the calls for Vince Young until he's good and ready, because you don't want him to be scarred from the beatings he'd take by playing now.
Donovan McNabb's excellence was lost in the fog of an embarrassing loss last Sunday, but he could well be on his way to his best year ever. He's a 64-percent passer so far, with 664 passing yards, second only to Peyton Manning. That continues in this game.
Get ready for an onslaught of "There's nothing wrong with Edgerrin James" quotes coming out of Phoenix this week. There isn't. A running back is only as good as his line is, and Arizona's is as mediocre this year as it was last year. James will continue to languish with tepid numbers (137 yards after two games, 3.1 yards per rush) until his blocking gets better.
Road sweet road. Nothing bothers Eli Manning, not even the loudest stadium in sports. For this to come true, however, it's time for Michael Strahan and Osi Umenyiora to do what they get paid the big bucks to do -- sack the quarterback.
As much as I'd love to make a fairy-tale pick here, I can't. The Saints are neither a great run-stuffing team nor a quick team on the defensive edges, and the Falcons have surpassed 250 rushing yards two straight games. How amazing is this: Warrick Dunn, the NFL rushing leader, is averaging 5.3 yards per carry ... and that's three whole yards behind his quarterback, Mike Vick, who's averaging 8.3.