This is one of those games that could make
or break Bills quarterback J.P. Losman. The Vikes have allowed one touchdown pass in three games and their cornerbacks, Fred Smoot and Antoine Winfield, are tough to throw on. Just
a hunch, but I think Losman's going to make enough plays to win. He
showed some spunk last week in Buffalo's loss to the Jets.
Memo to all innkeepers in central Tennessee:
Raise your rates a few bucks this weekend, and stock the bar with extra
light beer; the sportswriters are coming. The psychoanalysis of Terrell
Owens will be in full swing. Just what Bill Parcells wants -- a horde of
strangers with pens, pads and cameras asking teammates of T.O., "So,
did he seem suicidal to you?"
In potentially the game of the weekend, I
like Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers to hold his own, even in a very tough road
environment against the unpredictably multiple Baltimore defense. Steve
McNair has to play better, and I think he will. He's completed 55
percent of his throws, but he looks out of sync in the Ravens'
scheme. I saw too many of McNair's throws sail last week in Cleveland. This is a
game Adalius Thomas and his Ravens defensive mates will have to win.
I'm not sure, but I think Daunte Culpepper is
slow enough for Texans defensive end Mario Williams to actually get a
quarterback pressure this Sunday. Williams is working his way up to his
first sack. That should come, oh, around Thanksgiving.
Another frustrating day for the Pats'
offense. You know what they need? Chad Jackson to wake up,
look at himself in the mirror and commit himself to being a full-time
football player who puts his job first and everything else second.
In a rematch of the once and current
Jags quarterbacks, Mark Brunell is the king of the dump-off passes once
again and Byron Leftwich gets abused by a Washington defense that plays
its first good game of the season.
I think Rex Grossman makes one more play than
Matt Hasselbeck. Here's why: Grossman's been sacked twice in 12
quarters; the line's keeping him relatively clean. The Seattle line has
protection issues -- Hasselbeck's gone down eight times and has been hit a lot
more. This is not the week, playing in Chicago with a raucous crowd
and a fired-up Bears defense, to have protection issues.
Well, the good news for Brett Favre is that despite getting sacked eight times (Brett, meet Trent
Cole), he will get two touchdown passes closer to Dan Marino. The bad
news is he gets 64 more gray hairs in a three-hour period on Monday night.