Monday Morning QB (cont.)
Posted: Monday October 1, 2007 7:52AM; Updated: Wednesday October 3, 2007 2:16PM
The Fine Fifteen
1. New England (3-0). October's an interesting month for the Pats, full of pesky foes. But I say they come out of the month 8-0, after games with Cincinnati, Dallas and Miami on the road and Cleveland and Washington at home.
2. Indianapolis (4-0). Fourth quarter, 6:33 p.m. ET, Sunday, Jim Nantz announces on CBS after a Jake Scott false start, "That's the first penalty of the game on the Indianapolis offense.'' And now you know one of the 100 reasons why this team is so, so good.
3. Dallas (4-0). By my count, Tony Romo ran backwards 28 yards with that weird kicking of the lost football, then ran forward 37 yards. Something like that. Whatever, it's one of the great plays of this, or any other, season.
4. Green Bay (4-0). Defensive ends Cullen Jenkins, Kabir Gbaja-Biamila and Aaron Kampman combined for three sacks, two quarterback hits, two passes batted down and a forced fumble. They may not have handled Adrian Peterson on Sunday, but they handled everything else the Viking offense tried.
5. Pittsburgh (3-1). You know why I don't kill the Steelers for losing in Arizona? Because there was plenty for the Cards to play for (with the Whisenhunt-Grimm revenge angle), and because Pittsburgh has still outscored its foes 111-47.
6. Tennessee (2-1). On the flight home from New Orleans after the Titans routed the Saints last Monday, someone sidled up to Albert Haynesworth and said to him: "You made yourself an awful lot of money tonight.'' Truer words have not been spoken this year. Haynesworth will be a free agent at the end of the year (unless the Titans make a pre-emptive signing). The free-agency crop is thin and NFL teams will likely have a record amount of cap room. Haynesworth might be the best defensive tackle in football right now, and if a brave GM can be convinced that Haynesworth's stomping days are over, he's about to be a very rich man.
7. Jacksonville (2-1). The AFC South is the best division in football right now. No other division is close.
8. Tampa Bay (3-1). "No question we're playing better than any team in the division right now,'' Ronde Barber said over the cell phone from a happy post-game bus in Charlotte. The Bucs have a suffocating D right now.
9. Seattle (3-1). The 2006 punching bags of the 49ers became the punchers by the Bay on Sunday.
10. San Diego (1-3). Sorry. I don't buy the Chargers-are-dead stuff. They're too good.
11. Denver (2-2). You know, I'm not sure why I'm putting them here, other than the fact that: a) I don't love any other team; and b) I never mark a team down too far after visiting the RCA Dome.
12. Detroit (3-1). The Lions scored 34 points in the fourth quarter Sunday. The Rams have scored 39 points in 16 quarters.
13. Chicago (1-3). One of the things I've learned about football over the past 24 seasons: A team without a quarterback stinks.
14. Baltimore (2-2). Might be time to go with Boller, Brian Billick.
15. (tie) New York Giants (2-2). So much for the resuscitation of the Eagles. The sack-happy Giants made them look like the Mets on Sunday night.
15. (tie) Washington Redskins (2-1). Amazing. Three NFC East teams in the top half of the league right now -- and the Eagles are not among them. Washington's bye came at the right time. The 'Skins need to heal on the offensive line and in the secondary.