1. MELEE AT MILE HIGH
Denver and New England will put their perfect records on the line Monday night. The Broncos have busted the Patriots in their last two meetings—both at Foxboro—by a combined 71-11. Denver tight end Shannon Sharpe handed New England all the motivation it needs near the end of last year's game, when he picked up a sideline phone and yelled into it, "Mr. President, we need the National Guard! We need as many men as you can spare because we are killing the Patriots!" Says New England tackle Bruce Armstrong, "[ Sharpe] seemed to be enjoying it, but ask him where he was last Jan. 26."
2. LET'S MAKE A DEAL?
The trading deadline is Oct. 7, but that doesn't mean much in the NFL. The only body of significance who could change time zones is Raiders defensive tackle Chester McGlockton. Don't hold your breath.
3. FIGHTING EAGLES
Admit it. You wanted Ty Detmer to belt Ricky Watters for appearing to short-arm that pass against the Vikings. The two Eagles had to be separated. Detmer took the blame for the incident, but the exchange never would have happened had Watters made a better effort to catch the ball.
4. THANKS, BUT....
Minnesota pols are considering a plan to build the Twins their own ballpark. If there's no money left to fund a football stadium, the Vikings could land next to Lake Erie. Bad news for Cleveland, which would prefer an expansion team and the built-in edge that Carolina and Jacksonville had when they entered the league in '95.
The Bengals are four games into their zone-blitz experiment, and let's just say the club can stop production on the Dan Wilkinson for MVP video. The Jets held the ball for almost 43 minutes in a 31-14 rout. Cincinnati's most ignominious numbers this season are three and 4.5—as in three sacks and 4.5 yards allowed per rush.