1. Ditka for President. The Saints, who looked like the NFL's worst team before the season started, are one of the league's seven unbeatens. Locker room frenzy ensued after their 19-13 overtime win over the Colts on Sunday. "You would have thought we'd won the Super Bowl," rookie tight end Cameron Cleeland said. In its last 10 regular-season games New Orleans is 7-3, the same record as the Super Bowl champion Broncos.
2. 49ers Muscle. How good is the Niners' offense? In its first three games San Francisco has scored 36, 45 and 31 points while amassing 557, 504 and 538 yards of total offense. We'll find out about this team in another month or so. The 49ers should be 7-0 when they travel to Green Bay for a Nov. 1 showdown with the Packers.
3. A Blessing. In his office Ravens coach Ted Marchibroda has a cherished photo of himself shaking hands with Pope John Paul II, taken during his pilgrimage to Vatican City last year. On Sunday, Marchibroda called on a Priest to lead Baltimore to a 31-24 win over Cincinnati. Third-string running back Priest Holmes, signed as a rookie free agent in 1997, had the best rushing day in the NFL last week, carrying 27 times for 173 yards and two touchdowns. Afterward Marchibroda anointed Holmes as his starter.