1. Counterfeit Bucs
The most damning offensive stat this season: In 38 first-half possessions, preseason darling Tampa Bay has produced only three field goals. Starting with a game against the Vikings this Sunday in Tampa, the schedule gets only tougher. "Now we find out if we have the heart of a champion or the heart of a cowardly lion," Bucs defensive tackle Warren Sapp said after a 9-3 loss to the Saints.
2. El Perfecto?
The Broncos and the Vikings are 7-0, but they both have a serious November roadblock before they can start thinking about 16-0. Denver (four home games remaining, five away) has a Nov. 16 date at Kansas City, where it is 1-3 under Mike Shanahan. Minnesota (five home, four away) has a brutal five-day stretch—the Packers at home, the Cowboys on the road for a Thanksgiving Day tilt. What are the chances of either going undefeated? Says Jaguars coach Tom Coughlin, "It's as remote a possibility as someone hitting 70 home runs."
3. Good News Bears
Only a month ago we buried the men of Dave Wannstedt, the coach the front office brought back this year for what looked like a second-straight dismal season. Now Chicago has won three of its last four.