1. Green's Machine Can anybody in the NFC slow down the Vikings? Can the Broncos? With three games left, Minnesota has already scored more points (442) than 11 of the 12 playoff teams scored all last season. The Vikings' offense looks as dominating as the Super Bowl champion Bears' defense of 1985.
2. Ifs Easier Than It Looks Six days after Raiders quarterback Jeff George pronounced himself out for the year with a groin injury, sub Donald Hollas played one of the worst games in NFL history, throwing six interceptions and getting sacked eight times in a 27-17 loss to the Dolphins. "Funny," Hollas said after Oakland's fourth straight loss. "I was watching an HBO special, and some guy threw seven interceptions. I thought, How in the world can you throw seven interceptions?"
3. Here Come the Saints Four days after an inspirational talk by owner Tom Benson, the Saints spanked the Cowboys 22-3, holding Dallas to a franchise-record-low eight yards rushing. Afterward, Benson predicted that 6-7 New Orleans would make its first playoff appearance since '92. With games remaining against the Falcons, Cardinals and Bills, the Saints will have earned a spot in the postseason if they make it.