1. Brain Lock of the Week
With 5:26 left the Lions scored a touchdown to pull within 23-19 of the Cardinals, and Detroit coach Bobby Ross inexplicably went for two. The conversion attempt failed. So when the Lions faced fourth-and-two at the Arizona 10 with less than two minutes left, they had to go for the touchdown. Gus Frerotte's pass fell incomplete. "Why the hell did they go for two?" Arizona linebacker Zach Walz wondered along with everyone else. After the game Ross said he felt that he needed to win in regulation, because his players were too banged up to go into overtime.
2. Winning Ugly
"I'm frustrated. I'm disappointed. I'm embarrassed," said Jacksonville coach Tom Coughlin. And his Jaguars had just won! But beating the Ravens 6-3 wasn't very exciting for Jacksonville fans, who watched the Jaguars pile up a whopping 132 yards of offense. Cheer up, gang. At 8-1, you've got the best record in the league.
3. He Just Doesn't Get It
Last Friday, as the 49ers went through their final practice of the week, running backs coach Tom Rathman told Lawrence Phillips to sub for Charlie Garner. Phillips declined. "Why should I?" he said. "You never play me." Rathman went ballistic. San Francisco coach Steve Mariucci suspended Phillips for Sunday's game against the Saints. Smart move by Phillips, who has blown another chance in the NFL.