My Two Cents
Unless Chargers quarterback Ryan Leaf robbed owner Alex Spanos's house last week, second-year coach Mike Riley's decision to bench him is downright idiotic. Since Leaf didn't play all of last season, how do you determine if he's your future in two games?...
For a team that can afford his $188,235-per-game salary, Steelers running back Jerome Bettis (below), eligible to be a free agent after this season, might be a heck of an acquisition before the Oct. 10 trade deadline. He appears healthy after two seasons of nagging knee injuries....
The Giants might be undefeated, but their sloppy special teams play will cost them a game somewhere down the line. Brad Daluiso missed a 34-yard field goal, and two others were blocked in a 14-7 win over the Bears....
Detroit's Desmond Howard, who had first-quarter kickoff returns of 63 and 70 yards against the Buccaneers, is the best return man in NFL history.
Courtney Brown Arrives. The first pick in the 2000 draft, Brown sacked the Steelers' Kent Graham three times, including the potential game saver with seconds to play, as Cleveland beat Pittsburgh 23-20. "He's everything they've touted him to be," says Steelers tight end Mark Bruener.
Daunte's Inferno. He won with his legs in Week 1. He won with his arm in Week 2. In his first road test, at New England, Vikings quarterback Daunte Culpepper won with his legs (12 carries, 59 yards) and his arm (two scores). "He's playing some serious football," says Minnesota safety Robert Griffith. And the 3-0 Vikings look like serious contenders.
Fish out of Water. On a night when Dan Marino's number was retired, Dolphins fans couldn't have been happy with what they saw in their offense, despite a 19-6 win over the Ravens in the rain. The defense has been rock solid in the first three weeks, but Miami will be going nowhere fast if the offense doesn't get untracked.