My Two Cents
No player is more valuable to his team than the Vikings' Robert Smith (below), the NFL rushing leader....
You are Redskins owner Daniel Snyder. You signed 33-year-old Deion Sanders to a seven-year, $56 million contract with an $8 million signing bonus. You've seen him play well at cornerback while giving you next to nothing in his other specialty, returning punts. You hear him say, "I think I can play as long as I want to play. But what can I gain if I continue to play a few more years?" You wonder, Why did I sign this guy?
...The league should suspend Raiders defensive end Regan Upshaw for one game for spitting on Steelers punter Josh Miller....
Hard to imagine the Browns bringing back coach Chris Palmer, whose team has been outscored 92-0 while gaining only 67 yards in the last 7� quarters.
An AFC coach sizes up Titans cornerback Samari Rolle, who's tied for the league lead in interceptions with seven.
"He's the closest thing in the NFL to a young Deion Sanders. He's exceptional around the ball—his instincts, his leaping ability, his hands, his change of direction. He can just be cruising, baiting the quarterback, but when he sees a ball come into his area, he puts on the jets and gets there in an instant. The Titans are starting to match him up against other teams' best receivers, and he can shut them down. He needs to play better in run support, but he's an All-Pro in cover ability."
Born to Run
A record four backs—the Broncos' Mike Anderson (251 yards), the Bengals' Corey Dillon (216), the Bucs' Warrick Dunn (210) and the Jets' Curtis Martin (203)—went over the 200-yard mark on Sunday, doubling the previous mark for the most to do so in a single week.