It's amazing to see Dolphins rookie wideout Chris Chambers listed at 5'11" and 210 pounds. Watch him play, and he looks 6'2" and 220. He plays big—not as big as Terrell Owens, but Michael Irvin big—and he's bulkier than the former Cowboys star. In fact, after watching Chambers, a second-round draft pick out of Wisconsin, speed down the sideline and pluck balls out of the air during training camp, coach Dave Wannstedt said, "He reminds me of Michael Irvin—with really good speed."
When his number has been called of late, Chambers has been flashing that speed. He had touchdown catches of 74 and 29 yards in a win at Indianapolis on Nov. 11, and on Sunday in Buffalo he and quarterback Jay Fiedler rallied the Dolphins from a 10-point deficit in the final five minutes, hooking up on touchdowns of 22 and 32 yards in a 34-27 Miami win. For the season he has caught 28 passes for 569 yards.
Chambers gives the Dolphins the field-stretching threat they have lacked over the last few years. "Chris wants the ball," Fiedler said after the game, "and as long as he keeps proving he deserves it, I'll give it to him."
My Two Cents
Wake-up Calls for Moss, Manning
1. Vikings wideout Randy Moss looked as if he had turned things around with his spectacular performance in the Monday-night spotlight against the Giants on Nov. 19. But I hope his peers saw his listless effort against the Bears on Sunday night. It will be a joke if he gets voted into the Pro Bowl.
2. Kudos to Colts coach Jim Mora for criticizing Peyton Manning—albeit indirectly—for his four-interception afternoon in a 40-21 loss to the Niners on Sunday. Manning's mechanics appear to be messed up, and he's floating the ball too often instead of cutting it loose.