"We had fun out there," McNabb said in the tunnel outside the Eagles' locker room. "I was able to get into a rhythm. I was excited to be playing again. That's why you saw the smiles."
Collapse of the Saints
Haslett Has It All Wrong
One of the statements Saints coach Jim Haslett made on Sunday night following the most embarrassing defeat of his four-year tenure was almost laughable. His team had just lost to the Colts 55-21 in a nationally televised game, and during his press conference Haslett said, "I told my players they played poorly. We're too good a team [to play like] that."
Really? Let's look again. With three games left last season, New Orleans was 9-4 and in the thick of the NFC playoff race. Then the Saints lost to the 3-10 Vikings, the 1-13 Bengals and the 6-9 Panthers. In the first three games this year New Orleans had double-digit losses on the road to the Seahawks and the Titans with a home-opening win over the second-year Texans in between. Then came Peyton Manning's six touchdown passes in three quarters of Indianapolis's rout. Of me 16 drives in which the Titans and the Colts weren't merely running out the clock, the two teams combined to score on 13 of them.
Things aren't likely to pick up for the Saints anytime soon: Over the next five weeks they face the Panthers twice and the Bucs.
Jets QB Looks To Nov. 2 Return
On Monday, Chad Pennington, out since Aug. 23 with a broken left wrist, threw a football for the first rime since being injured. The Jets' passer said he is confident that he'll be playing again "no later than Nov. 2." That's the date of the team's only meeting with the rival Giants until 2007. Pennington's eagerness to return as soon as possible is about the only good news for the 0-4 club.... Following their 21-14 upset loss to the Bengals on Sunday—the Browns' ninth defeat in their last 12 home games and Cincinnati's first win under new coach Marvin Lewis—quarterback Tim Couch and tackle Ryan Tucker yelled back at a few heckling fans. "If the fans want to act like that, they can send me a letter, and I'll buy back their season tickets," said Tucker. "I don't want them at the game."