Andersen: I feel my career has been three entities—one with the Saints, one with the Falcons and a third sort of career with the Giants and the Chiefs.
SI: No one has played past the age of 48 in the NFL. What makes you think you can kick in 2010, at 50?
Andersen: Because I stay in good shape. I can still kick. Nobody is guaranteed tomorrow, but why not have goals that are cool and motivational?
SI: Where will you be on the opening Sunday of the 2010 season?
Andersen: I'll be stretching and getting ready to kick in an NFL game.
Running back Ahman Green is piling up historic numbers with the Packers. Consider how his first 58 games in Green Bay compare with the best 58-game stretches for Hall of Fame rushers Jim Taylor and Paul Hornung. Green has a combined 7,069 rushing and receiving yards; in their best 58-game spans Taylor had 6,024 combined yards and Hornung had 3,600.
STAR IN THE MAKING
Colts rookie tackle Makoa Freitas
"We have a guy who no one has ever heard of besides us and his parents," Indianapolis president Bill Polian says of the 6'4", 295-pound Freitas, a sixth-round draft choice out of Arizona. "He's come in and played great." After left tackle Tarik Glenn went down with a strained knee ligament in early October, Freitas has made six starts while protecting Peyton Manning's blind side. In those games the Colts are averaging 27 points, Freitas is a strong run blocker and an adequate pass protector.
MY TWO CENTS
1. If an NFL team wants LSU coach Nick Saban, it had better be prepared to fork over $3.5 million a year as well as some control of personnel decisions. Look for the Falcons and the Giants to show interest.
2. Unless the Bears collapse in the last four games, there's no way the team can justify firing coach Dick Jauron after the season as has been rumored. With mediocre talent, Chicago has won four of its last six games, and the two losses have come by two points each. It's to Jauron's credit that the Bears are only two games out of the division lead.