In Week 1 they were the NFL's most accommodating losers--all of America was rooting for New Orleans. In Week 2 they pulled off the league's most impressive win, blitzing the usually imperturbable Tom Brady off his game and racking up three rushing touchdowns. Now, the livin' looks easy: Panthers have only five more games against teams that had winning records last season.
In the words of Sp�nal Tap bassist Derek Smalls: Hello, Cleveland! Baseball's Tribe had won 12 of 13, were 33-11 since July 31 and were closing in on the White Sox in the AL Central. The Indians rolled into Chicago this week just 3 1/2 games back (they were 15 back on Aug. 1) and leading the wild-card race. Next up: lowly foes Kansas City and Tampa Bay. Says centerfielder Grady Sizemore, 23, of the young team's run: "It's a blast."
USC's Trojans overwhelmed Arkansas to stay firmly at No. 1 in the AP poll for a record 22nd straight week. The Spartans of Michigan State conquered Notre Dame. And the Tennessee Titans, by Zeus!, halted Ravens running back Jamal Lewis (he had just nine yards) in a surprise 25-10 win.
Even with a bad wheel (he sprained his left arch in the second quarter), the Bucs rookie back stayed the course for 128 yards in a win over Buffalo. That's two consecutive games with more than 125 yards. "[They were] saying, 'Cadillac, you ain't going to do this, you ain't going to do that,'" Williams (right) said of the Buffalo defenders. "I love it."