The Washington linebacker's interception, TD return and game-high 13 tackles
against Arizona is just the latest. Last year the Redskins were 31st in
defense. Now, after landing Fletcher as their leader, they're at No. 4.
Defensive end Phillip Daniels: "That's our difference maker."
The 92nd pick of this year's draft, a QB who went 0--7 at Stanford last season,
Edwards is now officially the Buffalo Bills' starter; he beat the ornery Ravens
on Sunday. So what's he got? "Poise and pocket presence," says QBs
coach Turk Schonert.
He can seem cavalier—"Tennis is a profession, not an obsession," he
said last year—but David Nalbandian can play. He picked off second-ranked
Rafael Nadal and third-ranked Novak Djokovic before beating No. 1 himself,
Roger Federer, to win the Madrid Masters.
He's back on board! Senators goalie (he splits the job with Martin Gerber) led
Ottawa to a 4--1 win in his first game since June's finals (wrist surgery). The
Sens are 8--1.
That glorious Raiders debut (two passing TDs, three rushing versus Miami) feels
long ago. Since then Culpepper has gone 0--2, been sacked seven times and
thrown three picks—one that sealed Sunday's loss to K.C. "I wish I could
have it back," said Culpepper, who may be headed to the bench.
Despite a defensive line with three first-round draft picks, Houston's got a
problem getting to the QB—just 12 sacks on the year. "We got who we
got," said pass rusher N.D. Kalu (right) after a 38--36 loss to Tennessee.
"We need to look in the mirror."
Kicker Morten Andersen (13 years a Saint) and receiver Joe Horn (seven) were in
New Orleans on Sunday—as Falcons. First came boos, then a loss.
"Brutal," said Andersen to the Times-Picayune, describing the fans.
Said Horn, "In their heart they still love me."
This stinks! South Carolina quarterback (he splits the job with Blake Mitchell)
threw two interceptions in an upset loss to Vanderbilt. The Gamecocks (6--2)
fell to No. 15.