The Saints are alive—and scoring, averaging 30.5 points while winning four
straight behind QB Drew Brees (above). The best part for the 4--4 team: an easy
second-half schedule. "We've got a long ways to go," cautioned coach
Sean Payton. That's also true of the Hornets, an SI playoff pick, but going
3--0 is a nice way to start.
The Russian-born Thrashers forward, in the middle of a five-year, $32 million
contract, scored back-to-back hat tricks to tie for the NHL lead with 12 goals.
Teammate Pascal Dupuis to Atlanta's Journal-Constitution: "The guy is
dominating the sport."
His shoulder's hurting and so's his hip, but the Browns' tight end snagged 11
balls for 125 yards to help beat Seattle. "I'm just proud of us, man,"
he said later, tearing up.
The former CART champ, who lost his legs in a 2001 crash, not only competed in
the NYC marathon's handcycle division—he came in fourth. Not shabby for a
first-time marathoner who started training last month. Said Zanardi afterward,
Oh, those Eagles. They were routed by Dallas, Donovan McNabb (above) can't get
his groove on, and there's the unhappy matter of coach Andy Reid's
prison-sentenced sons. "We'll be fine," Reid said of the 3--5 team.
That may not be true of the 76ers, SI's pick for last in the East; a 1--2 start
kept coach Mo Cheeks's hot seat from cooling.
The Sudan-born Bulls forward turned down a five-year, $57.5 million extension,
he keeps hearing those Kobe Bryant trade rumors, and he shot just 42.5% in
three Bulls losses. Deng to the Chicago Tribune: "I just need to take more
Like Winslow, the Bengals' back had 11—in his case, yards rushing, on nine
carries, in a loss to Buffalo. Coach Marvin Lewis, redefining fine: "Rudi
The 49ers QB says he feels "100%" after a separated throwing shoulder
sidelined him for four weeks. O.K., but 100% of what? Smith was the NFL's 34th
ranked passer—yes, there are only 32 teams—after a three-pick game on