MATCHUP OF THE WEEK
Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson versus Falcons quarterback Michael Vick. This is the first meeting between San Diego and Atlanta since they pulled off the 2001 predraft trade involving these two players. After three-plus seasons, here's the verdict as to which club came out ahead in the deal: a slim edge to San Diego because we don't know if Vick can stay healthy. Tomlinson has started all 53 games in his career; Vick has played in 33 of 53. Tomlinson has scored 46 touchdowns; Vick has run for 10 and thrown for 24. Tomlinson (above), already the Chargers' career rushing leader, is destined to be a back for the ages if he avoids a serious injury. Vick will have to produce as a top five passer to make the trade an even swap.
1. Unless rookie quarterback Ben Roethlisberger starts to struggle, the Steelers would be crazy to go back to Tommy Maddox when he returns from an injury to his throwing elbow later this month.
2. I'll be stunned if the 4--0 Jets don't make the playoffs. No other team in memory has had an easier opening stretch, and New York's opponent this week is 1--4 San Francisco. Included on the November slate are four games against teams that are below .500: the Dolphins, Bills, Browns and Cardinals.
3. The two-game suspension the NFL gave the Ravens' Jamal Lewis for his role in an attempted drug transaction four years ago (before he ever suited up for Baltimore) was fair, when you consider he will also forfeit four game checks, or some $761,000. -- Peter King
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