HEAD TO HEAD
Miami vs. New Orleans at Baton Rouge
The first NFL game played in Louisiana since Hurricane Katrina has about 3,000 subplots. For instance, Dolphins coach Nick Saban (left) returns to the scene of his prime, LSU's Tiger Stadium. Terminally unpopular Saints owner Tom Benson sets foot in Louisiana while the mayor of San Antonio, Phil Hardberger (a friend of Benson's), lobbies Benson to move the team to Texas permanently in 2006. And Ricky Williams, who in his first two games had more rushing yards negated by penalty (16 yards, on two carries) than net rushing yards gained (seven, on 11 carries), tries to get untracked.
1The 7-0 Colts have earned the tag of best team in the first half of the season. But they still have to go to Foxborough on Nov. 7 and beat the Patriots to be anything more than that.
2 It's hard to believe that offensive gurus Brian Billick and Jim Fassel, opposing coaches in Super Bowl XXXV, now oversee the lowest-scoring team in the league (11.5 points per game) as coach and offensive coordinator, respectively, of the Ravens.
3 How the Bills can surrender 38 points and 416 yards in a loss to the struggling Raiders is beyond me. Buffalo's on the verge of displacing Minnesota as the season's most disappointing team.