The contribution of Josh Cribbs (right) to the Browns'
6--4 start can't be overstated. His 39-yard kickoff return on Sunday at
Baltimore set up the field goal that forced overtime, and his 41-yard return to
open the extra period helped position Phil Dawson for the winning
three-pointer. This after returns of 90 and 100 yards against the Steelers and
an 85-yarder against Cincinnati.... The season's most underrated player might
be Jaguars QB David Garrard. He wasn't named the starter until the week before
the opener, but in five of his last six starts he's had a passer rating of 100
or higher. He also has yet to throw an interception—he has eight touchdown
passes—for the 7--3 Jaguars.... New Orleans coach Sean Payton is no longer
publicly protecting Reggie Bush. After Sunday's loss at Houston, Payton
criticized the former Heisman winner for blown assignments, dropped passes and
a lost fumble. "It wasn't good enough," the coach said. "I think
he'd tell you that as well." Ouch.