Vikings safety Darren Sharper (right) deserves more love than he gets. The 11-year veteran had his 52nd career interception and eighth touchdown return on Sunday against the Giants. Among pure safeties, only Hall of Famer Ken Houston (nine) has returned more INTs for scores.?.?.?. The 5--6 Broncos will have no one to blame but themselves if they fail to make the playoffs. They kicked to the Bears' Devin Hester three times in the third quarter, and twice he scored, on an 88-yard kickoff return and a 75-yard punt runback in Chicago's overtime victory.?.?.?. The 49ers scored more points (37) in their OT win over the Cardinals than they did in their previous four games combined (35). Credit is being given to consultant Ted Tollner, who was brought in last week to assist first-year coordinator Jim Hostler. If Tollner indeed is the reason behind the turnaround, an offense-starved team such as Baltimore should get him on staff next season.