Brainiac QB out of Harvard (SI PLAYERS, April 25) shows he can get physical, too, coming off the bench to throw for 310 yards and rally the Rams to a win over the Texans in his first appearance. Said the economics major, explaining his success, "I was thrown into a situation I didn't have time to think about."
That awful love boat incident, the injury to QB Daunte Culpepper--yet after a 2-5 start, the Vikes have been reaping football's sweetest reward: Four straight wins have them in the playoff hunt. WR Koren Robinson: "We don't get rattled."
Ten ran for at least 110 yards last week, including stars LaDainian Tomlinson (184 yards) and Shaun Alexander (his 20th TD), rookie Samkon Gado (111 yards) and back-in-form Jamal Lewis (season-high 113).
Rocky Mountain highs all around: NBA's Nuggets are near the top of the Northwest, NHL's Avalanche are a surprising 13-8-3, and watch them Broncos! Thanksgiving win has team at 9-2 and, with three patsies left on schedule, bustin' toward playoffs.