When does a two-game average of 125 passing yards make you hot in these gunslingin' times? When those yards lead to back-to-back wins for a Jets QB who was abruptly released by the Cowboys in August and who rebounded after being knocked ga-ga and missing three series on Sunday. Carter's Jets are 8-3 and have three of their next four at home. Did we mention the Boys are 4-7 without him?
With the Steelers 10-0 under Big Ben, Pittsburgh's Peppi's is selling Tshirts ($11.95) reading, I TACKLED THE ROETHLISBURGER, in honor of its 11/2-pound meat-eggs-and-cheese concoction. More fun-on-a-bun: Bills coach Mike Mularkey had his team eat cheeseburgers last Saturday to change its luck out West. Buffalo then trounced Seattle 38-9.
Marty's the odds-on choice for coach of the year after his Chargers beat his former team, the Chiefs, 34-31 on Sunday. Son Brian ( San Diego's QB coach) missed the game but still helped deliver a winner: His wife, Gemmi, had the couple's first child on Saturday. Baby Sutton Schottenheimer got the game ball from Grandpa.
After going 4-1 versus the NFC on Sunday, the Awfully Fine Conference is 32-18 overall in interleague games. A 7-4 record ( Broncos, Ravens) puts you on the playoff bubble.