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October 27, 2008

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Kerry Collins
He doesn't have to do much, but what he does is working. Tennessee's journeyman QB hands the ball off, completes some short passes and generally stays out of trouble: Just one sack and zero lost fumbles all year have helped the Titans go unbeaten. That keeps him the starter, even with the dynamic Vince Young behind him. "Right now," said Young last week, "number 5 is the man."

Smooth operating. The Bills' methodical win over the Chargers—helped by a game-stealing TD run from Marshawn Lynch (right)—was a sweet gift for owner Ralph Wilson's 90th birthday. The Bills are 5--1, which is about right for this town; the Sabres lost just one of their first five.

Blue Kitty
His name is Platina Luna Blade Runner (below), and he is the Cat Show champ! The first Russian Blue to win Best of the Best defeated 248 other felines at Madison Square Garden, just by being himself. His prize: 400 pounds of cat food and an appearance on Regis and Kelly.

Marty Booker
One for the books! In the highest-scoring Bears game in 50 years (Chicago 48, Minnesota 41), Booker had the big one, streaking—O.K., booking—51 yards for a late TD. Afterward, he said, "I had to get some oxygen."


J.T. O'Sullivan
The QB's just not there when the 49ers need him. O'Sullivan's latest setback: two interceptions, four fumbles and six sacks against the Giants. The journeyman has now been sacked—ouch!—an NFL-high 29 times, thrown nine picks in his past three games, been called disappointing by his coach and, here's a shocker, may be benched in favor of Shaun Hill.

Turbulent times. For all the stars on the Cowboys' roster, the team was only a Tony Romo pinky problem from disaster. Behind ineffective 40-year-old QB Brad Johnson, the bumbling Boys got creamed by St. Louis. Dallas's Stars on ice have been even worse, winning just one of their first five.

Big Papi
Gosh, he's human. Bad wrist and no Manny means this: a .186 postseason average with just one home run for the Red Sox' fearsome DH. Said Ortiz (right), after striking out twice en route to being eliminated in Game 7 by Tampa Bay, "Sometimes bad things happen."

Marty Biron
One for the books. By losing their first five games this season the Flyers set an unhappy franchise record. Among the culprits? Goaltender Biron (left): 0--3 with a 5.75 goals-against average. Rough start to a contract year.