There are times when a season can seem a bit blasé, and others when we are blessed to be witness to history. This past Monday Night, we witnessed a game for the ages ...
By now we've all seen a hundred replays of "Duh-Sean's" flippant mistake just shy of the Dallas goal line. Jackson's fantasy owners experienced a ride on that rare emotional rollercoaster of joy, followed by shock, which was likely topped off with some choice expletives for the rookie. I'm thinking his lame excuse about being a young guy is representative of his cocky California attitude, which led to Monday Night's faux pas.
So my first question going into this weekend is, how are the Eagles veterans going to handle Jackson in the aftermath of his play at the goal line? Veterans are responsible for "learnin' da rooks" properly, and no situation screams for hazing louder than this one. Maybe a day washing jock straps, singing the Cal-Berkeley fight song, and serving tea to the team during meetings would be a good place to start. Either way, Jackson needs a heapin' helpin' of humble pie, and he needs it now.
• How will Dallas and Philadelphia fare a week removed from their epic encounter? Make no mistake, this was no ordinary skirmish, more a battle between two of the NFC's titans, and as such makes me wonder if they will come out flat in their respective games. My guess? Dallas loses to Green Bay, but Philadelphia handles the Steelers.
In the highly competitive NFC East, the Cowboys won a brutal clash, and with it, gained the inside track for the division crown. Philadelphia is now at a disadvantage, but I expect they'll have more leverage to motivate their players. I'm thinking they punt on Brotherly Love in exchange for a heavy dose of vengeance. The Steelers look soft, managing only 10 points against a weak Cleveland defense, and will likely struggle in the rushing game against a stout Eagles front seven. Green Bay, on the other hand, is no slouch and sports one of the best young defenses in the game. After a relative cakewalk against the St Louis Lambs, the Lambeau Field faithful are likely to embrace Dallas with open arms, if only to smother them in a braut-fueled frenzy with heavy doses of
• Is Seattle really so desperate that they are giving
• Which coach will be fired first this season? Continuing a theme I introduced last week, I'd say it's time to officially launch the Hot Seat Derby. You know it's going to happen.
• How bad is it going to get for Brett's Jets this weekend? After coming down from the clouds last week against the Patriots, New York's AFC representative heads to sunny San Diego. There they face a team still bristling at
• How bad is Kansas City? They might have just replaced St Louis as my favorite team to pick against in my survivor pools. They haven't won a regular season game since Oct. 21 of last year, when they escaped the Oakland Coliseum with a 12-10 squeaker against the Raiders. That is 11 straight losses if you are counting, and I don't see that streak changing this weekend.
• Finally, as we Rays loyalists bask in the glow of another series win against the Red Sox, I've got a message for