EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Musings, observations and the occasional insight in a Week 10 that can't possibly produce any Patriots-related controversy. Can it?
Then again, I don't blame the Browns defenders. I'm not sure I'd sacrifice my body to try and bring down Roethlisberger in the open field.
What a crushing loss for
• Cleveland opponents are opting to kick it to Cribbs at their own peril. Just like the Jets'
• With the Rams getting their first victory of the season, in New Orleans, the Dolphins are the only winless team standing in the way of the 1976 Bucs popping the champagne corks once again. Miami came close to winning at home against Buffalo, but the legacy of Tampa Bay's 0-14 inaugural season could be in jeopardy because these Dolphins refuse to let anyone get in the way of defeat.
• It didn't take long for the Vikings' fears about
• All eyes were trained on Peterson's every move in Green Bay, so of course Packers first-year running back
• Sorry, but I can't really consider Tennessee a serious playoff threat until the Titans prove they can top 20 points on a regular basis -- something they've done in only two games this season. That was an ugly 28-13 Titans loss to visiting Jacksonville on Sunday, and
• You get the feeling that NFL head coaches would just rather not deal with the whole two-point conversion decision? Some of them invariably go for two too early, and in Sunday's Eagles-Redskins game, both
• If you're scoring at home, Carolina's 20-13 loss to Atlanta drops the puzzling Panthers to a ghastly 0-4 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte. Not to overstate things in Carolina, but neither head coach
By the way, that was the Falcons' first road win of the season, after an 0-4 start away from the Georgia Dome. That's a double ouch for the Panthers.
• Washington must be a maddening NFL team to be devoted to. The Redskins' play-calling has been mind-boggling at times all season, but they took things to a whole new frustration level with about five minutes remaining in their loss to Philly. Washington had a two-point lead with a first down at the Eagles 7 with 6:39 remaining. A touchdown probably puts the nail in the coffin for Philadelphia, but the Redskins end up running five plays on the rest of the drive, and all five were handoffs to
Bottom line? The Redskins made it only to the Eagles 3, and wound up settling for a 21-yard
• OK, I officially give up any notion of figuring out the Saints. Apparently New Orleans has decided it absolutely, positively can not stand prosperity this year. I stuck with the Saints as my NFC Super Bowl pick in last week's midseason review, and now I can't for the life of me figure out why.
• I'm guessing no one enjoyed the Rams' 37-29 upset of the Saints as much as St. Louis defensive coordinator
• Welcome back to the land of productive quarterbacks,
• Even with Cleveland's tough loss at Pittsburgh, you know who really isn't enjoying the season being put together by the Cinderella Browns? That would be
• You gotta love it. The Redskins have spent about a bijillion dollars on the contracts of some big-name receiving acquisitions in recent years --
It was McCardell's first touchdown reception for Washington, the team that drafted him in 1991. He never played for the Redskins that season, spending the year on injury reserve. He did, however, receive a ring when Washington beat Buffalo in Super Bowl XXVI.
• Way to finally help the club,
Raise your hand if you predicted Jackson would have half as many passing touchdowns as rushing touchdowns in mid-November.
• Just wondering, but if
• An early happy birthday to the NFL's modern-day
• How bad is the state of quarterbacking in the NFL? There was actually a
Shoot, that was four teams and two retirements ago for Testaverde.
• According to Stats Inc., 111 of 146 clubs that have been 6-2 in the Super Bowl era have gone on to make the postseason. But with a loss to Arizona on Sunday, the Lions (6-3) may be pushing their luck. Detroit's schedule is about to turn tough, with the Giants, Green Bay, Dallas, San Diego and Green Bay again being five of the Lions' final seven opponents.
• Ten of the 14 games in Week 10 were division battles, and all in all, the home teams took it on the chin. In the early games, Buffalo won at Miami, Denver won at Kansas City, Jacksonville won at Tennessee, Philly won at Washington, and Atlanta won at Carolina. In the late games, Cincinnati won at Baltimore and the Cowboys were victorious at Giants Stadium.
The only home teams to win at home against their divisional rivals were Green Bay (against Minnesota) and Pittsburgh (against Cleveland). San Francisco visits Seattle on Monday night.
• I still don't have a clue as to how they're doing it, but kudos to the Bills for their first four-game winning streak since December 2004, when rookie head coach
• Things have officially reached rock bottom in Baltimore. When the Bengals defense shuts you down, there's no where to go but up. Not sure what he'd say to any offer, but we hear
• Maybe it's just me, but I don't get all the fuss about the 9-0 Patriots. I mean, they haven't even beaten anybody in seven whole days. This is a what-have-you-done-for-me-lately league, New England.