Why we can't help watching Brett Favre, and more Week 8 storylines
The NFL is sending England its worst export since the AMC Pacer. Brett Favre won't be surprised by anything Brett Favre does. The Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex is dwarfed by all sorts of Giants. And could "None Of The Above" be the answer to who's the best team in the NFC?
Week 8 is rife with all those storylines and more.
And, finally ...
Twists and turns are everywhere:
• Who's going to be the former insurance agent, truck driver or baggage handler that's going to catch 180 yards worth of Peyton Manning passes this week? The Colts are decimated by injuries. Dallas Clark is out, Austin Collie is out, Anthony Gonzalez should be back but is listed as questionable, and on Friday Reggie Wayne was limited in practice with a hamstring problem. Still, this is what Manning does. He takes no-names and beats you.
• Considering the defenses here, should the Over/Under on this one be Eleventy-billion? The Texans rank last in the NFL against the pass by a wide margin. With Manning likely to sling it even more than usual with running back Joseph Addai also out, Manning's numbers could be video game-like. The Colts, meanwhile, have been nearly as bad against the run; Texans tailback Arian Foster gashed them for 231 yards in the opener
• Can Brian Cushing handle playing middle linebacker? Cushing has not exactly been lights-out since returning from a four-game suspension for testing positive for a banned substance. With DeMeco Ryans out for the year, Cushing must match wits with Manning -- not exactly a fair fight.
• When will the real Matt Schaub stand up? Monday nights tend to bring out the best in everyone and have made stars of many. Schaub, the league's leading passer in 2009, has flirted with elite status. This year, he's alternately struggled and made amazing plays. If he can carry this team on the road, he'll get there.