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Green Bay Packers (1-0)A touching ceremony is planned for Sunday's game in Giants Stadium. It will commemorate the last Green Bay trip there, when Brett Favre gracefully kissed the canvas, thereby awarding Michael Strahan his record of 22 1/2 sacks. A choir will be on hand and Strahan will present Favre a gift of vegetables from his very own garden. Radishes, I believe.
Baltimore Ravens (0-1)Even when they were down, 9-0, I felt the Ravens were going to beat my selection, the Bengals. Advice to bettors -- lay the points in the rematch in Baltimore. That one will be vicious.
Seattle Seahawks (1-0)Matt Hasselbeck and Mack Strong presented a Seahawks jersey to George W. Bush in a preseason fundraiser in Bellevue. The Northwest fans, who lean to the left, were not at all happy. My reaction? Gave me a reason to root against the Hawks -- but for their fans.
Washington Redskins (1-0)The winning field goal in overtime was kicked by ... Linda, I want you to say this five times fast ... Shaun Suisham. You what? You refuse? It is not nonsense. C'mon, give it a try. I promise I won't laugh. Shawn what? Schwimmner? Hee hee, that's a good one. No, I'm not laughing, honest, I swear it.
Philadelphia Eagles (0-1)Of the two guys whose fumbled punts cost them the Packers game, one had never returned one before and the other wasn't in camp during the preseason. No, I'm not going to mention their names, poor devils. I call this a coaching screw-up.
San Francisco 49ers (1-0)I'm taking a survey, trying to find one person, other than me, who watched the Cardinals game to the very end. "I did," said Rich Dalrymple, the Cowboys' PR director. Sorry, you don't qualify. Has to be Eastern time zone, which means until 1:30 a.m. "You didn't say that," he says. Well, I said it now. Hey, don't bother me. I'm busy.
New Orleans Saints (0-1)Sean Payton, I know you're a good offensive coach ... I mean I picked you to win the Super Bowl. But that choke-it-off offense you ran against the mighty Colt defense was strictly a give up. You're gonna have to do better, and don't you dare walk away while I'm talking to you.
Minnesota Vikings (1-0)Adrian Peterson's 103 yards rushing was a club record for a rookie in his first game. Broke D.J.Dozier's modest 57 yards in 1987. "The dream started when he was seven years old," said Nelson Peterson. I can just hear little Adrian now. "You know, I just dreamt that I broke D.J. Dozier's Minnesota Viking record of a modest 57 yards rushing for a rookie in his first game. What do you think of that?"
Houston Texans (1-0)Mario Williams, last year's top draft on the board, had two sacks and a TD on a fumble return against the Chiefs. Afterward they asked him about the pressure he felt, after last season. "Not as much pressure as a writer feels when he's on an early deadline," he said. 'He didn't say that ... there's no way he could have said that..did he really say that?" says the Flaming Redhead, now fully recovered from her Shawn Suisham episode. No, honey, he didn't. I'm just playing fast and loose with the facts, as usual.
New York Giants (0-1)ESPN broke the scare story about Eli's separated shoulder. Then it was amended by the club to just a sprain. Whew, 13 million fans in the Met area breathed a sigh of relief. Which just goes to show how Eli's status has rocketed after one superior effort. Now what do we do about that defense, when the other people decide to throw the ball?