Weekly NFL News and Notes Column

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Make no mistake.  McNabb will play against the Cowboys to start the season.

Make no mistake. McNabb will play against the Cowboys to start the season.

 

Folks within the Skins organization expect McNabb to play on the opener. Until they start the game and he isn’t out there, I agree with them and fully expect him to play also.

 

Lions’ fans can see improvements, but you can see they still have a long way to go.

 

The Cowboys are under immense pressure to start the season fast. They are talking it up in the land of the ten-gallon hat and that is fine if you deliver. We will know EARLY if the Cowboys are for real.

 

We have talked a lot about Sam Bradford in St Louis. I can tell you that players and folks in the organization fully expect him to play and start the opener.

 

I am not the only one who thinks that this season for the Steelers is a throw away. The Steelers are one of the most proud and historic franchises, and many are shocked they are still riding the train with Roethlisberger. Big Ben will meet with GODell after the preseason, but many think if Big Ben doesn’t perform at a high level when he gets back that he might not be back.

 

Dennis Dixon from the Steelers has had a great camp. He offers the Steel men something that they haven’t had in a long time. Speaking of good camps, let’s go to the other extreme. 

 

How about a QB having a poor camp? As in Colt McCoy. There is a learning curve, and he is struggling with it. He will be a good NFL QB, but he has a coaching staff that is on the hot seat and not so patient.

 

It is no longer a question of if but when the NFL goes to an 18 game schedule. So the NFLPA is all for it, but they will want three big things; an expanded roster, an expanded salary cap to cover the new players and the fact that there will be millions in windfall for real games, and last but not least less off season work meaning less OTAs and mini camps. It makes sense and it makes money, so that should be easy to get done.

 

Kyle Vanden Bosch has made some plays for the Lions, but has also picked up some stupid penalties. No doubt he has been a great add to the Lions, but he can’t make those mistakes and he continues to.

 

Jahvid Best. Enough said. He is special.

 

Brett Favre is going to get killed if he doesn’t get rid of the ball quick. Teams are going to pin their ears back and he is going to have to make quick reads and utilize the TE more.  He will be fine, but he is going to have to show teams they can’t attack or he will punish them.

I think the Lions start one and seven. They are getting better, but that is a brutal schedule.