Let me get this straight. In order to re-set the NFL's starting quarterbacking landscape in Week 11, we have to remember that ...
-- And last, but not least, just-turned-44-year-old
If you can't quite keep track of all those QB comings and goings, don't sweat it. Those same 11 teams could re-shuffle their lineups again next week in this, the year of the Quarterback Change.
• For my money, the quarterback story of the week will be in Baltimore on Sunday, where the Browns and
Baltimore starter Kyle Boller had injured a toe in the opener, and backup
The Browns eventually discovered their starting quarterback of the future in Anderson (
Upon further review, I'm guessing the Ravens think Kordell Stewart probably wasn't worth it.
• Why are the Dolphins taking yet another chance on running back
That sums it up nicely for
Said Dolphins linebacker
• I maintain that all those folks who are starting to question whether Patriots coach
Belichick in recent seasons has continued to play the vast majority of his starters late in the year, even when the games had very little impact on New England's playoff seeding. So what makes anyone think Belichick will abandon that approach this year of all years, when the Patriots, from day one, have made a rather concerted effort to keep their foot on the gas pedal -- and for that matter, opponents' throats?
I don't think Belichick at any point will publicly acknowledge his team's quest for a perfect season. It may not even be discussed privately within the team. But that doesn't mean New England won't be going for it. My gut tells me the Pats want it, and want it badly.
• It says here that the Eagles have benched
Need another object lesson about the perils of big-money free agents? Eagles right defensive end
• New Orleans is at Houston this week, and that means Texans defensive end
Want to start up the old debate about who should have gone first overall? Start with these facts: Williams, who was brought to Houston mainly to rush the passer, has recorded 8.5 sacks in his first 25 games in the NFL, or roughly one every three games. Bush has logged just one 100-yard rushing day in his first 25 regular-season games in the NFL, and that came in Week 16 at the Giants last year.
• Cold, windy conditions are forecast for Buffalo on Sunday night, with snow and rain expected in Western New York on Friday and Saturday. Bad weather conditions could wind up being the forgotten factor when assessing the Patriots' chances of going undefeated this year, and that starts this week with New England playing the Bills Sunday night at Ralph Wilson Stadium.
If there's anything that could completely ground the high-flying Patriots' passing game, it's wind and precipitation. New England plays its final seven regular-season games in the Northeast corridor, bouncing from the Bills game to another Sunday nighter at home against Philadelphia, to a Monday night date at Baltimore, daytime home games against Pittsburgh (4:15 p.m. start), the Jets (1 p.m.) and Miami (1 p.m.), and finally a Saturday-night finale at the Giants.
Could the Patriots win games with just a running game and defense? Certainly. Would they likely be as dominant as they have been when their passing game was clicking like a well-oiled machine? What do you think?
• Smart move by Raiders head coach
I'm also thinking that Bills coach
• We're less than a week away from Thanksgiving, and that means more than the kickoff of the NFL Network's eight-game late-season TV package. It means the annual debate over whether Detroit and Dallas should be allowed to monopolize the host duties on Turkey Day is about to crank to life again.
For the record, I'm a traditionalist, and Detroit and Dallas are Thanksgiving Day fixtures that aren't broken.