There's a lot to look forward to this weekend in the league --
It's a measuring-stick game for both teams. "Playing Baltimore is a great gauge for where we are as a team,'' said left tackle
This game should be tighter, and I'd be stunned if the Chargers score that many points, considering that injuries will likely disable Pro Bowl center
The Ravens, with new defensive coordinator
"I didn't notice much different from what the Ravens always do,'' Rivers told me Thursday . "There's a ton of similarities with what coach Ryan did. Maybe
They'd better on Sunday at Qualcomm. Rivers needs to be hit and bothered for Baltimore to win this game. While America was rhapsodizing about the great Patriot comeback Monday night (I'm Mr. Guilty Rhapsodizer Number One), most of the country was asleep when Rivers did what he's paid to do in the fourth quarter at Oakland. He led the Chargers on 77- and 89-yard touchdown drives -- completing 10 of 12 throws for 144 yards in the process -- to win. He did it with his high-energy style, but whereas some quarterbacks can't channel their energy well late in a game, Rivers' touch passes seem to get better when it matters most.
We've all made a big deal about the other two quarterbacks in his draft class --
Roethlisberger and Manning have the hardware. Rivers, who has the numbers, sounded driven to add a Lombardi when we spoke.
"You're never satisfied 'til you win a championship,'' he said. "I'm pleased with how my game has improved each season and how we've improved, but I won't feel I've done what I was brought here to do 'til we win a title.''
In 15 days starting Sunday, we should start to get a good idea whether the Chargers can handle the kind of adversity championship teams handle (a green
Let's go easy on saying he cost the Bills the game. The defense had the chance -- twice -- to cover