Six quick topics, and a good dose of your e-mail:
The biggest question is whether
The passing game was already in dry dock anyway; the man who is supposed to be Rodgers' favorite target,
"I don't have a crystal ball,'' Reese said. "I can't tell you what's going to happen. But I can tell you she doesn't like having her name dragged through the mud like this. I just want to help her be able to breathe.''
The best resolution for the Vikings and Favre is going to be the best for Sterger too -- that the league's investigation goes quickly so all involved can get on with their lives, whatever the decision is. Will the league's investigation end if Sterger doesn't cooperate? Not necessarily, because if the league can prove that Favre sent the incriminating photos -- perhaps with any information they can glean from an interview with Deadspin.com editor
But reading his body language, he wasn't happy that kicker and good friend
"This is probably the worst it's felt,'' he said of the elbow, but he might have been talking about any number of things in his life right now. The Vikings are 1-3, facing a vital game Sunday against the Cowboys. And you've got to think Favre walked out of the stadium in New Jersey last night with this going through his head: I wish I never came back this year.
Watching the Saints play, the one difference I see is so few receivers running free downfield, and so few receivers in intermediate areas with space around them. Last year, what was so striking about this offense was
Without Bush being able to stress the defense by attracting an extra linebacker or safety in coverage -- especially when he forces foes to change positions by motioning before the snap -- the Saints are missing the change-up pitcher that made their offense so explosive. With a dangerous game at 3-1 Tampa Bay Sunday, the Saints have to find a way to overcome the offensive flaws until Bush returns.
Watching Young at Dallas, I thought he looked so much smoother as a pocket quarterback, and so much more confident about where to go with the ball. That's a great sign for Tennessee in a division that suddenly has a couple of shaky teams at the top. The Titans, by the way, play at Jacksonville on Monday, and then don't play another division game for six weeks. Five of their six post-Thanksgiving games come against division foes.
Now for your e-mail:
I'm on record agreeing with you -- I think the Packers should have offered a third-round pick for Marshawn Lynch and outbid Seattle for him. But Thompson values draft picks more than that. We'll see how much this ends up affecting their season.
• DIFFERENT STORIES, I THINK.
I got this comment from a lot of people, but I think the situations are different. In the Saints game, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie intercepted a ball with 24 seconds left with the Cardinals ahead and the Saints having no timeouts left. All the Cardinals would have to do there is kneel once and the game is over, yet he wove through traffic, risked a fumble and scored a meaningless touchdown.
In the Raiders game, Oakland was ahead 28-27 with 70 seconds left -- with San Diego having two timeouts -- when Branch picked up a fumble and ran (untouched, I believe) for a touchdown. Had he knelt there, and I'll approximate the time here, the Raiders would have taken over at their 36 with 65 seconds left. Let's say Oakland ran the ball on three straight plays, or took a knee. Oakland would have punted to the Chargers with something like 15 or 20 seconds left, down a point. Let's say they fair-catch the punt at the 25-yard line with 12 to 15 seconds left. That's maybe two plays to get in position for a long field goal. To me, I'm very comfortable with Branch trying to score, assuming, of course, he secures the ball above all else on the runback.
• DEFENDING COFFEE.
I suppose, but I happen to take an unregistered, loaded, cocked handgun within reach of a driver a little more seriously than that.
• I DON'T CARE IF A DIVISION WINNER IS BELOW .500, AND IN FACT, IT MIGHT BE FUN.
Lots of teams have made the playoffs with nine wins before. Hardly unprecedented or even surprising. But I could see an NFC West team winning the division at 7-9. In fact, if I had to guess right now, I'd predict that it has a better chance of happening than of one team in that bunch winning eight or nine games.
• SHE MAKES A GOOD POINT.
Good point. Thanks.
• CALLING FOR A FAVRE SUSPENSION, IF GUILTY.
I don't think the NFL is going to sweep it under the rug. The question is, does this rise to the level of suspension under the NFL's personal conduct policy if, for the first time since 1996, a player runs afoul of the NFL behavioral policies? That's what Roger Goodell is going to have to decide -- that plus the potential seriousness of the charge, obviously.