One year after seemingly turning around his career, Tommy Maddox
is playing miserably again, so expect the 2-5 Steelers to go
looking for a quarterback in the off-season. Over the last five
games deep threat Plaxico Burress hasn't had so much as a 65-yard
receiving day, and in a 33-21 loss to the Rams on Sunday, he had
one catch for six yards. "I'm not having any trouble getting
open," Burress says. "It's kind of embarrassing when somebody
plays me man-to-man the whole game and I can't find a way to get
my hands on the football."... At 8-0, the Chiefs have the
longest winning streak in their 44-year history.... On Sunday we
learned what Saints coach Jim Haslett already knew about the
maturing of his third-year running back, Deuce McAllister. New
Orleans was driving in overtime when, on fourth-and-one at the
Carolina 37, Panthers defensive end Julius Peppers smashed into
McAllister in the backfield, forcing a fumble. Carolina recovered
and went on to win. McAllister refused to blame the missed block
by tight end Ernie Conwell for his mistake. "I told Jim to give
me the ball," McAllister said. "I just let him down, let my
teammates down, and let every Saints fan down."... After signing
a $27 million free-agent deal with the Jaguars in the off-season,
defensive end Hugh Douglas has gone six games without a sack--and
he has just one for the season.