Smile for the cameras, fellas. After a replay overturned a potential game-winning Lions TD, the Bucs moved to 4-0 for just the third time in their 30-year history. Next week they've got the woeful 1-3 Jets.
University of Miami's Tyrone Moss ripped off his second three-TD game in three weeks; Santana Moss keeps snagging 'em for the 3-0 Redskins (team-high 15 catches), and there's no stopping Raider Randy, who is averaging 117 receiving yards a game and won this week's SI Players poll (below).
How do you shake off a squandered Super Bowl and an 0-1 start? Let McNabb wing it. SI's Sept. 26 cover boy was undaunted by scrutiny, injury (he has a sports hernia) and deficit (he trailed 24--6 on Sunday) in a 37-31 win over the Chiefs that moved Philly to 3-1. McNabb's 1,333 passing yards is an NFL high.
October 9, 2005
O.K., they're not playoff-bound, but at 81-81, the young Brew Crew had its first nonlosing season in 13 years. Milwaukee won eight of its last 13, including its Sept. 29 home finale, to which every fan was let in free.
Muy mal, muchachos. That opening-day win over St. Louis seemed aeons ago as the Niners sputtered to their third straight loss on Sunday night--this time in Mexico to previously winless Arizona.
Coaching New Schools
Some college transfers aren't working out too well. Steve Spurrier's South Carolina Gamecocks fell to 2-3 (blown out 48-7 by Auburn); Ty Willingham has Washington at 1--4, the same record as Dave Wannstedt--led Pittsburgh; and even Florida's Urban Meyer got his first whacking of the season, at the hands of Alabama (page 42).
How does an NBA center get noticed amidst fall football and baseball pennant chases? By explaining why he famously skipped a Wizards practice in the playoffs: He was irked by teammate Gilbert Arenas. If he'd come to practice, says Brown, now a Laker, "I would have slapped the &*%$ out of him." Oh. In that case, Kwame, all is forgiven.
News flash: Every game counts ... even if you're a Ranger. With Texas ahead 4-1 in the third inning of the season finale, the manager sat down stars Hank Blalock, Mark Teixeira and Michael Young, serving up a 7-4 win for the Angels that clinched them home field in the ALDS.
SI PLAYERS POLL
Who, other than Michael Vick, is the most athletic player in the NFL?
[ Based on a survey of 357 NFL players ]
Randy Moss 32%
Terrell Owens 9%
Julius Peppers 11%
LaDainian Tomlinson 6%
For an expanded version of the poll go to SI.com/players.
FAST FACTS Broncos CB Champ Bailey also got 6%.... The Eagles' Donovan McNabb (5%) was the top vote-getter among QBs, and he and the Vikings' Daunte Culpepper (1%) were the only QBs to get more than one vote.... DE Jevon Kearse (3%) and RB Brian Westbrook (2%) gave the Eagles four players in the top 10.... Twenty-one players got multiple votes, but none was a Patriot.