This is an article from the Oct. 15, 2007 issue
Washington is healthy, and hardy—allowing an average of 13 points a game. Rightend Andre Carter (above) is mauling QBs (seven sacks in his last seven games),and here's an even better number: The team's 3--1. Said left end PhillipDaniels, "We can do some good things."
The Giants' rookie cornerback got benched for the entire first half on Sunday(he violated unspecified team rules) but then grabbed two interceptions,including the game-sealer, in a 35--24 win over the Jets. Said Ross of beingpunished, "I feel like I responded real well."
Brothers J.D. (Red Sox) and Stephen (Diamondbacks) Drew are deep in theplayoffs; Jaguars' back Maurice Jones-Drew broke off a 52-yard TD run and, Comeon down! Drew Carey starts hosting The Price is Right next week.
Nice sequence: The Senators' winger got a six-year, $45 million deal, scored inOT to beat archrival Toronto and racked up seven points as Ottawa started4--0.
They're hurting (seven players sat out on Sunday), and they're porous, allowingan average of 27 points a game. St. Louis has blown three third-quarter leads,and here's the ugliest number: The team's 0--5. Said QB Gus Frerotte (above),"It's just one of those years."
The Chiefs' back missed most of the preseason (holdout), got a fat contract($45 million, six years) and now can't get rolling. After a 12-yard gameagainst Jacksonville he's averaging 3.3 yards a carry with, count 'em, zeroTDs. No wonder he bolted from reporters on Sunday.
Outfielder Reggie Willits went hitless in four at bats as the Angels were sweptfrom the playoffs, while Saints running back Reggie Bush (two fumbles, twotouchdowns this season) knows just what it's like to go winless.
The Panthers' new, trumpeted goalie let in nine goals in two season-openinglosses and was hearing boos. He "needs to be better," said coachJacques Martin.
SI PLAYERS NFL POLL
Who is the toughest quarterback in the NFL?
¬´ Brett Favre, Packers....... 30%
Peyton Manning, Colts........ 19% ¬ª
Tom Brady, Patriots......... 13%
Steve McNair, Ravens........ 13%
Donovan McNabb, Eagles......... 5%
Players could not vote for a QB on their own team.... Manning drew only 7% ofthe vote among fellow QBs but 22% from defensive players.... Favre has beensacked 433 times, most among active quarterbacks and eighth-most all time....The Saints' Drew Brees (3.3%), the Bengals' Carson Palmer (2.9%) and thePanthers' David Carr (2.2%) were the only others to receive more than 2% of thevote.
[Based on a survey of 278 NFL Players] • For more onthe poll and to comment on it, go to SI.com/players.