This is an article from the Sept. 29, 2008 issue
Guess who's got the NFL's longest winning streak (including playoffs)? New Yorkheads into a bye week at 3--0, having just pulled out a win with a dramaticpass. Sound familiar, Super Bowl fans? After snaring a 31-yarder near thesidelines to set up a field goal in OT, receiver Amani Toomer (above) said,"I just got as many feet down as I could."
My, how he's grown! The Broncos' third-year QB suddenly has a 110.6 rating—itwas in the 80s the past two years—and unbeaten Denver has scored an NFL-high114 points, overcoming its lousy defense. Said Cutler (left, eight TDs, twopicks this year) to The Denver Post, "We're living on the edge."
Julius made a Caesar salad of the wilted Rams defense on Sunday, rushing for140 yards and a TD. That's two straight games in which he's come, seen andconquered. Said Jones, who blitzed the Niners for 127 yards last week,"We're just starting to come together."
A fitting accessory to a fine year: Cubs lefty Ted Lilly has a career-high 16wins and is 3--0 in his last three starts, and last Saturday he beat theCardinals to clinch the division for the high-flying North Siders (page 28). Ofthe season, he said, "Pretty special."
Fall is here, and Detroit is 0--3. The again beleaguered team heads into a byeweek with a cumulative score of Other Guys 113, Lions 59. Receiver Roy Williams(above) is second-guessing the offense, QB Jon Kitna hobbled off with asprained knee on Sunday, and linebacker Ernie Sims says of the start, "It'sembarrassing."
My, how they've fallen. College football's darlings of 2006 (first bowl winever) and winners in '07 are 0--3 for the first time this millennium. Andthey're getting punchy: QB Mike Teel (right, one TD, six picks this year) tooka swing at teammate Glen Lee near the end of last week's loss to Navy.
O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou 0--3? "We're not a very good footballteam," the Browns' coach explained. Hence a season total of 26 points.Crennel (left) says he's evaluating "all positions" for personnelchanges. Management may be evaluating his too.
He's down, and now he may be out. A year in which Seattle righty Carlos Silva'sgone 4--15 with a 6.46 ERA could end early because he's been complaining of abad back. After signing Silva (left) for $48 million over four years lastwinter, the M's can complain too.
SI PLAYERS NFL POLL
Who is the least mobile quarterback in the NFL?
Peyton Manning, Colts 41%
Tom Brady, Patriots 9%
Kurt Warner, Cardinals 8%
Byron Leftwich, Steelers 7%
Philip Rivers, Chargers 5%
Poll was completed before Brady's knee injury sidelined him for the year....Manning's total of -5 rushing yards last season (on 20 attempts) was the worstamong full-time QBs; his brother Eli finished tied for eighth in the poll(2.2%).... All of these top-five vote-getters have had (or, in Brady's case,will have) either knee or ankle surgery, except Warner, who at 37 is the eldestof them.
[Based on a survey of 320 NFL players] • For more onthe poll, and to comment on it, go to SI.com/players.