This is an article from the Dec. 15, 2008 issue
Welcome back. The Texans' QB, out a month with a left knee injury, threw for414 yards and two touchdowns and led Houston on a game-winning drive in LambeauField. The Texans (6--7) won't taste the playoffs this season, but with onefine day Schaub restored hope for 2009. All that despite wearing a brace on hisknee.
King James may be bigger-city bound one day, but he's in Cleveland now, folks.His Cavaliers and their shot-contesting defense were 17--3, unbeaten at homeand winners of eight straight by 12 points or more. The formula, LeBron (right)told Cleveland's Plain Dealer, is simple: "We're just getting big leads andkeeping them."
The Eagles' Mr. Everything carried 33 times for 131 yards, caught six passesand seemed to shrink the Giants (weren't they supposed to be, like, awesomeagainst the run?) all by himself. "One of those days," said Westbrook,and Philadelphia, its playoff hopes still simmering, hope he's got a few morelike it.
They're in. By drubbing the Rams, Arizona clinched its first division titlesince ... ever! (Well, they won one in St. Louis back when Gerald Ford waspresident.) Adrian Wilson, a Card since 2001: "It's been a longroad."
A fine howdy-do. Stepping in for injured Trent Edwards, the Bills' QB gotsacked four times, threw a pick, completed just 13 of 27 passes and, in adesultory 16--3 loss to Miami, reminded everyone why he lost the starting joblast season. "I didn't think I was that rusty," said Losman, who couldhardly have fared worse if he had been.
Here they go again. Randy Wittman's boys started 4--15, consistent with the.266 winning percentage that got the coach fired (and replaced by Kevin McHale)on Monday after nearly two years in Minnesota. "Rock bottom," T-Wolvesrookie Kevin Love said after a loss to (jeez) the Thunder last week. Thefaithful just hope he's right.
He and his 4--9 Browns are going nowhere—witness Sunday's totals of seven yardson seven carries for Lewis in a 28--9 loss to Tennessee. Not that things werezooming along before that. Lewis, without a TD in four weeks, looks like acinch to fall short of 1,000 yards for just the second time in his career.
They're out. Of playoff position, anyway, after a 4-7-2 stretch. And gamesaren't all coach Gretzky's (right) team is losing: A Globe and Mail report saysthe franchise could be more than $25 million in the red.
SI PLAYERS NFL POLL
What percentage of NFL players would you say useperformance-enhancing drugs?
Said 0 to 4 percent use PEDs 32%
Said 5 to 9 percent use PEDs 23%
Said 10 to 19 percent use PEDs 20%
Said 20 to 29 percent use PEDs 12%
Said 30 percent or more use PEDs 12%
Only 1% of respondents said "not sure." ... Last week the NFL suspendedsix players who tested positive for the diuretic Bumetanide, which can be usedas a masking agent for steroids.... In the past two years 14 other players havebeen suspended for violating the performance-enhancing drug policy ... Nearly23% of defensive lineman who voted said 30% or more.
[Based on a survey of 320 NFL players • For more on thepoll, and to comment on it, go to SI.com/players.