Lettin' it out, boss...
- Brett Favre is going to break Dan Marino's career record for touchdown passes next week against the Vikings in the Dome. Good.
- Chicago Bears fans had to have some inkling that mighty defence was bound to start buckling under the strain. (They lost 34-10 to Dallas, at home, as the favourites.)
It was pure pathos for a Bears hater when Brian Urlacher tackled the Cowboys' Marion Barber III (pictured) at the end of a 54-yard run. When Tony Kubek was the Jays' TV analyst, he once said, "On the best plays Tony Fernandez makes, the runner is always safe by an eyelash." That's kind of how it's been with Urlacher -- makes a lot of tackles after the play has gone for a first down.
(Yes, Urlacher did have two sacks -- somehow that went in one ear and out the other. Whoops.)
Barber played his college ball for the Minnesota Golden Gophers, who also play at the Metrodome. That's the closest anyone associated with the Vikes will come to getting anything off the Bears this season.
- It's almost an achievement for the Vikes to lose while giving up just 251 yards on the road in Kansas City. Points were left on the field all day, but at least with Kelly Holcomb playing, the Vikes actually have a quarterback physically capable of overthrowing a deep receiver. Such a nice change from Brad Johnson.
There's really not much else to say about the Vikes, the defence was good and that offence remained in absentia.
- The Lions' bubble burst, 56-21 to the Eagles, who had Madden 2005 numbers. Brian Westbrook and Kevin Curtis each went over 200 yards from scrimmage for Philly -- has that ever happened? Irony: Matt Millen takes a wide receiver in the first round every year and his team gets torched by a wideout, Curtis, who was only a third-rounder.
- Can media types, including NBC's Al Michaels, who should know better, stop making light of what Donovan McNabb said last week about African-American quarterbacks being subject to harsher judgment than white passers by bringing up Rex Grossman? Decades of systemic racism are not undone because a white quarterback has become the NFL's icon of ineptitude.
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