Whatever the case, Davis came up big again Sunday, rushing for 159 yards, with a touchdown, and most importantly, he was a major factor in the 4-0 Carolina Panthers milking the clock against the New Orleans Saints. The Saints played reasonably well on Sunday, but it does not look good for head coach Jim Haslett.
How sorry has the 2003 season been for the San Diego Chargers? Starting the season 0-5, the Chargers have been fortunate to be in any of the games they have played this season, an exception may be the game last week against the Oakland Raiders, where the defense choked and the offense was well........ Typical Marty Schottenheimer. Too bad, a very good effort from wide receiver David Boston was wasted (14-181), maybe he has decided to showcase his talents for the rest of the league. Then again, the Chargers will continue to lose and Boston will be in San Diego next season, but the odds on Schottenheimer returning in 2004 are getting slimmer by the moment after a demoralizing 27-21 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Jacksonville Jaguars rookie quarterback Byron Leftwich is now the man in Jacksonville. Starting his second game for the Jaguars, he completed 19 of 28 passes for 336 yards and two touchdowns leading the Jaguars over the winless Chargers. The Mark Brunell era in Jacksonville appears to have come to an end, as the veteran signal-caller is now expected to lend his support to Leftwich. Wide receiver Jimmy Smith returned from a four-game suspension, hauling in 8 passes for 137 yards as the Jaguars won their first game of the season for head coach jack Del Rio.
What more can be said about the job Bill Parcells has done in Dallas? Listening to Parcells, this team had some pieces to work with in comparison to the situation in New England when he guided the Patriots to the Super Bowl in short order. Regardless of what Parcells states, the Cowboys sit at 3-1, after a 24-7 stomping of the Arizona Cardinals. Which is improbable in its own right, but the team is playing well offensively and defensively, and 3-1 was not expected from this Dallas team ...not this early. All this, and Parcells has yet to make wholesale changes on the roster. Maybe Bill knows something that former Head Coach Dave Campo didn't know, which is how to deal with owner Jerry Jones and be the head coach of what again may become 'America's Team.' The season is not going to be a cakewalk for Parcells and his Cowboys. Up next, for example, are the Philadelphia Eagles. With an aggressive, quick-hitting passing attack led by quarterback Quincy Carter, the Cowboys have utilized the speed and quickness they possess at wide receiver. This facet of their game may prove to be key for the Cowboys as the Eagles are without cornerback Bobby Taylor and safety Brian Dawkins. Their status for the game on Sunday is questionable.
There is nobody feeling sorry for the Oakland Raiders. Nobody... except maybe the Raider fans. The defending AFC champions have been staggered and may be down for the count. Going into Chicago and losing to a Bears team that had been just a hair better than terrible? Something is wrong with the picture. Need we mention the Raiders were leading 18-3, before the great collapse and loss 24-21?
Just watch, baby: Heading into Cleveland this Sunday, we can already hear Browns fans getting all over their team, before pulling out a come from behind win over the hapless Raiders. Just win, baby!