Welcome to the basement,
Arizona. The NFL's worst rushing attack resides in a shiny new stadium in the
desert. A blow made all the more painful by the fact that the Cardinals paid
big bucks for marquee running back Edgerrin James. James has 432 yards and 2
touchdowns after 7 games this year, compared to 801 yards and 7 touchdowns after
7 games last year. The Cardinals are the bottom of barrel in yards per game
(66.9), yards per carry (2.5), touchdowns (2), and runs over twenty yards (0),
even though there are 10 teams who attempt fewer rushes per game than Arizona.
The pundits favorite sleeper pick before the season began is on a six game skid, topped off most recently with a loss to a team many thought might go winless this year. The problem in Arizona isn't their promising young quarterback, Matt Lienart, or their deep WR corps or even poor Edge, who was viewed as the "x-factor" that was going to right the ship this year. No, the problem is exactly the same as it's been for the last several years -- the offensive line.
Who ever is coaching the Cardinals next season, and barring an total miracle turnaround it won't be Dennis Green, had better make damn sure the front office is committed to repairing the offensive line first before taking any of the Bidwell's money.
Mike Brown was placed on IR after undergoing surgery last week. The Bears will continue on without him, as they've had to do frequently over the last few seasons.
The Colts offense woke up in the third quarter this week, an improvement over the last few weeks.
Chicago gets all the press, but Denver's defense has been stellar all year. Now, where did the offense go?
Don't look now, but the Patriots are off to their best start since 1997.
The Chargers defense, a bright spot in the early season, has become a surprising question mark.
The Saints will be tested against the tough Baltimore defense this Sunday.
Minnesota beat the reigning NFC Champs in every phase of the game.
The Bengals went for it on fourth and one, called a pass and got 30 more than they needed. They scored the winning touchdown on that drive. Kudos to Marvin Lewis.
Question, has Seattle EVER stopped a halfback pass? If I'm KC, I've got Larry Johnson practicing throwing all week
The Giants controlled everything on Monday Night in Dallas and have taken control of the NFC East.
The Jags stumbled due in large part to poor play from Byron Leftwich. He says his ankle wasn't bothering him, but he sure played like it did.
The Panthers finally lost one late in the fourth. Now they need to concentrate on gaining and holding a lead.
One game doth not a Pro Bowl season make unless your name is Mike Vick. Even with his great performance on Sunday, he hovers in the lower half of the league in every major statistical category.
The Jets, for the second straight week, almost blew a big fourth quarter lead. These are the games they would have lost last year.
The Ravens will get Steve McNair back under center after the bye, although Kyle Boller played well coming off the bench.
St. Louis is tied with Seattle for the lead in the division, but have already lost to the Seahawks once, making the rematch in three weeks vital to the Rams' postseason hopes.
The problem with the Cowboys isn't the QB, but the five guys who line up in front him. See: Cardinals, Arizona and Texans, Houston for more examples.
Tennessee has a good chance at winning back to back games for the first time since 2003 when the Texans come calling this Sunday.
I don't know what the record is for serious injuries in a calandar year, but Big Ben has to be on pace for the record after suffering a concussion last week.
Lawrence Tynes atoned for his extra point gaffe by booting a 53 yard game winner. Kansas City is starting to believe.
The football gods smiled upon Tampa Bay as Matt Bryant, not known for his long-distance kicking abilities, boomed the second longest FG in NFL history with zeroes on the clock to earn the Bucs their second win this season.
Green Bay scored on offense and defense and kept their own turnovers to a minimum against the hapless Dolphins to ring up their second "W" this year.
The Redskins in 2006 can be summerized thusly: flashes of brilliance surrounded by utter crap.
The Lions made a late push against the Jets but couldn't seal the deal at the end.
Where has this team been all season? The Texans manhandled the Jaguars on both sides of the ball last Sunday begging the question, can they do it again?
San Francisco comes out of the bye week only two games out of first place in the NFC West.
The good news: J.P. Losman only threw one interception last week. The bad news: he lost two fumbles.
Just when the Browns had a shot to make comeback, their receivers developed the dropsies.
From the looks of the stands in Miami, they can't give away tickets to watch the Dolphins lose.
The Raiders jumped out to an early lead and actually held onto it to earn their first win of 2006.
Did you hear that? That was the sound of Dennis Green's tenure as head coach coming to an end.