Mac's NFL Blog - 9/16/07

The pregame links are here! Today: Seattle's Mighty Mite corners try to keep two giants in check, Belichick's legacy is further discussed, and Joey Harrington gets a mulligan (of sorts).

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Joey Harrington got some advice from cousin and PGA golfer Padraig Harrington.

Buffalo Bills tight end Kevin Everett had slight movement in the fingers on his right hand.

The Buffalo News has five things to look for today when the Bills play the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette writes that the cheating scandal means he'll vote against Bill Belichick's entrance into Canton.

A lot has changed since the last time Pittsburgh Steelers running back Willie Parker faced the Buffalo Bills.

The New Orleans Saints offense hopes to get into a rhythm early today against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Jimmy Smith of The Times-Picayune has an inside look at today's Saints-Buccaneers game.

Could this be the last home opener in Tampa for Jon Gruden?

What is the biggest problem for the Buccaneers offense? Scoring.

Green Bay Packers rookie kicker Mason Crosby has made a strong first impression.

The New York Giants defense must play better today against the Packers.

A pair of 6'7" defensive ends from North Carolina will meet for the first time today in Charlotte.

The Carolina Panthers and Houston Texans have a lot in common.

Despite injuries, Panthers defensive end Mike Rucker and linebacker Dan Morgan keep coming back.

What to Watch: The Texans-Panthers edition.

San Francisco 49ers running back Frank Gore is a guy who likes to punish tacklers.

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has five things to watch in today's 49ers-Rams game.

49ers head coach Mike Nolan returns to the scene of a bad decision that proved costly.

The Tennessee Titans ground game is for real.

Within this notebook by Phil Richards of the Indianapolis Star, the Indianapolis Colts are aware of the trick plays the Tennessee Titans like to employ, defensive tackle Raheem Brock has gone from student to the teacher in less than a year, and linebacker Freddy Keiaho remains doubtful.

The Tennessee Titans hope to copy the Indianapolis Colts' winning formula.

The "Battle of Ohio" is always a big game.

The Cincinnati Bengals have the advantage over the Cleveland Browns at just about every position.

Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback Brady Quinn is just one play away.

The task for Seattle Seahawks cornerbacks Marcus Trufant and Kelly Jennings? Slowing down the pair of big Arizona Cardinals wide receivers.

The Seahawks hope to stop a three-game NFC West losing streak.

Seahawks head coach Mike Holmgren was one of eleven "no" votes when the issue of wiring defensive players' helmets was brought before the league. (The New England Patriots also voted against this, by the way)

The Cardinals aren't worried about having an undrafted rookie starting at center.

Kent Somers of The Arizona Republic predicts a 23-21 Cardinals win today, and expects congratulatory e-mails on Monday morning if he's right.

Dallas Cowboys head coach Wade Phillips compares tight end Jason Witten to Mike Ditka. (I'm assuming that comparison has nothing to do with this.)

Guest Star-Telegram columnist Terrell Owens says today is not the day to expect a meltdown.

The success of the Miami Dolphins offense depends on the line.

Omar Kelly of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel has a breakdown of today's Cowboys-Dolphins game.

Minnesota Vikings linebacker EJ Henderson isn't letting up after his career year in 2006.

Three things to watch for in the Vikings game today against the Detroit Lions.

Most Lions fans couldn't pick long snapper Don Muhlbach out of a police lineup, even though they're all aware of what happened on December 19th, 2004.

The Oakland Raiders hope to turn around a 14-game AFC West losing streak.

Veteran tight end Stephen Alexander was released by the Denver Broncos on Saturday.

Former Patriots tight end Daniel Graham calls the speculation about cheating "embarrassing".

The Kansas City Chiefs believe their defense is close to that of the Chicago Bears. (In proximity, maybe)

What the hell happened to Bill Maas?

The Chicago Bears signed veteran punter Dirk Johnson, but it's a short-term solution.

David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune writes that Herm Edwards and Lovie Smith are complete opposites.

Dave Hutchinson of The Star-Ledger suggests in his gameday notebook that the Baltimore Ravens will blitz everyone but the hot dog man against New York Jets quarterback Kellen Clemens.

Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis says it's time for the Ravens to inflict pain.

Even if the San Diego Chargers win tonight, it won't erase what happened 9 months ago.

John Tomase of the Boston Herald has five things to watch when the New England Patriots take on the Chargers tonight.


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