Mac's NFL Blog - 9/21/07

In today's NFL Blog: Shaun Alexander needs to stop multi-tasking, Donovan McNabb needs to turn it around, Mike Shanahan touts his apprentice, and apparently, the new NFL code word for "concussion" is "migraine".

Drew Sharp of the Detroit Free Press writes that with a win over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday the Detroit Lions could end Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb's stay in Philly.

The Eagles secondary will be short-handed in its attempt to stop the Lions passing attack.

The Arizona Cardinals face a good defense on Sunday.

A pair of former running backs from the "U" will meet in Baltimore on Sunday, possibly to compare chips on their shoulders.

Who's the fastest player on the Indianapolis Colts? (Here's a hint: It's not #18)

In this Colts' notebook by Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star, running back Joseph Addai returns home this Sunday and a quarter of key Colts missed practice for a second straight day on Thursday.

The worst-case scenario would see Houston Texans Pro Bowl wide receiver Andre Johnson missing five weeks with a knee injury.

Denver Broncos head coach Mike Shanahan always knew that Gary Kubiak would be a good NFL head coach.

San Diego Chargers tight end Antonio Gates poses some match-up problems for the Green Bay Packers defense.

Packers rookie wide receiver James Jones suffered a hamstring pull on Thursday, leaving the team with just three healthy receivers to practice with.

Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson isn't concerned with his slow start.

Reinforcements for the Buffalo Bills defense are a few weeks away.

Allen Wilson of the Buffalo News has three ways to stop the NFL's most complete offense. (And a hardcover copy of "Master of the Obvious: The Barry Melrose Story")

New England Patriots cornerback Asante Samuel hasn't been hindered by his holdout.

Patriots running back Laurence Maroney has been working on his running style.

Protecting quarterback Marc Bulger is priority #1 for the St. Louis Rams.

The latest shuffling of the Rams offensive line has Adam Goldberg starting at right tackle.

Who would've thought New York Giants' cast-off Luke Petitgout would be the answer to perennial problems the Tampa Bay Buccaneers had at left tackle?

Buccaneers wide receiver Joey Galloway works hard to maintain his speed.

Miami Dolphins linebacker Zach Thomas is going to be kept out of Sunday's game against the New York Jets due to "migraines" that have left him light-headed this week.

Former New York Jets wide receiver Wayne Chrebet will be honored at halftime on Sunday.

Jets second-year left tackle D'Brickashaw Ferguson has faced some talented pass rushers already this season, and it won't get any easier on Sunday.

The loss of San Francisco 49ers linebacker Manny Lawson leaves a big hole in the 49ers defense.

Pittsburgh Steelers rookie tight end Matt Spaeth, a favorite red zone target of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, may miss Sunday's game against the 49ers.

Improving his pass-blocking is a goal of Steelers right tackle Willie Colon.

The Minnesota Vikings are struggling to get their tight ends involved in the offense.

Vikings quarterback Kelly Holcomb has been working with the starting offense in practice this week.

The injury to Kansas City Chiefs left tackle Damien McIntosh has forced the Chiefs to keep eight offensive linemen active on Sundays.

Opposing quarterbacks are picking on Cleveland Browns rookie cornerback Eric Wright.

The Oakland Raiders are taking a "back to basics" approach to the defense.

Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee reports that the Oakland Raiders game on Sunday will be blacked out locally.

The Jacksonville Jaguars will face not one, but two Pro Bowl cornerbacks this week.

Denver Broncos rookie defensive end Tim Crowder will make his NFL debut on Sunday.

Turnovers have played an important role in the Cincinnati Bengals season thus far.

A couple of Bengals offensive players are downplaying the crowd noise in Qwest Field.

Seattle Seahawks running back Shaun Alexander says he's "just trying to do too much" early in games this season.

Stan Olsen's Carolina Panthers notebook in the Charlotte Observer discusses how scrambling isn't a part of Atlanta Falcons quarterback Joey Harrington's repertoire, among other items.

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White has been one of the few bright spots on the Falcons offense.

New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress hasn't practiced all week.

Giants linebacker Antonio Pierce went on the offensive when reporters asked him about the defense.

Looking for reasons why the Washington Redskins are 2-0? Look no further than how both sides of the ball fare on 3rd downs.

The Redskins officially signed guard Rick DeMulling on Wednesday.

The Julius Jones/Marion Barber running back duo may frustrate fantasy football owners, but it's an ideal situation for the Dallas Cowboys.

The Cowboys will attempt to neutralize Chicago Bears return man Devin Hester.

The size of Chicago Bears cornerback Charles Tillman could make him an ideal guy to match-up against Terrell Owens.

Mike Mulligan of the Chicago Sun-Times writes that if Rex Grossman is benched, he won't be back.


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