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Join Date: Apr 2004
Speaking of National Media...
Peter King's THE FINE FIFTEEN
1. Philadelphia (7-0). Some games are survival games. That's what the contest with the Ravens was. And when Donovan McNabb hit Terrell Owens (eight catches, three drops, 101 yards) in stride for a fourth-quarter touchdown pass to make it 15-3, the battle of wills had been won by the better team.
2. Pittsburgh (6-1). Nothing fluky about it. The Steelers were better in every way. This game proved the Steelers will be major factors in January.
3. New England (6-1). Pats finished the game with left tackle Matt Light, cornerbacks Ty Law and Tyrone Poole, running back Corey Dillon and wideout Deion Branch missing from the starting lineup due to injuries. This is the same team that goes to St. Louis and Kansas City in the next three weeks.
4. New York Jets (5-1). I bet there'll be more Marino and Namath jerseys, combined, at the Meadowlands tonight than Pennington/Fiedler.
5. New York Giants (5-2). If Tiki Barber isn't on your top-five MVP ballot right now, you aren't watching football on Sundays.
6. Green Bay (4-4). Favre giveth. Favre nearly taketh away.
7. Indianapolis (4-3). Swiss-cheese defense. Tony Dungy's a cool guy, but I swear I could see steam coming out of his ears on the highlights last night.
8. San Diego (5-3). How do you pick the order in these standings of Indianapolis, San Diego, Kansas City, Houston and Jacksonville? Colts trounce Pack, split with Jags. Bolts beat Texans and Jags, lose to Falcs. Chiefs lose to Texans and Jags, put up a century on Falcs and Colts. Texans lose to Chargers, but beat the Jags and Chiefs. Jax pulls four out of a hat, wins at Indy, gets routed at Houston. It's all guesswork right now.
9. Kansas City (3-4). Last eight days: Chiefs have 101 points; Redskins have scored 98 this season.
10. Houston (4-3). Next three weeks (at Denver, at Indy, Green Bay) should tell the tale of the Texans' season.
11. Jacksonville (5-3). Top three teams in the AFC South are separated by a half-game. Jacksonville has the bye this week. If the Colts beat Minnesota at home and the Texans win at Denver, three teams atop the AFC South will be 5-3 at the halfway point.
12. Minnesota (5-2). Talk about defensive frauds. Vikes allowed the hardly explosive Giants to score 29 and 34 points at the Metrodome 53 weeks apart. The Jints came into the House of Moss when Minny had 6-0 and 5-1 records, respectively, and won both games by double digits.
13. Baltimore (4-3). The passing game, or lack thereof, will make it hard for them to play deep into January. But the Raves will scare someone if they make the playoffs.
14. Atlanta (6-2). Mike Vick had 110 rushing yards in Denver ... by halftime.
15. Denver (5-3). The alarming thing is in the span of two games (against two defenses that can be had (Cincinnati and Atlanta), the Broncos have scored 10 and 28 points.