---So much for all the uproar over the helmet-to-helmet headshots. There were four flags Sunday for personal fouls on hits by defensive backs. Did the memo and talk last week change the way people played? Maybe a little, but I also think there was way too much made of what went on last weekend.
The threat of being fined and suspended might have caused some players to pull off. Steelers linebacker James Harrison said he pulled up on one play because of his being fined $75,000.
For the most part, I think the NFL got its message across, and that's all that matters. The kill shots weren't as evident.
That's a good thing because we sure don't want to see anybody die on the football field.
---You have to give the Cleveland Browns coaching staff a ton of credit for how prepared they were at New Orleans. They pulled out all the stops in upsetting the Saints. I was impressed by the Browns defense. They picked off Drew Brees four times. It's time Rob Ryan, the Browns defensive coordinator, starts getting some talk as a potential head-coaching candidate. Does he have a mouth and attitude like brother Rex? Yes. But that's OK. Ryan will get some interviews this January.
---The Eagles are going back to Mike Vick at quarterback. It's hard to argue with that. Kevin Kolb had a chance to make an argument he should be the guy, but he failed in the second half against the Titans. Vick, healthy now, will be the starter from here on out -- unless, of course, he doesn't play well. I just hope the Eagles don't make him play looking over his shoulder. If he's the guy, he has to stay in there no matter how he's playing during a stretch.
---Is Reggie Bush being missed or what? The Saints aren't the same offense without him, that's for sure.
---Kenny Britt had a huge game with seven catches for 225 yards and three touchdowns for the Titans. He has that type of ability. But he hasn't always put the work in. He sometimes shows up to work out of shape and he had an off-the-field incident Friday at a bar that led to an arrest. If Britt stays focused, he could be one of the elite receivers in the game.
---His plight actually reminds me of Atlanta's Roddy White. When he came into the league, he wasn't focused. He's told me many a time that he liked the nightlife too much. Some thought him to be a bust. Now White might be the best receiver in the NFC. He had had 11 catches for 201 yards and two touchdowns in the Falcons' 39-32 victory against Cincinnati.
---Mike Singletary said he thinks the 49ers can still go the playoffs at 1-6. What is he thinking? Not a chance.
----Darren McFadden has star ability. I've been saying that for a while. We saw that against Denver. The Oakland running back ran for 165 yards and scored four times, once on a reception. He has the home-run ability you need in a back. His problem has been staying healthy.
---The Steelers lost defensive end Aaron Smith for the season with a torn triceps Sunday. That's a big problem. He's one of their best defensive players. When he went down last season, the unit suffered. Ziggy Hood, a talented second-year player, will take over for him. Smith is one of the more underrated players in the NFL. But he sure isn't underrated inside the Steelers locker room.
---The Jaguars have lost their four games by an average of almost 25 points per game. That has led to a lot of talk that if they get blown out again in Dallas this week, coach Jack Del Rio could be fired, especially with a bye coming up the next week. I don't think owner Wayne Weaver will make the move. Del Rio isn't exactly dealing with a loaded roster.