1. So field goals aren't reviewable. Wanna bet they will be? After the confusion that marked the end of the Baltimore-Cleveland game it makes sense. I mean, there doesn't seem to be a more ideal play to review. Not according to Mike Pereira, the league's vice president of officiating. He said field goals aren't reviewed because the league doesn't want replays judging whether a kick goes wide or over the uprights. Fair enough. But let's make an exception for balls that hit the crossbar ... or the upright ... or that fall short of the crossbar. When owners wonder why, rewind the videotape of Phil Dawson's 51-yard field goal.
2. OK, that does it. Let's just schedule the Patriots against the Celtics. My question is: Who scores more -- Kevin Garnett or Randy Moss?
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4. The more I see of New England the more I think the New York Jets should just call in sick for their Dec. 16 game in Foxborough.
5. Brian Westbrook isn't the best back in the NFC. He's the best back in the NFL.
6. Two minutes left, a tie score and fourth-and-1 at the Kansas City 3. Yeah, I want Peyton Manning pushing the pile. Wow, that was one gutsy call by Colts offensive coordinator Tom Moore ... or Peyton Manning.
7. Memo to Brian Billick: Stay with Kyle Boller. At least he gives your offense a pulse. Look what happened when you took the handcuffs off the guy in the second half and let him throw downfield: He led Baltimore on four scoring drives in the fourth quarter. So stick with him. You have nothing to lose.
8. I hear NBC's Cris Collinsworth criticizing Philip Rivers' mechanics, saying the guy needs some coaching. I thought that was why the Chargers hired Norv Turner.
9. Finally, Minnesota has itself a quarterback. Will Sidney Rice please come down?
10. I look at the Seattle schedule, and I pencil in a home playoff date for the Seahawks. They'll win the NFC West because they should breeze through the rest of the schedule, with only a Dec. 2 game at Philadelphia and a Dec. 9 contest against Arizona in doubt. There's not a winning team on the schedule, with the combined records of their opponents 23-37.
12. OK, so it wasn't one of Derek Anderson's most memorable performances, but let's not forget what he did with the fourth quarter winding down: He made a Cleveland victory possible by fighting off a sack and throwing an 18-yard bull's-eye to Braylon Edwards to set up the game-tying field goal. "I just took a chance," Anderson said. "I knew if I took a sack it would be three seconds, and the game would be over." Congratulations, Cleveland. You have yourself a quarterback.
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13. When I watch Darrell Jackson drop a sure touchdown with two minutes to go, I understand why the Seahawks didn't mind trading him within the division.
14. When referee Pete Morelli announced "the system on the field has malfunctioned" after trying to consult replays in the Baltimore-Cleveland game I thought he was talking about the Ravens offense. In the last three games, Baltimore has 14 turnovers.
15. Eric Mangini caught an unexpected break by winning: He didn't have to answer questions about his clock management at the end of the fourth quarter. Mangini lost a play by having Kellen Clemens spike the ball at the Pittsburgh 5 with 37 seconds left. Huh? There's plenty of time, Eric. By having Clemens spike the ball, Mangini left himself two plays to find the end zone and missed on both. The Jets settled for a game-tying field goal, then won it in OT.
Just asking ...
• What in the world is wrong with
• Think New Orleans is having buyer's remorse with Jason David?
• Who's the better Cincinnati receiver -- Chad Johnson or Antrel Rolle?
• Which looked larger -- Niagara Falls or the holes in the Buffalo secondary?
• How much worse can it get for Carolina?
Five things I like
• Chester Taylor's impersonation of Adrian Peterson. OK, so those 164 yards come with a Don Shula asterisk, too: It was against the Raiders.
• Arizona in the playoff hunt.
• Maurice Jones-Drew blocking Shawne Merriman.
• Leon Washington and Joshua Cribbs on returns.
• Kevin Everett on the Jumbotron in Buffalo.
Five things I don't
• Pittsburgh's offensive line. That was seven sacks by an opponent -- the Jets -- that had nine for the season.
• Detroit's playoff prospects. Suddenly, the Lions look they have blown a tire.
• Baltimore in the first quarter. In their past four games the Ravens had 11 series produce 94 yards, five first downs and no points. So what happened? Listen up: six punts, three fumbles, one interception and one series that ended on downs.
• The Giants' loss of Mathias Kiwanuka.
• Donovan McNabb sidelined by another injury. Now you know why drafting Kevin Kolb wasn't such a bad idea.
My top five
1. New England
3. Green Bay
My bottom five
31. San Francisco
29. St. Louis
28. N.Y. Jets