- Dave Wannstedt, the University of Pittsburgh is calling. It's becoming clearer every day Wannstedt will be gone soon. If he is let go, which might save him an embarrassing close to this season, he will be the hot candidate to take over for Walt Harris at Pitt. Wannstedt is a Pittsburgh guy, and he wants the job.
- There were some groans in Dallas when the Bills' victory over the Dolphins went final. Remember, the Cowboys own the Bills' first-round pick next year, courtesy of their trade for their first-round pick in this year's draft. The Bills used it to take quarterback J.P. Losman, but that pick could end up being a top-five pick.
- Tim Rattay is going to be a good player. The young 49ers quarterback will do just like the past three 49ers quarterbacks: He will grow with the system. Rattay had a nice day on the road against the Jets, his second consecutive good game. He might never be Joe Montana, but he can be Jeff Garcia -- and maybe more. Recap: Jets 22, 49ers 14
- We hate to hit a guy when his team's down, but Jake Delhomme isn't good enough to carry an offense. That's quite apparent. Delhomme was picked off four times in the Panthers' loss to the Eagles. He looks to be forcing things too much, trying to make something happen. That's not his game. Delhomme doesn't have the skills to do that. The Panthers, by the way, are in the midst of a bad Super Bowl hangover. But don't fret, John Fox and Marty Hurney will get this team back on track next year when they get healthy again. There's still a lot of talent around, although much of it is in street clothes every week. Recap: Eagles 30, Panthers 8
- Splat. That's the sound of the Detroit Lions falling down to Earth -- hard. After opening 3-1, the Lions were destroyed at home by the Packers, a team that had not won since opening day. Until the Lions learn to handle those types of games, they will be nothing but a young team learning how to play in the league. One other thing: The more you watch Joey Harrington the more you see him throw into coverage too much. Harrington threw for 101 yards and had an interception returned for a touchdown by Darren Sharper. He doesn't seem to have it, if you know what I mean. Recap: Packers 38, Lions 10
- Whatever youth potion Curtis Martin is drinking, I want some. The 31-year-old Martin continues to excel in his 10th season in the league, getting 111 yards and two touchdowns against the 49ers. He looks quicker than he has the past couple of seasons.
- Question to ponder: If you could choose one of the two starting quarterbacks in the Houston-Tennessee game, which one would you take? Not as easy a choice as it was eight months ago, is it? Houston's David Carr continues to grow as a passer, throwing 266 yards and a touchdown. Tennessee's Steve McNair was picked off four times by the Texans and looked lost for much of the day as the Titans lost for the third time at home this year, falling to 2-4 and last place in the AFC South. The Texans are 3-3 and will not be a pushover for anybody this year. Heck of a job by offensive coordinator Chris Palmer to get his group playing well. With Carr more comfortable, the offense will put up big numbers in the passing game. Recap: Texans 20, Titans 10
- The Broncos might want to get those AFC West division-winner shirts made up. That division is history. The Broncos destroyed the Raiders and the Chiefs and Chargers both lost. At 5-1, the Broncos have a two-game lead over the Chargers, a team they beat already and a team that isn't really a playoff factor anyway, despite their impressive start. Denver's only loss came at Jacksonville when Quentin Griffin fumbled away the game in the final minutes, blowing a chance for a game-winning field goal. By the way, Reuben Droughns might not give up that running back job anytime soon, proving again the Denver system helps makes the back. Recap: Broncos 31, Raiders 3
- The loss of nose tackle Casey Hampton for the season with a knee injury is a huge hit for a Steelers defense that wasn't exactly dominating people. They will now be forced to play try-hard player Chris Hoke. That's a major step down. Losing corner Chad Scott for the season isn't as damaging as there are some younger players ready to step up. But Hampton, who just might be the Steelers best overall player, is a killer. Recap: Steelers 24, Cowboys 20
- So the Raiders have given Jerry Rice's agent permission to shop him in a trade before Tuesday's deadline. Let's see, who's in the market for a 42-year-old receiver who doesn't run anymore. If he weren't Jerry Rice, he probably wouldn't even be on a roster. This isn't meant to disrespect him, because we think he's the best football player ever, but his time has come. Don't become Joe Namath in a Rams uniform.
Player of the week: We'll go with Droughns and his 176-yard rushing day over Garcia and his four-touchdown game. Plus, Droughns gets more points because he got into a trash-talking deal with Warren Sapp. Anybody who does that deserves credit here.
Disappointment of the week: The Lions. Let's put a muzzle on that playoff talk.
Flop of the week: The Raiders. Hey, Al. What do you think of Mike Shanahan now?