15. I'm sorry, but I've had it with the Detroit Lions. I know the NFL won't remove them from the Thanksgiving rotation. So how about bumping them into the evening when you see the game only if you have the NFL Network.
Survivor, Week XII
Muhsin Muhammad vs. Steve Smith
The Panthers let Muhammad walk as a free agent, then turned to Smith -- the team's second receiver until Muhammad took the money and ran to Chicago. It was a good move for Muhammad and a good move for Smith. Both went to the playoffs, and Smith emerged as one of the game's top receivers. On Sunday, however, neither did enough to make their respective club win. Muhammad had three catches for 37 yards; Smith had five for 34 -- but scored a touchdown. So it's close, but we do have a leader. Barely. Advantage: Smith.
Lee Evans vs. Eric Moulds
The same story here. Moulds leaves Buffalo, leaving Evans as Losman's top receiver. The poor guy languishes until last week when he catches 265 yards in passes, including a pair of 83-yard scores. Moulds, meanwhile, slips into obscurity in Houston until Sunday when he reappears with a season-high 10 catches. Of course, everyone was catching passes for Houston. That's what happens when your quarterback throws 59 times. Evans, meanwhile, settled down with five receptions, none longer than 15 yards. But he won, and that swings my vote. Advantage: Evans.
Corey Dillon vs. Rudi Johnson
We might as well stick with the theme here. One guy goes; another takes his spot. Here, it's Dillon who leaves Cincinnati with Johnson stepping in to take his place. Dillon finds a home in New England, while Johnson becomes an impact player for an improved Bengals team. Dillon is going to the playoffs again, but stay tuned with Johnson. Cincinnati is beginning to make a late-season run, with Carson Palmer throwing three touchdowns in each of his last three starts. But let's get back to the subject. Dillon gains a team-high 40 yards but fumbles late -- a turnover that could've cost New England. Johnson gains a team-high 64 yards and scores once as Cincinnati wins its second in a row. Advantage: Johnson.
King for a Day
Once I thought Tennessee was crazy to start Vince Young in the first half of his first season. I mean, of the top three quarterbacks in this year's draft he was the most unready to make the jump to the pros. Maybe he needed a season. Maybe he needed more. Instead, the Titans threw him in there after three miserable starts by Kerry Collins, and look what's happened: Not only has Young won four of his last six starts; he's beginning to look like the quarterback who frazzled USC in last year's national title game. He throws for two touchdowns; he runs for a third. He completes a career-high 24 passes, breaking his previous high of 15, and leads the Titans to 24 fourth-period points. I don't know how Mathias Kiwanuka let him go, either, on that fourth-and-10; all I know is that Young is beginning to look like the quarterback the Titans envisioned when they made him the third choice of the draft.
Just asking but ...
1. Do you think that, somewhere deep down inside, there's a part
of Matt Millen that's glad to see Joey Harrington succeed?
2. Will Ben Roethlisberger ever be the quarterback he was a year ago? How about two years ago?
3. How was that a forward pass by Vincent Jackson?
4. What in the world is wrong with Carolina?
5. Fifteen yards for Edgerrin James? How much worse can it get?