23 Oct 2006
Each week, the Football Outsiders staff e-mails one another with updates about Sunday's games. Here's what we were talking about this week:
"I think it's amazing that Joey Harrington threw 62 passes and Chris Chambers had TWO catches."
"Nice to see Ronde Barber clinch his Pro Bowl bid today. What I liked about the two touchdowns was that one was done with guile and one was done with physical skill. "
"I would rather see Donovan McNabb drained, puking, and throwing touchdowns than fresh and throwing easy interceptions."
"Can we check Matt Bryant for steroids?"
"The Jaguars only scored seven against the Texans because Byron Leftwich played like Drew Bledsoe on a bender."
"I really think Bengals tackle Willie Anderson should be named offensive player of the week for the job he did on Julius Peppers."
"The San Diego-Kansas City final score isn't really a big surprise. The halftime score was a big surprise, but not the final score. Losing by a field goal on the road isn't a huge upset."
"I think the two Steelers-Falcons games of the last five years might be the two strangest games of the last five years. Just so many different bizarre scenarios."
"I could read Bill Cowher's lips and he very clearly said after the false start, 'that's a bull---t call.' He's wrong. It was the right call."
"Oakland is beating Arizona, 17-0, in the second quarter. I'm off to buy stock in YouTube before the Dennis Green postgame press conference."
"I really think that the Washington offense with Brunell would be good enough if they had a defense even approaching last year's. Instead, it looks like the Jason Campbell era may be starting soon. "
"Ron Pitts after Chester Taylor’s 95-yard TD run – 'That’s probably the longest run Taylor’s had this season.' You think so, Detective? It's actually the longest run in Vikings history, and Steve Hutchinson was a factor as he walled off Peterson on the cutback. Meanwhile, Matt Hasselbeck'’s in the locker room with what we’re being told is a sprained MCL. Ladies and gentlemen, the value of elite guards has officially been established.
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