Nfl Week 7

October 20, 2002|By Ken Murray

Team Ken Murray's comment

1. Miami (2) Jay Fiedler wasn't the main man, anyway.

2. Oakland (1) Couldn't handle Marc Bulger.

3. Denver (3) Mike Shanahan only 1-6 visiting Kansas City.

4. San Francisco (4) Sharpie's, not ball points.

5. Green Bay (7) Adversity has made Packers better.

6. Philadelphia (6) No pretending when it comes to pass offense.

7. New Orleans (8) Leads NFC in points scored.

8. Tampa Bay (9) Cozy schedule hits speed bump in Philadelphia.

9. San Diego (10) Marty Schottenheimer is 19-5 lifetime vs. Raiders

10. New England (5) Running game must become more prominent.

11. Indianapolis (11) Qadry Ismail says he only "flopped" a little.

12. Buffalo (14) Drew Bledsoe on pace for 5,376 yards, 37 TDs.

13. Chicago (13) RB Anthony Thomas a life-saver.

14. Jacksonville (12) Jimmy Smith loves to see the Ravens.

15. Pittsburgh (22) 9-0 on Monday nights under Bill Cowher.

16. Ravens (16) Didn't fold without Ray Lewis.

17. Arizona (18) Sellouts scarce, even against Cowboys.

18. Atlanta (24) May switch back to red jerseys next year.

19. N.Y. Giants (15) Losing DT Keith Hamilton is major setback.

20. Kansas City (21) Secondary shelled for 14 touchdown passes.

21. Dallas (23) Emmitt Smith nearing Walter Payton.

22. Carolina (19) Rodney Peete got Panthers three wins.

23. St. Louis (28) Could Bulger be the catalyst?

24. Washington (17) Special teams are abysmal.

25. Cleveland (20) Trap game against Chris Palmer and Texans.

26. Tennessee (26) Jevon Kearse won't be back anytime soon.

27. Seattle (25) How many job titles can Mike Holmgren save?

28. Minnesota (31) Randy Moss has become a possession receiver.

29. Houston (30) Tony Boselli was a big mistake.

30. Detroit (27) Chance to upset injury-depleted Bears.

31. N.Y. Jets (29) Allowed four 100-yard rushers in five games.

32. Cincinnati (32) It's the theater of the absurd.

(Last week's ranking in parentheses)

THREE PLAYERS TO WATCH

Buccaneers DE Simeon Rice: The former Chicago high school teammate of Donovan McNabb has sacked the Eagles' QB five times in their past three meetings.

Raiders WR Jerry Rice: Rice (right) has 13 TDs, five 100-yard receiving games and a per-game average of 125.6 yards in seven career games against the Chargers.

Jets QB Chad Pennington: He has passed for 526 yards in his past two games. Now Pennington, coming off a bye week, gets to face the Vikings' 31st-rated pass defense in his second NFL start.

THE HONORS

Game of the week: 49ers at Saints. 49ers' injury-racked defense will have to contain Saints' suddenly prolific offense in the Superdome.

Dog of the week: Redskins at Packers. Patrick Ramsey threw four interceptions at home last week and now he's going into Green Bay to play the resilient Packers.

Upset of the week: Chargers over Raiders. San Diego coach Marty Schottenheimer loves to tweak Al Davis.

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