Monday Morning Qb


September 26, 2005

Extra points

Sack attack

How good is the Colts' pass rush? The Browns' Trent Dilfer hadn't been sacked in two games and 75 passes before the Colts nailed him four times, including three by Dwight Freeney (above).

Fancy footwork

In his 12th season, many thought Jaguars WR Jimmy Smith, 36, had lost too much to still be a playmaker. But Smith showed he still has it when he finished off a game-winning 36-yard touchdown pass with terrific footwork at the 5 and a dive for the goal line against the Jets.

Trouble at QB

The Jets, who come to Baltimore next week, have a crisis at quarterback. Chad Pennington threw for only 76 yards and was intercepted twice in an overtime loss to the Jags.

Rookie sensation

Even though the Bucs' Carnell Williams was the third RB taken in the draft, he's become the most productive rookie ever after three games with 429 rush yards. He surpassed Alan Ameche (410) of the Colts with 153 yards against the Packers.

Career revival

Titans DE Kyle Vanden Bosch, who had three sacks against the Ravens last week, picked up two more against the Rams and forced a fumble. The former second-round pick of the Cardinals has revived his career in Tennessee.

Stealing the show

For all the titillation over Terrell Owens vs. Randy Moss, RB Brian Westbrook remains the Eagles' most reliable weapon. He had his 12th straight game with 100 yards plus in rushes and receptions combined as the Eagles beat the Raiders.

[Ken Murray]

Kicking Off -- Packers-- The Packers' golden era with Brett Favre is over; for all the thrills, they only got one Super Bowl championship.

Tonight's Game

Time, TV, Line -- 9 p.m., chs. 2, 7, Broncos by 3

Trends -- The Chiefs usually win on Monday night - they've won three of their past four - but not in Denver, where coach Dick Vermeil (left) is 0-4 with the Chiefs.

Attractions -- The Broncos' improved speed on defense has led to five turnovers in two games. In their past four home wins vs. the Chiefs, they've averaged 214 rushing yards. Chiefs LBs Kendrell Bell and Derrick Johnson can change that dynamic.

Ken Murray's pick -- Chiefs, 28-20

Next week's top matchups

Eagles (2-1) @ Chiefs (2-0) -- The Eagles continue to be resilient in the face of adversity. They don't dominate, they just win. The Chiefs will have a short week after playing in Denver tonight.

Broncos (1-1) @ Jaguars (2-1) -- The Broncos wilted in Miami's humidity in the opener. They will be back in Florida for another test of their character and conditioning.

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