Extra Points

Gameday

October 17, 2005|By KEN MURRAY

PALMER IS THE KEY

Bengals QB Carson Palmer (above) is clearly the difference in the AFC North. His ninth straight game with a passer rating over 100 tied Peyton Manning for the most in NFL history and helped Cincinnati outlast Tennessee.

NOSE FOR END ZONE

Chiefs RB Priest Holmes just turned 32, but he can still find the end zone. He rushed for one touchdown and took a short pass 60 yards for another to beat the Redskins. Holmes had 118 total yards on 19 touches.

OVERPROTECTED

Officials are going to extremes to protect quarterbacks. Oakland's Derrick Burgess was flagged for roughing the passer after barely touching the Chargers' Drew Brees, a ludicrous call.

PATRIOTS `D' LAGGING

If the Patriots think Tedy Bruschi is going to save their season by returning to the team nine months after suffering a mild stroke, they're deceiving themselves. One man can't correct all their defensive shortcomings.

ALL TALK, NO ACTION

Tennessee's first-round draft pick, cornerback Adam Jones, continues to struggle. He was called for two pass-interference penalties in a crucial Bengals touchdown drive but presumably still talked a good game.

S. SMITH STEPS UP

Carolina wide receiver Steve Smith has totaled 100 or more receiving yards in four of his past six games. He had six catches for 123 yards and an 80-yard touchdown to help beat Detroit.

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