Extra Points


November 28, 2005|By KEN MURRAY


What Jeff Feagles does as a punter doesn't begin to equate to what ex-Vikings defensive end Jim Marshall did from 1960 to 1979. Nonetheless, Feagles, who punts for the Giants, played in his 283rd straight game yesterday to break Marshall's NFL record. Feagles' 18-year career is commendable, but his record should be in a separate category.


Even with a mind-boggling second-half collapse at home against the Rams, the Texans probably will have to lose road trips to Baltimore, Tennessee and San Francisco, and at least one of two home games vs. the Cardinals and Jaguars, to secure the first pick in the draft.


The Lions can't keep blaming Joey Harrington when their defense gives a halfhearted effort like it did against Atlanta. Sooner or later, responsibility has to rest at the top and the guy who put this sorry team together, GM Matt Millen.


Their field-goal woes came back to bite the Bucs again in a 13-10 home loss to the Bears, when Matt Bryant missed a late 29-yard try. The Bucs were 4-15 in games decided by seven points or fewer in the past two years but are 4-3 in those games this year.


As dangerous as injured Priest Holmes was, the Chiefs are a better running team -- a power running team -- with Larry Johnson carrying the ball. The Patriots played decent defense against Johnson, and he still gashed them for 119 yards in the Chiefs' win.


The Cowboys seem to be playing Russian roulette every week. Coach Bill Parcells plays every game extremely close to the vest, apparently because he doesn't want to put it all in QB Drew Bledsoe's hands.

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