Monday Morning Qb

December 12, 2005|By KEN MURRAY

Kicking Off -- Seahawks-- A soft schedule and no threat in the NFC West make it almost impossible to assess Seattle's playoff mettle despite 11 wins.

EXTRA POINTS

BUFFALOED

Bills coach Mike Mularkey may have been justified in suspending WR Eric Moulds, but it looks like he has lost his team after a 35-7 drubbing by the Patriots. The Bills rushed for a total of 14 yards and QB J.P. Losman completed just 10 of 27 passes.

HOT IN THE COLD

Word of warning to the Bucs: Patriots QB Tom Brady is 14-0 when temperatures are below 35, which they should be when Tampa Bay visits New England next week. The Bucs can't afford to get behind in that game.

RAIDERS ARE LOST

The Raiders got an answer about QB Marques Tuiasosopo, and it wasn't good. Tuiasosopo committed four turnovers, including two interceptions, in the second start of his five-year career in Oakland. It may be more telling for coach Norv Turner, who isn't expected to be back.

GOOD IMPRESSION

Jaguars QB David Garrard has thrown three TD passes and only one interception since taking over for injured Byron Leftwich two weeks ago. He may play well enough to become attractive to one of the many teams in need of quarterbacks after the season.

POOR PREDICTION

It didn't take long for WR Chad Johnson's prediction that the Bengals will score 40 points or better the rest of the season to backfire. They had to squeak past the Browns for a 23-20 win. Expect Marvin Lewis to rein in Johnson's exuberance now.

NO WHITE FLAGS

As bad as things have gone for the Jets, and as many injuries as they've had, they are still playing. That says a lot for coach Herman Edwards, who walked out in the middle of a news conference last week in frustration.

[Ken Murray]

NEXT WEEK'S TOP MATCHUPS

CHARGERS (8-5) @ COLTS (13-0) -- The Colts clinched home-field advantage in the AFC, and now Tony Dungy has to decide how to treat the last three games.

BUCS (9-4) @ PATRIOTS (8-5) -- The Buccaneers make their third straight road trip after winning the first two. Buccaneers QB Chris Simms gets a chance to show what he can do in Foxborough in December.

Tonight's game

SAINTS (3-9) @ FALCONS (7-5)

Time, TV, Line -- 9 p.m., chs. 2, 7, Falcons by 10 1/2

Trends -- The Saints' season has spiraled out of control with seven losses in the past eight games. The Falcons have lost three of four to drop from 6-2 to borderline playoff contention.

Attractions -- The Falcons needed an obscure penalty call against the Saints to survive their Week 6 game, 34-31, when Michael Vick threw for only 112 yards. Atlanta RB Warrick Dunn should have a big night against the Saints' No. 28 run defense.

Ken Murray's pick -- Falcons, 27-17

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