Extra points

Dallas deficiencies

October 09, 2006|By Ken Murray | Ken Murray,SUN REPORTER

For all the angst that will be felt in Dallas over Drew Bledsoe's three interceptions, the Cowboys have something bigger to worry about: the big plays given up by their defense. When they had a 21-17 lead over the Eagles, they allowed an 87-yard touchdown pass to Hank Baskett. When the score was tied at 24, they gave up a 40-yard touchdown pass to Reggie Brown. Altogether, Donovan McNabb torched the Cowboys for 354 passing yards in a two-touchdown victory.

Living on the edge

It's hard to read the Indianapolis Colts. They haven't put it all together yet, but they're 5-0 after beating Tennessee, 14-13. Until they stabilize their run defense, the Colts are going to be living on the edge. Every week, it's on Peyton Manning's shoulders to pull out a win.

Bucs' defensive slide

Bruce Gradkowski became the fifth Mid-American Conference quarterback to start in the NFL this season when he replaced the injured Chris Simms yesterday for the Buccaneers. He played admirably, passing for 225 yards and two touchdowns, and showed uncommon poise. But in a 24-21 loss to the Saints, the Bucs' aging defense continued a slide toward mediocrity, giving up 123 rushing yards to Deuce McAllister, including a 24-yard touchdown run.

Favre slips again

Green Bay's Brett Favre had another chance to pull out a late victory at home against the Rams. He got the Packers to the 11-yard line in the final minute, in range for a tying field goal, but lost the ball and game on a sack and fumble. The question is: Would Favre play better with a better supporting cast?

Lions at a loss

Another quarterback whose job is probably in jeopardy is Detroit's Jon Kitna, who threw three interceptions and lost a fumble in the Lions' 26-17 loss at Minnesota. The Vikings scored two defensive touchdowns in the fourth quarter to wipe out the Lions' 17-3 lead and keep rookie coach Rod Marinelli winless through five games.[ Ken Murray]

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