1. GIANTS AMONG MEN
"Times don't change," former Giants and Redskins linebacker Sam Huff said after New York won the NFC East for the first time in seven years. "The Giants won the division with defense. That's the way they've always won it."
2. SOMETHING'S FISHY
Indianapolis led 17-0 and Colts quarterback Jim Harbaugh was on his way to a four-touchdown passing day when NBC's Bob Trumpy bellowed, "The Dolphins are playing like puke!" Truth hurts. With an opportunity to take sole possession of first place in the AFC East, Miami lost 41-0.
3. BOO, DREW
Drew Bledsoe was just getting over this crummy-in-the-big-games rap when he threw the Pick Felt Round New England, a mindless pass that was intercepted by Steelers defensive end Kevin Henry with two minutes left. The Patriots' 21-13 lead became a 24-21 overtime loss. Now, instead of a first-week bye, the Pats will miss the playoffs if they lose in Miami and the Jets win in Detroit.
4. DISAPPEARING ACT
The Vikings have collapsed faster than Dennis Green's book sales. Six weeks ago they were 8-2 and fighting for the NFC's top playoff seed. Minnesota is 0-5 since, the most recent loss a 14-13 defeat to the Lions in which the offense had only 43 yards in the second half.
5. A SPECIAL RETIREMENT
The Bills' Steve Tasker plays his last game this week. In January 2003 he'll get serious consideration for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and rightfully so. The 5'9", 181-pound wideout is the best special teams player ever.