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JaMarcus Russell's comeback?
The Raiders had big hopes for JaMarcus Russell when they drafted him in 2007, but the troubled quarterback only managed two seasons in the league before washing out. Russell's attempt at a comeback has impressed several teams, however -- he's down to his combine playing weight and has been working out at the TEST Football Academy. Russell may have a reputation as a bust, but he's certainly making a legitimate attempt to live up to his potential.
Who here remembers the tuck rule? Patriots fans, sure. Raiders fans, definitely. Everyone else probably does as well, come to think of it. There was kind of a dust-up about it back in the day. Anyway, the NFL is considering getting rid of the rule, undoubtedly increasing the number of fumbles per year in the NFL. Has the tuck rule run its course?
Maybe Tim Brown is just a big Beastie Boys fan. Or maybe he's still stinging from the Raiders' loss to the Buccaneers in Super Bowl XXXVII. Either way, he's saying that game wasn't just a bad day for Oakland, it was "sabotage." Brown said Tuesday that then-Raiders coach Bill Callahan sabotaged the team by changing the game plan as a way to get back at the Raiders and help Jon Gruden. ESPN analyst Jerry Rice, who was also on that Raiders team, backed Brown up. So what do you think? Did Callahan intentionally blow the game plan, or was he just outcoached?
Philip Rivers and the Chargers are still in the AFC West race after the quarterback's big night in a 38-14 win against the Jaguars on Monday, but they have a lot of ground to make up on the Broncos and Raiders. Does Rivers also have ground to make up in the race for top quarterback honors in the division? Rank 'Em: NFL Power Rankings
Which quarterback rules division?
Rivers has the history but only an 84.9 QB rating this season. Tim Tebow's rating is only 87.9, but he has that 6-1 record as a starter.
Which road ahead is toughest?
The Broncos and Raiders are 7-5, while the Chargers and Chiefs are 5-7. But does the schedule bode ill for one of the chasers?
Not everyone expected the Chargers to win the AFC West this season. No, it was a mere 81 percent of SportsNation voters who picked them to win the division, a consensus topped only by those picking the Packers in the NFC North. But while the Packers are doing just fine, the Chargers are tied with the Chiefs and Raiders after finding a new way to lose Monday's game against those Chiefs. Rank 'Em: Your NFL Power Rankings?
More about the win or the loss?
The Chiefs are in select company in NFL history in winning four in a row after an 0-3 start, but is Philip Rivers giving away a win for the slumping Chargers a bigger story?
Overrated or underperforming?
It's not much of a surprise to find Philip Rivers leading the NFL in a passing category, but it's a little surprising that it's interceptions. Is he being exposed?
How good are the Chiefs?
Most expected the Jets and Chargers to be playoff contenders this season, but they aren't alone at 4-3 in the AFC. Are the Chiefs the surprise with the most staying power?
Worse level of losing?
Week 8 offered a full array of painful losses, but is spending three hours watching your team get smacked around worse than watching Philip Rivers botch a snap to deny a win?