I was going to write a serious post on the Pats/Ravens game, but whatever, everyone will be doing that today. Besides, the game just proved what we already know. The Pats are beatable and you can do it by controlling the clock with a great running game (Ravens), carving them up with 10-20 yard dig routes or ins (Eagles), or having a great 4-man pass rush (Colts). Problem is that no one has been able to do either of these 3 things for a complete 60 minutes. The Ravens came the closest, and had they not called a timeout on that critical 4th down, or had the Pats not hopped offsides the play after it, the Ravens would have won the game. The Patriots also can't be pleased with their defense. Two mediocre offensive teams - and two not so great QBs - have lit them up the last two weeks. The reason the Pats D looked so much better earlier this year was because their offense was scoring so many points and creating such huge leads. It's not hard to play defense when you're up by 30 and you know the other team has to pass every time.
On to the links.
Stephen A. Smith hates on bloggers. [SPORTSbyBROOKS]
Mercury Morris continues to be a huge jackass when it comes to New England potentially going 16-0. [Construda]
A look at the best steals ever in the Rule 5 draft, including Johan Santana and Roberto Clemente. [Home Run Derby]
Don Imus is back, and he has some friends. [NOIS]
There are some weird bowl games out there. [The Pig Pen]
Finally, the Grand Slam of curling is hitting the big time. [Lion in Oil]
Jessica Simpson and Tony Romo don't look real happy here. [Deuce of Davenport]
What's the better fit for Santana? NYC or Beantown? [I'm Writing Sports]