Big Blue has revenge in mind

The New York Giants believe a little payback is in order.

Just under a year ago, the then-fading Giants went to the Metrodome, where the playoff-bound Vikings drilled them, delivering a 44-7 thumping that got Brett Favre and the purple back on the right track.

The rematch is Sunday at the Metrodome, the roles have been reversed, and the Giants are still smarting from their worst loss since 2003.

"Let's just say we haven't forgotten what happened there," Giants guard Chris Snee said. "I'll just leave it at that. We know what the final score was and we know what happened in there. It's already been talked about. Let's leave it at that."

The Vikings were up by 37-0 in the third quarter against a Giants team that was missing five of its regular players because of injury. Even with the big lead, then-coach Brad Childress left the offense on the field on fourth and goal from the 1 for one more touchdown to make it 44-0.

Running back Brandon Jacobs, who missed the game with a knee injury, talked about watching the game at home on TV and turning it off in disgust.

He's not the only one who did that.

Tired rerun in Washington

It just never seems to change for the Dan Snyder Redskins. The owner is having to preach a familiar theme - patience - as his team endures another circus of a season.

Snyder held one of his rare sessions with reporters Thursday and said he was "frustrated" that the Redskins are 5-7 and that he wished things had worked out better with defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth, who was suspended for the rest of the season this week.

Snyder said he believed the organization was making progress in its first year under coach Mike Shanahan and asked fans to "have a little patience."

If you're a Skins fan, that has to be getting pretty old.

More heat on Panthers' Clausen

As if Jimmy Clausen needed another distraction with Carolina fans dreaming about drafting Stanford star Andrew Luck to replace him, here comes Matt Ryan to town.

Clausen is going through a typical rough season for a rookie quarterback in the NFL. Trouble is, Atlanta's Ryan is a reminder it doesn't always go bad when a youngster is behind center.

"I can't speak on the behalf of Jimmy and the situation there, but I know the situation I came into my rookie year," said Ryan, whose 10-2 Falcons visit the 1-11 Panthers on Sunday. "I had a lot of guys around me that played extremely well both offensively, defensively, and on special teams, and that helped."

Ryan burst onto the scene as the No. 3 overall pick from Boston College in 2008, throwing 16 touchdown passes and 11 interceptions as the Falcons went 11-5. Ryan has since established himself as one of the league's top QBs and this year has helped lead Atlanta to the NFC's best record.

The appendectomy everyone's talking about

Since the news broke that Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel underwent an appendectomy this week, speculation has abounded about when he'll be able to return for the AFC West-leading Chiefs, who face division rival San Diego on Sunday. It seems as if just about everybody who's ever performed an appendectomy, had an appendectomy, or knows someone who had an appendectomy is weighing in.

Except the Chiefs.

Coach Todd Haley, who at first characterized Cassel's absence as "an illness," refused on Thursday to say what Cassel's status might be.