Hit by 'The Bus'
Jerome Bettis, a six-time Pro Bowler turned columnist for SI.com, called out DeSean Jackson on Monday.
He also, in a more roundabout way, called out the veteran Eagles.
"DeSean Jackson put up 210 yards and scored, but I'm still disappointed in him," Bettis wrote. "When you see antics like Sunday night's backwards touchdown dive, it makes Jackson look like a 'me-first' player. Jackson needs to understand that his actions can result in negative consequences for not only him, but also his team. And I'm not just talking about penalty yards here."
Bettis brought up a point that was lost during and immediately after the broadcast - that Jackson is setting up not only himself, but other Eagles, for retaliation.
"His antics can lead to retaliation from opponents," said Bettis, "which can escalate into more trouble. If I'm his teammate, I'm not happy. If that ever happened on one of my teams, we would pull the player aside and make it clear that can't ever happen again. And if it does, you have to deal with every one of your teammates."
Without longtime Birds such as Brian Dawkins, Jon Runyan or Donovan McNabb, it's not clear who would take the lead in reminding Jackson of team responsibilities.
But it bears watching.
The daily number
New England's Tom Brady and Bill Belichick have been together for 108 regular-season wins. Pittsburgh's Chuck Noll and Terry Bradshaw teamed for 107.
Brady and Belichick have won three Super Bowls together and are tracking a fourth - the number won by Noll and Bradshaw in the 1970s.
There's a growing consensus throughout the league that the New York Jets have peaked. The thrashing by New England on Dec. 6 was one thing. An effortless loss to Miami on Sunday was another.
In a column where he noted that the field of potential Super Bowl winners has shrunk to about half a dozen, Dave Goldberg of Fanhouse.com, wrote:
"That group does not include the Jets, who verbally claimed the Vince Lombardi Trophy last July, and whose last gasp might have been a dismal home loss to Miami on Sunday marked by the classlessness that seems to be a part of their makeup - a trip by strength and conditioning coach Sal Alosi on Miami's Nolan Carroll as Carroll was running down the sideline to cover a punt."
(Alosi was suspended for the rest of the season on Monday.)
Brett Favre's streak of 321 straight NFL starts (including playoffs) ended on Monday night in Detroit's Ford Field.
According to Mike O'Hara, the former Lions beat reporter for the Detroit News, that's an amazing historic coincidence.
Lou Gehrig's streak of 2,130 consecutive games played ended in the same city 71 years ago, on May 3, 1939.
Ford Field is 1.3 miles from the old Briggs Stadium, where Gehrig handed in the lineup card, then sat out the Yankees-Tigers game.
After the tumultuous season endured by the Minnesota Vikings, some of the players have become fatalistic. The roof caving in on Sunday was symbolically perfect.
"Just when you think you've seen it all, there's always tomorrow," punter Chris Kluwe tweeted.