There's a new team at the top of our weekly list of incisive inquiries, and I can think of one person in particular who'll be thrilled by the development.
Moss may not appreciate Tinucci's chicken and ribs, but he clearly finds the idea of Bill Belichick's Pats holding down the top spot to be utterly delectable. That was obvious after the Patriots' 28-18 victory over the Vikings on Sunday when Moss, in the question-free monologue he delivered to reporters, heaped praise upon the franchise that had traded him to Minnesota less than a month earlier.
"I actually salute Coach Belichick and his team for the success that they have had before me, during me and after me," Moss said, taking the personal pronoun to a strange and uncharted place. "So I am actually stuck for words, just because there are a lot of memories here. … You know, I can't say enough about this team and this organization. … I don't know how many more times I am going to be up here in New England, but I am going to leave the New England Patriots and Coach Belichick with a salute: I love you guys. I miss you. I'm out."
Count me in – the Pats are the best team in football right now, and the decision to get rid of Moss played a significant role in helping them get there. I'm not sure how long their reign will last, as New England faces the Steelers and Colts in consecutive weeks during November, but the Patriots should keep improving, and they definitely have my attention.
While I have yours, let's dust off our favorite punctuation mark and work our way down a food chain that even Moss wouldn't dare berate:
3. Pittsburgh Steelers: The next time the Steelers prepare for a road game in a dome, why do I get the feeling Mike Tomlin will be making as much noise on the practice field as 70,000 Saints fans did Sunday night?
11. Philadelphia Eagles: If Andy Reid texted Mike Shanahan this week, what are the odds he ended the message with "LOL"?
12. Miami Dolphins: Considering they've only lost to teams in the top four of my current rankings, is it possible these guys are a lot better than we realize?
Flowers forces a fumble in last week's win over the Bills.
(Crystal LoGiudice/US Presswire)
19. Seattle Seahawks: After giving up eight sacks to the Raiders, will they give up twice that many to the Giants on Sunday?
20. St. Louis Rams: How scary is it to consider that, with a little luck and some better finishing skills, this team could be 7-1?
23. Detroit Lions: Is Ndamukong Suh(notes) already one of the league's best defensive tackles – and how scary is it that an interior lineman is on pace to match Jevon Kearse's(notes) rookie sack total?
24. Cincinnati Bengals: When a team has six sacks in seven games, is it any surprise that it has five defeats?
25. Arizona Cardinals: Did I just imagine it, or before throwing the late interception that sealed a defeat to the Bucs, did Derek Anderson(notes) point to Larry Fitzgerald(notes) and announce, "I'm throwing it to No. 11"?
28. Dallas Cowboys: Quit much?
30. Denver Broncos: Was Sunday's devastating illegal-block penalty the most significant moment of Jarvis Moss'(notes) NFL career – and shouldn't he have learned to avoid such mistakes back at Denton Ryan High School?