Plaxico Burress, Cheddar Bob and other NFL thoughts

Sometimes I wonder why the NFL's best headlines come off the field.

Rookie quarterbacks have taken the league by storm in Atlanta and Baltimore. The Hoodie has turned another after-thought quarterback into a gunslinger who will be handsomely paid for his efforts this season. And there's always a storyline with the New York Brett's and football's A-Rod (Aaron Rodgers).

Yet, once again, off-the-field news takes center stage in the world of pigskin.

Plaxico Burress, NY Giants wide receiver and troubled child, reportedly "Cheddar Bob'd" himself at a New York nightclub. Ouch. No truth to the rumor that the situation looked like this (video below). It's another distraction for the defending World Champs who sit atop of the NFC with the conference's only one-loss record.

Fortunately for the G-Men, starting running back Brandon Jacobs returns against the Washington Redskins. Last time we saw him against the 'Skins, he was running around, past and through the defense.

Looking for an added measure of motivation? SIU lost last night, so maybe he'll take out his frustrations on a heated rival.

Pigskin Primer:
  • The Chicago Bears are in prime time tonight against the Minnesota Vikings in a game that could very well decide the NFC North title. Which Bears team will show up? The one that got slaughtered by the Green Bay Packers or the one that returned the favor against the St. Louis Rams? I can already tell you which Adrian Peterson is going to show: the one that has rushed for 423 yards and 7 touchdowns in 3 games against Chicago.
  • While most football fans (and gamblers) weren't happy to see the Detroit Lions and Seattle Seahawks play on Thanksgiving Day, my fantasy teams were. Tennessee Titans running backs Chris Johnson and LenDale White each ran for at least 100 yards and scored two touchdowns, respectively. Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo through for 331 yards, 3 touchdowns and tight end Jason Witten, who racked up 115 yards and 1 touchdown catch. While most people's fantasies involve things that don't involve pigskins or guys named Chris, Tony or Jason scoring. Mine do, at times.
  • And even though my fantasy teams benefitted from the turkey-like performances of the Seahawks and Lions, I'd like to see some more entertaining football on my favorite holiday. I have an idea to do so, but you'll have to read tomorrow to see my plan.
That's all for now, folks. Enjoy your football on Sunday!