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The one good thing about the Philadelphia is they may be the only team suited to beat the should Green Bay gain the home-field advantage in the NFC playoffs. You know it's going to be cold and snowy in Wisconsin in January, and teams like Tampa Bay and New Orleans won't deal very well with the frozen tundra. Fox analyst got into Andy Reid's doghouse this summer for honestly saying that quarterback was a pretty inaccurate passer. McNabb has proven Aikman right by completing only 50 percent of his attempts and throwing for only one touchdown in Philadelphia's last three victories. McNabb is a great football player. He simply isn't a quarterback in the or John Elway mold. But the don't need him to be that because their running game has been super and their defense ranks among the NFL's very best. In case you missed it, offensive tackle was flagged for a personal foul for jumping on the ' last Sunday. It's pretty rare for a rookie to show that much disdain for a proven veteran. "It just kind of makes you wonder because clearly he (Colombo) was trying to hurt me," Douglas said. "I just wonder what's going to happen to him. They're fining all the defensive players. Not to try to turn this into a political panel or anything, but dang, a couple of times his hit was a little personal." There's a good chance that disappointing No. 1 pick will replace as the slot receiver Sunday against the . Freeman has a bruised hip and he won't practice tomorrow. SPURRIER KNOWS BEST: After fiddling around with rookie QB , coach Steve Spurrier put winning this season over improving his passing game for next season. Washington is 4-4 and winning with defense and a ball-control offense. , a former wideout at Penn State, was signed as a free agent last year by Marty Schottenheimer and probably will start again this Sunday for injured starter . His 110 yards rushing and 4.8-yard average versus Seattle gives him 261 yards and a 5.0-yard average on the season. "Kenny is a good, tough running back," Spurrier said. "He runs forward, breaks tackles, takes care of the ball well ... catches the ball well coming out of the backfield. He's really come into his own this year." might not have a future, but he's 3-2 as a starter in Washington. After collecting two more sacks, is yapping about playing all the time, not only in pass-rush situations. Smith has 189 career sacks and needs nine more to reach 's NFL record. FAVRE, THE MIRACLE QB: 's left knee is pretty sore today, but that was some gutsy performance last night against a very good Miami defensive team. But Favre gets a rest this week as the come to Lambeau, and they haven't won there since 1991. "I've been here 11 years and I've never won up there," said defensive end . "So immediately when the schedules come out, that's the first one I look at to see when we're going up there. I just want to win. Eleven years and 11 losses -- so that's all I'm focused on." In addition to 10 regular season losses, the also lost a playoff game to the in Green Bay during Porcher's career. HOW TO STOP VICK: The Pittsburgh get their chance this Sunday against the amazing Mike Vick, who is coming off a very average performance (for him) last Sunday against Baltimore. Vick tossed his first interception of the season, but the worse part was that the held him to a career-low minus-five yards in seven rushing attempts. Like the , the didn't rush their defensive ends hard up the field, preferring to hold their ground and wait for Vick to come to them. Baltimore, unlike New Orleans, got better inside pressure on Vick and forced him into some tough throws and some unwise runs. They also used a variety of safety blitzes. Vick was sacked three times. "I think what we saw (Sunday) was a glimpse of the defenses we're going to see from now on," Vick said. "They didn't want me to get outside, or have any lanes to run through. If (defenses) do that, we're going to have to find a way to beat them."

NOTES & THOUGHTS: Carolina's will start in place of DT , who was suspended four games for steroid abuse. The , however, get QB back in the lineup. ... coach Steve Mariucci is a loyal man. He's sticking with PK over rookie draft choice despite Cortez badly hooking a 27-yarder at the end of regulation that would have beaten the . ... The league has got to change the coin flip situation in overtime. With teams so even and games so close, the only thing out of whack is that 10 of the 13 teams who have won the coin toss have won the game. Either have an extra six-minute overtime period or do what the colleges do and give both teams an overtime possession. However, the NFL should put the ball on the team's own 30-yard line and make them drive 40 yards just to get into field-goal range.

Tagged: Bears, Cowboys, Lions, Packers, Eagles, 49ers, Redskins, Panthers, Jaguars, Ravens, Steelers, Shane Matthews, Brett Favre, Shane Burton, Donovan McNabb, Freddie Mitchell, Hugh Douglas, Jose Cortez, Stephen Davis, Brentson Buckner, Jeff Chandler, Marc Colombo, Patrick Ramsey

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