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Clark Judge


Upset of the week

Seattle over N.Y.
Two weeks ago there was talk about the going 9-7; now they're 0-2 and staring at the first 0-3 start of Mike Holmgren's coaching career. I don't see it happening. Sure, the stunk last weekend, but Holmgren just got a get-well card with the return of left tackle . Jones should play Sunday, and he could start. That should help a rushing attack that, frankly, looks about as good as those new uniforms. The ' is playing hurt, with hamstring and toe injuries, but you'd have him play hurt, too, if the alternative was . Somebody tell the guy the Icky Shuffle happens after you break the line of scrimmage. Holmgren is not amused. He just issued a challenge to his defense, saying some players could be playing for jobs Sunday, and that's never a good sign. But the just came off an emotional win over St. Louis, and local reporters are asking if it's too soon to project the club at 5-1. In a word: Yes.

Crummy game of the week

Cincinnati at Atlanta
The announced they would stick with at quarterback, then sent the next shift to man the bilge pumps. They don't need a new quarterback; they need a new roster. You do the math: Two games, one touchdown. At this rate, fantasy football in Cincinnati goes out of business somewhere around ... early October. After this it's on to Tampa Bay, Indianapolis and Pittsburgh. Can you say 0-6? Atlanta hasn't won anything, either, but at least the are competitive. A field goal beat them in the opener; then a field goal beat them last weekend — uh, their own field goal. No sweat. When you have in the house fans can't seem to stay away. I'm not talking about the ' starting quarterback; I'm talking about those bobblehead dolls they're giving away before the game. Now, wait 'til you see what Cincinnati gives away.

Grudge game of the week

Washington at San Francisco
Yeah, I know what you're thinking: If Steve Mariucci insists he wasn't bothered by what happened when the and met in Japan, then what's the big deal? Who said anything about Steve Mariucci? I'm talking about and Vinny Cerrato. Smith, the former ' linebacker who's now a San Francisco treat, ripped the Washington player personnel director in this week's episode of "Trading Places." You see, Cerrato used to work in San Francisco, and now is in Washington; and Smith used to work in Washington, and now is in ... I think you get the idea. "Let's just say I'm not a big fan of Vinny Cerrato," Smith told the ' beat reporters this week. Smith will have trouble rallying his teammates to follow along in his "Vinny, Vidi, Vici" mantra. Only a handful were in San Francisco when Cerrato last worked there in 1998.
Tagged: Falcons, Bengals, Giants, 49ers, Seahawks, Redskins, Michael Vick, Gus Frerotte, Tiki Barber, Walter Jones

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