DIVISION The division sucks. The other three teams are somewhere between poor and desperate. Buffalo's good start has petered out. You don't lose to Detroit if you are any good at all. If we don't beat them next Sunday we can count ourselves out of the serious running. I pity anyone who had to watch the first half of the Fins/Jets game. All the offensive nous and guile of an "over the top" order in a first world war trench. Dismal. I don't care how "tough" the Dolphins always play the Pats. We have to beat that team in Miami. As for the Jets, yes they got a win, but they'll be as finished as the Fins before too many more Sundays have passed. CONFERENCE The Bengals aren't going to the Superbowl. That much we learned yesterday. For all the fireworks of the first three weeks they now look an almost busted flush. Cadillac Williams ran himself back into form on their defence and the offence couldn't get it going against an 0-4 team. Similarly the Ravens don't look super either. Less fizz than a three month old bottle of Coke. Which makes the division interesting if nothing else, because the Steelers made a statement yesterday that they are not yet done. OK, so the Chiefs may as well have suited up 11 tackle bags on defence, but even so. Big Ben did what they needed him to do. We didn't see anything much in the South as Indy and Jax are on bye, but hats off to the Titans for a good win. I voted for them to go winless but was totally wrong. They may yet have an influence on who wins this division. The real fireworks are out west. San Diego look a well-balanced, talented team while the Broncos are tough on D. These two teams still haven't played one another and thoe games will be amongs the most fascinating of the season. One point of note from the SD game is that the 49ers were able to beat the D through the air, even if they couldn't get the run going. If we face the Bolts at some point we'll need to be a lot further down the line with the passing offence. As for the Broncos. Well I'd rather sticks needles and pins under my finger nails than watch that team, but they will be tough. The thing most in our favour throughout the conference is that all these teams - including Indy and Jax - have to play plenty of games amongst themselves, and if we can finish at 14-2 or maybe even 13-3, we won't need to leave NE in the play-offs until the final weekend. I like our chances this season. NFL Seattle has more courage and poise than I thought, and the way Hasselbeck rallied his team to get back into a game they could easily have lost was impressive. As Alexander comes back they should get stronger. I see our draft pick coming somewhere between 29 and 31 because it will be this team the Bears need to beat to reach Miami. New Orleans continues to shock. I thought the Eagles had their number when they put 21 points unanswered on them, but back the Saints came. How Nick Saban must wish he'd spent the off-season whispering sweet nothings in Drew Brees ear rather than have his head turned by Daunte. But, I still don't see them beating the top two. The Eagles disappointed me. For the second time in a few weeks they fluffed an opportunity to win a tight game; this time they got killed by having 12 players on the field at a crucial moment in Brees last drive. Dumb and dumber. The Eagles and the Giants are decent teams, and they'll be in there at the play-offs making the Seahawks and Bears work for their living. But they won't quite be good enough. As for the 'Skins, we need to come up with a quick plan to persuade Snyder to swap one of his first rounders for our one, because they'll be picking a lot earlier. That pre-season blow-out, contrary to received wisdom, actually had the 'Skins' number. They suck.