Sean Payton wasn't feeling awesome last Sunday, but nothing raises a man's spirits like a China doll.

  • After his surgery earlier this week Sean Payton returned to his desk and predictably saw flowers and get-well cards. And then there was a China doll, and Payton knew it was the work of Tracy Porter. Since he started in New Orleans Payton has been jokingly giving the doll to injured players. Porter was the last one to receive it after a training camp injury, and he thought the least he could do is give a man on crutches his damn doll back.
  • Ryan Fitzpatrick is reportedly about to get Matt Cassel-type money.
  • Stat nerds, assemble!
  • Every weekly matchup should be analyzed in song form.
  • The Bengals have been converting more third downs lately, especially in key situations.
  • If Bucs fans think their ownership is bad, they should take a good look south.
  • Plaxico Burress‘ long stride, his chemistry in a new offense, and simple age have all contributed to his minimal production after a quick Week 1 start when he had four receptions for 72 yards and a touchdown.
  • Ben Roethlisberger would like to see the Steelers use a no-huddle offense more often, while offensive coordinator Bruce Arians likes things just fine the way they are for now.
  • We’re not done with thoughts from the mind of the biggest Ben yet. He also said yesterday that marquee quarterbacks not named Roethlisberger are receiving preferential treatment from officials.
  • Carson Palmer reportedly took a significant pay cut to be the Raiders’ quarterback savior.
  • Some of the recent stats posted by Palmer and Jason Campbell have actually been quite similar. This is bad.
  • Terrell Owens will hold a workout next Tuesday.