I'm headed to South Bend, Ind. to help our Huskies beat reporter Todd Milles cover the Washington-Notre Dame game this afternoon. I'll post some pictures from there later on today.
Here are The News Tribune's rankings heading into Week 4. I dropped the Seahawks down to 20th overall. Last week's rankings are in brackets.
1. N.Y. Giants (1): Blanked Tampa Bay on the road and now looks to do the same against the Chiefs in Kansas City.
2. Minnesota (4): Brett Favre proved he still has a little more magic left in his arm. Now he faces his former team, the Packers, in biggest game of the week.
3. Indianapolis (5): Seahawks could be in for a long day against Peyton Manning and the rest of the Colts’ offense.
4. Baltimore: (6): Traditionally defensive-led team is averaging 34.3 points a contest, second overall in the league. 5. New Orleans (7): Saints host the Jets in the second biggest game of the week. 6. N.Y. Jets (8): Rex Ryan’s defense faces stiffest test yet in pass-happy Saints.
7. New England (9): Pats got back on track with win at home over the Falcons.
8. Philadelphia (10): Eagles have a bye, which means McNabb gets another week to rest his rib injury. 9. Atlanta (3): Falcons get a break after first loss of the season against Pats.
10. Cincinnati (16): Chad Ochocinco is a deep threat again, with five catches over 20-plus yards.
11. Green Bay (13): Will Packer fans be able to stomach seeing Favre in purple?
12. Denver (14): First real test for this undefeated team, with ‘Boys traveling to Denver. 13. Chicago (15): Cutler gives this defensive-oriented team some offensive punch.
14. San Diego (17): Should get a boost to the running game with LT returning this week. 15. Dallas (18): They have talent, but still not clicking on all cylinders.
16. San Francisco (12): Vikings game proved they can compete with an elite team on the road.
17. Pittsburgh (2): Steelers defense struggling late in games. Pittsburgh has allowed 27 points this year in fourth quarter.
18. Arizona (11): Super Bowl swoon continues for Cardinals. They get a much-needed week off. 19. Tennessee (21): A loss against he Jags would put Titans at 0-4, and likely out of the playoff picture.
20. Seattle (19): RB Julius Jones giving running game an added boost.
21. Buffalo (22): Marshawn Lynch’s return should give Bills run game added boost.
22. Miami (23): The Chad Henne era begins with QB Pennington (shoulder) done for the year. Not a good sign for the winless Dolphins. 23. Jacksonville (26): RB Jones-Drew finally got going, finishing with his first, 100-yard rushing game against Texans last week.
24. Houston (20): QB Schaub making plays, but Texans defense struggling against the run.
25. Carolina (24): Even after 0-3 start, QB Delhomme remains starter.
26. Washington (25): Seat getting warmer for Zorn; Holmgren and Shanahan circling.
27. Oakland (29): Raiders anemic offense is ranked 31st in the league. 28. Detroit (32): Got off the snide against Washington and face rival Bears in the Windy City. 29. Tampa Bay (28): Bad on offense (25th overall) and defense (second-worst in the league).
30. Kansas City (27): QB Matt Cassel might not be the answer for the Chiefs. 31. St. Louis (30): Averaging a league-worst eight points a game offensively.
32. Cleveland (31): Mangini’s QB carousel spins back to Derek Anderson, but does it really matter?