In what looks to be the big story from today’s 1pm games, Miami is leading Chicago, 21-10 with 5 minutes left in the 3rd quarter. RB Ronnie Brown has been pounding away at the line of scrimmage all afternoon, while Da Bears have turned the ball over 5 times (3 of ’em courtesy of Rex Grossman’s two INT’s and one fumble). If this result holds up, it’ll leave a bitter taste in the mouth over at Rebuilding Year (“All NFL fans should be rooting for both the Bears and Colts to go undefeated, so we can be saved from more articles about how the ’72 Dolphins drink champaigne when an undefeated team loses and how great they were,”) but I’m thinking any good news in Don Shula’s twilight years means fewer 2-a-days for those poor middle-aged kids at Briscoe High.

Eli Manning is struggling mightily against Houston (13/22, 155, 1 INT) and the Giants are in the not-unfamiliar position of having Tiki Barber (above) put the club on his back (he’s nearing 100 yards rushing with about 10 minutes left in the 4th wuarter). The Texans are clininging to a 10-7 advantage, a scoreline punctuated by Mario Williams and David Carr doing their own versions of the “We Fly High” celebration. Carr was penalized for his rendition, which followed a QB sneak TD in the 3rd quarter.

Michael Strahan suffered a sprained right foot in the 2nd quarter and he’s been modeling clothes from the Belichick fashion line every since.

Drew Brees and Marques Colston are absolutely carving up the Bucs ; Chucky has phoned Mama Brees, pleading with her to conceed the Court Of Appeals election before things get any uglier.

It’s a rough day for Michael Vick to come back to earth, but I’d wait until John Kitna’s hands have been inspected before putting the Falcons/Lions game to bed.