It's very early, but you've got to figure Dallas as the leader in the clubhouse for the NFC's Super Bowl spot in Tampa Bay.
Yes, the Cowboys just allowed 37 points to Philadelphia -- but they won anyway. If you stayed up throughout that hugely entertaining Monday Night Football game -- and I couldn't quite make it -- you saw what may be the best MNF game of the season. Dallas' 41-37 win showed the Cowboys are going to simply outscore a whole lot of people this season, even though their defense is vulnerable.
There are now five undefeated teams in the NFC: Carolina, the defending Super Bowl champion N.Y. Giants, Green Bay, Arizona (?!) and Dallas. The Cowboys play at Green Bay Sunday, so the number will be no more than four after Week 3.
I did watch a lot of the MNF game, however, and the play that will be most remembered will be rookie DeSean Jackson's trying-to-be-cool flick of the ball after running down what should have been a long TD pass from Donovan McNabb on the way to the end zone. Jackson was so anxious to get into his TD dance that he threw the ball behind him at the 1. Philly scored anyway because the refs awarded the Eagles' possession after Wade Phillips' challenge.
Two other leftover notes from this weekend's action: 1) San Diego totally got the shaft. That call on Jay Cutler's obvious fumble that allowed Denver to get the ball again: that was just absolutely wrong.
2) Kudos to ESPN for coming up with a great highlight, showing Jackson in a high school All-America game doing a variation of the same thing. He was about to score, did a front flip into the end zone -- and left the ball at the 1 to be recovered by the other team. This is a kid who someone needs to get hold of and talk some sense into. Hopefully, Jackson's public humiliation will discourage more football-playing youngsters from wanting to emulate him.
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