- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 28, 2008

In the next two games, Kerry Collins revisits the end of the best season of his 14-year NFL career.

That was 2000, when the current quarterback of the unbeaten Tennessee Titans was with the New York Giants, getting them to the Super Bowl with perhaps his best game ever against Minnesota, then losing the title contest with one of his worst.

The 35-year-old Collins, who has stabilized the Titans as Vince Young’s not-so-temporary replacement, faces those teams in the next two weeks, starting with Minnesota in Nashville on Sunday.

His adversary this week is 37-year-old Gus Frerotte, who replaced Tarvaris Jackson last week and led the Vikings to their first victory, 20-10 over Carolina.

In other games Sunday:

Philadelphia (2-1) at Chicago (1-2): The Eagles looked like the 1985 Bears last week against Pittsburgh, sacking Steelers quarterbacks nine times in a 15-6 win. The Eagles might have a problem if Brian Westbrook, listed as day-to-day with an ankle injury, can’t play.

Arizona (2-1) at New York Jets (1-2): Brett Favre will start his 257th straight game, but the Jets’ new quarterback has a sore ankle that could limit him. It doesn’t help that he’s 38 and is coming off the shortest of weeks following a West Coast Monday night game that demonstrated both he and the Jets have some distance to go to contend.

Green Bay (2-1) at Tampa Bay (2-1): An intense rivalry from the old NFC Central. There still might be some lingering bad blood about a hit by Warren Sapp that nearly ended the career of Packers left tackle Chad Clifton. Sapp is retired, but Clifton remains one of Aaron Rodgers’ principal protectors.

San Francisco (2-1) at New Orleans (1-2): J.T. O’Sullivan, who has quarterbacked the 49ers to their two wins, was taken by the Saints in the sixth round of the 2002 draft, but never played a game for them.

Denver (3-0) at Kansas City (0-3): The Denver defense, which has allowed 28 points a game, might get a break this week against a team averaging just over 10 points. Damon Huard starts for the Chiefs, who have changed quarterbacks every week.

Atlanta (2-1) at Carolina (2-1): Before everyone gets too excited about the Falcons, remember that they have beaten Detroit and Kansas City, two of the NFL’s three worst teams.

San Diego (1-2) at Oakland (1-2): Chargers coach Norv Turner was at the helm for the Raiders for two seasons (9-23), so he knows what Lane Kiffin is going through as he waits for Al Davis to swing the ax.

Cleveland (0-3) at Cincinnati (0-3): Derek Anderson is still the quarterback for Cleveland while Brady Quinn gets ready. The Browns‘ playoff hopes were killed last year by a loss in Cincinnati in the next-to-last week, and this start probably dashes their playoff hopes for this season.

Houston (0-2) at Jacksonville (1-2): It has to be disturbing for the Texans that they staked the future on Matt Schaub, who in two games has thrown five interceptions and has a passer rating of 50.3, lower than any starting quarterback except Anderson and Kansas City’s Tyler Thigpen.

Buffalo (3-0) at St. Louis (0-3): Trent Green starts at quarterback for the Rams in place of Marc Bulger, who is not the problem; half the teams in the NFL would probably grab Bulger if he became available.

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