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NFL Defenses Power Rankings

Baltimore - Ed Reed and Ray Lewis... need I say more? NYJ - new DC Mike Pettine (former Ravens LB Coach) allowing only 9 ppg NYG - has recorded only 3 sacks so far, but plenty of playmakers and championship experience Philly - league-leading 9 takeaways and 10 sacks; lots of points given up but they have DeSean Jackson returning punts Minnesota - Jared Allen & Co are hitting on all cylinders ( ground-breaking journalism! ) Pittsburgh - DPoY Harrison & Co are missing Troy Polamalu's drive-stopping ability Denver - under 6 ppg allowed thus far, albeit vs JaMarcus Russell and Brady Quinn Chicago - Brian Urlacher out for the season, but they've rallied and will not break Indy - the #1 DE combo and loads of talent in the secondary, but major weakness at LB Tennessee - 71 points allowed in just 3 games has the divisional favorite winless thus far Green Bay Seattle New England San Diego Miami San Fran Dallas Carolina Cincy New Orleans Buffalo ATL Oakland Arizona Tampa Bay Wash

NFL Week 3 odds

Games I'm staying away from: Cleveland +13½ @ Baltimore Chicago -2½ @ Seattle Atlanta +4 @ New England Games I'm taking but don't love: Dallas -9½ vs Carolina San Francisco +7 @ Minnesota NY Jets -3 vs Tennessee Houston -4 vs Jacksonville Green Bay -7 @ St Louis Games I like a lot: NY Giants -7 @ Tampa Bay Detroit +6½ vs Washington New Orleans -6 @ Buffalo Pittsburgh -4½ @ Cincinnati Oakland +1½ vs Denver Games with lines unannounced: Indianapolis @ Arizona Miami @ San Diego Kansas City @ Philadelphia

Autumnal Equinox

Charlie Weis gets to keep his job another week as Notre Dame barely escaped consecutive last-minute meltdowns from an inferior BigTen Michigan team. The Irish head to Purdue this Saturday after the (1-2) Boilers recently lost to Northern Illinois of the MAC. The football Hoosiers are still undefeated after rolling over Akron in the 2nd half, 38-21. This is the 3rd time in 5 years IU has started 3-0. Should they beat Michigan Saturday, it would mark the first 4-0 start since 1990. But IU hasn't won at the Big House since 1967 (our last Rose Bowl) and has just a lone victory in the past 31 meetings with the Wolverines. The Colts return to Miami's LandShark Stadium for the first time since winning SB XLi. Peyton Manning and the Colts will hopefully be back in February for SB XLiV, possibly en route to winning a 4th MVP and solidifying himself as the greatest ever. Since 1999, the Colts have the most regular-season wins (115, the Patriots have 111) and they also have the best win

Colts claim rookie LB Cody Glenn off waivers

Colts claimed rookie LB Cody Gleen off waivers (via Redskins) and released 4-yr veteran S Matt Giordano. This could be good news regarding the injury status of Bob Sanders, who was recently taken off the PUP list. Either the Colts are confident that #21 will be healthy enough to play, or they really like Cody Glenn. They apparently didn't covet him enough to draft him with either of their two 4th round picks, one of which was used on defensive tackle Terrance Taylor, whom did not make the final 53-man roster. Cody Glenn actually entered college as RB, but eventually won the starting weak-side linebacker position for Nebraska last year. Although he has very little experience on defense, he has played both OLB and ILB spots. Glenn has prototypical size for a Colts linebacker (basically a slightly bulky safety) at 6' 0", 244 lbs, and he ran a respectable 4.67 40-yard dash at his pro day workout. Once Ed Johnson's one-week suspension has been served, the Colts will have