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First down

New England at Cincinnati, 11 a.m., Ch. 2 • Axl Rose no longer has Slash, Duff McKagan, et al, yet there's still a band called Guns N' Roses out there recording and touring. OK, touring, anyway. Tom Brady can probably relate, considering he's no longer got anyone from the Pats' heyday to work with. On the plus side, he is 4-0, and, unlike Fat Axl, does not have a hideous handlebar moustache.

Second down

Seattle at Indianapolis, 11 a.m., Ch. 13 • Though I am usually loathe to indulge the talking heads' hyper-quarterback-centric fixation, it's hard to resist in this case. I mean, really — you want to talk about whether Reggie Wayne can haul in career catch No. 1,000 against the coverage of Richard Sherman? Please. This one is all about Andrew Luck vs. Russell Wilson. I'm pretty sure you can deal with it.

Third down

Denver at Dallas, 2:25 p.m., Ch. 2 • reported a few days ago that Cowboys defenders were "sick of hearing about Peyton Manning," with defensive tackle Jason Hatcher going so far as to proclaim, "Don't think for one minute we're scared." Not scared — got it. I'm sure that'll make a big difference. I just wonder how sick of hearing about Peyton they'll be after he throws for 350 yards and four TDs against them?

Fourth down

Houston at San Francisco, 6:30 p.m., Ch. 5 • Texans are apparently sick of QB Matt Schaub. The people of Texas, that is, not the football team. Though maybe the football team, too. Who knows? When you have an interception returned for a TD in three straight games, you probably lose some support. Hence Houston restaurants creating "Pick Six" burgers in your (dis)honor. In not-at-all-related news, the Niners' defense is pretty good.

Replay fourth down

San Diego at Oakland, 9:35 p.m., NFL • The Raiders' recent QB history includes trading first- and second-round picks for Carson Palmer, then trading Palmer and a seventh-rounder for a sixth-rounder; trading a fifth-rounder for Matt Flynn, then demoting him to third string; and using a fourth-rounder to draft Tyler Wilson, only to cut him and keep undrafted Matt McGloin. Doesn't the pick-six-burger guy seem destined to wind up a Raider?

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