NFL Notes & Records: Week 6 -- Have we seen the last of McNabb?

GREEN BAY, WI - OCTOBER 16: James Starks #44 of the Green Bay Packers runs up field against the St. Louis Rams at Lambeau Field on October 16, 2011 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers beat the Rams 24-3. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Yesterday, the Green Bay Packers robbed a history museum and dusted off their 1929 uniforms, back when they were the "Acme Packers." Those of you furious at commercialism may be interested in learning that the "Acme" portion of the name came from the name of the packing company that funded it, as did the nickname. Good luck finding a modern American team that would actively name itself after a company without even referencing where they played. Not even the "New York Red Bulls" can hold that claim. It also explains the curious decision to name a team the "Packers," which isn't the most threatening nickname in the world.

As for the uniforms, they're blue and brown, with brown helmets instead of the leather death-contraptions they wore in the 20's. And... well... look at them. Pretty ugly, huh? It's like they took the Bat-Signal out from the old DC Comics and put jersey numbers where the Batman logo used to be. Of course, when the team wearing them is 6-0 and coming off a world championship, it doesn't really matter what they wear. Here's a quick, nifty little record: Aaron Rodgers has had a QB Rating of at least 110 in all six of their wins.

Now, to the notes and records of Week 6...

  • End of the road for Micky D. Donovan McNabb has reached the point in his career where if he doesn't start next week, it's very possible that Sunday was the final time we'll ever see him in an NFL game. And what an awful way to go out, if the Vikings do indeed make the switch to Christian Ponder now that they're a lowly 1-5 -- a 39-10 trouncing at the hands of the Chicago Bears, on Sunday Night Football no less. For his part, McNabb wasn't bad at all, completing 19 of 24 passes and not throwing an interception. Unfortunately, his team is teetering on the edge of the Andrew Luck sweepstakes, and with postseason aspirations already out of reach -- no 1-5 team has made the playoffs since the merger -- there's no reason why the Vikings shouldn't test Ponder to see if he can actually play or not.
  • Tom Brady and Bill Belichick have now won 116 games together. That ties the player-coach record set by Dan Marino and Don Shula of the Miami Dolphins. (As if it wasn't bad enough for 'Fins fans that the Patriots annihilated them on opening night, and that they're in last place in their division.) The Patriots have now won 31 consecutive home games dating back to 2006. That's especially impressive considering they didn't even have Wes Welker in 2006. Welker and Brady are still well on their way to smashing the single-season passing and receiving yards records.
  • Saints do good things in otherwise bad loss. Although they lost 26-20 to the Buccaneers on the road, and their coach missed most of the game when one of his own players barreled into him, it wasn't all bad for the New Orleans Saints. Drew Brees became the first quarterback to ever throw for 350 yards in four straight games, and Jimmy Graham joined Tony Gonzalez as the second tight end in history to record 100 receiving yards in four straight games. That Brees threw three interceptions and that Graham was one who injured his coach are of lesser historical importance.
  • Wait, who dreamed up the "Dream Team," again? In his only action on Sunday, Eagles backup quarterback Vince Young threw one pass while teammates were picking clumps of dirt out of Michael Vick's helmet. His one throw: an interception. It didn't cost the Eagles, but it raises a dubious question for Young: has there ever been a quarterback whose only pass attempt in a season resulted in an interception? My guess is probably, although it's still worth noting that Young could hold that distinction, with Mike Kafka possibly supplanting Young as the Eagles' primary backup.
  • Ray Lewis records momentous sack. Lewis is now the first player in history to have 40 career sacks and 30 career interceptions. With 31 interceptions, Lewis needs only six more to tie the NFL record by a linebacker: 37, set by Don Shinnick. That might be a hard one to reach, considering he said he'd retire if the Ravens won the Super Bowl this year, and they're certainly in the mix.
  • "Harbaugh has history of clashes." ESPN's Ernest Tolden writes that this isn't the first time Jim Harbaugh's exuberance has gotten the better of him. Harbaugh, of course, provided the highlight of the week by "attacking" the hand of Lions coach Jim Schwartz, causing Schwartz -- who isn't the most gracious winner in the world either -- to chase after Harbaugh in rage as he walked to the locker room. Fun.
  • It's a strange, strange world we're living in. It's like the Twilight Zone. The Lions, Bills, Redskins, Saints and 49ers are all good at the same time. Those five teams haven't all finished with winning records since the 1991 season, back when the Titans were the "Houston Oilers," the Cardinals were the "Phoenix Cardinals," the Raiders were still in L.A., and the Jaguars, Panthers, Ravens and Texans didn't exist.
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