HOT: LION IN WAIT
Matthew Stafford has roared (12 of 14, two TDs vs. the Pats), and Detroit's D has ceded just 88.7 rushing ypg. Thrilled fans took less than an hour to buy out the team's first MNF game since '01.
NOT: JUST PLAIN ERIE
OF Michael Brantley is the latest casualty for fading Cleveland (6½ back of Detroit). Out for the year after fracturing his right wrist last week, Brantley (.266 BA) is the 15th Indian sent to the DL in 2011.
HOT: DAN UP
His 33-game hitting streak ended Aug. 14, but in the 12 games since, Atlanta's Dan Uggla has hardly folded: He's slugging .512 with an .866 OPS. Amazingly, he's still hitting just .232 on the year.
NOT: CHIEFS CHAFE
Sure, preseason records don't matter. But 0--3 K.C. can't like what it's seeing. Against the Rams, QB Matt Cassel was 6 of 13, and 2010's top rushing attack produced just 14 first-half yards.
HOT: MAN POWER
Striker Edin Dzeko's four goals helped Man City pound Tottenham 5--1 to go atop the Premier League on Sunday—that is, until Man U embarrassed Arsenal 8--2 and took the lead on differential.
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