So much for the Turkey Bowl to end all Turkey Bowls.
All we needed was another Detroit Lions loss and another Tennessee Titans win to set up a modern-day classic this Thursday afternoon in the town once known as the Motor City.
So much for the battle of the undefeated and the winless.
Sure, Detroit did its part despite sprinting out to a 17-0 lead over Tampa Bay before doing its usual crash. In the end, the Bucs cruised to a 38-20 victory and the less said about the 0-11 Lions the better.
But the previously undefeated Titans went down and went down hard, getting blown out 34-13 at home by the suddenly impressive New York Jets. It was a stretch to see the Titans as a potential undefeated team, of course, but to lose that badly at home raised several questions.
As yesterday's dominating upset showed, beyond the fact that the Titans are vulnerable and won't be unblemished when they face Detroit this Thursday, is that there is no clear favourite in the AFC.
"I'm not going to say we've established ourselves as the best team in football," Jets quarterback Brett Favre said.
"All it says is we beat the best team in football today."
Speaking of those Jets and their aging, ageless quarterback, Favre hardly is going quietly through the autumn of his career.
A year ago, it was a spectacular final season in Green Bay in which the Pack was an overtime loss to the eventual champion Giants away from a Super Bowl trip. With the Jets seemingly improving by the game, suddenly it wouldn't seem like a stretch for Favre to make yet another run towards the big game.
Favre, who engineered 13-play scoring drives to start each half, has led the Jets to a five-game winning streak and serious contention for either the AFC East title or a conference wildcard position.
Another soft opponent, another win for the Buffalo Bills. It's amazing what the NFL lightweights can do for a struggling team and a quarterback, but it's probably best not to read too much into the Bills' 54-31 win over pathetic Kansas City.
That said, at least the Bills snapped a four-game losing streak to keep the glimmer of a playoff berth alive. The big question now is which team will we see? The one that started 4-0 or the one that was 0-4 before yesterday.
Bills quarterback Trent Edwards, who had looked miserable over the losing streak, suddenly snapped out of it. The second-year Bill completed 24 of 32 attempts for 273 yards while throwing two touchdown passes and running for two more.
Taking advantage of the astoundingly bad 1-10 Chiefs, the Bills came within four points of matching their record for most points in a game. Buffalo recorded 58 points against Miami in 1966.
And the Lambs lie down -- again. The Bears held St. Louis to just 14 rushing yards in the 27-3 blowout win ... How low can the Eagles fly? This low: Their five turnovers almost matched their point total in a 36-7 drubbing at the hands of Baltimore ... The final result may have been a blowout, but the New England-Miami clash featured seven lead changes ... Since 2003, the Pats are 17-1 following a loss ... How much longer can Donovan McNabb be considered among the elite of NFL quarterbacks? McNabb was benched after a first half in which he went 8-for-18 for 59 yards with two interceptions and a fumble.