Make my Palm the C-Palm: Funk legend and Cincinnati native Bootsy Collins has released a pair of songs, "Bigg Cats" and "Fear Da Tigers," extolling the resurgent Bengals. In contrast to the '85 Bears' infamous "Super Bowl Shuffle," these tracks don't sound like a low point in hip-hop history, but by the same token, they're far less amusing. Also, the '05 Bengals don't seem quite the mortal lock to win it all that those Bears were, but as defensive end Duane Clemons raps on one of the tracks:
If you don't really know about us no more
This ain't like the Bengals that was here in 2004
Ain't nothin' mediocre 'bout the way we play
We tryin' to go to Detroit, tryin' to have it our way . . .
The only previous regular season meeting between the Jaguars and the Rams, a 17-14 St. Louis win on October 20, 1996, was quite the affair. Among the Jags' single-game records set that day that still stand were the most first downs (36), most net yards (538) and most pass completions (37). So how did Jacksonville wind up with only 14 points? Quarterback Mark Brunell set another team record with five interceptions, all of which occurred within 12 yards of the Rams' end zone.