The NFL schedule-maker gave Oakland a best bye this week. Al Davis may finally use the time to assess life as he sees it, and give Lane Kiffin a head start on that Syracuse job for next season.
Or at Best Buy.
UPDATE at 11:30 p.m. today: Yes, Davis did finally pull the plug. Stay tuned for more drama.
The Rams also have a bye week, and they’ve used it wisely. Handing out a key pink slip.
The Jets have a bye week, giving Brett Favre time to figure out which uniform to try on next.
And Cleveland also has a bye. For no apparent reason.
These teams, though, are playing. And you’re watching, unless there’s an MLB playoff game in the way:
==10 a.m., Channel 2: San Diego at Miami (with Gus Johnson and Steve Tasker), while CBS skips out on Tennessee-Baltimore, Kansas City-Carolina and Indianapolis-Houston.
==10 a.m., Channel 11: Seattle at the N.Y. Giants (with Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston and Tony Siragusa). Our guess was that Fox would have gone with Washington-Philadelphia (with Joe Buck and Troy Aikman), but … Fox also could have picked from Chicago-Detroit or Atlanta-Green Bay.
==1 p.m., Channel 2: Cincinnati at Dallas (with Jim Nantz and Phil Simms). CBS avoids Buffalo-Arizona and New England-San Francisco (with Dick Enberg-Randy Cross), while Fox has only Tampa Bay-Denver to offer in this window.
==5:15 p.m, Channel 4: Pittsburgh at Jacksonville (with Al Michaels, John Madden and Andrea Kremer)
==5:30 p.m., ESPN: Minnesota at New Orleans (with Ron Jaworski … plus Mike Tirico and Tony Kornheiser).