It's been awhile since we received a tweet about unicorns. Personally, I always favored the Pegasus with Harry Hamlin on it, superimposed over frames of mountains while flying to face off with the Kraken ... who, we should mention, was completely ripped. Also, for the record, showponies < double rainbows.
That said, it was another NFC club with a significant injury concern that jumped five spots. So take a look and feel free to share your thoughts ... @Harrison_NFL is the place.
Now, let the dissension commence.
Swallowed up by the tough loss were two things: a) the clutch catch Kenny Stills made to put the Saints up with three minutes to go, and b) safety Rafael Bush's failure to get to the corner and bracket Thompkins. Bush had his eyes on the inside receiver, who already was covered by both a corner and a defender to the inside. He needed to help with the guy on the outside -- i.e., the guy who caught the winning touchdown pass.
Love the balanced approach by the Cincinnati offense, by the way: 41 runs, 43 pass plays (including three sacks). The Bengals haven't looked great, but they're still in first place in the AFC North.
Well, Pettigrew's (bad) reputation remains safe, as it was Detroit's shiny new toy, Joseph Fauria, and not Pettigrew, who proved impossible for the Browns to stop. Fresh out of UCLA, the 6-foot-7 tight end went undrafted in April; six months later, he was catching three touchdown passes in Cleveland.
[Last Thursday night](http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter/2013101000/2013/REG6/giants@bears), Chicago's defense made ninth-year veteran [Brandon Jacobs](/player/brandonjacobs/2506448/profile) look like BJ2K. [Julius Peppers](/player/juliuspeppers/2505010/profile) pitched a shutout -- i.e., he recorded zero tackles -- partially because he's getting double-teamed all the time. This squad deserves to be 4-2, no doubt, but even the most ardent [Bears](/teams/chicagobears/profile?team=CHI) backer will tell you the defense has its work cut out for it. Can't rely on pick-sixes and defensive scores *every* week. </content:power-ranking>
**Power Rankings side note:** Seeing [this uni matchup](http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter/2013101400/2013/REG6/colts@chargers) at Qualcomm reminded us of [the Mike Scifres game](http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter/2009010301/2008/POST18/colts@chargers), when a punter singlehandedly accomplished what the Bolts did Sunday night: stopping an explosive [Colts](/teams/indianapoliscolts/profile?team=IND) offense. In that 2008 wild-card matchup between San Diego and Indianapolis, Scifres punted six times, with five landing inside the 10 and two boots landing inside the 5. Never seen anything like it in the NFL. Bet you [Chargers](/teams/sandiegochargers/profile?team=SD) fans remember, though. </content:power-ranking>
Don't put this loss entirely on the second-year quarterback, though. The Browns' linebackers and safeties had some trouble in coverage, allowing four touchdowns to Lions tight ends and running backs. How those Cleveland defenders handle such matchups will be key in Green Bay this week, considering how banged up the Packers are at wideout right now.
Well, the important point to make here is that this group isn't quitting on new coach Gus Bradley.
On another note, it was a big day for Chad Henne, who, despite throwing two picks, gives Jacksonville a better chance to win than Blaine Gabbert. After the game, Henne bolted to be with his wife, who went into labor. It's a nice reminder that these guys have bigger things on their plates than the AFC South standings.