Why this game is intriguing: What began as a game last week between NFL royalty and an unknown upstart nearly served as the Rams' coming-out party. Instead, they ended up tying the 49ers, but the Rams nonetheless proved they're growing up faster than we thought they were. Veteran runner Steven Jackson looks rejuvenated, quarterback Sam Bradford's got game, and the Rams nearly pulled it off. Having gathered up all that momentum, they'll host ... the Jets. No momentum there. The calls for Tim Tebow will grow louder the more Mark Sanchez struggles, and there is no greater storyline surrounding Gang Green than that. If the Jets' offense is woeful again on Sunday -- and there's no reason to think it won't be -- watch the Rams' sideline for shots of former Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, who has the same job with the Rams ... just to see if he's smiling.
Raiders QB Derek Carr: 'I'd probably quit football if I had to play for somebody else'
The Raiders were the only team to appear on the reported wish lists for both Aaron Rodgers and Russell Wilson amid their discontent with their respective franchises. Derek Carr, whose job would be claimed if Las Vegas traded for one of the aforementioned NFC star QBs, declared Tuesday there's only one team he'll play for. It's the same one he's been with for his entire career.