Had a sneaking suspicion after last week’s Packers-Eagles game that the Eagles could be beaten. Donovan McNabb’s running was the X factor last week, and his rib injury this week made it pretty plain the Eagles had everything riding on McNabb. His inability to run totally defused his greatest threat — forcing defenses to respect that he can run on any play.

Didn’t see the Panthers play all season, so I didn’t know what to expect. They shut down the Eagles in ways that eluded the Packers last week. Have to respect ’em in the Super Bowl.

But, seriously, the Patriots seem like a lock this year. They have momentum like the Bears had when they pounded the Patriots back in the mid-’80s.