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Listen, I told you last week that the NFL information and insight I pass along to you in this column needs to remain a secret between us.

Some of you blabbed last week about the 10 kernels of NFL truth I shared in this space. Clayton, Mortensen, Salisbury and Jaworski all complained to the bosses at ESPN, claiming it's unfair that I release this information to you before I inform them.

Thanks to me, you weren't at all surprised when Drew Bledsoe and the Cowboys couldn't put away the impotent Redskins at Texas Stadium. You knew in advance that Aaron Brooks wouldn't make an important play against the Giants. And I'm sure you got a good chuckle out of watching Brian Billick's Baltimore offense throw away another game.

I told you the truth about Week 1. And now, if you agree to keep your mouths shut, I'll tell you the 10 things that struck me about Week 2.

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Joey Harrington is struggling, but it's not all his fault.

10. Detroit's wide receivers -- Charles Rogers, Mike Williams and Roy Williams -- played like lazy dogs last week.

Lions quarterback Joey Harrington, who threw five interceptions, is taking most of the heat for Detroit's embarrassing loss to the Chicago Bears.

Harrington might be a bust, but he's getting screwed over by half-hearted efforts from Detroit's choking triplets. Williams, Rogers and Williams couldn't spell "professional effort" if you spotted them the Jerry and the Rice. At least two of Harrington's picks were direct results of Detroit's lazy dogs loafing.

9. Not one football fan in Cleveland or Kansas City is shocked that Marty Schottenheimer's San Diego Chargers are off to an 0-2 start.

Marty is the king of elevating the expectations and hopes of football fans, and then disappointing them. In 1998, Marty had Chiefs fans believing they were on the cusp of a Super Bowl appearance, and the team finished 7-9.

Schottenheimer, Chuck Knox's evil twin football coach, is clueless on how to use the game's most talented offensive player, LaDainian Tomlinson, in a way that wins games in crunch time.

8. Speaking of misuse, Al Davis should've come out of his McAfee Stadium suite and slapped Raiders coach Norv Turner for ignoring Randy Moss late in Oakland's loss to the Chiefs.

How do you reach the red zone in the game's final minutes and never throw the ball to Moss? Did Kansas City corner Dexter "The Human Highlight Film" McCleon bribe Turner and quarterback Kerry Collins?

McCleon's most productive move Sunday night was talking a game official into flagging Moss for a nonexistent pass interference call on a TD catch.

7. The value of NFL wide receivers has never been higher than it is right now.

Next offseason, Terrell Owens and Drew Rosenhaus will argue that receivers are just as valuable as running backs. They might be right, especially given the rules that basically allow receivers to run down the field unencumbered.

Mike Tice might lose his job next week because of Moss' Minnesota departure, and Daunte Culpepper might lose his status as a Pro Bowler for the same reason. It has become a lot harder to call plays and read a defense in Minnesota when coverages aren't rolled to one side of the field to contain Moss.

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