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Umenyiora and McNabb (Nick Laham/Getty)

Osi Umenyiora's Sunday night rampage ... Payback in Cleveland ... Chargers fans want Marty back ... Those darn penalties vexing the Vikes ... a "fantasy win" in Dallas and much more in today's Scout NFL Blog!

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Sunday night rampage: After Sunday night's mauling by Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora, don't be surprised if Eagles QB Donovan McNabb asks the league to put a cap on the number of sacks allowed by a single player. The Giants' dominating defensive end dragged McNabb to the turf six times in a 16-3 win. Scout.com subscribers can read Ken Palmer's "Six-Pack" feature at our Giants site.

Bring back Marty! Michael Lombardo says that fans were chanting deposed head coach Marty Schottenheimer's name during the fourth quarter of San Diego's loss to the Chiefs. And Lombardo points the finger of blame for the team's current 1-3 situation at the Chargers' general manager, A.J. Smith. "Two years of bad decisions have come back to haunt A.J. Smith," he said. "He handed the QB keys to Philip Rivers, who has proven incapable of leading a championship offense; he fired one of the winningest coaches in history and replaced him with a man who couldn't teach a 10-year-old to tie his shoes; and he failed to address a secondary devoid of talent." Read more at our Chargers site.

Payback in Cleveland: Aaron Wilson notes that former Ravens running back Jamal Lewis was certainly pleased to get revenge against his former teammates as the Browns defeated the Baltimore 27-13. "It was a great feeling to come out on top and beat up on my old team," Lewis said. "Phil Savage knew what kind of back I was. The Ravens felt I was kind of washed up and didn't have that burst any more and here I am. We're being successful running the football and have a great offensive line. I'm happy." Scout.com subscribers can read the entire feature at our Ravens site that includes five reasons Baltimore came up short.

A "fantasy" win" in Dallas: Mike Fisher says the Dallas Cowboys are a fantasy football team. Scout.com subscribers can find out why at our Cowboys site.


Tony Gonzalez celebrates with Dwayne Bowe
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They're baaaack: Many people had given up on the Kansas City Chiefs, but they've now put together a two-game winning streak after beating the puzzling San Diego Chargers by a score of 30-16 on Sunday. Nick Athan noted that, "The Chargers' secondary was over-matched for most of the day, and couldn't cover both Tony Gonzalez and Dwayne Bowe, who's shown in a short period of time that he's a team leader and a playmaker." Scout.com subscribers can read all about it, as well as who Athan says deserves game balls for their performances, at our Chiefs site.

Undefeated no more: Pittsburgh fell from the undefeated ranks with a surprising 21-14 loss to the Cardinals. But Dale Lolley says the Steelers were due for a game like the one he witnessed on Sunday after some lopsided wins. "That they were playing Arizona without wide receiver Hines Ward did not help matters. Losing safety Troy Polamalu and nose tackle Casey Hampton at the end of the first half only exasperated their problems," he said, pointing out that the three players have 10 Pro Bowl appearances between them. Read more about the game at our Steelers site.

As if this weren't bad enough... The 49ers were struggling to score points even with QB Alex Smith taking the snaps. But during a 23-3 drubbing at the hands of Seattle, Smith dislocated his shoulder. So veteran Trent Dilfer will have to step in for a while. Learn more about what's going on in San Francisco in this feature from Craig Massei. And then check out Dylan Johnson's take on the game from Seattle's perspective in his Monday Morning Quarterback feature at our Seahawks site.

Those darn penalties! At our Vikings site, Tim Yotter says that on top of losing three consecutive games by one touchdown or less, Minnesota has encountered at least some controversy in each game over an official's call that might have helped swing the game the other direction. And on Sunday in a loss to the Packers, there were two controversial calls. Scout.com subscribers can learn more about the situation in Minnesota in this feature.

Hot topic: Brian Griese took over the QB reigns in Chicago but it didn't appear to make much difference as the Bears dropped to 1-3 following a 37-27 division loss to Detroit. John Crist was at the game and ran a live blog. Scout.com subscribers can click here to read his impressions of the matchup as it unfolded in front of him.

Monday Night Football: At our Patriots site you can get ready for tonight's big matchup between New England and Cincinnati by listening in on Jon Scott's Bengals preview interview with Scout.com Senior Reporter Adam Caplan. It's a Scout.com subscriber's exclusive!

Looking good: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are a somewhat surprising 3-1 after a 20-7 win over the Panthers. Matthew Postins talks about the three big moments in the game and hands out his game balls in this Scout.com subscribers feature.

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