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Posted: Saturday, November 17, 2007 4:07 am | Updated: 5:36 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Big fish: John Beck, from Mesa Mountain View High School, gets his NFL starting debut at quarterback for the Dolphins against the Eagles.

Big fish

John Beck, from Mesa Mountain View High School, gets his NFL starting debut at quarterback for the Dolphins against the Eagles.

Beck, 26, was chosen in the second round of April’s draft out of BYU.

The Dolphins tabbed Beck eight picks into the second, four behind Kevin Kolb, whom the Eagles selected 36th overall.

Age is probably one reason Andy Reid, a proud BYU alumnus, skipped on Beck.

With Donovan McNabb entrenched at quarterback, having a 26-year-old understudy defeats the purpose of building toward the future.

Pick a loser

In a battle of teams sporting 4-5 records, the Saints visit the Texans in a sort of playoff-elimination bowl.

The game also matches the top two picks in the 2006 draft: defensive end Mario Williams of the Texans and No. 2 pick Reggie Bush of the Saints. Bush has 2,062 total yards from scrimmage and 15 touchdowns in 25 regular-season games. Williams has 8 1/2 sacks and 70 tackles in 25 games.

Charging on

The enigma that is the Chargers goes on the road to the Jaguars.

Every time you think the Chargers have turned it around, they stumble. So maybe there is no turnaround in store for a talented team that, inexplicably, is ranked No. 25 on offense and No. 27 on defense.

A new season, sort of

The Colts begin life without Pro Bowl defensive end Dwight Freeney when they host the Chiefs.

Freeney is the franchise’s all-time sack leader with 60.

They’ve added Simeon Rice, but it remains to be seen how much Rice has left.

“Being back with Tony (Dungy) is a good situation for me because he understands me, and I understand him,” Rice said.

The Colts also need Peyton Manning to bounce back from his six-interception game at San Diego and for Adam Vinatieri to shake off his two missed field goals.

Back to reality

The Patriots are back after their bye week, visiting the resourceful Bills.

Buffalo always has a chance at home. The Bills should have knocked off the Cowboys early this season before some coaching blunders did them in.

But overall, the Bills have overachieved. They’re ranked 31st on offense and 28th on defense yet somehow are 5-4.

Playoff watch

In a must-win game, the Cardinals return home to host the lowly 49ers next Sunday.

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