12 things that would surprise me in the NFL

Sun, Jan 3
LaDainian TomlinsonAP Photo/Morry GashLaDainian Tomlinson has rushed for 729 yards in 13 games, his first year missing 1,000 yards.

I'd be surprised if … people understood how amazing it is that Drew Brees is about to break Ken Anderson's 27-year-old mark for completion percentage -- a record thought to be untouchable because it was set during a strike-shortened season. In fact, Brees has thrown 200 more passes than Anderson.

I'd be surprised if … LaDainian Tomlinson didn't miss 1,000 yards for the first time in his career.

I'd be surprised if … the Ravens' playoff hopes don't rest with Oakland cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha.

I'd be surprised if … the Vikings and Saints weren't studying the 2008 Cardinals, who despite getting blown out twice in the last month of the regular season, came one big toe from winning the Super Bowl.

I'd be surprised if … the Lions' motivation for winning this week wasn't based on their not wanting the No. 1 pick in the draft and the high risk and gigantic price tag that comes with it.

I'd be surprised if … the Raiders wouldn't be in the playoff mix right now if they had benched JaMarcus Russell sooner and drafted better.

I'd be surprised if … Matt Hasselbeck (eight picks in his past two games) didn't finish the season the way Jake Delhomme started it.

I'd be surprised if … we truly understood the genius of Chad Ochocinco's trash0talking and how it rattles the melons of opponents.

I'd be surprised if … the Saints didn't bounce back this week, no matter who plays: Brees said Wednesday's practice was "as spirited as I've ever seen."

I'd be surprised if … Andre Johnson didn't become the only modern-day player besides Jerry Rice to lead the NFL in receiving yards two seasons in a row.

I'd be surprised if … the Eagles tried to cover Jason Witten with any of their too-slow linebackers.

I'd be surprised if … the reason Brandon Marshall and Josh McDaniels keep clashing wasn't because of how similar they are -- not how different.