Well Ireland weren't on top form but I agree with O'Driscoll that people don't give England the credit they deserve. I think they are still a difficult team to beat as shown by todays game and their game against Wales.
So Ireland have 2 games to go for the Grand Slam. However it will still be difficult for them as they have Scotland (which has not always been the happiest hunting ground for them) and Wales at the MS.
The championship however is really close this year. Wales and France will be looking to pulverise Italy to get into a strong points difference position should Ireland slip up.
But its Ireland's to lose ....
On the Lions front I think O'Driscoll has nailed the 13 spot for the starting XV. I am normally an O'Gara fan but he certainly didn't look like the man you would want in a crisis in SA this summer. I think he did his prospects some serious damage today.