Just hours away from week 5 in the National Football League, here are some late news and notes as well as other things to ponder as we get set for what should be an interesting weekend of football:
* Despite it being week five, there are a number of teams that if they lose today, you can already start thinking about the 2007 NFL Draft. Forget about the Rams and the Dolphins, we know they are bad, and likley at this point they do as well. These following teams though sit in a state of shock as they prepare for battle today sitting without or with one win – New Orleans, Chicago and San Diego. A ton of people, myself included, had one if not two of these teams making the Super Bowl. The scary thing is Chicago and San Diego are on the road against division teams who smell blood. At least the Saints have David Carr and a team they should beat in Carolina coming in.
* The strong are getting stronger, as the Pats today will have safety Rodney Harrison back after a 4-game suspension. Harrison is a play-maker, and I think that the Pats are going to be even better with him in there. I don’t think he’ll play a lot today, but should see some action at home against the Browns in what should be a rather easy win for the best team in the league.
* Plenty of wide outs are out today, which screws up a lot of fantasy teams and a lot of teams on the field. First the Steelers will be without Hines Ward, which is huge for them. The Bills Peerless Price may miss the season after surgery on Friday, Santana Moss of the Skins is listed as doubtful and it looks as if he won’t play. Andre Johnson is still out for the Texans, which hurts their passing game a lot.
* One player to watch for today is the Saints Reggie Bush, who now carries the load for New Orleans. Bush has not had that great of a season to date, just like the rest of the team, but Bush is one player who can start to turn his season around with having to carry the offense.