Week Five 9-Route

One team’s frustration

Is another team’s jubilation

Welcome to the 2010 NFL season: “Where kickers, not QB’s, make the difference”

  • Bears win with Todd Collins passing for 32 yards, throwing four completions to the other team.  Collins pass completions: Chicago – six, Carolina – four.  Who says you need a QB to win week in and week out?  You can get by for a week, or even more, (ex. Pittsburgh Steelers, 2010, weeks 1-4).  It also helps when the opposing QB happens to be an unprepared rookie. 
  • Two more games were decided by field goal kickers.  The kickers that booted the game-winners: were on teams that netted their third victory of the season.  Those teams: Tampa Bay and Washington.  Their win totals in ’09: Tampa Bay, 3 and Washington, 4.  Who thought the Bucs would have already matched their win total?  As for the ‘Skins, talk about a resilient bunch. 
  • The Kansas City Chiefs will be in the AFC West hunt this Winter.  It’s official, this team has some fight.  Defensively, they cover a lot of ground.  Their secondary offers a very rangy, athletic group of ball hawks.  Offensively, they have weapons, just not at the WR position.  Dwayne Bowe?  Chambers?
  • Josh Freeman to Mike Williams.  Sounds like a super connection, a dynamic duo for the next decade.  Could Tampa beat Brees and boys at home next week?
  • Who’s been more impressive than the Baltimore Ravens through four games?  Other than the Cincy debacle, Flacco and friends look Super Bowl bound.  However, it’s way too early to talk about this stuff.  Yet, if you had to choose a team to reach Dallas…
  • Speaking of Super Bowl, hangover for Saints?  Not even a question, there’s something wrong with both them and Indianapolis.  Who will go deeper this season?  Give me the Colts.  No, give me the Saints.  I don’t know.  But what I do know is this, don’t underestimate either team because one has Brees and the other has Peyton.  Enough said.
  • Most least talked about story: Tennessee Titans defensive line.  They are leading the Titans pass rush, which is the NFL’s best with 22 sacks.  Guys like David Ball, Jason Jones, and Jason Babin are bringing the heat.  The longest tenured coach in the league, Jeff Fisher, does more with less better than any head coach.  Titans have to be in the conversation among not only the AFC’s best, but the NFL’s best. 
  • Hakeem Nicks: best WR in the NFC?  Larry Fitzgerald, he’s not the same without Warner.  DeSean Jackson, too hit or miss.  Miles Austin?  Hakeem or Miles.  Give me Hakeem, but it’s close.  Nicks, the former UNC standout, leads all WR’s with six touchdowns.  As for his team, the New York Giants, they played the best out of any team in Week 5.  One word to describe their performance: Dominant.  Take into consideration it was on the road against a then 3-1 Houston Texans club. 
  • LeSean McCoy has Andy Reid in a stranglehold.  What should Reid do now that he has a bonafide runner?  Better yet, he’s stuck with Kolb at QB.  Let me suggest: run the ball, feature your offense around LeSean.  Revolving your offensive game plan around more balance by running the football could go a long way in the NFC East race.

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