Week 5 in the books……Let’s give all 32 Teams a quick look.
Arizona Cardinals: Someone call the Arizona Cardinals and let their defense know that the bye week is over. The 568 yards allowed by the Cardinals was the most they have allowed since 1973. Not that Drew Stanton is anything special, but once he was knocked out of the game the Cardinals did not have a chance.
Atlanta Falcons: There is no place like dome….The Falcons are proving that they are a completely different team on the road versus being at home.
Baltimore Ravens: How the big bad Ravens were intimidated and pushed around by the Colts is truly amazing. Besides the three turnovers, the 1 for 11 on 3rd down was particularly bad. The Ravens learned the difference between playing the bottom feeders they have been winning against and a potential playoff team in the Colts.
Buffalo Bills: A gutsy performance by the Bills versus a good Lions team. Led by Kyle Orton’s 308 yards passing and 88.1 Quarterback rating, Marrone’s decision to bench EJ Manuel now seems like a stroke of genius. Side Note: The Bills gave the game ball to Mary Wilson. Sunday’s game may have been the very last game that the Wilson Family owned the Buffalo Bills.
Carolina Panthers: After surrendering back to back 400 yard games to opposing offenses, the Panthers bounced back by forcing 4 turnovers by the Bears. Not sure if the Panthers’ defense is still elite but they looked better this week against a turnover prone Bears team.
Chicago Bears: There is “Bad Jay and “Awful Jay”….Guess which one showed up and doomed the Bears on Sunday? Culter had his 31st game with at least two interceptions on Sunday.
Cincinnati Bengals: Disappointing performance for the Bengals coming off the bye week. The Bengals allowed more points to the Patriots (43) than they had allowed in their first three games combine (33).
Cleveland Browns: After trailing 28-3 in the second quarter, the Browns scored 26 unanswered points to complete the largest road comeback in NFL History.
Dallas Cowboys: In the battle of Texas, the Cowboys squeaked one out versus Houston. Sitting at top of the division, tied with Philadelphia, is a position that the Cowboys have not been at in a quite a long time. Crazy Fact: DeMarco Murray joins Jim Brown and OJ Simpson as the only running backs to have 100 yards games in first 5 games of the season.
Denver Broncos: Denver had no problems handling the Cardinals after Drew Stanton was knocked out. Between Manning and Demaryius Thomas piling up stats, Fantasy owners should love the Broncos until playoff time.
Detroit Lions: No Calvin Johnson, no Reggie Bush, and missing three field goals spelled ‘DOOM’ on Sunday. The Lions missed a huge opportunity to put a game between themselves and the Packers.
Green Bay Packers: On a short week, the Packers made short work of the Ponder-led Vikings and then received a gift from Detroit as well.
Houston Texans: When your defense is good enough to hold a pretty good Cowboys team to 17 points in regulation, your offense has to make some plays to win that game. On Sunday, Houston got almost nothing from their Quarterback.
Indianapolis Colts: Defense? In Indianapolis? How about four sacks and three takeaways against the Ravens.
Jacksonville Jaguars: Rough day for Blake Bortals who was under pressure all day, threw two interceptions and had no help from his WRs (3 drops by Allen Hurns alone).
Kansas City Chiefs: Though there are no moral victories in losses, the Chiefs kept it close and had a chance going into the 4th Quarter. The road doesn’t get any easier for the Chiefs who now have to go back to the West Coast to face division rival San Diego.
Miami Dolphins: While on their bye week parade, celebrating the epic victory over the winless Raiders, the Dolphins still managed to lose a share of 1st place.
Minnesota Vikings: When playing against the Green Bay Packers, who incidentally were 32nd against the run defensively, perhaps the best strategy would have been to commit to running the ball instead of putting the ball in Christian Ponder’s hands.
New England Patriots: The issues in New England are far from over. However, putting up 505 yards of offense and holding the Bengals 0 for 7 on third down was a great deodorant for the funk that was coming from Foxboro this past week.
New Orleans Saints: The Saints survived a sloppy game from Drew Brees and a defensive performance that surrendered 31 points to a hapless Tampa Bay Bucs team. Rob Ryan seems like he is discovering that a famous last name may not be enough to be a good coach in the NFL. The Saints have won 10 straight regular season home games going back to last season.
New York Giants: After the first two week of the season, the Giants looked like a team that would be lucky to win 4 games all season….Since then they have won 3 in a row and look like they will contend for a playoff spot. Big showdown with the Eagles Sunday Night.
New York Jets: To describe the Jets performance against San Diego as “crashing and burning” would be an understatement. Once the NTSB does find the Black Boxes, the tape will show the Jets being the first team to be shutout this season and Geno Smith’s QB rating of 7.6. Stat to make you laugh: Geno Smith has thrown at least one interception in 17 of his 21 starts.
Oakland Raiders: Mike Holmgren returning to the Bay Area? Hopefully he’ll bring a Quarterback with him.
Philadelphia Eagles: Though outgained by the Rams by 114 yards, the Eagles bounced back against the Rams and now are tied with the Cowboys in the NFC East. Cool Stat: The Eagles have scored six touchdowns on returns in the last two weeks.
Pittsburgh Steelers: “Old Roethlisberger” beat “New Roethlisberger” on Sunday…Not sure how good the Steelers should feel about barely beating a Jacksonville team that is as offensively challenged as they are.
St Louis Rams: After falling behind early, the Rams made a valiant effort behind the arm of Austin Davis who threw for 375 yards and 3 TDs.
San Diego Chargers: Phillip Rivers and company shot down the Jets with little effort. At times, it looked like the Chargers were playing against a High School team the way they were man handling New York. Crazy Stat: Phillip Rivers is the 1st QB in NFL History to have four straight games with a passer rating of 120.0 or above.
San Francisco 49ers: Amid ongoing controversy surrounding coach Jim Harbaugh, the 49ers smothered a good Chiefs team in the second half. Tale of the Stats: The 49ers are 21-0-1 under Jim Harbaugh when they rush for 150 yards or more.
Seattle Seahawks: The Seahawks drew the short straw having to travel across the country out of their bye week. They let the Redskins hang around a little too long but the three headed monster of Wilson, Lynch, and Harvin was way too much for the Redskins to handle. Russell Wilson joined Steve Grogan and Donovan McNabb as the only three quarterbacks to rush for 100 yards on Monday Night Football.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: After scoring 31 points and forcing three Drew Brees interceptions, Lovie Smith still finds a way to lose.
Tennessee Titans: The Titans actually gave their fans some false hope leading the Browns 28-3 in the second quarter. Unfortunately, the parade started a little too early which led to an epic collapse at home. If Jake Locker can stay healthy for a few games in a row, the Titans might actually be able to compete.
Washington Redskins: The Redskins had a spirited effort but Russell Wilson was way too much for them to handle. Washington has settled in the cellar of the NFC East and, with all the injuries, have little hope of lifting themselves out.