NFL 2011 Week 5
Yeah, take a good look at the standings and you'll probably be asking yourself "What the hell is going on here?" in a Lombardi-esque manner. I know I am...
Panthers 29 - Bears 34: Carolina's a pretty good 1-3 team, really. They (and by they I mean Cam Newton mostly) have made every game they've played in close and interesting to watch. And so's Devin Hester. And Matt Forte.
Bills 20 - Bengals 23: Cincinnati fans must have been on one emotional roller-coaster during this one. Going from looking like they were about to get crushed by the AFC's best team and having their rookie quarterback look terrible to pulling off the upset.
Titans 31 - Browns 13: Kenny who? Chris who?
Lions 34 - Cowboys 30: This past month has seen collapses of epic proportions in professional sports. It's also seen great comeback victories. You had both here. Of course, Tony Romo helped the other team's comeback by throwing two pick sixes.
Vikings 17 - Chiefs 22: Good news, Todd Haley; your job is safe for one more week. And good news Minnesota; you're in the running for Andrew Luck.
Redskins 17 - Rams 10: Not exactly a stellar performance for Washington, but they got the W.
49ers 24 - Eagles 23: You know what's just as scary as Detroit being 4-0? If not for that overtime loss to Dallas, San Francisco would be 4-0, too. I'll leave the dogpiling on Philadelphia for the rest of you.
Saints 23 - Jaguars 10: Results here not too surprising. Moving on.
Steelers 10 - Texans 17: Okay, now you have to be very, very afraid of Houston's running game. And I'm thinking Pittsburgh's in the market for new offensive linemen.
Giants 31 - Cardinals 27: Arizona fans have plenty to be upset about after the Victor Cruz call. Intent? Really? Maybe that was his intent after the fact, after he realized he royally screwed up and gave the football to the other team.
Falcons 30 - Seahawks 28: Give credit to Atlanta. As I said last week, Seattle's a tough place to run an offense.
Broncos 23 - Packers 49: Just as Wes Welker slaughtered real and fantasy teams last week, so too did Aaron Rodgers this week. Six touchdowns. That's a lot of people doing the Lambeau leap.
Patriots 31 - Raiders 19: Whatever you do, don't turn Wes Welker catching a ball into a drinking game. It'll kill you.
Dolphins 16 - Chargers 26: Hmmmmm; at what point do we declare that the traditional slow start for San Diego is over? Obviously, not this week with Miami. Oh, and as of now, Tony Sporano's my top choice for the first head coach getting the midseason axe.
Jets 17 - Ravens 34: Seven turnovers. Seven. All but one touchdown was scored offensively. Teams should be very, very careful about throwing the ball with Baltimore players in the area.
Colts 17 - Buccaneers 24: Not entirely unexpected, but on the other hand the Cots look like they're improving on offense with Curtis Painter at the helm. Still, they may get a win, but they're not going to be over five hundred.
Week 5 Pick 'Em: Here I was thinking that there'd be a bigger spread of selections this past week, but it seems a lot of you were on the ball along with benefiting from that call in the Giants/Cards game. Anyway, here's how it went:
My record: 3-2
Jolly Bill: 4-1
And the season to date totals:
My record: 16-4
Your guys' record:
Jolly Bill: 12-8
*Hmmm, what to do about you?
As you can see, it's still anybody's game and this week I hope shall be more of a challenge. On byes this week are the Browns, Cowboys, Rams, Dolphins, Redskins, and Ravens. The all-NFC picks are:
Saints vs. Panthers: Just going by records alone, it should be easy just to give it to New Orleans and be done with it. But, like I said above, Carolina's been competitive in every game they've played. It'd take someone with great cajones to go with the upset...but that ain't me. Saints.
Buccaneers vs. 49ers: Ah, here we have a head scratcher. It might have been easier to lean towards Tampa Bay over a week ago, but that was before San Francisco beat Philadelphia. Ah, what the heck? I feel more comfortable about taking the homer pick this time as opposed to last week. Niners.
Packers vs. Falcons: Yeah, this one could get interesting in Atlanta depending on if Matt Ryan can get it going. He probably won't. Packers.
Bears vs. Lions: Now this should be interesting. A win here and Detroit will silence any doubt that they're a good football team. And I for one actually think they can do it. Lions.
For my wild card pick, I'm going with Jets at Patriots. New England has a shaky defense, but on the other hand, Vince Wilfork has more interceptions than Darelle Revis and there's a guy on their offense named Wes Welker. Patriots.
Enjoy the week, folks.