NFL Week 5 Notes: 2007
October 9, 2007 12:56 AM
Week 5 notes on the National Football League
1) Outcomes that surprised me: Washington Redskins dominated the Detroit Lions. San Diego Chargers dominated the Denver Broncos. Chicago Bears squeaked by the Green Bay Packers in Green Bay.
2) Some strange officiating was going on in the Steelers/Seahawks game and I seem to be the only person who noticed. During the Steelers 10 minute drive in the third quarter I noticed two plays that did not make any sense to me. On 2nd and 1 from the Steeler 41, Willie Parker made a long run and stepped out of bounds at the Seahawk 25. Holding was called on the Steelers. The next play was 1st and 10 for the Steelers from the Steeler 42. Shouldn't it have been 2nd and 11 from the Steeler 31? How in the world did the Steelers gain a yard and a first down on a holding call? Even the Fox telecast graphics thought it was 2nd and 11 until all of a sudden it wasn't.
A few plays later, on 3rd and 10 from the Steeler 41, Najeh Davenport turned a short catch into a long gain to the Seattle 40. Holding was called again on the Steelers. The next play was 3rd and 13 from the Steeler 39. Shouldn't it have been 3rd and 20 from the Steeler 31? Again, I have no idea how the officials determined the outcome of that play.
3) Was the 10 yard holding penalty being applied to the end of the play? If so, then the Parker play would have resulted in 1st and 10 from the Seahawk 35, and the Davenport play would have resulted in 4th and 1 from the 50 yard line. Nope, I guess that's not the answer.
4) Patriots still rolling, and are still the consensus #1. Lots of folks are saying this was the first game that Randy Moss did not make a big impact. I call bullshit. Cleveland's game plan was largely geared around stopping Moss, which enabled the rest of the offense to march up and down the field. He didn't have huge stats, but he had a huge impact on the game nonetheless. The other teams in the top 5 are Pittsburgh, Indy, Dallas, and Green Bay. Same as last week. I'll be shocked if Dallas beats New England next week. Shocked, I say!
5) I've got it! The holding penalty must be applied to the location of the infraction. On the Parker play, the hold was at the Steeler 45, so the next play would be 3rd and 7 from the Steeler 35. On the Davenport play, the hold was at the 50, so the next play would be 4th and 11 from the 40. Hmmm ... that's not it either.
The refs totally blew it on both those plays. I don't understand why no coaches were yelling at the refs about the absurdity of those calls. The Steelers scored a TD on that drive and won the game 21-0, so maybe it didn't matter in terms of the outcome of the game, but maybe it did. And that's kind of the point of having referees in the first place, to ensure the rules are being followed and that each team is treated fairly.
6) In the week leading up to the game, Reggie Bush proclaimed himself a tough runner who loves to carry the rock between the tackles, and he would prove it against Carolina. In related news, Reggie Bush was told (by me) to put down the crack pipe. After watching the kid for a season and a quarter it's clear that he shies away from contact whenever he can. His actions speak louder than his words. He runs out of bounds instead of turning up-field to get the extra yard, he moves sideways more than he moves forward, he curls up and falls down as tacklers approach, he doesn't dish out any punishment to defenses, and he approaches the line tentatively and doesn't hit holes very hard. He's like the Marvin Harrison of the Saints, except Bush is a RB, so that approach just isn't going to cut it.
7) Brett Favre watch: another game, another NFL record. This week Grandpa tied the NFL record for most interceptions in a career. Not exactly the kind of record to make your children proud, but a record just the same. Thanks to those picks Green Bay lost their first game of the year.
8) Matt Leinart broke his collarbone. Kurt Warner is now the full time starter in Arizona. Good luck with that, Cardinals.
9) Fantasy tip: Don't play any Saints until they prove they can win a game.
10) It's official, David Carr stinks. No idea how he lasted 5 seasons as the starter in Houston. Yes, Carolina won the game, but not due to Carr's play.
Bonus! New Orleans Saints notes!
1) This goddamn Saints team is killing me. Killing me, I say! As I said before, Olindo Mare sucks. He has missed more field goals than he has made this season. He's been a huge bust so far for the Saints. He's been terrible on field goals, and couldn't kickoff on Sunday due to an injury. Well, his long kickoffs were the reason the Saints signed him, so without that, he's pretty much useless.
2) Saints stat of the week: rushing defense 4th in the league in rushing average allowed, 3.6 yards/rush.
3) The Saints need a veteran receiver. Right now. Devery Henderson finally had a decent game, but still dropped his share of balls. Marques Colston continues to play uninspired football; I wouldn't be surprised if he was pulled from the starting lineup soon. To add insult to injury, I won't be starting Colston on my fantasy team until he proves he can play like a number one receiver, the way he played last year.