NFL Week 5 Notes: 2010
October 14, 2010 12:40 AM
Week 5 notes on the National Football League
1) I guess the Falcons are now the best team in the NFC. The hated Falcons. I wish the Saints/Falcons rematch was coming sooner than the end of December. Hopefully the Eagles will hand those birds a loss this coming week.
2) Cheerleader of the week: Meredith of the New York Jets Cheerleaders, aka Flight Plan.
3) The New Orleans Saints lost to the New Orleans Saints. Okay, technically they lost to the Arizona Cardinals, but it was a classic case of a team beating themselves. Four turnovers, six penalties.
4) While Cardnials QB Max Hall didn't light the stadium on fire in his NFL debut, he at least managed to figure out something that Derek Anderson had not figured out: throw the ball to Larry Fitzgerald as much as you can and let him make plays.
5) My Top 5: Baltimore Ravens, New York Jets, Pittsburgh Steelers, Atlanta Falcons, New Orleans Saints.
6) I love those 49ers. They always find a way to be more dysfunctional than the week before. This time they added sideline arguments between head coach and quarterback, and confusion as to which quarterback is actually playing in the game. David Carr took a few steps onto the field with the offense before Alex Smith ultimately went back in the game.
7) And there goes John Carney. He kicked for a couple weeks, mentored Garrett Hartley a bit, now it's Hartley's turn to get back in there and kick some game winners.
8) Normally I'm rooting for Tampa Bay to lose every week, but this past week, for some reason, it warmed my heart to see Cincinnatti lose like to the Bucs. Not sure why, there's no good reason I should dislike the Bengals. I just do.
9) Fantasy tip: fantasy football sucks and you should not waste your time.
10) The entire AFC South is 3-2. Twenty-one teams have 2 or 3 wins. No team seems like an obvious Super Bowl threat, and no division is even close to having a clear-cut leader. Parity, thy name is NFL.
Fearless Prediction: Stone-cold lock!
Saints 27, Buccaneers 18
Bonus! New Orleans Saints notes!
1) Holy crap! Marques Colston finally had a nice game. 7 catches, 97 yards. Still no touchdowns for him this season.
2) Saints stat of the week: 71.4. Drew Brees's completion percentage. Leads the league and is still on pace to break his own NFL single-season accuracy record.
3) Ladell Betts fumbled one ball away, and let a pass bounce off his hands and turn into an interception. Guess what happened next? The Saints signed Julius Jones.