NFL Week 6 Notes: 2011
October 18, 2011 1:35 AM
Week 6 notes on the National Football League
1) The way the Colts suck this year reminds me of the way the San Antonio Spurs sucked in 1996, which was the year Tim Duncan was coming up in the next NBA draft.
In 1994-1995 the Spurs went to the Western Conference finals, in 1995-1996 they went to the Western Conference semi-finals, then David Robinson is "injured", the Spurs suck in 1996-1997, they draft Tim Duncan, are back in the Western Conference semi-finals in 1997-1998, then win the NBA championship in 1998-1999. And then with Duncan, the Spurs became an annual playoff team and won another championship in the 2002-2003 season.
How does this relate to the Colts? Andrew Luck, baby. This Peyton Manning "injury" reminds me an awful lot of that David Robinson injury.
2) Cheerleader of the week: Naiz of the Atlanta Falcons Cheerleaders. Naiz is a Scorpio who lives life to the fullest!
3) The New Orleans Saints lost to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 26-20. A hard fought game that the Saints almost won at the end except for an uncharacteristic red zone turnover by Drew Brees. They can get revenge on the Bucs in only 3 short weeks.
4) The Dallas Cowboys are in trouble, as usual. They've only won 2 games, but they're in luck because they've only played one division game so far, and they won it. If they can steamroll their division games, they'd still have a chance.
5) My Top 5: Green Bay Packers, Baltimore Ravens, New England Patriots, New Orleans Saints, San Francisco 49ers. Baltimore, New Orleans, and Green Bay should all win big this week (New England and San Francisco have bye weeks).
6) The Jets won a game they absolutely needed to win. Good for them. Knowing the Jets, they'll find a way to end up in the AFC conference championship again. They're a dangerous team that I wouldn't count out just yet.
7) Because the Bucs got trounced by the 49ers last week, they were all amped to beat the Saints this Sunday. I wish they had been amped to beat the 49ers the previous week instead. It was the Saints 3rd road game in a row and it looked like it (I have a lot more excuses if you want to hear them. Like, how are they supposed to play their game when their head coach is injured and sitting in the locker room? The only injury that would be worse is a Brees injury).
Speaking of being amped ... Jim Harbaugh.
8) I don't mind a couple coaches getting fired up at each other after a game, but don't act like you want to fight when you obviously don't. Jim Schwartz was hilarious, acting like he wanted a piece of Harbaugh, but it was clear he didn't actually want to get physical. "Yeah! You're lucky these guys are holding me back, Harbaugh!"
And while I have no problem with the coaches being emotional, what I didn't like was the 49ers player who put his hand on Schwartz's shoulder. Players can't be putting their hands on a coach. There are plenty of assistants and security and media people around to break that up. Players shouldn't think it's ok to put hands on a coach.
9) Fantasy tip: Turns out Tom Brady (quarterback for the New England Patriots) and Wes Welker (wide reciever for the New England Patriots) are pretty good players, you should try to pick them up off the waiver wire.
10) Interesting outcome between the Lions and 49ers (the game, not the coaches' scuffle). I would have picked the Lions to win that game, but the 49ers played good defense and Frank Gore tore up the field to produce the win. Interested to see if these teams can keep up this level of play for the whole season. There's a lot of football games left, and neither of them have played the likes of the Chargers, Saints, Ravens, or Packers yet.
Fearless Prediction: Stone-cold lock!
Saints 32, Colts 13
Bonus! New Orleans Saints notes!
1) Holy crap! Jimmy Graham is unstoppable! His 4th straight 100-yard game. Only Tony Gonzales has done that from the TE position in NFL history.
2) Saints stat of the week: 0. Number of turnovers the Bucs committed. This is a trend for the Saints. A defense that made its name by forcing turnovers cannot buy a turnover this year.
3) Get well soon, Coach Payton. A torn MCL and busted knee is not fun.
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