Around the League: Week 5 Results

After what felt like the craziest week of football in recent memory, I’m seeing the usual suspects are still present in New Orleans, Green Bay, New England and Baltimore. These teams appear to be near locks to go back to their respective Conference championship games.

That said, let’s discuss the results.

Philadelphia 24 Buffalo 31

It appears that the coaching scheme, not the personnel, is damning the Eagles. Sure, Michael Vick threw 4 interceptions. The problem is not the offense. This defense is stacked with talent but isn’t producing. This is why offensive line coaches don’t make good defensive coordinators. Just saying. -Jared

Jared – 0 for 1

Travis – 1 for 1

Cincinnati 30 Jacksonville 20

Cincinnati is one of the two surprise teams in the league at this point. I’m not saying beating the Jaguars is a milestone, but winning by 10 in an away game with a rookie quarterback looks great on a resume. Imagine how much better Cincinnati could be if they had dealt Carson Palmer and actually gotten something they could use this year. -Jared

Jared – 1 for 2

Travis – 2 for 2

Tennessee 17 Pittsburgh 38

I kind of figured Pittsburgh was simply off to a rough start. A win takes away some of the urgency, but Pittsburgh is missing some key players and Ben Roethlisberger won’t make it through the whole season if his line can’t protect him. Tennessee showed they’ve still got some holes and are definitely missing Kenny Britt’s big play ability. -Jared

Jared – 2 for 3

Travis - 2 for 3

Kansas City 28 Indianapolis 24

I think we can all agree that anytime a 4th string running back runs for well over 100 yards against your defense, you’re probably going to have a hard time winning a game. Along with that, anytime you’re absolutely incapable of covering a team’s best receiver, again, it’s going to be a long day. Add that with not applying pressure or causing turnovers and you’ve got a certain recipe for disaster. I have nothing to say about the Colts offense. 24 points is great. For the second game in a row, the Colts defense hasn’t caused a turnover and can’t stop anyone. Injuries are starting to pile up. Time to start drinking. -Jared

Jared – 2 for 4

Travis – 2 for 4

Oakland 25 Houston 20

I find it perfectly acceptable for the Raiders to win following Al Davis’ death. Oakland shut down the Houston running game and frankly, anytime you throw 51 times, you’re in trouble. Along with dropping a winnable game, the Texans also lost their stud pass rusher in Mario Williams for the season. Goodbye playoffs. Kudos to Raider Nation. Rest in Peace Al Davis. -Jared

Jared – 2 for 5

Travis - 2 for 5

Arizona 10 Minnesota 34

I’m pretty sure I’ve said all along, if Minnesota takes the ball out of Donovan McNabb’s hands and simply gives it to Adrian Peterson, games suddenly become winnable. 29 carries, 122 yards and 3 touchdowns later, I don’t feel so bad for missing some picks. There’s a reason they call him “All Day”. Arizona’s trade involving Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Kevin Kolb still feels like a dumb decision on both ends. -Jared

Jared – 3 for 6

Travis – 2 for 6

New Orleans 30 Carolina 27

I’m still going to say the same thing I’ve been saying, barring an offensive collapse, New Orleans is going to the NFC Championship. Carolina is improving week to week, as I think Cam Newton and the Panthers are learning that they can actually run the ball, as DeAngelo Williams showed his big play ability in the running game. Steve Smith is thankful to be relevant again. -Jared

Jared – 3 for 7

Travis - 3 for 7

Seattle 36 New York 25

The Giants wrote “how to lose to a sub-par team” for the rest of the football world. Turn the ball over 5 times and give up a defensive touchdown. Yep, that’s how you make teams like Seattle look good. -Jared

Jared – 3 for 8

Travis – 3 for 8

Tampa Bay 3 San Francisco 48

Jim Harbaugh is my early candidate for Coach of the Year. Games like this define seasons. When your below-average quarterback completes 11 passes for the game, 3 for touchdowns, you’re going to be okay. When you run the ball on top of that and win the turnover battle, you can win any football game you play. Remember earlier in the season when I said Tampa Bay may have won 10 games last year but were 0-5 to teams with winning records? Yeah. It matters. -Jared

Jared – 4 for 9

Travis – 3 for 9

San Diego 29 Denver 25

San Diego is one of the ugliest 4-1 teams in the league so far. In Denver, it’s official. We have entered the Tebow Era. I’m not going to say Denver is going to turn it around with Tebow at the helm, but I like him better in a run-based offense than I do Kyle Orton, who should probably pack his bags and get ready to take his talents to South Beach. -Jared

Jared – 5 for 10

Travis - 4 for 10

New York 21 New England 30

Rex Ryan is a polarizing figure and when things don’t go well, they are automatically worse than they seem. I don’t feel like the Jets could have played the Patriots any better except that I didn’t think the Patriots would win the game running the ball. This is one of those games where the spread will kill you. -Jared

Jared – 5 for 11

Travis – 5 for 11

Green Bay 25 Atlanta 14

Early in this game I couldn’t help but think that this might be the oddest week of football that I can remember. Then the Packers started moving the ball and Atlanta came back to Earth. Green Bay is the best team in football and frankly, I don’t see Atlanta earning a Wild Card appearance. There’s always next year. -Jared

Jared – 6 for 12

Travis – 6 for 12

Chicago 13 Detroit 24

The Detroit Lions are 5-0. This is not Madden. This is real life. Flatly, Detroit’s defensive line punked on Jay Cutler and the Chicago offensive line all game long. When you beat a team up defensive and Calvin Johnson and Jahvid Best have big games, you’re going to be hard to beat. -Jared

Jared – 7 for 13

Travis –  7 for 13

Another week, more wild results . And it don’t stop and it don’t quit.

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