2012 NFL Week 4 and 5 Review (Week 6 Predictions)

Posted: October 11, 2012 by fatz.maneli in Sports, Uncategorized
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Making up for lost time since I failed to produce a recap of Week 4’s games I’ll bundle a few of the bright spots in this week’s addition.

One of the first was the 4th quarter comebacks by the now 5-0 Atlanta Falcons. With the time ticking off the clock and the ball in the possession of the Carolina Panthers. The Panthers fail to convert and are forced to punt the ball. They down it on the 1 yard line, and with the Falcons left with no more time outs it looks as though the game was over. But on first down, Matty Ice throws a 55 yard bomb down the field to Roddy White and the Falcons go on to drain the clock and kick a field goal as time expires. Also in Week 4, the New England Patriots come back from a 21-7 deficit against the Bills and score 45 points in the second half led by Tom Brady throwing for 340 yards and Steven Ridley and Brandon Bolden both running for over 100. Going into the game between the 49ers and the Jets we knew that we would see the Wildcat at some point in the game, but what we did not know is that it would be at the courtesy of the 49ers using Colin Kaepernick. The 49ers won this game easily, defeating the Jets 34-0 improving their record to 3-1. Also as of note, during Week 4, the Arizona Cardinals improved to 4-0 after defeating the Miami Dolphins in a comeback win in overtime behind Kevin Kolb throwing for over 300 yards and 3 TD’s, despite a Dolphin Rookie QB passing game of 431 yards by Ryan Tannehill. Not to be forgotten about Week 4 is the Monday Night Football Cinco Intercepciones night by a one, Tony Romo. Just gonna let that one not go into more detail.

Week 5 helped us see where some teams really are but also left us with more questions about others. Are the Green Bay Packers really that bad? Are the Cardinals who we thought they were? Can the Eagles really win with Mr. Glass at QB? Can the Texans run the table?

Now we all may believe that the Double Checks were robbed of a victory against the Seahawks in the “Touchception” game. But if you watched that whole game and you know football, you’d know that thats a slight reach. Those dudes were handled the whole game. But this past Sunday against Andrew Luck and the Colts? The Packers D made them look like they were playing madden on Rookie in the 2nd half. Reggie Wayne was out there Moss’n folks. Sure folks wanna say the Colts were out there playing inspired because their coach was diagnosed with cancer. But nah, those bamas just got molly whopped by Luck, Wayne and a dude named Donald at running back.

Although the Steelers won against the Eagles for the “Pride of Pennsylvania” or whatever foolishness them jokers were saying. Were you really impressed? I mean, it was the Eagles. Thats like them being boosted for beating the Chiefs. With that being said, Ben Roethlisberger is out there doing what he always does. One of the more clutch QB’s in the NFL on 3rd downs methodically picked the Eagles defense apart on the final drive after the Eagles drove down the field to take the lead. They are also doing this with countless injuries on both sides of the ball. You can never count them out with Big Country back there under center.

One of the biggest surprises of this short season so far has to be the resurgence of the NFC West. At this point (record wise), they are clearly the best Division in all of football. Both the 49ers and the Cards are 4-1 and the Rams and Seahawks are both 3-2. The 49ers are certainly the cream of the crop out there and are the most consistent, the other three are younger teams that are one dimensional right now. We saw Arizona get exposed by an improving St. Louis team last Thursday and the Seahawks squeaked out a victory against a struggling Carolina.

The week leading up to Sundays games, Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints leadership reached out to Commissioner Roger Goodell to request permission that suspended Saints coach Sean Payton be allowed to attend the game on Sunday to potentially witness Brees break Johnny Unitas’ NFL record by throwing a passing touchdown in 48 consecutive games. The record had stood since the end of the 1960 NFL season. Going into the game, the Saints were 0-4;with already more losses than they had last season; found a way to win against Brees’ former team, the San Diego Chargers.

The game between the Broncos and the Patriots had a different buzz this year than it did for their matchup just a season ago. This year, Peyton Manning is in Denver, and as of late has returned to what we remember Peyton to be. Although the Broncos lost the game because their defense is atrocious, they have a lot to look forward to if they can turn things around within a year or two because Peyton isn’t getting any younger AND he also still has a janky neck.

Speaking of QB’s who’ve gotten their bell rocked. Robert Griffin III better start thinking twice if not three times when he’s rolling out that pocket thinking he’s not gonna get hit. It’s one thing when you’re doing this in high school and college and you’re opponents don’t particularly measure up to you in ability, but this is the NFL, where every team is equipped with extremely large humans that happen to run faster than normal humans and have mutant strength. My only advise to RGIII, “Stake Woke Dog”, literally.

Wrapping up Week 5 was the undefeated Houston Texans taking care of business against the New York Jets. The Texans may very well be the best team in the league right now. Matt Schaub is staying healthy, Andre Johnson is having a slow start so far but still productive, Owen Daniels and James Casey are a great combo at TE and FB receiving the ball. Now the running game is led by the man with a fat new contract in Arian Foster. Foster is 2nd in the NFL in rushing after Week 5 and became the 3rd faster player in NFL history to reach 5,000 yards. Even with an explosive offensive such as the Texans’, they sport one of the best defensive units in the league. And the star of that unit is none other than a young man I’ve been mentioning for a few weeks, J.J. Watt aka J.J. Swat due to his 8 pass deflections through the first 5 games, 3 of which leading to interceptions. Watt also leads the NFL in sacks with 8.5, making him a total package. This team is a clear cut contender to represent the AFC in this years Super Bowl if they can stay healthy and find a replacement for Brian Cushing who was lost for the season during Monday nights game.

Week 6’s games are a lot tougher to predict due to a heavy slate of evenly matched contests. But here they are, my Week 6 Predictions:

Steelers over Titans
Bucs over Chiefs
Colts over Jets
Bengals over Browns
Eagles over Lions
Falcons over Raiders
Dolphins over Rams
Ravens over Cowboys
Bills over Cardinals
Patriots over Seahawks
49ers over Giants
Vikings over Redskins
Texans over Packers
Broncos over Chargers

Til next week,

Statz Maneli

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