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Dream Team Eagles Sink To 1-4
The Philadelphia Eagles had to win in Week 5, but they blew it. The word “underachieve” just doesn’t sum up what is happening with this mega-talented Andy Reid-coached team. Maybe the word “astonishment” is a little better. I’m sure Eagles fans are using some adjectives that I can’t print here. The level of sloppy play from this team on both sides of the ball is absolutely mind-blowing. Philadelphia’s turnovers, penalties and other miscues were on full display during a 31-24 road loss to the Buffalo Bills.
Fantasy-wise, however, things look okay with the Eagles’ fantasy stars, but I’m wondering whether this group will start to phone it in later in the season when the playoffs are out of reach. Yes, I mean when. Although Michael Vick compiled a strong stat line with 315 passing yards and two touchdowns tosses, he threw a career-worst four picks (at least one of them was not his fault). Vick also rolled up 90 rushing yards, which gave him 4,948 for his career, shattering Randall Cunningham’s all-time record for rushing yards by a quarterback. LeSean McCoy amassed 107 total yards and one total touchdown on the ground, while DeSean Jackson compiled 5-86-1 and Jeremy Maclin accumulated 6-54-1 through the air.
The Green Bay Packers Climb To 5-0
The defending Super Bowl champions rallied from a 14-6 deficit to stun the Atlanta Falcons 25-14 at the Georgia Dome late Sunday night, remaining undefeated on the season. Aaron Rodgers passed for 396-2-0 while James Jones led all Green Bay receivers with 5-140-1. Greg Jennings also chipped in 4-82-1. The Falcons held the Packers to two field goals through two quarters, but Atlanta wore down on both sides of the ball in the second half. Matt Ryan threw for a disappointing 167-1-2 while Tony Gonzalez (6-60-0) and Roddy White (5-60-1) led all Falcons pass-catchers. Michael Turner (16-56-1) led the Atlanta rushing attack.
The NFL’s only other undefeated team, the Detroit Lions (4-0), will play Monday night. They are favored to defeat the Chicago Bears.
The Raiders Win One For Mr. Davis
Not many had expected the Oakland Raiders to defeat the Houston Texans. The Raiders were coming off a frustrating loss to the New England Patriots, and legendary maverick Oakland team owner Al Davis had passed away Saturday morning at the age of 82. However, playing with heavy hearts, the Raiders rallied with 10 points in the fourth quarter to take a 25-20 lead over the Texans, and Michael Huff, a Davis draft selection, picked off a desperation pass from Matt Schaub in the end zone to seal the triumph on the final play of the game. Other stadiums around the NFL observed a moment of silence in honor of Davis.
It’s Time For Tim Tebow Mania 2.0?
The fantasy football world got its first look at then-rookie Tim Tebow in 2010 when he made three respectable and productive season-ending starts, and it looks like Denver Broncos head coach John Fox is going to hand the starting triggerman job to Tebow following the Week 6 bye. How did all this come about? In case you missed it, incumbent starter Kyle Orton was struggling badly against the San Diego Chargers (he had passed for just 34 yards with no scores and one pick) when Fox benched him at halftime and inserted Tebow. To his credit, Tebow led the offense to 14 fourth-quarter points but Denver fell short on the score board by a final of 29-24. Although he was productive with his legs (6-38-1 on the ground), Tebow struggled as a passer, amassing just 79-1-0 while completing 4-of–10 pass attempts. While I doubt Tebow currently has the skill set to be a competent NFL passer, the 1-4 Broncos need to find out whether he has any upside.
The Chiefs’ Biggest Comeback in Team History
Not many of the mainstream sports media folks outside the Kansas City area are talking about the historic Chiefs comeback. Matt Cassel tossed four touchdown passes to help rally the Kansas City from a 17-point deficit to surprise the Indianapolis Colts by a count of 28-24. This tied the biggest come-from-behind victory in Chiefs’ history. Cassel piled up a 257-4-0 stat line while Bowe delivered an impressive 7-128-2 and Breaston chipped in 4-50-2. If the surprising Jackie Battle (19-119-0) can continue to provide a solid rushing threat, there is some hope for the Kansas City offense fantasy-wise during life without Jamal Charles (torn ACL).