2009 NFL Week 5 Review
Bengals 17, Ravens 14
Browns 6, Bills 3
Well, it took a bunch of ineptness on the Bills' part. Buffalo finished the game with a whopping 13 penalties. The offensive line couldn't pass protect for Trent Edwards, who was sacked twice and had to force a bunch of short stuff. When Edwards had time to throw, he seemed scared to throw it into a howling 30-mph wind. Edwards also had a horrible interception, where he had Terrell Owens open downfield, but horribly underthrew him for an interception.
Panthers 20, Redskins 17
Everything changed early in the fourth quarter when Washington received a punt. Antwaan Randle-El signaled for a fair catch, but was bumped into by teammate Bryon Westbrook, who was pushed by a Panther player. It was ruled a muff and was challenged by Jim Zorn. However, the call was upheld. Two plays later, the Panthers scored the game-winning touchdown.
Steelers 28, Lions 20
Still, the fact remains that the Lions hung in without their starting quarterback and their superstar receiver for most of the game. Calvin Johnson reaggrevated a thigh injury in the third quarter and didn't return.
What's amazing about Culpepper's numbers is that he was frequently pressured; the Steelers sacked him seven times. James Harrison made Jeff Backus look like a helpless child, sacking Culpepper three times.
Cowboys 26, Chiefs 20
I know Austin-Jones caught the tying and winning scores for 59 and 60 yards. However, Austin-Jones dropped a whopping three touchdowns. I won't fault him for one because it was a bit overthrown (but catchable). However, the other two went right through his hands. At the time, I thought Jerry Jones might seek a divorce, but Austin-Jones redeemed himself.
Dallas finished with 13 penalties. It's almost as if they showed up and expected to win. It's this exact attitude that gets them bounced out of the playoffs early or before it even begins.
Giants 44, Raiders 7
But it was quickly evident that Manning would be fine; in fact, on the first play of the game, Manning dropped back from under center and completed a 9-yard pass to Marcy Darcy Johnson. Manning later threw a 30-yard touchdown strike to Mario Manningham.
Manning was 8-of-10 for 173 yards and two scores before being pulled before halftime; Manning was fine; Tom Coughlin just wanted his quarterback on the sidelines because this game was a blowout.
When Oakland was in the red zone, Justin Fargas fumbled the ball, which was returned for a touchdown. However, the officials incorrectly blew the play dead and ruled Fargas down by contact. It was evident that Fargas lost the ball prior to hitting the turf.
Russell struggled to convert third downs, going 1-of-11 in those situations. Oakland had six 3-and-outs.
Eagles 33, Buccaneers 14
It should be noted how costly Johnson's three picks were. Two were thrown in the red zone. The other was deep in his own territory, which led to an Eagles touchdown.
Vikings 38, Rams 10
At halftime, the Rams had more first downs (14-9) and yards (207-157) than the Vikings. However, they trailed 17-3 at that point because Kyle Boller had a fumble returned for a touchdown, Steven Jackson fumbled on the Minnesota 2, and Daniel Fells later fumbled inside the five.
Falcons 45, 49ers 10
This game really turned around in the middle of the second quarter. The Falcons just scored to make it 21-10. The 49ers had a nice kickoff return to the 38, but Delanie Walker fumbled the ball. He looked down, but Mike Singletary couldn't challenge it because he was out of timeouts.
Why was Singletary out of timeouts? He had to burn his last one because Glen Coffee thought that Josh Morgan scored on a previous long reception. Morgan was tackled near the goal line, but Coffee was off celebrating, and didn't know he had to come into the game.
Cardinals 28, Texans 21
However, at some point, you have to realize that you're making the same mistake over and over again.
Two weeks ago, I heavily criticized Kubiak for giving the ball to Chris Brown on the most important carry of the game - a rush at the goal line to tie the game up with Jacksonville. Brown fumbled the ball away, allowing the Jaguars to come away with a victory.
On Sunday, Kubiak made the same dumb mistake. With great talents like Matt Schaub, Andre Johnson, Steve Slaton, Owen Daniels and even Kevin Walter, Kubiak decided that giving the ball to Brown, a talent-less, second-string running back who probably couldn't make the roster for half the teams in the league, was his best option.
Predictably, Brown was stuffed at the goal line. Five units down the drain.
Unfortunately, Schaub made two horrible mistakes in this contest. The first was a pick-six when the game was tied 21-21 in the fourth quarter. The second was an errant pass to Joel Dreessen the play prior to Kubiak's blunderous call. Schaub had Dreessen open in the back of the end zone, but overthrew him. Dreessen caught the ball, but could only get one foot inbounds.
Warner looked sharp early on, but if you're an Arizona fan, you have to be concerned that the team couldn't score an offensive touchdown in the second half. In fact, the Cardinals had just one first down in the second half.
Broncos 20, Patriots 17
Later on the same drive but in the fourth quarter, Denver once again forced the Patriots into a punting situation. Unfortunately, they were offside on 4th-and-4, giving New England yet another first down.
At that point, it looked like Denver was destined to lose. But give them credit for eventually getting the Patriots to punt for a third time.
Meanwhile, Wes Welker dominated the stat sheet with eight receptions for 86 yards and a score.
Seahawks 41, Jaguars 0
In all seriousness, the reason I took the Jaguars is that I thought Matt Hasselbeck was making a desperate decision in coming back early from a rib injury. I thought he wouldn't be 100 percent and would consequently struggle.
Oops. Hasselbeck was awesome, going 18-of-30 for 241 yards and four touchdowns. He's healthy, which means the Seahawks are back.
For thoughts on Colts-Titans and Jets-Dolphins, check out my updated 2009 NFL Power Rankings, which will be posted Tuesday morning.
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