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Week 5 Wrap-Up

Arizona Cardinals 34, St. Louis Rams 31:
Maybe Matt Leinart should stop complaining to Yahoo and whining on his MySpace page. Kurt Warner was once again the superior signal caller, as Leinart's second pass against the Rams was intercepted. Leinart finished 7-of-13 for 100 yards and that pick. Kurt Warner, meanwhile, tossed Arizona's sole aerial touchdown.

After watching the Rams the past few weeks, I never envisioned them scoring 31 points on anyone. Yet, Gus Frerotte compiled 262 yards and three touchdowns. It's amazing how much better a quarterback without a few broken ribs can play. St. Louis still lost, but at least it proved it has the talent to not go winless this year.

Tennessee Titans 20, Atlanta Falcons 13:
In the third quarter, Eric Moulds had four receptions for 31 yards. The significance of those numbers? He led the team in receiving! How terrible is that? Moulds is like 73 years old. Why can't the Titans provide Vince Young with legitimate weapons at wide out?

All week, I've suffered through talking heads on TV boasting about how they knew Joey Harrington was going to thrive in Atlanta. Harrington, who was 16-of-31 for 87 yards, threw a pick-six in Titans territory, giving Tennessee its decisive touchdown. Harrington was consequently benched. On the bright side, he'll be able to spend more time enjoying caviar if he isn't the starter anymore.

I think it's safe to say that Byron Leftwich wasn't great either. He completed 2-of-8 passes for a whopping 28 yards and a pick. On the bright side, he provided one heck of a Fat Albert impression.

Carolina Panthers 16, New Orleans Saints 13:
Steve Smith had one catch and nine yards at halftime. Is that how much David Carr sucks? He can't even get the ball to one of the primer receivers in the league? Smith had three receptions in the second half, so maybe Carr finally realized he's not playing behind a cookie-cutter offensive line anymore.

Get ready for another week of people shaking their heads and complaining, "No one can figure this Carolina team out!" Please. They're so easy to read. The Panthers simply thrive when they're underdogs, and falter when they're favored.

The Saints, on the other hand, really suck. Drew Brees now has nine picks to one touchdown this year. Reggie Bush averaged three yards per carry against a hobbled defense. And New Orleans finally had its first sack of the year - in Week 5.

New England Patriots 34, Cleveland Browns 17:
Except for Indianapolis, New England, and maybe Pittsburgh and Dallas, every team in the NFL is the same. Case in point: Miami (0-4) went into Houston and nearly knocked off the Texans (2-2), who were 5-point favorites. The Falcons (1-3), meanwhile, gave the Titans (2-1) problems. I liken the Patriots to an MLB team playing in the minors; it's not even close. They sleepwalked through the Cleveland game and still managed to win by 17.

Tom Brady was 22-of-28, 265 yards and three touchdowns against the Browns. Statistically, this was his worst performance of the year. Holy crap.

Randy Moss had just three catches for 46 yards. That said, he's still on pace for 1,910 receiving yards, good enough to break Jerry Rice's single-season record of 1,848.

Washington Redskins 34, Detroit Lions 3:
How great was Jason Campbell? He seemed to grow up before our very eyes, as he was 16-of-19 for 171 yards and a touchdown with two minutes remaining in the first half. I threw the word "seemed" into that previous sentence for a good reason; Detroit's defense is so bad, it can make any quarterback look good (this does not include Brian Griese, by the way, because he sucks at life.) Donovan McNabb, who has struggled in every other outing this year, had a career day against the Lions. In the words of Bill Parcells, let's not put the anointing oil on Campbell just yet.

The Redskins opted to punt the ball instead of going for it on 4th-and-1 at their own 40, up 14-3 in the third quarter. Granted, Washington won the game, so this move didn't matter. However, at the time, Dick Stockton and his broadcasting partner opined that giving the Lions momentum would be a mistake. I disagree with that premise; being scared and handing the other team the ball is granting them momentum. Washington's offensive line is so much stronger than Detroit's defensive front, I think Clinton Portis, Ladell Betts and Jason Campbell could have all gained that yard.

Jon Kitna's Quest for 10, 5,000 and 50: Jon Kitna predicted he would win 10 games, and throw for 5,000 yards and 50 touchdowns. He's currently on pace for nine wins, 4,265 yards and 26 touchdowns. Hey, at least he's converted 20 of his teammates to Christianity (true story - more on this in my Week 6 picks).

Jacksonville Jaguars 17, Kansas City Chiefs 7:
Way to give Larry Johnson all that money, Carl Peterson. Now, you have a sluggish, out-of-shape running back who gained 12 yards on nine carries against the Jaguars. The Chiefs need a quarterback, stout offensive linemen and help on defense. By the time they get all of that, Johnson will be past the age of regression. Translation: The Chiefs are going to suck for a while.

I was disappointed to see the Jaguars let the Chiefs hang around. Despite dominating the game, Jacksonville had a slim 10-0 advantage until the fourth quarter. This, however, is not a new phenomenon; they couldn't establish a huge lead against Tennessee or Atlanta either.

Houston Texans 22, Miami Dolphins 19:
Stupid teams do stupid things. Sounds obvious, but it was the difference in the Miami-Houston game. On the Texans' first drive, Matt Schaub was allowed to convert a 3rd-and-10 via a 16-yard connection with Kevin Walter. Later, Jason Taylor bailed Houston out on a 2nd-and-17 with a personal foul. The Texans moved the ball all the way down to the one. On 4th-and-goal, Ron Dayne trampled the Dolphins' weak defensive front and ran into the end zone for a touchdown.

Check out this play, courtesy of NFL.com, and tell me if you think it looks weird: "T.Green scrambles left end ran ob at HOU 8 for 23 yards (C.Brown)." How in the world did the 83-year-old Green run for a 23-yard gain? Did he use his walker? Did he have his wheelchair at his disposal? Perhaps he heard Bingo was starting at the old-age home, and he got excited.

The Texans look like they're treading water. A week after getting knocked off by Atlanta, they escaped the clutches of winless Miami. Houston needs Ahman Green, Andre Johnson and Jacoby Jones to get healthy immediately.

Travis Johnson, defensive tackle for the Texans, is a scumball. In case you missed it, when Trent Green suffered a blow to the head and was laying lifeless on the turf, Johnson stood over him and taunted him. Way to be a class act, Travis. I hope the NFL or the Texans organization fines him.

New York Giants 35, New York Jets 24:
Who's the worst starting quarterback in the NFL? Some would say Trent Green or Kelly Holcomb. Others would suggest Brian Griese or Damon Huard. I'd like to nominate Chad Pennington. His arm is weak, and he cannot connect with receivers along the sideline or way downfield. He's not mobile and cannot elude defenders on most occasions. Plus, it doesn't hurt that he's rude to the media, telling journalists that it's a privilege to write about his ineptness.

This week, Pennington carelessly lobbed the football up into double coverage, allowing a Giants defensive back to pick off the pass in the end zone, making it look like he caught a punt. Pennington threw a pick-six later in the game.

You know the DLP "It's the Mirrors" girl? I think she and 10 of her friends put on Jets uniforms and played defense on Sunday. The Giants trampled right over the feeble-looking Jets, garnering 171 rushing yards on 35 carries.

Pittsburgh Steelers 21, Seattle Seahawks 0:
Mike Holmgren is now 1-8 against the spread the past few years playing on the East Coast at 1 p.m. Sort of ironic that the team that needs coffee hails from the American city renowned for it.

The Steelers beat the Seahawks in time of possession, 40:45-19:15. It's almost as if Seattle didn't want revenge for Super Bowl XL.

I had a conversation about Shaun Alexander at a party I hosted Friday night. The people whom I was talking to weren't aware why Alexander was struggling, so I figured I'd make it known in this forum. After getting hurt early in 2006, Alexander has transformed himself into a soft, fat bum. If he doesn't see any wide-open running lanes, he simply sits down on the turf to avoid injury. Alexander no longer wants any contact. Do not draft him in any future fantasy leagues, unless he falls to you in like the ninth round or something.

Indianapolis Colts 33, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 14:
It's amazing how huge the disparity is between the top teams in the AFC and NFC. The Colts, missing Marvin Harrison, Joseph Addai and Bob Sanders, sat on the Buccaneers, 33-14.

Just don't blame Jeff Garcia for the loss; the Tampa Bay signal caller started the game 9-of-9 for 68 yards and a touchdown. But as I wrote up on my Picks page, the Buccaneers just don't have the weapons to engage in a shootout with the Colts or Patriots.

Baltimore Ravens 9, San Francisco 49ers 7:
Trent Dilfer was 2-of-6 for eight yards in the first half. Why is this guy still in the NFL again? Can't the 49ers give Jeff George a spin until Alex Smith gets healthy?

I can't emphasize how much I hate the NFL's new spiking rule, which results in a delay-of-game penalty. Derrick Mason caught a first down in the fourth quarter at San Francisco. Unfortunately, he was injured on the play, and spiked the ball in frustration. He was consequently whistled for five yards. How stupid and ridiculous is that? I love what Roger Goodell has done thus far, but he really needs to retract this new rule.

Baltimore's offense sucks. They can't score at all. Nine points? Steve McNair is garbage, the receivers can't get open and the offensive line can't block. No wonder they haven't covered a game all year.

San Diego Chargers 41, Denver Broncos 3:
I had the Chargers winning this week, but 41-3? I didn't see a blowout. I guess San Diego can still be good if it, you know, actually gives the ball to LaDainian Tomlinson. What a concept. Tomlinson touched the ball 24 times in less than three quarters. It took Norv Turner five weeks to catch on, but better late than never.

Here's an odd stat: Only three Chargers - Tomlinson, Antonio Gates and Vincent Jackson - caught a pass on Sunday. I'd complain about Philip Rivers' inability to spread the ball around, but I think a 41-3 victory will shut me up for the time being.

Want to hear something funny? In the wake of San Diego's win over Denver, and Kansas City's loss to Jacksonville, the Oakland Raiders are now in sole possession of first place in the AFC West. I'm dying here; that's too hilarious. How long do you think that lead's going to last? The over-under is Wednesday.

Chicago Bears 27, Green Bay Packers 20:
I'm still trying to figure out how the Bears beat the Packers. Green Bay completely dominated the Sunday night game, but thanks to two James Jones fumbles and a brain-dead Brett Favre toss into the hands of Brian Urlacher, Chicago kept its season alive and notched its second victory.

The more I think about it, the more I wonder if the Packers' 4-1 start is a bit fraudulent. They beat the Eagles, who really suck; the Giants, who were discombobulated and banged up at the time; the Chargers, who lost to the Chiefs at home; and the Vikings, thanks to a few mistakes by Minnesota. Maybe we shouldn't pencil Green Bay into the playoffs just yet.


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