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Inside The Wheelhouse: NFL Week 5 Thoughts

Brett FavreCan this NFL season get any crazier? If your initial response before Week 5 was “probably not” you my friend were wrong. Thank god I gave up on my sports betting days before they even began because I would owe someone a ton of money right now.

The Dallas Cowboys and Minnesota Vikings, two teams that were projected to possibly be the NFC Championship matchup by many analysts are currently 1-3. The Cowboys are debating why they resigned Wade Phillips to a 2-year deal in the offseason while the Vikings are dealing with “Favre-Gate.” I would have bet that maybe one of these two teams might now make the playoffs (initial thought: the Vikings) but I would have not had both of these teams not making the playoffs.

I could go on and on about the Brett Favre/Jen Sterger story that has picked up a ton of steam this week but I won’t because it may take an entire blog’s worth of thoughts. Frankly I am ashamed of the allegations of Brett Favre because when I was growing up this was my hero when it came to the NFL. Now in the last three years he has become the anti-hero with this latest story involving Jen Sterger making me completely turn my back on my former favorite player.

Speaking of Favre & the Jen Sterger connection, the New York Jets are proving to everyone that they might actually be the best team in the AFC. The defeated the Vikings on Monday night and improve their record to 4-1 on the season. Despite all the hype going into the season they are doing what they can to live up to that preseason hype.

The only problem that the Jets appear to be facing with their team is the lack of production from Mark Sanchez. Sanchez is not the type of Quarterback who can throw for 300 yards a game and score 3 TDs. He is a borderline 200 yard, 1 or 2 TD type of quarterback. Had it not been the running production of LaDainian Tomlinson and Shonn Greene the Jets offense may not have been successful as it has been in the last two weeks of football.

If you’re looking for a team filled with injuries in the NFL that can mirror the amount of injuries the Boston Red Sox had in Major League Baseball this season then the Green Bay Packers are your team. Of course the Green Bay Packers are my favorite team and I was excited going into this season due to the amount of people projecting them to be as good as a potential Super Bowl Champion. Now those projections, just like many projections going into the 2010-2011 season, appear to be in jeopardy.

Ryan Grant and Nick Barnett are out for the season. Two players that are instrumental in the offense and the defense. Jermichael Finley and Donald Lee, the two tight ends for the Packers, were hurt during the Packers Week 5 game against the Washington Redskins. But to make matters worse (and I’m not talking about the game winning field goal in overtime that gave the Packers their 2nd loss of the season), Aaron Rodgers suffered a concussion at the end of the game and is now uncertain going into Week 6. Could things get any worse in “Titletown?”

Other teams that are living up to their potential are the defending Super Bowl Champions the New Orleans Saints. The Saints are now 3-2 on the season and haven’t been playing as well as they did last season, obviously, but the loss they suffered in Week 5 came at the hands of possibly one of the worst teams in the NFL, the Arizona Cardinals. That’s right folks the Arizona Cardinals led by Quarterback Max Hall.

New Orleans hasn’t looked like the Super Bowl winning team from last year at all this season and they look more like a team suffering from a Super Bowl hangover more then anything. Had it not been for a couple of plays here and a couple of plays there this team could be as bad as 1-4 or even 0-5. Look at the box scores for all their games this season; they have been pretty close and not as dominant as they were in last years Super Bowl run.

The big stories going into Week 6 will be the return of Ben Roethlisberger to Pittsburgh, the first game for the Patriots without Randy Moss and who will go 1-4, the Vikings or the Cowboys. Roethlisberger may have the biggest returning impact on any team this season as he returns to a 3-1 Steelers team that may be battling the New York Jets currently as one of the best teams in the AFC. If we see anything out of Roethlisberger like we did out of him during his Super Bowl runs then this Steelers team may end up being the best team in the NFL.

I really don’t believe the Patriots playing without Randy Moss will be that much of a difference then what we see every Sunday from the Pats. Sure they don’t have the deep ball threat of Moss or that big name Wide Receiver they still have Wes Welker who, while being covered a lot more now, can still catch the play and get plenty of yards after catch to drive the Pats down the field. Brady will still find his targets, they will score and the Patriots should be just fine.

The NFL continues to prove why it’s one of the best sports leagues in the United States as they continue to give us some of the most unpredictable games you will see in from any Sport. The best part of it all is that despite heading into Week 6; we still have no true clear front runners in both conferences. They are all still pretty close and it can be anyone’s ballgame as we continue to head down the stretch. This is why I love Football.

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