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New York Jets
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New Orleans Saints
Was your team roasted or toasted in this weeks cover 3?
1. We start off with the hot topic of the week in the AFC East, which is the unsportsmanlike conduct call on the lineman of the Patriots for pushing his teammate into the pile. It was an odd call, but seemingly this penalty was put in place by the players association to protect the lineman during field goals. The Jets got a second chance to play in overtime and they won. Tom Brady said it wasn’t a bad call and wouldn’t have been an issue if they had played a good game up to that point.
2. The Bills are much better than we all thought and the Dolphins are maybe not as good as we thought.
3. Do the Patriots need to own up to their bad decisions and pick up a WR? Tom Brady has not put up the stats this year that he has in the past and after watching a few Patriots games, I don’t believe it’s on him.
1. Are the Browns a contender if they have a good QB? While watching their games, you can’t help but feel like this team could contend with a signal caller that can make capable decisions.
2. Pittsburgh has turned their 0-4 start around and have won 2 in a row. After winning this week against the Ravens, they are starting to look like they have found some consistency on offense. I can’t say I told you so yet, but it definitely seems like they are on the path to competing again in this division.
3. The Bengals are probably the most underrated team in the league at 5-2 along with the Patriots, but don’t tell anyone because I think Marvin Lewis loves it that way.
1. The Colts stood toe to toe with a legend of Indianapolis and won. Is Andrew Luck the “heir apparent” to Peyton not only on the Colts, but in the NFL? It sure seems Luck is the prototypical QB of this age with intelligence, arm strength, accuracy, and mobility. I can’t wait to watch him for the next 15 years.
2. The Jaguars seem to have ability, but no fight whatsoever. Last week Jacksonville stood toe to toe with the Broncos only to come back down to earth against the Chargers. They were listless at best.
3. Can the Titans compete for a playoff spot when healthy? After the loss of Bud Adams, something tells me they will fight all the harder to bring that chance to the city.
1. The Chiefs are the last undefeated team in the league. NO LIE! In all honesty though, this team is playing amazing defense, efficient offense, and has a great coaching staff.
2. The Chargers are starting to look like what we have been expecting for years now… a talented team! Rivers is playing well again, Matthews is running the ball well, and the defense is playing alright. The sad thing for the Chargers is they decided to start doing better a little to late. With the Broncos and Chiefs around, it will be hard to break through this year.
3. The Broncos forgot how to play defense. Peyton Manning, the best QB to ever play the game, cannot win every game by himself. It’s that simple.
1. The Dallas Cowboys are as frustrating as ever. In this division, the Cowboys will have a great opportunity to make the playoffs, but will be sorely reminded of their sub par play if they think they will be able to play this way against some of the NFC’s best.
2. The Eagles are going to have a hard time staying afloat if they can’t get the injuries to stop. Vick says he will play this week but who knows if he will be at 80% and if at this point in his career, he will be able to carry a fast paced offense on his back.
3. I think that RGIII is getting healthier as he was much more mobile against the Bears. I worry that this team’s defense isn’t doing very well, and with RGIII just now hitting league start shape, it may not be enough to salvage the year.
1. Two weeks ago, I said that if the Bears and Lions didn’t start shaping up, the Packers would catch them and stay there. We are at the half way point and the Packers have decided to take their rightful place at the top. Don’t look for them to give it back either.
2. The Vikings are bad, and if you ask me, Adrian Peterson is sitting on that team wondering if he will become the next Curtis Martin. AP has already put a lot of miles on those tires. Do you think he may be looking for a change in scenery?
3. The Bears are now in need of more than a consistent offense. They are now without Jay Cutler for at least 4 weeks. I don’t think that Josh McCown is in any way the answer at QB either.
1. The Saints come off of the bye week looking to take out their frustrations after a close loss to the Patriots. The lucky opponent is Buffalo. The Saints don’t have much in the way of competition in their division, so padding on a few wins will only help their playoff placement.
2. The Falcons are showing a little bit of fight in the face of adversity. At this point however, it’s not going to do much good as their season is on life support.
3. Who are the Panthers? When the defense shows up and Cam Newton plays well, they are a powerhouse. Can they continue their current win streak? Only time and Cam will tell.
1. Four wins in a row for any team in the NFL is consistent, but for the 49ers, it’s the only way they will keep pace with the Seahawks who are looking to keep their stranglehold on the division.
2. The Cardinals are a few years away from really competing, but watching them play gives you hopes that it’s sooner rather than later. Their defense can play with the best of them, but gives up yards in groups. Their offense is full of young, unknown, and role players. All they need are a few top-tier draft picks on offense and they will be ready to roll.
3. Sam Bradford will be known as one of those quarterbacks that had all the tools, talent, and smarts to make it in this league, but just couldn’t stay healthy. It’s sad because this team was really making leaps this season.
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