Found October 10, 2013 on Down and Distance:
This is our new column called “8 in the box.”  It’s a weekly list of 8 have-to-knows within the NFL currently.   1. At the week 5 point teams start worrying about the numbers in the win/loss column in the big scheme of things.  The Bucs, Vikings, Giants, Steelers, Jaguars, Redskins, Falcons, and Panthers all have one win or less.  Will any reach the playoffs?  Will any of them even  reach a .500 record again this season?  Only time will tell, but the watch is on already. 2.  After having mentioned win/loss records, there are three specific big issues with teams this season.  Falcons- After the loss to the Jets this weekend, they are at 1-4.  Can they bounce back after having injuries at both the RB and WR positions? Steelers- The Steelers come out of the bye week ready to face the same Jets that took down the Falcons with hopes to win their first game.  The Steelers are currently 0-4.  Can this team take the bye week and run, or will they be stuffed by the Jets and go 0-5? Giants- The Giants are baffling at best with their 0-5 record.  Eli Manning is playing horrifically, and the running game doesn’t exist.  The defense is about as useful as the cheerleaders. 3.  The Broncos and Peyton Manning are on fire!  There are currently three numbers that stand out. 91- The Broncos are at a +91 in net points.  The next nearest net point difference is +61 the Saints. 29- The Broncos have 29 touchdowns already this year!  The next nearest NFL squad is Dallas with 18. 20- In just 5 games, Peyton Manning has 20 touchdowns. 4.  The league is saying it’s going to be making hard knocks mandatory….  Good idea? 5. The undefeated teams are not plenty, with only three left, and they are… Saints- The Saints have bounced back in a big way with their offense and defense playing immensely better.  Coach Payton coming back along with the addition of Rob Ryan made this team quite a force to be reckoned with once again. Broncos- There can’t be enough said about the Broncos offense.  However, after last week the defense is worrisome.  Giving up 48 points and winning a game is one of the single most difficult things that will be done this season.  The Broncos have a few weeks to get healthy on defense and hopefully in time for the meat of their schedule after the Jaguars. Chiefs- The Chiefs are playing great quiet football.  This team is playing good football under the radar.  They have a great coaching staff, a safe offense, and a really good defense.  Can they win it all? 6.  Matt Schaub is having a pretty bad year but this week it got worse.  This week a “fan” decided to drive to his home and started shouting obscenities and taking pictures of his home and his family.  What is this world coming to? 7.  Aldon Smith is probably not coming back to the NFL anytime soon… He has now been charged with assault weapon possession.  The 49ers have decided to let things move forward before issuing anymore than an acknowledgment. 8.  Commissioner Goodell is contemplating adding two more playoff teams.  Interesting! I think that could be great for teams that are in great divisions.     Follow Us On Twitter!  @DownandDistance Sports-Kings Down and Distance Contributor TJ Dickerman  @wmlfcommish Check out my company World Minor League Football  on Facebook!  And The post Eight in the box, league wide synopsis appeared first on DOWN & DISTANCE - Presented by Sports-Kings.

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