Who Dat In The Record Books (again)??!!
I think this column HAS to start with the New Orleans Saints. Drew Brees went into this game hoping to guide his team to their first W and hoping to break a 52 year old record, a record that my dad used to tell me was unbreakable but I’ll get that in a minute. I’ll give a slow clap to the Commish for allowing a number of currently suspended Saints personnel to attend the game and watch Brees as he had a chance to break the record.
The Saints FINALLY got into the win column. To me, the thing that stands out the most when talking about the Saints this year ishow weak the Saints defense seems to be. Brees is a great QB but to constantly be in a position where you need to battle back and get the game tied up is mentally draining on any QB. Good for them on getting the W because the Saints have too much talent to be an 0-for team. Dare I say they may have been the best 0-4 team in the history of the NFL going into this weekend?
Now, as for Brees, the guy is amazing. A no doubt a future hall of famer but I do have to separate what Johnny Unitas did and now what Drew Brees has done. The NFL has turned into a QB’s league. Long gone are the days of smash mouth football where you give it to your back and he seems to do most of the work. You know the kind of football that was played when Johnny Unitas was throwing touchdowns. So for me, to see a QB set a record like Unitas did back then is truly remarkable. However, defensive players now are so much better than they were back then and the game is just so different so I can’t take anything away from what Brees has done. I don’t think I could throw a TD in a single game, let alone 48 of them in a row. So congrats Drew Brees on an amazing career thus far, I just wonder at what number does your streak end.
The Elite Teams as of Week 5
The experts say that if you are an elite team, then there are certain caliber teams that you absolutely crush. Four teams fit into that description this week. It’s no surprise that the two teams that squared off in the NFC Championship last season are two of those teams but the other two are a little surprising.
- The Giants fell behind early but in typical Eli Manning style, he took over the game and brought the Giants back. Did you know, Manning has thrown for 200-plus yards in 24 consecutive games? Love him or hate him, the guy is truly an outstanding QB.
- For the second week in a row, the 49ers obliterated an AFC East team. In fact, they’ve outscored the Jets and the Bills 79-3 in back to back weeks. Like the Jets, I don’t think Buffalo had any clue what to do out there or how to stop the Niners. San Francisco’s 621 yards of total offense broke a franchise record dating to the Steve Young-led 1992 team that totaled 598 yards — also against Buffalo. But maybe that’s a good sign for the Bills, they did go to the Super Bowl in 1992!! Despite their loss in Week 3, I don’t think there is a better team than San Francisco.
- Surprisingly, Chicago makes this list but maybe that shouldn’t be a surprise. The Bears gained 501 yards and gave up 189. They outscored Jacksonville 38-0 in the second half and that’s as big a beat down as you’ll see in the NFL. Jacksonville is just a horrible football team.
- Another surprise on the list are the Minnesota Vikings. They just keep winning and Percy Harvin keeps making plays. Of the four teams listed here, I do think Minnesota will come back down to earth at some point but they are playing some great football.
So who’s the worst team in the NFL? The Browns, Titans, Bills, Jags or the (bye week) Oakland Raiders?
Green Bay Needs To Wake Up
This Packers team is certainly not the same team that won a Super Bowl two seasons ago and not even close to the dominating team that went 15-1 last season. At this moment, they don’t come close to being a playoff type of team or deserve to be one. Right now, Minnesota is running away with the NFC North, while Chicago is doing the best job of chasing the Vikings. The Packers upcoming schedule is not an easy one. Realistically, their playoff hopes could be finished by their bye week. In the next four weeks, they play @Houston (Loss), @St.Louis (which is tough, just as 4-0 Arizona), home against Jacksonville (win) and home against Arizona (could be a tough battle). They could go 2-2 but I think 1-3 is a little more realistic. It’s getting away from them very quickly. They made quite an investment in their defense during the offseason but we saw a rookie QB have his way with that defense yesterday as he staged a late 4th quarter comeback. I know Indy had a purpose in winning that game but I thought Green Bay was so much better than Indy. Guess I was wrong.
I get that the fans pay their hard earned money to go see their teams in person. I get that as a fan, fans believe that they are entitled to act a certain way. I get all that and I am probably guilty of acting that way at times. I’ve never really agreed with booing your team but it happens. It is not acceptable at any point to cheer when a player is injured, whether he plays on your team or the other team. I’ve never seen a stadium disrespect their own the way the fans of the Kansas City Chiefs disrespected Matt Casal yesterday. Kansas City fans should be embarrassed by their behavior. I get it, you don’t like the guy or the way he’s playing this season or you’d rather have Brady Quinn in there but to cheer that he got injured, that’s just ugly. You can say what you want but I have a hard time believing that all those cheers were for Quinn coming into the game and not for the reason he had to come into the game.