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I just watched “Little Giants” on television the other day. I also watched Monday Night Football last night and saw the semi-resurgence of Jets WR Braylon Edwards. It just made me think that Edwards is like the Little Giants WR “Hot Hands” Hanon, the WR who constantly dropped passes. Maybe Edwards learned to catch the same way Hanon did, which was catching rolls of toilet paper in practice. Hanon made the big plays against the Cowboys in the pee-wee game and Edwards showed what he could do on MNF for his new team. Yeah screw it, I am now referring to Braylon Edwards as “Hot Hands” from now on.
The 49ers made it official and signed WR Michael Crabtree to a six-year deal last week. There is no telling how long it will take for Crabtree to make an impact, so hold off on him until further notice.
To all of those shocked to see that Sims-Walker didn’t contribute to the Jaguars offense on Sunday, let me explain. He is not injured, but he was inactive for Sunday’s game for “violating the team’s itinerary”. There have been no specifics released on the incident and it is unknown whether or not Sims-Walker will miss more time.
Despite lingering foot concerns, Manning only played in the first half against Oakland, but still threw for two TD’s and apparently didn’t suffer any setbacks. He hopes to practice all week and be full strength for Sunday against New Orleans.
Returning from broken ribs, Hasselbeck threw for 241 yds and 4 TD.
Expect more fireworks from Hasselbeck as he gets a shot at Arizona. The Cardinals are owners of the worst pass defense in football with over 300 pass yds allowed per game.
Turner has had a rough start to the season, but Sunday’s game was encouraging as he rushed for 97 yds and 3 TD.
I don’t think Turner will continue his recent surge as he will run into the Chicago defense that allows just 93 rush yds per game.
White had more yards on Sunday than he had during the entire season combined. White caught eight passes for 210 yds and 2 TD.
The Bears have been weak against the pass lately as they have allowed over 540 pass yds over their past two games, including 296 yds to Detroit’s Matthew Stafford in Week 4.
Winslow had his best game of the season with nine catches for 102 yds and 2 TD.
Winslow has been up and down all season. You may not be able to trust his hot and cold streaks. Week 6 looks particularly dim as he will try to score on a Carolina defense that only allows 165 pass yds per game.
A great day to be a Giants kicker as Tynes went 3-3 on field goals and nailed all five of his extra points.
The Giants face the Saints in Week 6, and New Orleans has surprised a lot of people with their defense. The Saints allow less than 90 yds rushing and just over 210 pass yds per game. However, two of their opponents have been Detroit and Buffalo, so I am not sold on them stopping a legit team just yet.
The return of Matt Hasselbeck seemed to spark the entire team as the Seattle defense shutout Jacksonville. They beefed up their defensive stats with: 5 sacks, 2 fumble recoveries, and a TD.
The Seahawks will get more of a fight out of Kurt Warner and the Cardinals. I doubt Seattle can manhandle Fitzgerald and Boldin the same way they did the Jaguars.
Although he threw no interceptions, Garrard was still unimpressive with just 188 yds passing, zero TD, and he even lost two fumbles.
Hopefully Mike Sims-Walker returns. Even if he doesn’t, Garrard is is great play against the St. Louis Rams. The Rams are a notoriously terrible defense with over 230 pass yds and over 125 rush yds allowed per game.
Johnson turned in his worst game of the season with 34 rushing yds and zero TD.
With the Titans defense in shambles, the running game is going to be out of commission for the near future. Johnson will try to find some room against a Patriots defense that allows less than 100 rushing yds per game and have allowed only one 100-yd rusher all season.
Moss couldn’t find separation from Champ Bailey and hauled in one catch for 36 yds.
Hello bounce-back game! Start Moss against the Titans as Tennessee owns the second worst pass defense in the NFL with 287 pass yds allowed per game and 13 passing TD’s allowed.
Despite Tony Romo throwing for 351 yds on Sunday, Witten was the recipient of only 47 of those yds, and no TD.
Witten and the Cowboys have the bye-week, but come back in Week 7 to face the Falcons.
Brown made all of his extra points (3-3), but went 0-1 on field goals.
Houston opposes the Bengals on Sunday. The running game will stall again as Cincinnati allows less than 100 rush yds per game. So Houston will attack through the air and potentially stall in the redzone trying to pound the ball in. Brown will get his usual three to four extra points, but the field goals may be hard to come by.
Rex Ryan had no answer for the Wildcat offense as the Jets allowed 31 points on Monday night. New York failed to record a sack, INT, fumble recovery, or anything useful to you.
The Jets will have an easy time against Buffalo. The Bills are 20th in the league in total offensive yds and 26th in the league in offensive points scored.
With Roy Williams out, Austin probably won himself a starting job with 10 catches for 250 yds and 2 TD.
Austin and the Cowboys are on the bye-week. If available, pick him up as he has a chemistry with the “struggling” Tony Romo.
The rookie surprised everyone with six catches for 142 yds and 2 TD.
Maclin started for the injured Kevin Curtis. If Curtis sits out again, Maclin will get the start. However, facing Oakland may seem easy, but the Raiders allow 221 pass yds per game and have the best CB in football in Nnamdi Asomugha. Oakland’s run defense is the weak spot, so look for it to be a run-heavy day for Philly.
Collie had 97 receiving yds and 2 TD against the Titans
It was a battle between Collie and Pierre Garcon to fill the void left by Anthony Gonzalez. Collie has 14 catches, 162 yds, and 3 TD over the past two weeks, so he is the clear favorite. The Colts get the bye-week in Week 6, but come back to annihilate the Rams in Week 7.
Orton wasn’t afraid of the Patriots defense as he threw for 330 yds and 2 TD.
Orton looks to impress on Monday Night Football against the Chargers. San Diego has the 12th best pass defense with 215 pass yds allowed per game. Don’t be impressed, three of the four QB’s they have shut down are: JaMarcus Russell, Joe Flacco, and Chad Henne.
With Matthew Stafford out, Culpepper had a decent outing with 282 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT, and 44 rush yds.
We don’t know if Stafford will play or not, if he doesn’t, then Culpepper faces Green Bay. The Packers allow 223 pass yds per game and have given up nine passing TD’s in four games. So there is a chance for whoever is at QB for Detroit on Sunday.
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