Week four was another week full of headlines in the National Football League. Injuries, upsets, controversy and everything else that can be thought of occurred this week.
People are beginning to grumble about the quality of the teams in the NFC East. Both the Cowboys and the Eagles collapsed in the second half of their games.
The Cowboys fell apart because of terrible quarterback play, when Tony Romo threw three interceptions – two of those ran back for touchdowns.
It also didn’t help that Calvin “Megatron” Johnson is putting up video game-like numbers in terms of touchdowns this season.
The Eagles blew a 23-point lead against the 49ers that was supposed to be a lock. Michael Vick threw for over 400 yards, but the Eagles’ defense looked weak against the 49ers’ offense that was only averaging around 200 yards per game.
Vick needs to get his “dream team” on the same page quickly, or we may be seeing “Sexy” Rexy Grossman’s Redskins representing the NFC East in the playoffs come January.
In a battle of the grumpy faces, Bill Belichick’s Patriots traveled to Oakland to take on Al Davis’ Raiders. Both offenses looked impressive, while neither defense could do much to stop anybody.
The Raiders will continue to be a mediocre team until Al Davis passes on. He really should have kept his day job hosting “Tales from the Crypt.”
Two undefeated teams remain at the quarter point of the season, as the Packers and Lions continue to look unstoppable. If both teams carry on at this pace for the rest of the season, their annual Thanksgiving meeting could actually mean something for once.
The Chiefs got their first win of the season and looked good against a struggling Minnesota team. Many people noticed quarterback Matt Cassel and head coach Todd Haley having an intense argument on the sidelines during the first quarter. It seemed to motivate Cassel at the time, but these types of spats never bode well for anybody in the long run. It is hard to say who has more pull within the organization, but I would expect both of them to be back for the 2012 season.
Anyone who tells you the league is still run dominant has not been paying attention this year. The top four passing weeks of all time are the first four weeks of this season. The top five rushers in the league play for teams that are a combined 7-13. On the other hand, the top five passers in the league play for teams that are a combined 14-6. It is going to take an elite passer to win games in today’s league.
Week five will wind up going down as the week of the upsets. Look for Carolina to upset New Orleans, Tennessee to upset Pittsburgh and Buffalo to upset Philadelphia. The only safe pick is the Giants over the Seahawks, but every other game should offer interesting match-ups.