Former Colts General Manager Bill Polian says you don’t know anything about your team until after six games. Well, this was week six in the NFL. And here’s what we know so far:
I’m so glad my Indianapolis Colts could give the New York Jets their confidence back. *Sarcasm.* The twelfth man is alive and well in the NFL, as our young Andrew Luck is finding out. And Jets Quarterback Mark Sanchez is too. Glad the pressure is off of him…at least for a week.
You know who’s not under less pressure? Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys. Add Head Coach Jason Garrett to that list. As someone on Twitter pointed out, his wife must set the alarm clock every night, because he is so bad at clock management. Remember, I told you Rob Ryan would be coaching this team in the future. Make that the near future. And Dez Bryant finally had his breakout game. All it took was me benching him (along with his 21.5 points) on my fantasy team. Cowboys fans, I’ll see what I can do for you next week!
Tom Brady is not looking like Tom Brady, at least he wasn’t on Sunday. You know who was? Russell Wilson. The rookie quarterback led the Seattle Seahawks to a big home win against the New England Patriots. Who says size matters?
The Arizona Cardinals are still playing musical quarterback, but not by choice. The team lost Kevin Kolb, who was beat out in the preseason by John Skelton, who was hurt in the season opener. Skelton returned when Kolb injured his ribs on Sunday (after being sacked six times). It’s amazing Kolb made it that long, seeing as he’s been sacked over 20 times in the last three games. The Cardinals may want to invest in an offensive line. Or a few more quarterbacks.
RG III led the Washington Redskins to a home win against the rising Minnesota Vikings. The most obvious rookie of the year candidate looked very much the part on Sunday, rushing for more than 130 yards and throwing two touchdown passes for the first time since Michael Vick did in 2002.
Speaking of Michael Vick, the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback carried the football around with him all of last week because of his fumbling trouble in week five. On Sunday, he threw two interceptions. Maybe they should have his eyes checked during the bye week. He could be color blind.
The Cleveland Browns got their first win of the season and Quarterback Brandon Weeden got his first NFL victory on his 29th birthday on Sunday. He is the oldest rookie to start in the NFL. He pulled off his first win at home against the Browns’ Ohio rivals, the Cincinnati Bengals. And he got his AARP card in the mail the next day. Just kidding. I think.
Baltimore Ravens fans are hoping their beloved linebacker, Ray Lewis won’t be joining AARP anytime soon. The team lost Lewis for the season on Sunday with a torn triceps. They also lost Cornerback Lardarius Webb to a torn ACL.
Sunday was a night of redemption for the Green Bay Packers and Aaron Rodgers. And thanks, Mr. Rodgers for those 39 fantasy points. It almost made up for leaving Dez on the bench. Rodgers’ message for those who questioned him and his team? “Shhhh.” *Whisper* Okay, but I do think Greg Jennings might be more effective if he got out of bed on game day. Just a suggestion. I do like pancakes though…
Thanks to the Packers, the Houston Texans are no longer undefeated. The Atlanta Falcons are our last chance to start talking about the 1972 Dolphins sometime around week 12. But don’t count on it.
Why am I still whispering?
And is it me, or has Peyton Manning played every Sunday or Monday night since preseason? Not that I’m complaining. Just saying. And if you went to bed early Monday night, you missed the biggest comeback of Peyton’s career. Down 0-24 at the half, the Broncos won the game 35-24. Yes, anything is possible when you have Peyton Manning. Anything.
So, here’s to week six…when we start to see who our teams really are. Here’s hoping, in the famous words of Dennis Green, that “they’re exactly who we thought they were.”
Or, in some cases…that they’re not.