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NFL Week 5 – Things That Caught My Eye

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.

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NFL Week 4 – Three Things That Caught My Eye

Each week Darren looks back at the weekend that was in the National Football League. These are the three things that most significantly stuck out during Week 4.

The Jets Downfall?

The Jets are a complete mess but I am going to sit here and tell you that Tim Tebow is not the answer at this point. Bringing in Tim Tebow at any point other than training camp does nothing but turn the entire offense into complete upheaval. Tebow and Sanchez are very different QB’s, so the adjustments that the Jets would have to make offensively aren’t something you would want to do mid season. Should Sanchez go down with an injury, then yes, you have to make those adjustments but for god sake you don’t do that voluntarily.

The problems that the New York Jets are facing at the moment don’t rest solely on Mark Sanchez. Yes, the offense looks like pure crap but their best player, Darrelle Revis, whom the entire defense is centered around, is missing and will be here on out. Is it a surprise that the first week he’s missing, the Jets get smacked around by the opposition? It didn’t help that the opposition yesterday looks to be one of the NFL’s elite this season but I believe even the lowly Cleveland Browns might give the Jets a tough time. Look at Pittsburgh in Week 2 versus a Revis-less Jets defense.

The truth is, this isn’t the same team that went to two straight AFC Championship Game and the media circus that is going to be asking “Is It Tebow Time Yet?” week after week is going to bury this team. My gut tells me (and I can’t back this up as to statistically why it should happen) that Rex Ryan will be looking for work come January.

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Monday Morning Hangover!

Every Monday of the NFL season we post a picture or video that sums up why we love NFL Sundays. It’s the Monday Morning Hangover! View last year’s hangovers here.

You know it’s going to be a bad season when you let these two fuck-ups beat you. That’s exactly how Minnesota should be feeling this morning.

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