Thoughts on NFL Week 5 - A moment of silence for the passing of Al Davis. - quiet - quiet - quiet - With “Just Win, Baby” ringing in their ears, the Oakland Raiders did just that for their deceased owner. - Love him or hate him, you knew him. - Most recognizable owner this side of George Steinbrenner. - How fitting that the guys whom Al Davis personally had a hand in drafting came up big for him in Houston, particularly Sebastian Janikowski and Darrius Heyward-Bay. - Texan cornerback Jason Allen with an up close and personal view of Bay Watch. - Janikowski (three 50 yard-plus field goals) will be a huge weapon down the stretch and in the playoffs, if the Raiders make it. - No one will mistake Matt Schaub as Joe Montana on the run. - A little air under the pass and the Texans have a last-minute win. - Arian Foster’s back, but the Texans need someone more important than even Foster. - Get well soon cards have been express mailed to Andre Johnson. - The Texans aren’t the same without him. - Beautiful diving catch by Kevin Walters. - Losing Mario Edwards could be a big blow to Wade Phillips’ defense. - As bad as the Colts and Jaguars are looking, Houston could still win this division. - The Titans’ crushing defeat by the Steelers: an aberration or signs of things to come? - Those shoveling dirt on the Steelers last week, I think I see an arm and leg poking out of the grave and they belong to Ben Roethlisberger. - With a banged up defense and offensive line, Pittsburgh will go as far as Big Ben takes them. - Someone might want to remind him to study Dan Marino on those fake spikes. - Hines Ward still has a bounce in his step, as Titans DB Michael Griffin can attest. - Pittsburgh may have found itself a backup running back in Jonathan Dwyer. - Steeler DE Brett Keisell plays volleyball with Lamar Woodley. - Chris Johnson gets reacquainted with the end zone, just not enough. - Tennessee may not have enough weapons to take the division. - Jim Harbaugh has entered the Coach of the Year contest along with Chan Gailey. - Alex Smith played like a No. 1 overall draft pick. - He was played pitch and catch with his receivers all game long. - When as the last time you saw the Niners so comfortable with a lead they had time to give their rookie backup some reps? - I haven’t seen this much GORE of a hapless victim since a slasher film. - Tampa just didn’t come to play. - Carlos Rogers has some nifty moves in the open field, and on the dance floor. - Get well, Josh Morgan. - Vernon Davis decides to pay a visit to the 49ers offense and the end zone. - The 49ers should run away with the NFC West. - The Cardinals are too inconsistent, as is their quarterback. The Rams are looking at a top 3 pick and the Seahawks have to decide on a quarterback. - Finally, a lead Minnesota couldn’t squander. - Patrick Peterson simply got abused by the runner with his same last name. - See Minnesota. Good things happen when Adrian Peterson gets the ball, and often. - The Vikings have dug themselves too big a whole, though. - I like the double reverse by the Vikings. Executed nicely. - If they had a stat for passes bouncing off the turf, I’d better Donovan McNabb would be leading. - Early Christmas gift suggestions for Kevin Kolb: Pocket presence. - Larry Fitzpatrick is just a joy to watch catching the ball. - Bennie Wells in decapitation mode, good thing Cedric Griffin’s head wasn’t in his helmet. - The Eagles have officially given up on the season. - Turn off the stove and stick a fork in them. - This team doesn’t block or tackle very well. - Think Vince Young wants a do-over with the whole “Dream Team” comment? - Barring a miraculous turnaround, I think this may be Andy Reid’s last year in Philly. - The Bills’ George Wilson again articulated the blueprint to stop Michael Vick: Hands up when he passes, hem him in the pocket and hit him often. - Vick did take some shots that should have been penalties, though. - Under Siege II, starring Steven Segal and Vick. - Bills showed perfect balance on offense: 28 rushing attempts, 27 passing attempts. - Freddie Jackson’s play is keeping a first round pick on the bench. - Dolt of the Week: Eagles DE Juqua Parker. - You never, ever, ever jump off sides on 4th and 1, especially late in the game when you know the team isn’t going for the first down. - The Bills know how to take interceptions to the end zone. - Jason Avante, serving up balls like ice cream scoops. - Just when you thought the Giants were ready to take control of the NFC East. - Did they think they had a bye along with the Redskins and Cowboys? - Survivor contest participate nationwide curse themselves for picking New York. - Victor Cruz got his hands on 6 balls for 143 yards and 1 TD. But it’s that last catch that was really the difference maker. - Psst: Longer spikes. - What he doesn’t catch, Brandon Browner does and seals the deal for the Seahawks. - And just like that, Seattle is almost back to respectability. - It should have been a blowout. The Seahawks squandered at least two scores to put the game out of reach early. - Kenny Phillips can expect a fine for the helmet-to-helmet hit. - I think they had to scrape D.J. Ward off Anthony Hargrove’s jersey. - The Giants were ineffective in the running game, but that had as much to do with the Seahawks as it did New York not committing to the run. - Does Tavaris Jackson get his job back or is it the Charlie Whitehurst era in Seattle? - Jackson was doing pretty good until he got knocked out of the game. - Seahawks WR Doug Baldwin simply ballin. - The Pats not only don’t take the Antonio Cromartie bait, they ignore their tendency to pass and ram it right down the Jets’ throats. - You’ve been served, Jets, by the law firm of Ben Jarvis Green Ellis. - Is there a better QB-WR connection than Brady and Wes Welker? - Deep threat, slant, cross the middle, you name it, Wes runs it. - Jets have found themselves a return man in Joe McKnight. - Too bad he isn’t a running back as a consistent ground attack will keep the Jets out of the playoffs. - Bowe knows juggling touchdown catches. - Run the video tape backwards, I think you’ll hear Jim Irsay say “Tank the game, guys.” - Back to back franchise quarterbacks, here Indy comes. - Painter lucked onto his favorite target Pierre Garcon a few times. - The Colts were caught unprepared for life without Peyton. - The Chiefs large offensive wore down the Colts undersized defensive line. - Maurice Jones Drew, the only thing exciting about Jacksonville. - At least Blaine Gabbert can elude the rush, which he has had to do quite often. - Leon Hall must have been muttering, “Uh, safety help? Please” as Jason Hill just strolls into the end zone on a deep pass. - At least the Cowboys center isn’t the only one snapping balls when the quarterback isn’t ready. - Get used to hearing Andy Dalton to A.J. Green, TOUCHDOWN? - It helps to have long limbed receivers like Green and Gresham. - Carson who? - Cincinnati will pedal Palmer for a second round pick next year and continue rebuilding their young and promising squad. - You gotta try it but those last play laterals hardly ever work. - Good for a cheap Bengals touchdown at the end, though. - The Tebow era begins – AGAIN. - I’m a Tebow fan, but the love Tebow got from a stadium chanting his name is unreal. - He can’t possibly live up to the expectations, can he? - I kind of feel sorry for John Fox and the dilemma he has before him. - Poor Kyle Orton. Poor Brady Quinn. - Quinn must be saying, “But … but … I played under the shadow of Touchdown *****.” - Forget all the tangibles, the Broncos played better when Tebow got in the game. - Brandon Lloyd with the sick one-handed catch. - He needed to catch that two-point conversion, but that was good coverage by Antoine Cason. - Phillip Rivers throws a beautiful deep ball that seems to float right into the hands of his receivers. - Is there a reason the Falcons stopped running Michael Turner? - A back with thighs as big as Earl Campbell’s should never be a decoy in the second half. - I think Mike Smith might be too enamored with his receiving toys, especially his newest one, Julio Jones. - Jones is a beast in the making. - No deficit is big enough with Aaron Rodgers at quarterback. - He’s going to win league MVP. Book it. - Rodgers makes sure everyone gets in on the action, twelve receivers in fact. - And the Oscar goes to Falcons center Joe Hawley, drawing personal foul with his dramatic fall after a push from A.J. Hawk. - Runner up, Kyle Orton applauding touchdown by Tebow. - Packers defensive back Charlie Peprah’s bat the ball and catch is about as acrobatic an interception you’re going to see by a corner. - Jimmy Graham, another in the long list of pro-worthy Miami Hurricane tight ends. - Steve Smith is one small man you don’t want to mess with, as Malcolm Jenkins discovered. - He just rag-dolled the bigger Jenkins. And the refs let him. - Darren Sproles was a good pick up by Saints. - Cam didn’t start the game well with an interception, and that may have set the tone for the Panthers’ defeat. - Still the Rookie of the Year award is his to lose. - Ron Rivera probably wants that timeout back. - Does ESPN First Take have any other topics they can discuss other than Romo, Tebow and Vick? - Corners are getting a raw deal with these loosely interpreted pass interference calls. Top 5 1. Green Bay Packers – They look unbeatable. 2. New Orleans Saints – Again, their only loss is to the unbeaten Packers. 3. Detroit Lions – This could change based on tonight’s contest. 4. Buffalo Bills – By virtue of their defeat of the Patriots. 5. a.) New England – I still wonder when their defense will be their undoing. b.) San Francisco – Have given up the fewest points of teams having played five games and a late quarter collapse of being undefeated. That’s impressive. Bottom 5 28. Jacksonville Jaguars – Go west young men. 29. Philadelphia Eagles – This is based on expectations. 30. St. Louis Rams – The bye week didn’t help them. 31. Miami Dolphins – Ditto. 32. Indianapolis Colts – You know you suck when your fans want the franchise quarterback to sit the season. All comments, criticisms, corrections, clarifications and additions are welcomed.