With Jordy Nelson out for the season, the Packers picked up veteran receiver James Jones to help out in the passing game. Most people didn’t think much of this acquisition, which surprised me. J0nes has always been a solid player, even when he played with the Raiders last season. After five games, Jones has racked up 394 yards and five touchdowns, which is phenomenal. He has caught a touchdown pass in every game except one this season. His 65 yard touchdown reception against the Rams was a thing of beauty. Jones has proven that he still has plenty left in the tank.
Cincinnati stunned Seattle by overcoming a 17 point deficit, and beating them in overtime. They are now a pefect 5-0 on the season. Andy Dalton played phenomenally. He threw for 331 yards and also added two touchdowns through the air, and one rushing touchdown. I’m still holding out until the playoffs, but the Bengals look great so far. If they can continue to perform at this level all season, then Andy Dalton might be able to get his first playoff win.
Eli Manning was able to lead a comeback against the inconsistent 49ers on Sunday night. That win puts them in first place in the NFC East. The win itself wasn’t super impressive, but it was still an important win. Manning torched San Francisco’s defense for 441 yards and three touchdowns. The NFC East is especially weak right now, so the Giants will look to win as many games as they can before Tony Romo and Dez Bryant return from injury.
The Seattle Seahawks
After making the “Winners” column last week, they are losers this week. That vaunted Seattle defense seems to be a lot softer this season, especially their secondary. Pete Carroll needs to get his team on track, or they won’t even make the playoffs. The Cardinals are in control of the NFC West, and the Seahawks will not be able to beat them if they continue to play the way they have all season. The only bright spot for Seattle was their run game. Thomas Rawls had 169 yards and touchdown, proving that they can run the ball without Marshawn Lynch. They play a tough Panthers team next, in what is a must-win game.
The Baltimore Ravens
Yikes. When Josh McCown throws for 457 yards on you, then you’re most likely going to end up in the “Loser” column. The Ravens can’t seem to finish games, which is why they have a 1-4 record. The offseason departures really hurt them, and it is showing on both sides of the ball. Losing a divisional game to the Browns is just awful. The only thing keeping the hopes of Ravens’ fans alive is the weak division that they are in.
It is getting hard to even watch this man play. Manning has thrown at least one interception in every game this season. So far, he has thrown six touchdowns and seven interceptions. This is not the Peyton Manning we are used to seeing. The rest of the Broncos have been carrying Manning these past two weeks, and the weather hasn’t even turned yet. At this rate, it will be a long season and short post-season for Peyton.
Yes, I usually do three winners and three losers, but Stafford was so horrible that I had to fit him in here. He threw three interception and one touchdown before being replaced by Dan Orlovsky. Whenever Dan Orlovsky is replacing you, you know you’re in trouble. The Lions have been awful, and still remain winless. Is another 0-16 season in sight??? I think it is more likely than the Lions finishing with a winning record.
Journeyman Of The Week:
I loved what Josh McCown did in Chicago. He couldn’t replicate that performance in Tampa Bay, but it looks like he might have a chance in Cleveland. He has a 102.8 QB rating this season, but is 1-3 in games he has started. However, you can’t pin those losses on him. He’s thrown six touchdowns to one interception and has gone over 300 yards through the air in all but one game. Against the Ravens, he threw for a franchise high 457 yards, and led the Browns to a victory in overtime. The 13 season veteran looks like he could have his most productive season yet.