Two teams are showing their weakness but one continues to find ways to win
- It was only a matter of time before the Falcons luck ran out. After having fourth quarter magic in a majority of their wins, it was one of the teams who knows them best to finally put a tally in the loss column for the Falcons. Although the interesting thing about this game is it was not the Falcons who played bad. In fact it was more of the Saints playing better. Drew Brees played like his old self again while Matt Ryan played like he should have in the first month of the season. Had Ryan played like he did last Thursday the games may have not been so close. If anything, this was a wake up game for the Falcons to fix the holes going forward if they want a shot at upsetting one of the big five this season.
- It has become clear to anyone paying attention that Peyton Manning just doesn’t seem to have it anymore. Two years ago, I am sure a game against the Browns would be a complete blow out but this year we get an emergence of “Old Man Manning”. Something is just off with the first ballot hall of famer. The Broncos defense is almost single handedly carrying this team to an amazing undefeated streak that much like the Falcons, is now on borrowed time.
- The Carolina Panthers proved themselves in a big way by going into Seattle and stealing a win in the last 30 seconds of the game. This was by far the biggest test for the Panthers, they have yet to play a team with a winning record but winning in Seattle is reserved for only the best teams, and the Panthers are showing their name belongs on that list. Cam Newton does not have the flashiest numbers and will probably not make the list of MVP candidates but there is no denying his leadership. This is the type of game that separates the top teams from the teams just merely getting by, the Panthers are in position for a playoff run that the fan base has been longing for since 2003.
- There are two surprising teams emerging after a month of football: the Vikings and Jets. The Jets have only lost one game this season and the Vikings are playing much better than what most predicted they would. I have spoken many time about how much of a difference maker Adrian Peterson is and the record from this year compared to last shows. In a year when the top teams surprise nobody, the bottom half of the playoff contenders are refreshing and exciting to watch.
- I am shocked the Giants lost against the Eagles on Monday night and I shouldn’t be. Eli Manning has been hot and Cold all season so playing the way he did in Philadelphia should have been easy to predict. The Eagles on the other hand may be the benefactor of a notoriously weak division. Right now the Eagles are atop of the NFC East, but it is only week 6. I expect every team in the East to be on top at some point in time. As bad as the division is, it sure is going to be fun to watch.