Weekend Warriors is back! The theme for week 5 was comeback, specifically fourth quarter comebacks. Teams were showing some fight which is nice; however, we still had our share of pathetic performances of the week as well.
Best team of the week
One of the storylines that I find surprising is the NFC south right now. What used to be the inglorious NFC south, now has two undefeated teams, and one of those two teams had an impressive performance last week.
The Atlanta Falcons did not have a dominating performance versus the Redskins (makes me cringe writing Redskins). In fact, the Falcons were definitely playing down to their competition. The Falcons offensive line failed on pass protection (they’ll get a pass for it because they have been great all year), Matt Ryan had two interceptions and one crucial fumble lost, plus the Falcons passing game for much of the game had been stagnant.
Despite all of that, the Falcons stole a victory in overtime with a pick-6 to win 25-19. This was impressive because, in football, the best team find ways to win, even when they do not have their best stuff, and the Falcons did exactly that.
Worst Team of the Week
Honorable mention goes to Detroit but this week the Worst Team goes to the Seahawks. For those who did not watch the game, asking “why are they the worst team of the week?”, and other people saying “they only lost by 3.”, let me tell you why.
Blowing a 17 point fourth quarter lead is why.
The Seahawks are still a good team and I think that’s very evident but they have a tendency to shoot themselves in the foot, especially this season. Usually a 17-point fourth quarter lead for the Seahawks is automatic, but the clock management was terrible and there was a shocking defensive meltdown in the fourth quarter.
Best player of the week
It's no secret there is a quarterback controversy in Cleveland with the Browns and it was one quarter away from reaching a fever pitch on Sunday. It is no secret that Josh McCown’s numbers spearheading the Browns numbers have been pretty good. Actually they have been great, except one problem; He has been winless as the Browns starter.
On the other hand, while backup quarterback Johnny Manziel numbers are okay (just okay), him at quarterback got the Browns a win. That left a lot of football pundits scratching their head. Everyone was aware that McCown was playing well but Manziel got the win and many thought maybe Manziel should play.
I think the cries for Manziel to start week 6 was getting even get more intense when the Browns were down 21-9 with 1:15 to go in the third quarter against the Ravens, but cue the comeback with Josh McCown leading the way. To say he put the team on his back in the final frame is an understatement.
The Browns ended up winning 33-30 in overtime and McCown was unconscious. He ended up 36/51 with 457 passing yards and 2 passing touchdowns and 1 rushing touchdown, third most passing yards allowed in Ravens' franchise history, and most Browns history. For the time being he shut-up a lot of people, including myself, with that performance.
Worst player of the week
Matthew Stafford had a day he would like to forget. He finished 20/32 with 188 yards passing with 1 touchdown and 3 interceptions. I did not expect much out of Stafford because the Arizona secondary is…well the Arizona secondary, but that is embarrassing. For a guy to make the salary he does -- to suck so much that he is benched by the 3rd quarter -- is not a good look. It’s a shame that this week we have to focus on Matthew Stafford because the Lions have had to go through murders row this season, starting out out 0-5, but Matthew Stafford did not do them any favours on this one.
Game of the Week
I said earlier the theme of the week was fourth quarter comebacks and on Monday Night we were treated to one (well afternoon to night if you were on the West coast). It is no secret that Michael Vick was for a while was many children’s favourite quarterback, so to see him turn back the clock for one series and lead was Steelers down the field, brought me back.
The Steelers won 24-20 on a game winning fourth quarter drive led by Michael Vick which culminated in a Le’Veon Bell 1 yard touchdown run. For the record, I am aware of the reports of the 18 second clock error that may or may not have happened. Also, I know Le’Veon Bell was sensational so it was not all Michael Vick this game. That is why this is the game of the week and the Steelers are not the team of the week.
The drama was fantastic and Michael Vick leading a comeback was nostalgic for me because he has been responsible for so many comebacks in the past.
Surprise of the week:
This whole week I have been hearing that Charles Woodson has never picked off Peyton Manning and I was surprised. True story, I saw that on my T.V. and I said “Really?” (to which I remembered how lonely I was because I was home alone #sadlife). The point is, Charles Woodson is probably going to Canton with a Yellow Jacket to take home at some point in his life, and yet before Sunday he never picked off Peyton Manning. I think that is a testament to how accurate Peyton Manning has been for so long in his career. Also I think that is a sign Manning is reaching the end because Woodson ended up picking him off twice on Sunday. Denver won again but still Manning did not look good.
Game to watch next week
The eams "Deflategate" all started with, will meet up on Sunday night; Patriots vs Colts 8:30pm eastern time, get the pumps ready. In all seriousness, the Colts look to be getting a bit of confidence back and this game will be their first test since week 2. It will be interesting to see how the Colts handle it