NFL fantasy musings for Week 5
Three quarters of the year has passed, and 2008 has taken on the look of an alternate dimension. Somewhere
If you've ever closed your eyes, clicked your heels and prayed with all your heart for something to happen, this would be at the top of my list to finish a glorious year.
Maybe "step down" the wrong term. His reign of terror in Oakland has everyone wearing black. His saber-rattling rambles carry the bouquet of
Davis needs to be deposed. He is a despot, a dictator, a deranged madman holding onto the thinnest thread of reality. Never was that more apparent than his most recent press conference. I was waiting for him to break out into an imitation of
The end of his days are being disfigured by a growing cacophony shrieking indignation, shuffling blame to all but the true source. His latest act (holding a 45-minute news conference to tear down his now-ex coach
We need a coup de grace ... a final, defining moment for this most spectacular of years. And I am doing my part in this charade. I'm offering Mr. Davis a seat at the head of the table ... my favorite seat, in fact. Kiffin sat there last week. As did
Let me get that chair for you Al. It's a nice, comfortable seat isn't it? Not too rough on the hemorrhoids, is it? Good.
OK, I feel dirty after that tirade, almost like
• And what a great segue, don't you think? Chicago welcomed the Eagles into their home by the lake, and sent them back to the City of Brotherly Love with a nice pat on the butt and a "thanks for stopping by." The Eagles just aren't the same without the little engine that could,
• After their shellacking by the Dolphins' single wing sneak attack, how will the Patriots respond this week?
I'm not so sure that 49ers fans are feeling so good, knowing that
• What can we expect from
Mr. Gruden, I'd like you to meet Earnest Graham. Yes, he's a squat fellow, and doesn't have breakaway speed according to dozens of scouts armed with the latest in stopwatch technology, but I promise you when you give him a steady diet of the rock, he pounds it. Graham has had broken loose with runs of over 45 yards in three of the season's four games. He could do it more than once this weekend, if given the opportunity.
• How bad is
I don't know what a fractured sinus membrane is, but it has to hurt, especially if you spent a high draft pick on Boldin this year. With his status in doubt for at least the next week and possibly longer, I'm looking at
• Who will tote the rock in the Steel City?
Monday night's epic battle between Baltimore and Pittsburgh took a heavy toll on the Steelers. Not only did they lose
• How long will it take for a QB controversy to start brewing in Titan-town?
Tennessee is 4-0 for the first time in its history, led by a signature
• Will Green Bay bounce back this week?
The Packers visited Tampa Bay this past Sunday with high expectations. They limped home beaten and battered, with serious questions about
• How long before
Prior to last week I'd have said next week. With The Player Formerly Known as
• Are the Rams ready to follow Kansas City's example and rise from the ranks of the beaten?
Not just yet, since the Rams have a bye this week. That's good news for new coach
• How will
Branch hasn't played in so long that I don't remember much about him. I know Tom Brady was pretty upset when New England let him go. Engram has been one of the most consistent players in PPR leagues when healthy, and Hasselbeck favors him in clutch situations. The Giants secondary is nothing to write home about, so if you are in need of a QB, you might find Hasselbeck lingering on the waiver wire.
• Each week I try to pick an upset that goes against the grain of conventional thinking. A couple of weeks ago the Raiders let me down with a last minute meltdown against Buffalo, but prior to that I've been pretty lucky. This week I am concerned about Green Bay. I know the Packers are at home and their record at Lambeau is almost legendary. I also know that Atlanta isn't scaring too many people. But if Aaron Rodgers plays with a bum shoulder or, worse, doesn't play at all, the Falcons could fly out of Wisconsin on the wings of an improbable victory.