Favre's Big Apple homecoming, the Colts' urgency, more storylines
You want to say Vikings-Jets is one of those games in which
Among the NFL's Top 10 storylines: The Colts figure to offer the undefeated Chiefs their toughest test yet. The NFC West flails away in hopes of someday accomplishing mediocrity.
But no doubt, the most twists and turns to a Week 5 story, to say nothing of creative heckling at Favre from the grandstands, will be at the new Meadowlands Stadium.
Vikings-Jets on Monday night offers:
• There's no way to put this delicately. There also is no way to ignore it, considering the NFL has acknowledged it is investigating reports that while an employee of the Jets in 2008, Favre sent inappropriate messages and pictures to then-Jets sideline reporter Jenn Sterger.
What exactly were included in those messages? And specifically in the pictures, allegedly? Let's just say that Favre's guard may not have been the only thing that he let down.
Nevertheless, Moss has been a beast when he's wanted to play and is the perfect answer to Favre's problems trying to stretch the field and find a go-to receiver.
• Will there be mixed emotions on both sides of the field regarding Favre? Probably not. But if it were not for Favre's monumental collapse as a Jet, he probably would not have felt so compelled to try again with the Vikings. And neither would the Jets have cleaned house and brought in the popular
• The best quarterback on the field will be Sanchez. A few weeks ago, in this space, we wondered aloud if the Jets ever would take the shackles off Sanchez and let him sling the ball around the yard a bit. They have. And he has. Sanchez is proving to be the real deal in every way, completing 58 percent of his passes, throwing at least a pair of touchdowns in each of his last three games and posting a quarterback rating of 105.3.
Elsewhere in Week 5, the storylines remain equally as intriguing:
But this very much also is a game that could strip the Colts of their air of supremacy in the conference. The Colts are 2-2, having lost a pair of division road games. They also are hurting in key spots on both sides of the ball, have struggled more than ever rushing the passer and have been gashed by quality running backs all year. The Chiefs have the third-best rushing attack in the league. The Colts are among the league's worst defending the rush and have struggled getting off the field on third-down.
If all three NFC West teams lose, that would mean that five weeks into the season, three of the four teams in the division would have losing records and the fourth would be 2-2. That's not parity. That's just bad.