Just look at the scoreboard. The Saints scored 14, 25, 24, 16 and 20 points in their first five games. Contrast that to last year, when they put up at least 30 points nine times. Either New Orleans is still suffering from a Super Bowl hangover and guys aren't playing with the same intensity as a year ago, or they really miss injured
It's nothing new with teams trying to repeat. In 2006, the Steelers opened 1-3, though they didn't have
The Saints' playoff hopes will be dented if they lose this week at Tampa Bay. You never say a game is a must-win this early, but the Bucs and Falcons look like real playoff contenders so far. The Saints need to keep pace.
Week 6 is almost as important for the young Bucs. It's a barometer game, since none of their wins thus far were statement victories. Beating the defending champs, that's saying something.
What about running back?
The real game-changers so far have been on defense.
Two other quarterback situations need to be watched in the Bay Area. Fans called for
The Raiders should stick with
I don't see anybody comparable in the NFC. The Giants look a whole lot better after wins against the Bears and Texans, but I still don't think they're all the way back yet. The two 4-1 NFC teams, the Bears and Falcons, are unimpressive.
-- I have to commend Eagles running back
-- Economics could help Mike Singletary keep his job, but it won't save
-- A big trend this season has been the re-emergence of veterans in new settings. We've already seen