Sunday, October 9, 2011

Week 5!

Alright ladies and gents, here are the things to know for today's games.

Some general news:
Al Davis RIP
**Oakland Raiders owner, Al Davis, has passed away at the age of 82. This is a big deal because he owned the Raiders for almost 50 years! He was one of the NFL's greatest innovators. If you're interested on reading more about him, click here. 
This morning, the Raiders will battle the Texans and I'm guessing that they'll want a victory for Al. The players will be wearing stickers on their helmets to honor him and Al's son will be at the game in Houston.

**This week is the beginning of "bye" weeks, meaning that once per season each team gets a week off. Most teams would like their bye week towards the end of the season so that they can rest their players.

**Only two teams remain undefeated going into week 5. They are the Green Bay Packers (defending Superbowl champs), and the Detroit Lions

Morning games:
New Orleans Saints at Carolina Panthers (1pm ET, FOX)
(Just an FYI, when people say the Saints "at" the Panthers, it just means that the game will be played at the second team's (Panthers) stadium. That way you can tell whose home game it is. Another annoying thing is that commentators and websites only list the cities, not the team name when they talk about the matchups. I asked Mike about that because it annoys me and he said, "well, obviously you should just KNOW what team goes with which city. Duh." Well, yes dear, I SHOULD know, but it takes me a couple seconds. Deal. Therefore I will always write out the city AND the team name for you guys. You're welcome. :)
Brees
Newton
This will be a matchup of Drew "bad hair" Brees and rookie superstar Cam Newton. (Did you catch Brees and his bad hair on this week's episode of The Biggest Loser? Why, oh why does no one tell him to brush his hair??) This will be a high-scoring game with lots of passing (meaning throwing). When this happens, you'll usually see some of those amazing plays where receivers catch the ball wayyyyyy downfield and do crazy flips and stuff. This is my highly scientific observation.

Oakland Raiders at Houston Texans (1pm ET, CBS)
These teams both have exciting offenses. As previously mentioned, the Raiders will want to win this one for Mr. Davis and should be pretty fired up. Houston is playing without Andre Johnson (injury) who is one of the top three receivers in the league. Also, both teams have exceptionally good running backs, Texans' Arian Foster and Raiders' Darren McFadden.

Philadelphia Eagles at Buffalo Bills (1pm ET, FOX)
This should be a good game...Michael Vick is fun to watch and the Bills are doing great this season.

Afternoon games:
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at San Francisco 49ers (4:05pm ET, FOX)
Both teams are 3-1 and are both possible playoff contenders with young head coaches.

New York Jets at New England Patriots (4:15pm ET, CBS)
You know what's coming, don't ya? HOT QB TIME!!! Wooooo! I'll be watching this game and drooling alternatively between Mark Sanchez and Tom Brady. These teams pretty much hate each other and always play hard.

Night game:
Green Bay Packers at Atlanta Falcons (8:20pm ET, NBC)
These are both great teams. The Packers (Superbowl champs) dominated the Falcons in the playoffs last year, 48-21, so this is kinda like a rematch.

Monday night game:
Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions (Monday, Oct 10th 8:30pm ET, ESPN)
Detroit is undefeated and has a great offense. Should be a fun game to watch.

Alright kids, I'm feeling up for going back to posting a couple of times a week. Stay tuned next week! Until next time...enjoy this amazing fall weather and football!!

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