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Pro Sports Wrap - by Sam Ruesler

Week 5 in the NFL

October 9th 2012 17:33

Baseball playoffs have started and there have been some great games, but it is still football season. Sunday is dominated on the gridiron so missing the Stl Cardinals blow game 1 was ok with me; I did get to see them destroy in game 2 though. So what were the great moments from Week 5 in the NFL? Well it started Thursday night.

1) Rams D Dominates Cardinals- While Houston and Atlanta continued on their winning ways to 5-0, Arizona added a 1 to their loss collumn. It was suppose to be a close game that the Cardinals win but Chris Long had other plans. The Rams defense has been great this year (along with the rest of the division) and sacking Kevin Kolb 9 times lead to an impressive victory. Saint Louis now has more wins this year than all of last year and have a winning record for the first time in 6 years. Playoff birth back in the Gateway City?

2) Luck Drives the Colts Over the Packers- Aaron Rodgers hasn't looked great all year really. Going in Green Bay was only 2-2 and only ahead of Detroit in the NFC North. Up 20-3 at half Colts fans might have wanted to turn to another game. Well Andrew Luck and Reggie Wayne came out and helped make an impressive comeback with play after play. They did it for their coach in the hospital, and who knows what else they can accomplish.

3) Patriots Run Again- The year was 1978, 10 years before I was born. That was the last time New England ran for 200 yards in consectutive games. Just like last week against Buffallo, Tom Brady turned around and handed it off to a multitude of running backs who sped through the Denver defense. If the Pats can continue to excel at running along with Tom Brady's arm it could be scary how good this offense can become.

4) Breese Passes Unitas in 1st Win- 48 straight games Drew Breese has now thrown a touchdown pass. This sets a mark that had been held for a long time by Johnny Unitas.What is more important is that the Saints pulled out their first W of the year. No one thought they would go 0-16 but we all questioned when that first victory would come. Now that it's over how will the rest of their season go?

5) Cheer for Injury- Matt Cassel has struggled mightily in KC. Obviously fans are passionate and want to watch good football. This doesn't mean you cheer for someone getting hurt. People that were at Arrowhead have been on both sides, saying they weren't cheering his injury but that they got to see Brady Quinn (not sure thats any better) whlie others say they heard many celebrating the injury. Even if it was only a few it was still too much.

Another Week to Remember

October 2nd 2012 20:41

With the real officials back everything was back to normal. Not every call was made but that was expected, and at least the ball was placed in the right spot every time and games didn't take forever. For the first time ever players embraced the officials while the fans cheered up until the first flag against the home team. A lot went on, including the Rams equalling their win total from last year and the Vikings staying on top in the NFC North at 3-1. Those were just a few of the stories from the NFL in week and here is what I took away from it.

1) 49ers still may be the best team in the league. They bounced back after a shocking loss to Minnesota. It was done in a big way; everyone knows the Jets offense is horrible but San Fran crushed them 34-0. It should have been worse but Alex Smith missed a few passes. Will we see more of Tebow soon? How bad will it really get for the Jets who lost Santonio Holmes to injury?

2) The 3 unbeatens move to 4-0 but in totally different ways. Houston faced a division rival in Tennessee but made it look way to easy once again. They alson knocked Jake Locker out of the game. Atlanta also had a division battle again Cam Newton and the Panthers. Once again Atlanta forced a fumble, by Newton, that forced a 4th down instead of a 1st to win the game. Then starting from their own 1 after a punt, Matty Ice threw a deep jump ball that White came down with leading to a game winning field goal. Then there are the Arizon Cardinals, probably the most surprising 4-0 team of the three. Going in it looked like an easy win against a Dolphins team with a rookie QB, but Kevin Kolb had to convert a 4th down touchdown to send it to extra time. Houston and Atlanta both have week divisions, but can Arizona keep it up in a much improved NFC West?

3) Detroit is bad and so are the Saints. The Lions finally made the playoffs last year and were an up and coming team, like the Texans. What in the world has happend to them this year? They probably should be 0-4 but they escaped in week 1 against Saint Louis. Matthew Stafford has not looked good at all and the "great" defense has been everything but that. Then there are the Saints. Even with all their trouble before the season 0-4 was not even considered. They finally lost to a team that had beaten someone else. Breese has not looked the same without Sean Peyton calling plays and that defense may be the worse in football. Good luck to both teams, you will need it.

4) The Patriots have a running game. They almost ran for 300 hundred yards against an improved Bills defense. Bolden had 137 on 16 carries with a touchdown, Ridley had 106 on 22 carries with 2 touchdowns, while Tom Brady also added a running score. Who would have thunk it? They are only 2-2 but if they can keep that up they are even better than we thought. Still no defense though.

5) Tony Romo makes things worse. I am not a Cowboys fan at all and they should not be considered "America's Team". Maybe back when they were good but not now, there are more people who dislike them than there are fans. Romo is a good QB but he always falls apart. Only down 3-0 close to half time miscommunication between him and Dez Bryant leads to a pick 6. What does Romo do? He leads a great drive to end the half only down 10-7. Just like the announcers I thought that he would bring that momentun into the 2nd half for a victory. Shocker, he did the complete opposite. 5 interceptions, another was taken to the house but that should have been called a fumble, before game was over and he was taken out. Everyone always wants to pick them for the Super Bowl and I cannot figure out why. This year people waited til after an impressive week 1 win over the Giants, but Dallas has not been good for a while. Not going to say good luck the them though, for one it wont help but also I don't want them to get lucky.

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