Here are some random thoughts about Week 5 in the NFL..

  • The Tampa Bay Buccaneers–The franchise where placekickers go to die.
  • Not sure if it’s peculiar or disturbing that ever since the NFL has done everything to emphasize player safety, the number of injuries have increased dramatically.
  • There’s no question the Buffalo Bills have a playoff caliber type defense but there comes a point when their offense has to step up and match their defense’s effort if they want to have any hopes of making the playoffs.
  • The only way to stop Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers from winning the game with a late fourth quarter drive, is to leave him with no time on the clock.  Literally, none.  On Sunday, down three with a minute to go at Dallas, the only question was whether the Packers would tie or win the game in regulation.
  • With the first pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, the New York Giants select…
  • Vice-President Mike Pence did the right thing.  Who the hell wants to stay and watch the Colts play the 49ers?
  • Not to dismiss any other player who gets injured, but it is simply not fair that J.J. Watt will miss the rest of the season because of a left leg fracture.
  • Watching Kevin Hogan replace Deshone Kizer as Cleveland’s starting quarterback must make Brown fans sick to their stomachs knowing their franchise passed on the opportunity in the last two years to draft Carson Wentz, Dak Prescott and Deshaun Watson.
  • Here’s a helpful hint to anyone aspiring to become an NFL assistant coach.  If you have to snort cocaine during a break at the office, don’t make a video recording of yourself doing it so you can later critique your style and technique.  And for the love of Mike, don’t embed it in a tweet and send it to your girlfriend.
  • It’s time for the Arizona Cardinals to face reality and realize the clock has struck midnight on the career of quarterback Carson Palmer.
  • Cincinnati fans need to accept the prospect that tight end Tyler Eifert will never play another down in a Bengals uniform.  They can, however, take solace in the fact that Tyler Kroft is more than just an adequate replacement and will continue to provide production form the tight end position.
  • During the off-season, Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger seriously considered retirement.  After Sunday’s 30-9 loss to Jacksonville at home, he told the media, “Maybe I don’t have it anymore.”  Given those kinds of feelings and comments, combined with his sub-par play so far this season and you have to wonder if Big Ben  really wants to play football anymore.  At the very least, Roethlisberger is sending a clear signal to the Steelers and his teammates, whether he wants to admit it or not, that he isn’t 100% mentally committed.  More to the point, his play so far in 2017 shows it.

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