A Clock Dodgers Weekly Feature Article
NFL Split 10
(Top 5 – Bottom 5)
Week 5 – 2016
Written By: Eddie Cepeda (@eddiecee23)
Minnesota Vikings 4-0We all have our vote for biggest surprise of the 2016 season so far. My vote is for the Purple People-Eaters of Minnesota. This defense continues to bombard their opponents with a great pass rush and a bothersome secondary. Monday night was an embarrassing performance for Ben McAdoo’s Giants. While Eli Manning stayed relatively clean in the pocket due to his willingness to throw the ball away and move on to the next play, this Vikings defense has shown it is unwilling to give many more chances. Quite possibly the most impressive statistic of the night was the Vikings Defense holding star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. to only 23 receiving yards. They moved to 4-0 to remain one of only three teams that are still undefeated through Week 4 of the NFL season.
Denver Broncos 4-0How does the cliché go? Good teams beat bad teams? Well Denver has established that it is indeed a good team, and although Tampa Bay has some promising talent, at this moment the Buccaneers are a bad team. While the weather in Tampa delayed the inevitable, the Broncos made it out with their undefeated season still intact. That is now three number one overall picks that Denver has sent home with a loss and under 200 total passing yards. Denver’s secondary has been historically stingy this first four games. The highest passing yardage total they have allowed is 206 yards to Andy Dalton. It’s hard to believe that the offense is better off without Peyton Manning under center. However, the combination of Siemian and Lynch is outdoing Manning and Osweiler in the touchdown to turnover ratio. The rest of the league better hope Denver doesn’t find a way to get the running and passing game going at the same time.
Pittsburgh Steelers 3-1Redemption! Sweet, sweet redemption. Poor Kansas City, on the road facing a hostile Steelers crowd did not end well for them. If you could believe, the end score still didn’t properly show how much of a beatdown this game was. With Le’Veon Bell back, the Steelers combined for 300 passing yards and 149 rushing yards. I’ll be honest with you guys, I finished watching this game out of obligation. I was tempted to start re-watching Narcos instead of suffering through another half Sunday Night Beatdown. The Steelers are back on track to being a top contender of 2016.
New England Patriots 3-1Let’s all make a lame freedom joke for Tom Brady! He’s back, and we better get ready. It’s hard to believe that a Bradyless Patriots team that went 3-1 would be anything less than dominant upon his return. I’d like to set the over under at four passing touchdowns for Tommy Terrific in his season debut. All bets can be submitted to my twitter handle. Facing a Browns team that is the only team without a win, it’s hard to imagine anything but dominance for Boston’s finest.
Philadelphia Eagles 3-0Just a hunch, but anybody else have a good feeling about the Eagles facing an underachieving Lions team next week? Seeing as they are coming off a bye week and have had two weeks to prepare, I know I do. Jim Schwartz has done a fantastic job with this defense. Three games have shown the Eagles tally up ten sacks and three interceptions. In short, a hard pass rush and solid secondary. Coach Pederson has done a great job of providing the best possible scenarios for rookie quarterback Carson Wentz to develop in. These Eagles are for real, and they are my newest addition to the Top 5.
New Orleans Saints 1-3B-b-but they won! First off, “won” is a very loose interpretation of the word when speaking of this game. It is more accurate to say that they lost less than their opponent did last week. In fact, let’s all email the NFL corporate headquarters to petition that they only count this as half a win for New Orleans. With the Chargers doing everything they could to lose that game, I could not justify lifting New Orleans completely out of my Bottom 5.
Chicago Bears 1-3In the, “do we really care outside of fantasy football?” game of the week, Chicago reigned supreme. Even so, I think I’d still rather have the Detroit Lions’ roster. The Bears eeked out a win against a surprisingly flat Lions offense. Holding quarterback Matthew Stafford to zero touchdowns and two interceptions. Another win may get the Bears out of the Bottom 5, but for now they are still hanging tough with the rest of the bottom dwellers.
San Diego Chargers 1-3It’s hard to determine what’s hindering the Chargers more this season. Is it relentless attack from the injury bug? Or the addiction to late game-changing turnovers? We have witnessed two straight weeks of the Chargers fumbling their almost sure victory away. Head coach Mike McCoy seems to have a increasingly warm seat nowadays. Will he make it to the bye week? Will the Chargers turn their season around? Find out next time! On Drago- oh whoops, got ahead of myself.
New York Jets 1-3Say it with me,”HE WENT TO HARVARD.” Don’t they teach you how to make sound business decisions at America’s most prestigious university? Heads up Ryan, nine interceptions in two weeks is baaaad for business. The Jets caved late to bring him back from free agency. Shouldn’t they have questioned why nobody snatched him while he was still on the market? The Amish Rifle seems to have run out of ammo for the time being.
Cleveland Browns 0-4I’ll be honest, I still have hope for Cleveland to make some sort of positive out of this season. With the news of Josh Gordon entering rehab breaking, the Browns went into Sunday with an unwanted eye on them. Terelle Pryor seems to have found his calling as a number one wide receiver for Cleveland. Hue Jackson is doing his best with what’s been given to him. The issue is, that doesn’t amount to very much. The Browns have made the bottom slot in this week’s Split 10.
Written By: Eddie Cepeda – Follow Eddie on Twitter: @eddiecee23
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