Overreaction Thursday Week 5

What a better way to start of a Sunday morning than with football from London? While you ponder that, Lets talk about an interesting week 5 that saw eight contests be decided by one score. Surprise surprise! Well, for everyone outside of the New Jersey meadowlands area. The New York Jets and the New York Giants each have winning records in their first five games of the year. Geno Smith leads the league in passing rating and the Seahawks will have a chance to win with him at quarterback. There’s an old cliche that goes defense wins championships, well that can be the case for a couple teams as two teams dominate on that side on the ball. Week 5 also featured MVP performances from the top MVP candidates. Time for the overreactions.

Seahawks, Saints find their offensive identity in barn burner. Geno Smith should get some Comeback Player Of The Year nods if he can continue this strong play. His arch on the deep ball is something to admire, he can keep this team in any game with his arm talent. Tyler Lockett and D.K. Metcalf are legit, the problem is they can’t outscore their opponents. Since Jamal Adams’ injury this secondary has been suspicious, the front 7 gets bullied every week. The Seahawks need a defensive makeover, asap. The Saints got Taysom Hill involved in the game plan and he delivered. A hat trick of touchdown runs including the go-ahead score in the 4th along with a TD pass gives Hill a total of four for the game. The former QB now TE used his ability to find the end zone to come up in the clutch. This game wasn’t all about Taysom Hill though, Alvin Kamara had 194 scrimmage yards on a day that looked like he was the only player on moving at game speed. The Saints have the formula even when Jameis returns, it starts with Kamara. He needs to control the tempo of the game, from there his presence can open up play action. Look for both of these teams to be in the hunt for wild card berths late December.

They’re balling in New York, New York ! I hope you read that in a Ja Rule voice, that was my intention. All jokes aside The New York Jets are 3-2 after winning their last two games. The New York Giants are 4-1 after winning their last two games. Brian Daboll is the Coach Of The Year. The Giants won four games all of last year and with a 14 point comeback on Sunday, they improved to 4-1. Incredible, the have a tall task again this week against Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens but there’s no doubt the Giants will be ready to play. Zach Wilson and Breece Hall lead an exciting Jets team that is young and hungry. The defense is opportunistic, Sauce Gardner is the real deal, these Jets are the real deal. The Jets have a date with the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, big test ahead for both teams.

Defense reigns supreme for 49ers, Cowboys. The former took a major hit to their defense when Nick Bosa left the game with a groin injury. Even with the Bosa injury the 49ers had another pick-six and dominate the Carolina Panthers thanks to the leadership of Fred Warner. This team has speed at every level of this defense, haven’t allowed more than 19 points in a game this season. Dallas’ defense is electrifying, Micah Parsons is scary, and Trevon Diggs is playing better this season without the record-breaking interception pace. Every player on Dan Quinn’s defense knows their assignment as they too haven’t allowed a team to score more than 19 points all season. The talk of the week will be the Sunday night showdown against the Philadelphia Eagles. This will tell us exactly who runs the NFC.

MVP Candidates lead their teams to victories. At this point it’s not an overreaction anymore, Lamar Jackson, Josh Allen and Jalen Hurts are early front runners for the award. Hurts and Jackson didn’t have the greatest statistical days but they each lead their team to victory in a two-minute drive. Josh Allen had a career day at halftime with 340 yards and four touchdown passes before finishing with 424 yards. Josh Allen showed how dominant of an offense they can be. It’s scary, rest of the league should take notes. Saquon Barkley, Patrick Mahomes and Micah Parsons all have worthy resumes to get some votes and all had stellar performances this week, but right now it’s a three man race. If all of these guys can finish strong, this will be the toughest MVP award to vote on maybe ever. Glad I won’t be voting.

Minnesota is the new king of the Nortb. The Minnesota Vikings are 4-1, they best five game start in the Kirk Cousins era. Justin Jefferson is on a tear since getting shutdown by Darius Slay, Dalvin Cook is running the ball angrily and the offensive line is decent enough to allow Cousins to find his playmakers. The Vikings have a lot of them. Their best playmaker, Justin Jefferson had 7 receptions for 91 yards in the first quarter. Their defense is formidable enough to make the right play at the right moment. I have confidence if Cousins and the offense can give the defense a lead they won’t blow it when it counts. The NFC could easily have to go through Philly or Dallas, but Minnesota needs not to be overlooked.

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