The Sunday That Was: Notes and Thoughts on Week 5
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An interesting Sunday to say the least. Just when you think you have this league figured out, the curveballs come in fast and furious. After all, who didn't have SD RB Brandon Oliver as a top fantasy performer? Pittsburgh WR Antonio Brown and the Steelers putting up a complete fantasy dud against the Jags fell right in line with expectations. No matter what, the NFL takes us on a ride each Sunday. Even though we don't always arrive exactly where we want, we wouldn't even think of not climbing aboard next week. Let's go through some things that stood out, starting with something that made us realize that the more things change, the more they stay the same:
- The obituary was released too soon. Tom Brady and the Pats thoroughly handled the Bengals on SNF. Brady was a man possessed on the opening drive, showing more zip on his passes than he has all year. It wasn't just the Mr. Bundchen show however, as the Pats dominated the Bengals in all phases. Cincy again looked not ready for primetime, and will look to rebound next Sunday vs. Carolina. The Pats travel to Buffalo to meet the surprising Bills in a battle for control of the division.
- Thousands of aspiring NY Jets Head Coaches got their wish on Sunday, as Michael Vick came on in relief of Geno Smith. It made absolutely no difference as the Jets were absolutely dominated by the Chargers, 31-0. Gang Green is a mess, and the downward spiral will continue as Peyton Manning and the Broncos come to town. San Diego will look to continue its sizzling start in Oakland against the Raiders.
- Speaking of Peyton, he exposed the Arizona Cardinal and in the process surpassed 500 career passing TDs. The Broncs have so many weapons it is almost unfair. This week it was Demaryius Thomas with the video game numbers - 8/226/2. We'll see who the target of choice is next week as they light up the Jets, while the Cards welcome Washington to town.
- Virtually no lead was safe on Sunday, and we witnessed some stirring comebacks. The Panthers rallied back to stun the Bears, while the Browns came all the way back from 25 points down to take out the Titans. Surprisingly, the Saints needed OT to surpass the Bucs, a game widely expected to be nothing more than a homecoming type game for New Orleans. The Saints reminded us there are no sure things in the NFL, and even a supposedly superior team can be pushed to the limits by an inferior foe.
- Speaking of sure things, a lot of fantasy flavors of the week failed to meet expectations. Some were taken out by the unpredicatability of injuries, Rashad Jennings and Jimmy Graham come to mind. Others just didn't follow the script, as the Steelers surprisingly struggled to beat the Jags and put up some disappointing fantasy lines, and Reggie Bush did not receive the anticipated workload as the Lions lost to the Bills. One of the great things about DFS is that this all becomes a distant memory quickly, and you can hit the reset button each week.
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