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The ‘A Gap’ week 5 NFL editorial by Josh Slocum

The ‘A Gap’

week 5 NFL editorial by Josh Slocum

Last week I wanted to see how the Falcons went against the Broncos defense and what Tom was like in his return. Both the Falcons and Mr Brady delivered in spades.

Who would have thought:

The Bengals would be pantsed vs the Cowboys. That’s their worst start since 2010.

The Texans would be crushed vs the Vikings. I thought it would at least be close. They’ve been outscored 58-13 on road so far this year.

That the Vikings minus players in Bridgewater and Peterson would be the NFL’s only undefeated team after 5 weeks.

It was great to see:

The Falcons D come to the party at mile high with 6 sacks. Vic Beasley with 3.5 sacks led the way for the beleaguered 1st rd pick who only had 5 in his 20 career games. I wrote last week the D needs to improve or else they won’t go far in January. This could change things.

‘Zeke’ Elliot with his 3rd straight game with 130 + rushing yards. He leads the NFL.

Big Ben continue terrific his form. 9 TDs to 0 INTs last 2 games.

Adam Thielen, the undrafted rookie, keep it going this time for 7 rec 127 yards and a TD. He’s why Johnson and 1st rd pick Treadwell aren’t getting reps for the Vikings.

Buffalo first 3 game win streak since 2011. They’re averaging178 rushing yards in last 3 games and this week play the 49ers, the worst defense vs the rush.

Crowder’s 75 yard TD on a punt return. Fast becoming most exciting player to watch.

Jakeem Grant of the Dolphins also took one back for 75 yards and is just as fast!

Vinateri keep on his great form with 5 FG’s to make it 34 straight.

Darius Slay put the hit on Matthews that caused the fumble then on the next defensive play went up high for a great INT to end the game for the Lions.

Jack Del Rio continue his aggressive play, this timecalling for it on 4th and 2 which resulted in a Crabtree TD.

Wasn’t good that:

Like last week, and the week before that and the week before that, the Chargers had yet another terrible loss. This time Melvin Gordon fumbled when leading in the 3rd quarter and then after driving to set up the game tying field goal, rookie punter Drew Kaser fumbled the snap. This was little after butchering a punt for only 12 yards.

Trailing 13-10 Ravens linebacker tried to turn a great play into an even better one. After making a nice INT of Cousins he dove into the endzone arms outstretched. Only problem was that with bodies around him it was a risky play. He fumbled the ball out the back of the endzone and instead of the ball at the 1 it was Washington ball at the 20.

Browns suffered another loss. The 3rd time since 1999 they are 0-5.

Bears put up over 500 yards but lose. start 1-4, worst since 2004. A fumble on the Bears last drive by Meredith was the game killer. He had a terrific game otherwise with 9 receptions for 130 yards and a TD.
The crowds in San Fran are deserting the team so early. Last week half the stadium was Cowboys fans, and this week it was just half empty on TNF. Niners fans should be better than that.

The Dolphins fans needed to give Tannehill a break today. He was sacked 6 times but the o-linen was missing 2 starters and Tannehill didn’t deserve to be booed… today at least.

The Panthers need Cam Newton because Derek Anderson cannot be trusted.  With the score tied at 14, 2 minutes to go and the ball at the 1 yard line, on 1st and goal off play action Anderson forced a pass that could be the worst of the year.  It was duly picked off and the Bucs went down the field for the game winning FG.  Some might question the play call however Anderson has to know to throw it away if in any doubt.

What on earth:

Was with all the fakes this week? Two fake field goals and a fake punt all failed.

How much is:

Martellus Bennett loving Tom Brady? He caught 3 TDs vs the Browns.

Looking forward to watching:

The Falcons go up against another great D away from home, this time at the Seahawks.

How Zeke and the Dallas o-line goes against the number 1 ranked Packers D against the rush.

Seeing what character the Bengals are made of when they travel to Foxboro.

AFC West grudge match, Chief at Raiders.

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Born into the red and white of the South Melbourne Swans, I remember being amazed at age 7 to see a team with our colours that actually won something when the 1984 49ers won the Superbowl. I've been following the red, white and gold ever since. Of recent times my frustrations at not winning a Superbowl since 1994 can be heard occasionally on the aussieguysnfl podcast.

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