Oct. 12, 2016
"The Stack" 10-9-16
The Stack is back on this Monday ready to recap another big week in the NFL. There is only one undefeated team remaining and at the beginning of the season no one would have ever predicted this team would be the last undefeated team standing. Their identity is coming up though 99 percent of readers of this blog should know who that team is. Let’s get right to the reaction and recap for week 5 in the NFL in “the stack” for today, Monday, October 10th:
Washington 16 Baltimore 10
The Ravens struck quickly, but Washington responded with a punt return for a touchdown and then stopped the Ravens offense the rest of the way from there. The Ravens offense hasn’t been very good this year and it caught up with them this game. Washington has now won three in a row.
New England 33 Cleveland 13
Welcome back Tom Brady! It’s like you never left. Over 400 yards and three touchdowns all to Martellus Bennett as the Patriots steamrolled the Browns. This result comes as no shock. Brady will say he was a little rusty, but he didn’t show it very much. Brady is back and he is ticked.
Detroit 24 Philadelphia 23
Matthew Stafford and the Lions looked good early on with three first half touchdowns, but they bogged down in the second half in part thanks to the Eagles defense. Eagles eventually took the lead, but committed two turnovers on their final two possessions including Carson Wentz’s first interception of his career as the Lions came back to beat the Eagles and stop the bleeding that a three game loss will provide. Eagles no longer remain unbeaten.
Indianapolis 29 Chicago 23
What a day for Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri. Another perfect five-for-five including two field goals from over 50 yards out. He was a big reason why the Colts took down the Bears despite almost 400 yards through the air for Brian Hoyer. Him and T.Y. Hilton who had a monster game with ten receptions for 171 yards and a touchdown. A loss would have sent the Colts season spiraling out of control, but in the average AFC South, they still are just fine.
Tennessee 30 Miami 17
The Miami Dolphins are in complete disarray. What a disgraceful performance they put forth against the Titans on Sunday. That shouldn’t take away from what the Titans did on offense. Marcus Mariota was efficient and DeMarco Murray had a solid day on the ground, but this feels more about Miami’s inadequacies than it does the Titans being the truly better team.
Minnesota 31 Houston 13
That lone undefeated team in the NFL that no one thought would be possible would be the Minnesota Vikings who started fast against the Houston Texans who clearly didn’t look like they showed up for this one. Sam Bradford and Adam Thielen was the big connection throughout the game and the Vikings defense once again wreaked havoc on Brock Osweiler and the Texans offense. This Vikings team is for real and they are dangerous.
Pittsburgh 31 New York Jets 13
The Jets freefall continues. Their secondary had no answer for Ben Roethliberger and the Steelers offense on Sunday. Big Ben had over 300 yards passing and four touchdowns as the Steelers rolled to the victory. Their offense is so dynamic. The Jets need to figure things out in a hurry or their season will be over.
Atlanta 23 Denver 16
Atlanta’s offense is for real. Going into Denver against that defense, the Falcons took care of business. Tevin Coleman was sensational catching passes out of the backfield and Vic Beasley dominated the Broncos’ offensive line sacking rookie quarterback Paxton Lynch 3.5 times. We’ve seen fast starts from the Falcons before (see last year), but this feels different. This seems sustainable. We’ll see if it happens.
Dallas 28 Cincinnati 14
So this rookie combo of Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott is really good. Prescott once again was error free as the Cowboys pummeled the Bengals. The Bengals were terrible all across the board and their two fourth quarter touchdowns to make the score more respectable mask how bad they were. The Cowboys are 4-1. Who would have thought?
Buffalo 30 Los Angeles 19
Rex Ryan has the Bills defense playing really well right now. Tyrod Taylor isn’t lighting the world on fire with his passing, but he doesn’t need to when LeSean McCoy is running as well as he did Sunday afternoon. The Rams had been playing good football, but the Bills turned things on them in this one.
Oakland 34 San Diego 31
Has any team lost in more heartbreaking fashion this season than the Chargers? They were at it again Sunday this time mishandling the snap on a potential game-tying field goal. Phillip Rivers had a big game with four touchdown passes, but counterpart Derek Carr was good in his own right. The Raiders are 4-1 while the Chargers are 1-4. It’s all about how you finish and right now the Raiders know how to finish games.
Green Bay 23 New York Giants 16
Aaron Rodgers wasn’t spectacular in this one, but whenever the Giants had an opportunity to take advantage of a mistake they failed to do so. Whether that was because of missed throws by Eli Manning or not being able to secure fumbles on defense, the Giants once again let things slip away from them when they very well could have stolen one from the Packers. They have a lot of work to do to catch the Cowboys in the NFC East.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Carolina Panthers 8:30 PM ET ESPN MNF
No Cam Newton for the Panthers tonight and that will hurt their offense, but Derek Anderson is more than capable of leading the way. What they need is their defense to start stepping up and playing like they did last year. Jameis Winston has thrown some interceptions lately and I think the Panthers take advantage and do enough damage to get by the Bucs.
Prediction: Panthers 20 Buccaneers 16
Coming up Tuesday: MNF reaction plus baseball playoffs and more