Here are some quick thoughts on the action from week five of the NFL season.
The members of the crowd at Arrowhead Stadium who cheered when Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassell left the game with an injury deserved every bit of the tongue lashing they received from offensive tackle Eric Winston. For those who missed it, Winston laid into the Chiefs fans who cheered when their quarterback was knocked out of the game. He said "it's 100 percent sickening. If he's not the best quarterback, he's not the best quarterback, and that's OK. But he's a person. And he got knocked out in a game and we've got 70,000 people cheering that he got knocked out." Good for Winston. I couldn't agree more.
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees broke Johnny Unitas's NFL record for consecutive games with a passing touchdown when he connected with Robert Meachem in the Saints 31-24 victory over the San Diego Chargers. It was the 48th consecutive game in which Brees has thrown a touchdown pass. I know it was all the sweeter for Brees to break the record against his former team; a team that gave up on him after a shoulder injury. I am kind of amazed it took this long for the record to fall considering how pass happy the league now is.
It finally happened. Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III suffered his first NFL concussion. I thought it was only a matter of time considering the number of run plays being called mixed in with Griffin's desire to get the extra yard as opposed to sliding. The Redskins have to cut back on these designed run calls. Griffin has to learn to do the unnatural thing for an athlete with his talent and play it safe. Slide instead of trying to make people miss and gain extra yards. His future depends on it.
Has anyone looked better in the last two weeks than the San Francisco 49ers? In week four they hammered the New York Jets 34-0. To follow up, the 49ers crushed the Buffalo Bills 45-3. We can all do the math. The 49ers have outscored their last two opponents 79-3. You could also say they are outscoring the AFC East 79-3. The 49ers also set a franchise record with 621 total yards. They also became the first team to pass for more than 300 yards and rush for more than 300 yards in a game.
As for the Bills, it is getting downright embarrassing. Since taking a 21-7 lead on the New England Patriots in week four, they have been outscored 90-10. They also became the first team since the 1950 New York Yanks to give up 550 yards in back to back games. So much for all that money the Bills spent on defense.