The Week 5 game picks are upcoming, but first ...
» With the loss of big-ticket free-agent Jairus Byrd, the New Orleans Saints are officially in real trouble. They oughta take care of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers pretty easily on Sunday, but take a look at the 10-game gauntlet awaiting them when they come off their Week 6 bye: at DET, GB, at CAR, SF, CIN, BAL, at PIT, CAR, at CHI, ATL.
» Florida State has been good at college football for quite some time now. Florida State quarterbacks who make it to the NFL have not been good for quite some time now. When Brad Johnson (aka The Worst QB to Win a Super Bowl) is your best ever, that's bad. Here are the lesser lights: EJ Manuel, Christian Ponder, Chris Weinke, Danny Kanell, Casey Weldon, Peter Tom Willis, Gary Huff. Maybe it'd be best for Famous Jameis to follow fellow Seminole/Heisman winner Chaz Ward and declare for the NBA draft.
» Whatever else ails the game of football right now, football players showing joy after making a successful football play isn't one of them.
» As I've been telling you since May, Green Bay's defense is vastly improved from what it's been the last few seasons. That's not to say it ranks up there with Seattle's or Cincy's (especially against the run), but -- thanks to Aaron Rodgers & his highly offensive pals -- it doesn't need to be. Like the '09 Saints (who, you might recall, won the Super Bowl), this defense is forcing turnovers and getting to QBs. We hear a lot about how run-based offenses "complement" strong Ds ... but a pass-dominant O like Green Bay's complements the team's emerging defensive strength: making plays against the pass.
» By the way, I'm not getting much pushback today about who I put at No. 1 in my 2014 triplet rankings. Hmmm, wonder why.
» More DDFP TV: Daniel "Move The Sticks" Jeremiah and I discussed whether the 3-1 Cowboys, Ravens and Chargers can keep it going all season.
» If Ole Miss beats Alabama this weekend, SEC wonks will say it proves their conference has unparalleled depth.
» Following Arizona's win over Oregon on Thursday night, SEC wonks are scoffing at how overrated the Pac-12's so-called "best team" is.
» By this time next month, heated debate about which four teams should get into the new college football playoff will be ubiquitous. Those aforementioned SEC wonks argue they deserve at least two teams (just like they've previously argued both spots in the BCS title game should've gone to SEC teams). Either way, it's absurd. After the Niners narrowly lost the Seahawks in the NFC title game last January, no one suggested San Francisco should get another shot at their rival. Why? 'Cause that's what the conference title game was for!
» Here's an unimpeachably bad sports argument: "A starting pitcher shouldn't be allowed to win the MVP award." Over the course of the season, the number of batters a starting pitcher faces is roughly the same as the number of a batter's at-bats.
And with that, "We're on to Cincinnati ..."
... and all the other games, too.
WARNING: Do NOT continue reading if you don't want to know the final scores of the remaining Week 5 games.
(7-6 last week; 35-28 on the season.)