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NFL Report Card: Week 5

Updated to include Colts-Titans result

I am 8-5 for the week going into Monday night's game -- a dropoff from last week which leaves me at 48-27 for the season -- the 63rd percentile of Post Pro Picks players.

Best Three Games

It was a terrible week if you like your NFL games competitive. Finding three good ones is actually a stretch. A ton of games resulted in blowouts, which we expected the moment we looked at the schedule. Cleveland-Buffalo was close, but it was hideous on every level. Redskins-Panthers was another close game, but neither team played particularly well. Once again, the Redskins' offense generated nothing. They were lucky a pair of turnovers that handed them two touchdowns. There was no reason to check in on Redskins-Panthers unless you had a direct rooting interest for one franchise or the other.

Bengals over Ravens

The Cincinnati Bengals are one deflected pass from being 5-0. And they are absolutely the most thrilling team to watch. Every game goes to the final play, including Sunday in Baltimore. Carson Palmer seems to have finally returned to the level of play he reached in 2005, and Sunday recovered nicely from the pick-6 he threw to Ed Reed early in the game.

Cowboys over Chiefs in OT

It's amazing how bad teams just sabotage themselves. Because the Chiefs couldn't tackle Miles Austin, Kansas City is still winless, having squandered a chance to put the Cowboys in Official Panic Mode. The Cowboys don't look anything like a playoff team. And as for Kansas City, why would the Chiefs beat the Cowboys when they can go to Washington next week and face the pathetic Redskins?

Steelers over Lions

Surprisingly good, in fact. The Steelers specialize now in jumping all over an opponent, then keeping the opponent alive until the game is closer than it should be in the fourth. Of the teams that have no chance to make the playoffs this season (Lions, Browns, Bucs, Raiders, Titans, Chiefs, Rams) the Lions seem to find the highest level of play week-to-week. The Steelers seemed in control the entire game but it was tenuous, which probably is progress for an outfit like the Lions.

Three Told-Ya-So Picks

Carolina over Redskins

That correct pick is already behind me. Trying to figure out if I have the guts to pick the Chiefs over the Redskins this week.

Giants over Raiders

Had the score at 38-7. The final was 44-7. Sometimes I scare myself...

Cowboys over Chiefs

I was leaning toward Kansas City but ultimately resisted and figured the Chiefs would find a way to lose, which they did...

Pardon These Picks

Ravens over Bengals

Time to wonder if the Ravens are just good enough to break your heart...

Bills over Browns

Little good happens when you have the poisonous T.O. on your team. The QB, Trent Edwards, always spends too much time trying worrying about satisfying T.O., and throws to him even when he's covered, resulting in bad decisions. If you can't beat Cleveland at home you've got nothing going on. I blame the Bills for this pick, not myself.

49ers over Falcons

Whoa, where did that come from? The Falcons just smashed the Niners in San Francisco, totally justifying my pick of Atlanta making it to the NFC Championship game and also totally destroying my record for the day.

Titans over Colts
Quoting from my picks post:

Look, I gotta pick one big upset. It's the law. This is THE LAST TIME I TAKE THE TITANS if they lose this one.

Michael Wilbon

 |  October 11, 2009; 8:16 PM ET  |  Category:  NFL Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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We've all heard Mr. Wilbon's comments already. In the interests of fairness, it would be nice to see Mr. Wilbon perhaps interview Rush and formulate his thoughts first-hand rather than use the liberal-elite conventional wisdom. After all, Mr. Wilbon is a journalist and would be nice to see him do his own investigating rather than opinion gathering.

Posted by: 35yrSKINSFAN | October 12, 2009 6:50 PM
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Mike Wilbon I would like to hear your comments on a Rush ownership. I believe Rush breaks most of the NFL mandates for his lifestyle. I see the idiocy in the comments towards you and it seems that some people with computers are still stuck in the Jim Crow era. Rush should not receive this privalege and not a right of NFL ownership.
If I was the Roger Goddel, I would cringe at the mere mention of Rush.

Posted by: zariah | October 12, 2009 6:33 PM
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For those of you too ignorant/liberal/bigoted to listen to Rush, you should know that it was not Rush that came up with the "Magic Negro" term, rather it was a liberal LA Times columnist David Ehrenstein. See,0,3391015.story

With the Internet, it is possible to do your homework. Consider your sources as Mr. Wilbon should have done in using Michael Eric Dyson, member of the Democratic Socialists of America, as a source as he slandered Rush, accusing him of discussing the merits of slavery.

Try doing some homework on Mr. Dyson!

Posted by: 35yrSKINSFAN | October 12, 2009 5:45 PM
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Actually Russ Grimm would be a good
choice for a coach.....but really, lets
get rid of Snyder and bring in Rush
Limbaugh.......would serve all you racists
whining liberals right...............

Posted by: JoeMc1 | October 12, 2009 4:52 PM
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That's nothing mikey, I picked the Colts over the Titans 33-10!!

PS - the skins are donzo

Posted by: The_Dude_Abides1 | October 12, 2009 3:53 PM
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Will you have the Redskins favored during their bye week??

Posted by: Justlistening | October 12, 2009 2:42 PM
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Big, BIG oversight in not including Pats-Broncos in the competitive games.

Posted by: kenzoan13 | October 12, 2009 2:25 PM
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A break out week for us - Picking ATS - against the points ofcourse much different from straight up. After hitting close to 75 % in the first few weeks, we fell off bad in games with bad calls, and winners not covering the points like the Bengals 2 back.

We broke out again last week with a great Saturday and Sunday and back up to the 75 % ATS record.

We will do it again Monday - and this game is going to be good. Weather is hot - wind dieing by game time - maybe light clouds but a very slight chance of weather is all.

We will have the winner side and toal from VEGAS - ..COM

Posted by: VegasInfoWebsCom | October 12, 2009 2:24 PM
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Right now Limbaugh is playing his parody..."Barack the Magic Negro"

NFL Owner? Really?

Posted by: ChipShirley | October 12, 2009 2:19 PM
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Wasn't the Bronco's/Pat's on tv in DC? Guess Wilbon doesn't think to highly of competitive overtime games. Out of 13 games yesterday, seven games ended with 7 points or less margin. That's more than half the games.
His whole post/column was weak and he is an idiot.

Posted by: luvdc808 | October 12, 2009 2:15 PM
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Rush Limbaugh takes every possible opportunity to make thinly veiled racial slurs.

Today, an hour ago, Limbaugh repeatedly said "Obama is so bad for the economy that's it's like he's 'turning a fire hose on the economy' 'he's taking a firehose to the US economy"

A few weeks ago he was on a kick of saying that everything about Obama was 'Spooky' 'He's spooky' 'He's spooking the economy'

Rush Limbaugh is an outright racist hatemonger.

Posted by: ChipShirley | October 12, 2009 2:12 PM
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Hey Wilbon, who should be the next Head Coach for the Redskins??? I mean after getting rid of Cerrato, i think it should be Russ Grimm! Just my 3 cents!!!!!!!

Posted by: Looch1906 | October 12, 2009 12:53 PM
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wake up wilbon- Broncos v Patriots best game of the week.

Posted by: Shifty138 | October 12, 2009 12:34 PM
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