Week 5 Fantasy Locks
The Mission: To be informative, enlightening and 100 percent accurate each NFL weekend.
The Realistic Goal: To be informative, somewhat enlightening and accurate for 67 percent of the calls.
Quarterback: 275 Total Yards and/or 3 TD
1. Drew Brees vs. San Diego
2. Aaron Rodgers at Indianapolis
3. Matt Ryan at Washington
4. Tom Brady vs. Denver
5. Robert Griffin III vs. Atlanta
6. Eli Manning vs. Cleveland
7. Andy Dalton vs. Miami
8. Peyton Manning at New England
Running Back: 115 Total Yards and/or 2 TD
1. Arian Foster at N.Y. Jets
2. Ray Rice at Kansas City
3. Marshawn Lynch at Carolina
4. Frank Gore vs. Buffalo
5. Maurice Jones-Drew vs. Chicago
6. LeSean McCoy at Pittsburgh
7. Adrian Peterson vs. Tennessee
8. Trent Richardson at N.Y. Giants
9. Matt Forte at Jacksonville
10. Jamaal Charles vs. Baltimore
Wide Receiver: 105 Total Yards and/or 1 TD
1. A.J. Green vs. Miami
2. Reggie Wayne vs. Green Bay
3. Roddy White at Washington
4. Marques Colston vs. San Diego
5. Wes Welker vs. Denver
6. Demaryius Thomas at New England
7. Percy Harvin vs. Tennessee
8. Victor Cruz vs. Cleveland
9. Brian Hartline at Cincinnati
10. Jordy Nelson at Indianapolis
Kicker: At Least 3 Field Goals (or 9 Points)
1. Stephen Gostkowski vs. Denver
2. Shayne Graham at N.Y. Jets
3. Rob Bironas at Minnesota
4. Greg Zuerlein vs. Arizona
5. David Akers vs. Buffalo
Sleepers Of The Week
QB Andrew Luck vs. Green Bay
RB Kendall Hunter vs. Buffalo
RB Lamar Miller at Cincinnati
WR Harry Douglas at Washington
WR Kendall Wright at Minnesota
Week 5 Dream Team
QB Aaron Rodgers, Packers
RB Ray Rice, Ravens
RB Marshawn Lynch, Seahawks
WR Reggie Wayne, Colts
WR A.J. Green, Bengals
RB/WR Arian Foster, Texans
TE Jimmy Graham, Saints
K Greg Zuerlein, Rams
D/ST Houston Texans
YouTube Memory Lane
Here are some awesome NFL clips from the 1970s and 80s, courtesy of our friends at YouTube:
1. 1978—The NFL Today's Brent Musburger directs traffic while handling halftime-highlights duty for the 1 p.m. games.
A few things stand out from this early November clip: The charmingly archaic scoreboard wall, Jayne Kennedy's awkward tease for the Tom Landry-Don Shula piece and Packers punter David Beverly's whiffed punt against the Eagles.
How is that blown kick not in every NFL Films Follies show?
2. 1979—CBS provides blanket post-game coverage of the Cowboys' 28-0 road rout of the Rams in the 1978 NFC title game (played on Jan. 7, 1979). From Jimmy "The Greek" Snyder installing Pittsburgh as an early favorite in Super Bowl XIII to Pat Summerall and Frank Glieber getting absurd access into the Dallas locker room, this clip is one for the books!
(Check out legendary Sports Illustrated writer Paul Zimmerman, aka Dr. Z, waiting for the Cowboys players and coaches to settle into the locker room.)
My favorite part: Just seconds after Summerall laments how Rams fans must be devastated from the blowout home defeat, a cheerful blonde smiles and heartily waves for the CBS cameras as if she was leaving a Beach Boys concert. Good stuff!
3. 1983—Monday Night Football: Here's an excellent opening from Howard Cosell for Cowboys-Vikings—the final game of the strike-shortened 1982 season (played on Jan. 3, 1983).
Cosell details the Metrodome roof collapse from four days prior and the subsequent lightning-speed repairs to the stadium just before kickoff.
(Which begs the question: Why did it take so long to fix the roof from the 2010 collapse?)
Aside from the Metrodome troubles, there are two major stories to follow:
In the pregame, Ahmad Rashad confirms his injury-hastened retirement from the NFL (and new job at NBC).
And during the game, Tony Dorsett rushes for a 99-yard touchdown, prompting the memorable Don Meredith call: 99 yards...and a half!
4. 1983—Here's the second half of a seemingly innocuous game between the Giants and Falcons. (New York wins in OT.)
This clip is endearing for a few reasons:
a) This may be the only visual evidence of iconic announcers Jack Buck and John Madden working in tandem. (Summerall must have been handling U.S. Open tennis duties for CBS on that day.)
b) Madden states his preference for Scott Brunner over Phil Simms/Jeff Rutledge in the Giants' three-man QB competition.
c) Check out the awkward football design for old Fulton County Stadium in Atlanta (my adopted hometown). Today, the old pitch is the wine and cheese crowd-endorsed parking lot for Turner Field (and baseball's Atlanta Braves).
d) This game served as Bill Parcells' first victory as an NFL head coach...and only one of three wins in 1983. Can you imagine if Parcells had been fired after going 3-11-1?
Who knows if he ever gets another shot at leading an NFL team? And for that matter, what happens to linebackers coach Bill Belichick's career trajectory if Parcells gets booted after one year?
Jay Clemons can be reached on Twitter, day or night, at @ATL_JayClemons.
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