NFL Picks Week 5: Randy Moss Trade and the Biggest Headlines Of Week 5
Week 5 of the 2010 NFL Season is almost here, and it's packed with enticing games and intriguing stories.
Whether it be a player vs. player matchup or a test of skill, the Week 5 slate of games will certainly be interesting.
Randy Moss makes his debut return to the Minnesota Vikings, while the Chiefs face the Indianapolis Colts in search of extending their bid for perfection.
All that and much more make my list of the biggest headlines of Week 5.
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The Chicago Bears were literally sacked hard (nine n first half) by the New York Giants on the national stage during their Sunday Night Football showdown last week.
Those type of losses often mess with a team's psyche and can send them into a slump. Luckily, they'll have a chance to demonstrate their resiliency against the winless Carolina Panthers.
Of course, they'll have to do so without quarterback Jay Cutler, who's ruled out with a concussion. 16-year veteran Todd Collins will replace him in the starting lineup.
Julius Peppers' Return
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After being drafted with the No. 2 overall selection in 2002, Julius Peppers established himself as one of the premier pass rushers in the league and registered 81 sacks in eight years.
However, the Panthers were a team in transition and opted not to resign the five-time Pro Bowler.
So, instead, the Chicago Bears went out and signed him to a blockbuster deal at the early hours of the free agency period.
He’s been an absolute beast so far, and it’ll be interesting to see if the has a little something cooked up as he faces his former team for the first time.
Are the Cowboys for Real?
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After a slow 0-2 start, the Dallas Cowboys posted an impressive win over the Houston Texans.
Now, coming fresh off their bye, it'll be interesting to see if they can keep it up against the Tennessee Titans.
If they hope to win, they'll have to contain Chris Johnson, who's arguably the league's top running back.
Battle of the Bottom Feeders?
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Based on previous notions regarding these two teams, many would assume this matchup between the league's worst, and rightfully so. The St. Louis Rams and Detroit Lions have combined for five wins in the past two seasons.
However, both seem to be much improved as they've been competitive in nearly all of their games. So, this could actually be a tight one.
Adding even more intrigue is the fact that this is the first contest between Sam Bradford and Ndamukong Suh, this year's No. 1 and 2 overall draft picks. This could be the first true indicator as to which franchise made the wiser decision.
Are the '07 G-Men Back?
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Do you recall the New York Giants and their magical Cinderella-esque run that made them Super Bowl champions in 2007? They relied on a dominant defense led by a relentless pass rush and had their rushing attack anchor their offense.
Last week, against the Bears, they displayed the reemergence of those qualities and added some hope to what appeared to be a flailing franchise.
If they can continue to perform at that level, especially against the Texans prolific offense, they could stand victorious.
On the other hand, they could deliver another flop and prove to us that last week was just a fluke.
Bid for Perfection?
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Parity has struck the NFL, and interestingly enough, the Kansas City Chiefs are the last undefeated team standing.
While it doesn't appear that they have what it takes to go 16-0, they are looking like a very strong bunch.
However, they face a major roadblock this week as they'll have to travel to Indianapolis to take on the Colts which will truly be their greatest test yet.
Can the Vick-Less Eagles Still Be Vick-Torious?
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The Philadelphia Eagles have been riding an intense roller coaster thus far in the season, especially at the quarterback position.
It all started with the shocking Donovan McNabb trade (which I predicted) during the offseason, which made Kevin Kolb the starter. However, a Kolb injury lead to his demise. Vick capitalized on the opportunity to replace him and was named the full-time starter as a result. For some time, it was seeming to be a great comeback story.
Unfortunately, he suffered a rib injury that will sideline him this week when the Eagles battle the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday Night Football.
Will they still have enough firepower on offense to send the 49ers to an 0-5 start?
While I don't believe so, we'll just have to wait and see.
Randy Moss Trade
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In case you haven't been informed, the New England Patriots traded Randy Moss to the Minnesota Vikings on Tuesday in exchange for a third round draft choice.
Whether or not you agree with the deal is beyond us at this point, and I'm sure we'll all be tuning in to see him make his debut return to his original team as they take on the New York Jets on Monday Night Football.
Note, this could be a potential Moss vs. Darrelle Revis matchup, which would surely add more spice to an already entertaining game.