Blog Entry

NFL Judgements and rulings from week 5

Posted on: October 7, 2008 11:30 am
Edited on: October 8, 2008 9:09 pm
Well folks, week 5 is now officially in the books. There were some upsets and there were some disappointments as well. All in all, it was a great weekend of football.
The Minnesota Vikings managed to pull off a mini upset and for the time being, have saved their season. A 2-3 record looks a lot better then 1-4. The Vikings managed to do this without the aid of a strong performance by Adrian Peterson, who looked human on Monday Night Football.
Brad Childress for the time being, still has a job although many Vikings fans are asking themselves, why? Brad Childress seems a little out of his element as a head coach lately. Has he lost his team?

Week Five Analysis
Why can they not get a consistent passing game to go with there amazing running back/ running game? Bernard Berrian is making 16 million dollars this year, and is supposed to be your long awaited replacement for Randy Moss as a deep threat. He didn't show up until the 4th quarter of the game in week 5, and previous to that 4th quarter, he dropped what could have been a key first down. The ball hit him right in the hands and than of course straight to the ground. How is that acceptable?

You employ and over pay for Jared Allen, who is a great player in his own right. But is not getting constant pressure when needed due to double teams. I mean, Drew Brees still completed over 23 passes, which is unacceptable, but not totally the pass rushers fault either. I know the secondary has to step up and make plays as well.
Until Brad Childress and his coaching staff get everyone on the same page, it is going to be a long and scary year for what was supposed to be a team that contended for the Super Bowl.
Now, I know all those Vikings fans might be upset with my take on this whole scenario seeing as the Vikings did win the game over the Saints. But, the Vikings won the game only because the New Orleans Saints have a kicker Martin Gramatica, that can not hit the broad side of a barn unless it is over fifty yards away, and the defense decides to get called for pass interference down on the 20 yard line with the game on the line.
That win in no way propels me into a good state of mind when writing about the Vikings current situation. So, for the time being, the jury remains out on whether or not the Vikings can be a real threat down the stretch. As of right now, the verdict is leaning from Super Bowl contender to Super Bowl pretender. And the Verdict on Brad Childress is............. See you in week six, maybe seven if your lucky. (P.S. Brad please call Donald Trumps hair stylist....... they might be able to help.)

Touching quickly on some other courtroom proceedings and games around the league this week. The San Diego Chargers look lost on the field. They lost to the Miami Dolphins!!! LT the verdict on you at this point in the season is guilty of being unproductive in a Norv Turner set or offense. Norv Turner how do you justify not getting LT the ball. You should be careful A.J. Smith has fired people for less, remember Marty Schotenheimer went 14-2 in the regular season and still got axed. So I guess this Verdict would be much the same as the Minnesota Vikings. The San Diego Super Chargers, who were thought to be Super Bowl Contenders, are as of week 5, Super Bowl pretenders.
The Steelers can be proud once again as Big Ben showed his extreme toughness and manufactured a hard fought win down in Jacksonville. The Verdict on Big Ben is............ you are tough enough for another week on the grid iron.(I hope that O-line starts protecting you better.)

In Lambeau Field, you saw what happens when a legend leaves your house. Nobody fears going into Green Bay anymore. Micheal Turner and the Atlanta Falcons proved just that by going in there and pounding the Packers with some hard nosed, coming right at you football. They did this by running it up the gut on a soft interior line known as the Green Bay Packers D Line. The Verdict on the Green Bay Packers D-line is......... Guilty of being soft like butter!!!

Over in Houston, we had another case of Super Bowl contender gone pretender in the Colts.... or so we thought! Sage Rosenfals decided to have the ultimate brain cramp. On the verge of a huge win for Houston, Sage Rosenfals fumbled the ball not only once but twice with under 3 minutes to go in the game, allowing Peyton Manning to bring his Colts back from being down 17 points and win the game. (I guess Sage was taking tips from Kurt Warner on how to hang on to the football.)

On a good note, Jim Zorn after having a horrible week one of the season, where he didn't even have a two minute offense, has guided the Washington Redskins to 4 straight wins and for the time being has the Redskins clicking on all cylinders. I must tip my hat because of one play call that was made during that game. Santana Moss who typically struggles against the Eagles, was having a tough day. Jim Zorn called the option pass that went for a touchdown and to me that is the ultimate coaching move, to know when a team has a players number and to get him involved in a different way, for that Jim Zorn you are officially off of my moronic coach list for now please keep up the good work.

So there you have it folks week five guilty verdicts are as follows:

Guilty of being a Super Bowl contenders turned pretenders are: The San Diego Chargers
Honorable mention to the Colts and Vikings who if they don't get there act together on a consistent bases will be watching the playoffs like the rest of us in high definition.

Guilty of being moronic coaches who should not be coaching are: Norv Turner, Brad Childress (for reasons mentioned above)

Guilty of Costing his team a win: Sage Rosenfals( didn't you play for Miami when they went 1- 15, and now you are with Houston and they are 0-4, damn Sage you really don't like winning do you?)
Honorable Mention to the Green Bay Packers D-Line (for being soft like butter)
Guilty of moving your team up the power rankings: Jim Zorn and the Washington Redskins ( they only have home divisional games left there headed in the right direction)
Honorable Mention to Big Ben and the Steelers

Court is now in recess!!!
The Law Has Spoken.

Since: Mar 11, 2008
Posted on: November 10, 2008 12:58 pm

NFL Judgements and rulings from week 5

Well judge VCLAW, what would the verdic be on a bunch of NFL teams making the play offs with a 8-8 record or maybe even a 7-9 record?

Since: Aug 15, 2008
Posted on: October 9, 2008 10:32 pm

NFL Judgements and rulings from week 5

Well Old Tom if the Defense rests it's case I have no other alternative except to move this case forward and send it to the jury in week six, with that being said we will officially render a verdict on the Chicago bears after weak 6, in the interim I advise the Chicago Bears that they are officially on notice of these proceedings.

Since: Apr 21, 2008
Posted on: October 9, 2008 5:59 pm

NFL Judgements and rulings from week 5

Judge Claw, I know you have a full docket so if it please the court, my client, the Chicago Bears, wish to throw themselves on the mercy of the court and ask for leniency for pleading guilty of being a Super Bowl contender turned pretender.  I know my client has a good defense and have a favorable schedule the rest of the way, with the exception of Tennessee and a game at Green Bay later in the season,  but rookie hopeful Matt Forte, out of Tulane, only has 2 td's and under 400 yds. rushing (383) , is not the power guy we thought.  Kyle Orton's 1100 yds. and 7 td's is'nt that bad but he has 4 picks to go along with that, and Rashied Davis has'nt scored yet with only 189 yds. recieving. Deven Hester's 2 TD's with 106 yds. looks promising, but Brandon Lloyd can't get open in the end zone only 1 TD for his 249 yds. recieving.  I know my client will probably win the NFC Norse Division, but they will ultimately be Won and Done.  Have mercy on this possibly worst  12-4 team Judge Claw, the defense has rested.

Since: Apr 6, 2008
Posted on: October 8, 2008 10:20 pm

NFL Judgements and rulings from week 5

One thing I have to say is I am a die had Colts fan.. And I hate to see them play as they have been playing.. This yera has been a lot of hype over terams and players that are not living up to that hype.. My FFL sucks this year, I have good teams to. Before the season started I thought I would do really well. But they are all choking!

Sorry to all the Vikings fans.. But they are not superbowl contenders.. They got lucky monday night. There where a lot of bad calls that pretty much gave that game to the Vikings.. They gave them the ball on a bad call at least twice that I saw. And it was the same ref the gave the game to Denver.

Even the Cowboys are barley squekin by wins.. What is wrong with foot ball this year. For a girl I am pretty good at pickin wins. But this yaer has been hard. But I have still managed to stay 2nd or 3rd place. One more superbowl pertender.. The Seahawks... Over  rated over paid!

Just my opinion folks!!

Since: Aug 15, 2008
Posted on: October 7, 2008 2:09 pm

NFL Judgements and rulings from week 5

Very good points Glory your point is well taken.  As for the dress code of the San Fransisco 49ers head coach I agree with you that it is a little over the top but it is apparently a tribute to his father who was also a coach so I will tolerate it, but i do agree if the Niners played as well as they dressed we might have a legitimate Super Bowl contender on our hands.  Thanks for taking the time to read and post your thoughts glory, I look forward to interacting with you in the future.

Since: Aug 17, 2008
Posted on: October 7, 2008 1:55 pm

NFL Judgements and rulings from week 5

If it please the court you did not for some unknown reason mention the 49ers lost to New England The jury has passed the following verdict

Guilty of falling apart on Defence  in the Red Zone. Guilty of having a coach who think he is dressing for a boardroom and not a football game. He will not last long with the 49ers with a 2-3 record.

Since: Aug 15, 2008
Posted on: October 7, 2008 1:26 pm

NFL Judgements and rulings from week 5

Thanks for the input River and yes we can include one more ruling that the Detroit Lions do officially suck once again and there defense would make my grandma look like a hall of fame QB. 

Since: Aug 15, 2008
Posted on: October 7, 2008 1:23 pm

NFL Judgements and rulings from week 5

Thanks for the comments and input Old Tom and I agree with you the Titans are exonerated for now lets hope they keep this rolling and do not end up on this courtrooms docket!!!

Since: Mar 26, 2008
Posted on: October 7, 2008 1:23 pm

NFL Judgements and rulings from week 5

Point of order Judge Claw.  Is there room for one more ruling?

Guilty of making a bad quarterback look good.  Detroit Lions defense.  This defense, if you can call it that, made Kyle Orton......Kyle Orton look like a hall of famer.  Granted Kyle has done well with what he has to work with, but to take a crew of average recievers up to Detroit and look like the 99 Rams, come on.

Nice blog Claw.

Since: Apr 21, 2008
Posted on: October 7, 2008 12:28 pm

NFL Judgements and rulings from week 5

Order in the court, Order in the court, it is still early on the  Super Charger case but you are correct in saying right now their pretenders and after this weeks match-up with the Pats you could give them the gavel and close the case, but S.D. is the second higest scoring team in the AFC just 1 point behind Denver, sure they give up their share but if they can shore up their line-backer woes and give a better pass rushing show Super Chargers will turn it around. This week is Big.  I will agree in closing the case on the Vikings, when your the third lowest scoring team in the NFC and you come from the Norse Division and you have no passing game to speak of your doomed, even with the best running-back in the league, Vikings can get well this week against Cup-Cake Lions at home and possibly be within 1 game of the Bears at 2-3, but it does'nt boad well the rest of the way.  And may I give a big exoneration to the Titans as the only unbeaten team in the AFC at 5-0 with a stellar Defense that also leads the league. I don't know how Collins, who was in the Super Bowl with the Giants which lost me a C-note many years ago, is doing it, but he has rekindled his fire from the ashes he's left behind.   Nice blog V, good luck this week.

The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or