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05 Oct 2005

Week 5 Rundown

Here's this week's rundown of upcoming games on FOXSports.com, courtesy of FO's own Mike Tanier. This week, learn the hidden indicator that could mean a big game from Kyle Orton and find out what CD is currently playing in the car stereo of the Bengals bandwagon.

Posted by: Mike Tanier on 05 Oct 2005

23 comments, Last at 24 Dec 2006, 2:22pm by Paul youngman


by Hines Ward (not verified) :: Wed, 10/05/2005 - 3:28pm


Antwaan lateraled the ball to me, not, as you put it:

"Hines Ward marred an otherwise excellent performance with a no-look lateral to Antwaan Randle El that won't be appearing in fast food commercials anytime soon."

by Tally (not verified) :: Wed, 10/05/2005 - 3:29pm

Hines Ward marred an otherwise excellent performance with a no-look lateral to Antwaan Randle El that won't be appearing in fast food commercials anytime soon.

I thought that lateral went the other way around, from Randle El to Ward. Another glitch in the Matrix?

by Jay B. (not verified) :: Wed, 10/05/2005 - 4:11pm

Apparently the FOX editors noticed that too. It has been corrected.

by Herr Murdoch (not verified) :: Wed, 10/05/2005 - 4:24pm

You're on thin ice, Tanier.

by White Rose Duelist (not verified) :: Wed, 10/05/2005 - 4:33pm

I miss Zelienope. leave the main road and you're in cow country. Although that was where the jeweler who made my wife's engagement ring (sapphire and moonstone in white gold) worked.

Hoping to find OLN on some TV, somewhere, in greater Boston tonight. Not getting my hopes up, with Sox-Sox on at the same time.

by White Rose Duelist (not verified) :: Wed, 10/05/2005 - 4:38pm

Mike Holmgren may have done as much to help the Rams make the playoffs last year as Mike Martz did.

He says like Martz has ever done anything to help a team make the playoffs...

by JG (not verified) :: Wed, 10/05/2005 - 4:42pm

If the Bears game keep getting universally rated as the loser of the week I'm never going to get to see any up here is WI.

by JonL (not verified) :: Wed, 10/05/2005 - 4:44pm

In retrospect, given the average number of sacks the Texans give up, promoting the OL coach might have been the wrong thing to do.

by bobman (not verified) :: Wed, 10/05/2005 - 4:47pm

RE: The Colts' schedule: Hey, sure it's "soft" but that just makes up for last season's 4 games in 17 days from a Monday night to Thanksgiving Thursday, with three on the road. (okay, that included the Bears and Lions, but all that travel tires a 300 pounder out, no?)

by Ken (not verified) :: Wed, 10/05/2005 - 5:20pm

I take exception with these "x games in y days" proclamations of schedule toughness. Pretty much every week the MNF teams play 2 games in 7 days - 6.5 if they have an early game the following week. And once every year the cowboys and the lions play 2 games in 5 days- an average of a game every 2.5 days!

by B (not verified) :: Wed, 10/05/2005 - 5:38pm

The way Peyton plays in October/November, maybe Colts fans should hope for as many games as possible during that stretch.

by Adam H (not verified) :: Wed, 10/05/2005 - 6:22pm

"but all that travel tires a 300 pounder out, no?"
Well, good thing they didn't have Corey Simon last year cause it would have killed him (he's fat).

by LTA (not verified) :: Wed, 10/05/2005 - 11:35pm

Two weeks ago the Steelers lost to the Patriots thanks to a clock meltdown that would have made Salvador Dali proud.

Really, this is on par with anything the ESPN Sunday Night crew might have to say. If the time had been added during the last drive, maybe I could believe it. But to say that the game having extra time added early in the 4th quarter made the Steelers lose seems alarmingly ignorant. That said, still love your columns and I'm hoping this one just slipped through the editing.

by MikeT (not verified) :: Wed, 10/05/2005 - 11:36pm

Zelienople rocks!

It's amazing how easy it is to flip names when you edit a sentence eight times.

That "travel-time" thing on short weeks really works, but handicappers and savvy bettors are all over it, so the line usually reflects the fact that a team had to travel after Monday night.

by LTA (not verified) :: Wed, 10/05/2005 - 11:36pm

Huh. The above post (13) showed up just fine in preview, so why the funky italicizing???

by Erasmus (not verified) :: Thu, 10/06/2005 - 12:06am

[i]Teams like the Colts and Chiefs will score a lot of points against the Patriots this year by matching their tight ends and slot receivers against reserves like Chad Scott and Ellis Hobbs. The Falcons can try the same strategy, but Brian Finneran and Dwayne Blakely don't really scare anyone.[/i]

Does Alge Crumpler scare anyone though?

by Theo (not verified) :: Thu, 10/06/2005 - 8:13am

Hope NLF.com is reading.

a: so they can learn a lot from you.
b: so they can ask you when the contract with FOX ends.

by Abe Simpson (not verified) :: Thu, 10/06/2005 - 9:44am

Have you noticed that long-haired quarterbacks aren't doing well this season?

Johnny Unitas - now there's a haircut you can set your watch to.

by LnGrrrR (not verified) :: Thu, 10/06/2005 - 10:25am

I concur with post 13 :)

by Adam H (not verified) :: Thu, 10/06/2005 - 12:45pm

I think we all agree that the extra time wasn't all that influential on the outcome of the game. The important point is how freakin funny the Salvatore Dali referance was (glitch in the matrix was good too).

by White Rose Duelist (not verified) :: Thu, 10/06/2005 - 1:12pm

This isn't precisely the right place to put this, but I don't know what is.

I found it very amusing to see fantasy projections like these on FOXSports.com:

Jeff Blake, 0/0, 3 yards
Jim Sorgi, 0/0, 1 yard
13 WRs - 0 carries for 1-3 rushing yards
21 RBs and 15 TEs - 0 receptions for 1-8 receiving yards

yesterday, Alex Smith was listed as 0/1 for 4 yards.

by Jeff F (not verified) :: Thu, 10/06/2005 - 2:03pm


Alge Crumpler is pretty good, but he's alone out there, and will be much easier to neutralize than Gates was, the Pats, even with their massively injured secondary, shouldn't have any major issues holding Crumpler to an average game. The key worry, however, are the RBs. Their defensive line looked really, really good against the Steelers, but brought nothing against SD (Yeah, I know, Seymour was slightly injured, but the other 3 guys aren't exactly dead weight) - if the Falcons can punch through the Pats D line like the Chargers did, then they will be in trouble, again. The Pats forced LDT to run in the middle, but they failed at stopping him there, so I wouldn't be surprised if Atlanta has Dunn run up the middle 30+ times next Sunday. If Seymour isn't 100%, the Pats could be in trouble.

by Paul youngman (not verified) :: Sun, 12/24/2006 - 2:22pm

Thursday nite football!Yikes! The worst idea ever hatched! And the Brian Feasco,what a Joke