Cheers & Jeers Week 5
It's time for the best & worst of Week 5, also known as Cheers & Jeers. A lot of things happened in the NFL this weekend, and there is a lot to discuss for the past week, so let's get to it.
3. Atlanta Falcons- After an opening day loss, the Falcons are emerging as a contender in a wide-open NFC. In fact, if the playoffs started to day, the road to the Super Bowl would go through Atlanta. This team has played very well on both sides of the ball, and if they can stay healthy, they'll remain at the top of the NFC.
2. Hakeem Nicks- In 14 games in his rookie season of 2009, Nicks had 47 receptions with six touchdowns, but he is emerging as Eli Manning's top target. This season, through five games, Nicks already has 33 receptions and six touchdowns. Whoever has this guy on their fantasy football team should be utilizing him weekly. He is on his way to monster numbers this season for the Giants.
1. Oakland Raiders- After seven years and 13 straight games of frustration, the Raiders finally got a breakthrough victory over their AFC West rival, the San Diego Chargers. With two blocked punts, a safety, and a fumble return for a touchdown late to seal the victory and kill any hope of a Charger comeback. Also, with Jason Campbell coming in for an injured Bruce Gradkowski and playing well, the Raiders had a well-deserved and hard fought victory.
3. The Carolina Panthers offense- The main reason this team is 0-5. Yes this is a young team, especially on the offensive side of the ball, but the fact that they only have 52 points through five games is alarming. The defense has done its job forcing turnovers, but with a rookie quarterback, two rookie receivers, and still no help for Steve Smith. The season is looking very long for Jimmy Clausen and company.Continued on the next page