Whether you’re invested in fantasy football, a hardcore fan or just a fair-weather football wanderer, this week’s top five will give you a little bit of everything.
1. Ultimate sweater test vest
After a red hot start with a huge win at home over the Indianapolis Colts in Week 1, the Bills have been decidedly average. At one point they were proclaimed an AFC favourite, but have since fallen off the map going 2-2 in their last four games.
The team is arguably now facing the best outfit in the NFL – the Cincinnati Bengals. The game is at Ralph Wilson Stadium, where Rex Ryan’s Bills are 1-2 on home turf. However, with RB Karlos Williams almost ready to come back and WR Sammy Watkins ready to make his return to the lineup, a Bengal record blemish could be on the cards in what’s undoubtedly the Game of the Week.
2. Can Alex Smith still pass the football?
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith went the entire 2014 season with zero touchdown passes to a wide receiver. No, I’m not kidding.
The team still finished with a winning record and almost secured a playoff spot. How did this happen? The answer is Jamaal Charles.
The running back put up 14 total touchdowns (rushing and receiving) last year, but will be forced to sit out the rest of 2015 due to a devastating knee injury.
After dropping big money on Jeremy Maclin and hyping the hell out of tight end Travis Kelce, the Chiefs do have the weapons in their arsenal. The only question is, can Alex Smith still pass the football?
3. Your fantasy pick ups of the week
Cleveland Browns – Josh McCown, QB
Throughout their careers, the McCown brothers are always like the heaviest weights at the gym: you feel great when you pick them up, but you feel even better when you drop them. Don’t get me wrong, Josh McCown is a great pick up at home following his AFC Player of the Week nod, but after this Sunday don’t be afraid to say goodbye. The Browns slinger will ride his Week 5 winning momentum this week. Like every other Cleveland Brown, though, he’ll ride it right back to the waiver wire the next.
Kansas City Chiefs – Charcandrick West, RB
Head Coach Andy Reid will play both West and Knile Davis but says he prefers West because he’s a more similar player to Jamaal Charles. He’s going to get a heck of a lot of touches this weekend.
4. Can the Seahawks find redemption?
Here we go, a mobile QB against a mobile QB. A home game. A healthy Marshawn Lynch. A healthy Thomas Rawls. A chance to destroy a perfect record. What more could you ask for as a Seahawks fan?
The Hawks gave up 17 points in the 4th quarter last week to lose to the Cincinnati Bengals. You know this team is angry and will come out hungry – especially the defence. They were embarrassed by Andy Dalton last Sunday and will be seeking redemption.
As for the offence, a healthy Marshawn Lynch should provide a nice spark. Hopefully for the Hawks it will provide a much-needed boost to the offensive line as well, who have left Russell Wilson out to dry so far this season.
5. Deflategate revenge
Who are we kidding? The Deflategate scandal was a giant waste of everybody’s time. Aside from a fantastic court room rendering, as a fan, what did we get from it? We began to resent a filthy rich league for wasting everyone’s time and money on something that would make no difference to the final outcome of the 2015 Super Bowl anyway.
If the NFL won the case, would the Patriots give back their rings? Would the Colts suit up again to replay the AFC Championship? No and no. So honestly, who cared?
The only people that really gave a damn were Colts fans, and now they’ll have their chance for a little bit of payback. I emphasize “little” because the stage is minuscule compared to their last meeting.
Colts fans will have a chance to boo Tom Brady on their home turf. On top of that, Andrew Luck should be healthy and they may have a chance to even beat the Patriots as well. So if you’re a Colts fan, this has the makings of a classic. If you’re not a Colts fan though, this is game is really just as meaningful as the scandal itself.