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NFL Week 5 Review: A Jet Fan’s View of the Competition

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NFL 2013: 2 and 0 Equals XLVIII
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Patriots QB Tom Brady.

The New York Jets are hanging on the periphery of the playoff picture five weeks into the season, a grip that could loosen dramatically in the coming weeks. At 2-3, they are still somewhat relevant so we'll keep a wary eye on the competition. There are a few opponents that rise to the top of the discussion.

Miami Dolphins 17, Cincinnati Bengals 13 - This is the kind of game that separates a team like the Bengals from the league hierarchy. They could have advanced to 4-1 with a home win against a team not their equal. And they blew it. The Dolphins are better than expected, but please, they can't be stealing victories from teams with grander plans. The Bengals were exposed.

Baltimore Ravens 9, Kansas City Chiefs 6 - Was there a snow and ice storm in Kansas City this weekend? What conspired to reduce this game to a soccer match-up with five field goals? This is the game marked by Matt Cassel's head injury that was cheered by a crowd unhappy with his play and Chief football. Abominable. But the truth is undeniable and the Chiefs are terrible. The Ravens emerged with a win, but certainly appear vulnerable.

New England Patriots 31, Denver Broncos 21 - The Pats have now officially shed the rust. The Broncos seemed like a pretty solid defense last year, but have been ordinary so far this year. They were far less than ordinary against Tom Brady who threw as if this was a pad-less seven on seven drill during the week. Goodness, the Patriots are unstoppable. Don't expect them to lose many more games this season. Peyton Manning is great, but Brady has flown by him. Age? Team? The reasons don't matter much when considering levels of greatness.

Pittsburgh Steelers 16, Philadelphia Eagles 14 - Here's why the Steelers are always prominently situated among playoff contenders - a championship quarterback. Are you paying close attention, Mike Tannenbaum and Rex Ryan? Ben Roethlisberger won't allow the Steelers to fall behind, won't allow them to lose much when they play badly, won't allow losing to take hold.

Glenn Vallach has been a football fan for most of his lifetime, but never played organized pigskin unless you consider the thousands of youth hours running slant routes on city streets. Don Maynard was his idol, an adulation he took seriously, complete with a number 13 stitched to his sweatshirt. He remains a New York Jet fan through so much disappointment and embarrassment over the years. Coach Rex Ryan has rekindled a dormant fire, but sometimes he feels as if he doesn't understand the likely end result of all his efforts. It has been 43 years, after all.

Sources:

  • · Yahoo! Sports New York Jets page
  • · Yahoo! Sports New England Patriots page
  • · Yahoo! Sports Baltimore Ravens page
  • · Yahoo! Sports Tom Brady page
  • · Yahoo! Sports Peyton Manning page
  • · Will Graves, The Associated Press, Suisham drills winner as Steelers top Eagles 16-14
  • · Joe Kay, The Associated Press, 2 INTs help Dolphins beat Bengals 17-13

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