Are people seriously arguing that Mark Sanchez's performance in the Jests 23-17 loss to Houston last night was good enough to save him his job? The guy went 14 of 31 for 230, with only one TD and two costly picks. Sure, they both came off deflections but...
The surprise of the night was the performance of New York's defense in keeping the game competitive against a tough, tough Texans offense. But Sanchez? Awful. Off target most of the night, he never really gave his team a chance to win. Whither Tebow? After putting a perfect ball in the hands of his receiver (who promptly dropped it) down the seam in the first half, Timmer was relegated to five runs for 19 yards as the Jests watched their season swirl around the bottom of the bowl with another loss.
The Steelers, meanwhile, bounced back from a poor performance and a bye week, beating a tough Eagles team 16-14. Most impressive was the work of Pittsburgh's much-maligned offensive line, which gave up 0 sacks of Big Ben and opened enough holes for Rashard Mendenhall to allow him to pick up 81 yards and a TD on just 14 carries. Not a bad day's work against a strong Philadelphia defensive front.
And how about the Patriots? Not only did they beat Denver, they did it on the ground, with Stevan Ridley racking up 151 yards on 28 carries, while Brandon Bolden added another 54 yards and Danny Woodhead picked up 47 of his own. Could it be that Billy B has finally recognised the value of a strong running attack, instead of relying on the deteriorating arm of quarterback Tom Brady?
I'm not sure what to say about New Orleans' win over San Diego. Neither talented team has been very consistent this year and the Saints needed the emotional boost of having their suspended coaches on hand to win their first game of the season. Does this mean the Saints are a good pick as we go forward or does the fact that they gave up almost 500 yards of offense to San Diego suggest we can't count on them for anything?
Matt Hasselbeck seems to have performed pretty well in his first start of the season (26 of 43 for 200) for Tennessee but still lost 30-7 to a Minnesota club that seems determined to make the post season this year. I like Hasselbeck and hope he does well but he's going to need a lot more support if he hopes to turn the Titans' season around.
Last but not least, what do we say about my beloved Buffalo Bills? Not only did they get bombed by San Fran, they also managed to get held to something like 45 offensive plays in total for a total of 10 first downs and 201 total yards. How does that work? You can't win games with that kind of offensive production.
Especially when your mega-free-agent signing in the off season, defensive lineman Mario Williams, is still missing in action. Despite the fact that criticism of the former Texan standout has been rising exponentially each week, Williams has failed completely to respond. Against San Francisco, Williams was held to two tackles and no sacks. His season totals? 9 tackles and 1.5 sacks. After five games. That's dreadful. There are defensive backs who have posted better totals IN A SINGLE GAME this season.
It's no wonder the Buffalo coaches are finding their jobs in jeopardy. No offense. No defense. No chance.