1. Quarterback Mark Sanchez had a great Sunday for the Baltimore Ravens. The problem for New York Jets fans is he plays for THEM. (If this sounds eerily familiar please refer to my Week Three Takes where Antonio Cromartie was “highlighted.” The Ravens scored three touchdowns on defense, all courtesy of Mark’s turnovers. That equals all the touchdowns Baltimore’s defense scored in 2010. Sanchez’s line: 11 of 35 for 119 yards…four fumbles (three lost)…one interception. Ravens 34, Jets 17. For New York Head Coach Rex Ryan…that left a “Mark.” Yes, for the second week in a row the best player for the Jets’ opponent was in fact a Jet.
2. NFL teams apparently are fearful New England Wide Receiver Wes Welker has a highly communicable disease which could ravage their squads were they to allow their players to get too close to him. How else can you explain 40 catches for 616 yards (and five TD’s) in just four games? Each weekend, we sit on our sofas during the Patriots’ games screaming, “Why doesn’t someone cover Welker?” Think about it. There has to be some contagious, bubonic plague surrounding this guy because while everyone on the globe knows who QB Tom Brady is going to look for on each and every pass play no one is ever near Wes Welker. At best, they only show a willingness to lightly touch him down or steer him out-of-bounds. The World Health Organization should be called in immediately to examine why defenses show no interest in covering Wes Welker.
3. October is hereby designated as Devin Hester Return Awareness Month. League teams continue to show complete arrogance towards those who cover their sport by not taking the advice of every single football analyst and commentator on Planet Earth who says each year, each week do NOT kick the football to Chicago Bears’ speedster Devin Hester. The Carolina Panthers were the latest to refuse to admit everyone else might have this right by allowing Devin to run 69 yards with a punt in the Bears’ 34-29 victory. Hester now has more punt return touchdowns than anyone in the history of the NFL…and extended his overall TD return record to 15. The guy is only in his sixth year. Ok, let’s try this again…do NOT kick the football to Devin Hester.