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| THE NUMBERS DON’T LIE!
By Bob Acton
What IMPACT does Michael Vick have on a team?The Falcons will seek their first 5-0 start in franchise historywith a win Sunday at home against the Lions. After strugglingto a 5-11 season due in part to Vick missing the first 11 games,the Falcons are also getting it done on defense. After givingup a NFL high 452 points last season, the Falcons have alloweda ridiculously low 49 in 4 games. Consider that defensive endPatrick Kenney has 7 sacks already after 4 games, when his totalin 2003 for 16 games was 6 ½.
Detroit will look for their 3rd victory of theyoung season and they did have their hands full with a similaroffense as Atlanta’s last game, when Donovan McNabb and the PhiladelphiaEagles, did some severe damage to their defense. With rookie KevinJones out with a high ankle sprain, the Lions will turn to secondyear man Artose Pinner who at 5″10″ 230 lbs. is a load.Pinner gained over 1,300 yards as a senior at Kentucky and comingoff a bye week, expect Detroit to have a few wrinkles.
I still thing Coughlin is a jerk, but he has theGiants playing well and who listens to me anyways? Years aftertying for league worst -16 in turnovers the Giants are an incredible+10 and head to Dallas full of confidence. Texas stadium has notbeen kind to the Giants in the past, as they have lost 10 of 13.Whenever Bill Parcells teams come off a bye, you can be sure ofa trick play on offense, as well as a fake in the kicking game.
Peyton Manning is at it again for the Colts andthat is bad news for the Raiders this weekend. He has 1,123 yardspassing in just 4 games, with 11 touchdowns and just 2 interceptions.Here lies the problem for opposing defenses? You have to accountfor Reggie Wayne and Marvin Harrison the two wide outs, but ifyou double them, then Brandon Stokley the 3rd wide out will bean issue. Stokley has 22 catches for 311 yards already this seasonand the 22 catches matches his output for all of the 2003 season.Then if you try and shut down Edgerrin James, Manning will pullthe ball out and hit either tight end Dallas Clark or Marcus Pollard.
The Raiders were in the game with the Texans,but the dreaded turnover is hurting their club. Five giveawayswill not permit any team to win ballgames and they need some continuityon offense. First Rich Gannon goes down, then Tyrone Wheatleythis week and now Jerry Rice is popping off. He has only 5 catchesin 4 games and is being overtaken by Ronald Curry, Doug Gabrieland Jerry Porter. Flying to the East Coast twice in 2 weeks, for1:00pm eastern standard time games, is usually a respite for defeat.