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    . The 5 o’clock club is published Wednesday to Saturday during the season Cheap Preston Smith Jersey , and aims to provide a forum for reader-driven discussion at a time of day when there isn’t much NFL news being published. Feel free to introduce topics that interest you in the comments below.The Cardinals are bad.Really bad.The Colts are not the same as the Cardinals.Rod Marinelli outcoached Pat Schurmer.The Giants blundered by using the 2nd overall draft pick to draft Saquon Barkley.The Texans are not as good as I thought they would be.One team in the NFL is guaranteed to still be winless this time next week, and there could easily be 3 or 4 teams without a “W” going into Week 4.The Chiefs are better than I thought they would be.The Buccaneers are a lot better than I thought they would be, and Desean Jackson is officially an ‘Eagle Killer’.Why does that seem ironic?Going into Week 3, the Redskins are the only team with four receivers who were drafted with a top-40 pick.Why doesn’t that fill me with pride and confidence?NFL.com’s Power Rankings have the winless Steelers ranked 16th. That’s criminal negligence from Harrison.The Bengals just might be pretty good, and the AFC North looks like a wide-open division this year.The Packers got robbed by a horrible penalty call that could end up costing them a playoff spot at the end of the season.The Jaguars are absolutely for real.The Redskins are the only team in the NFC East that has outscored their opponents in the first two weeks; they currently stand at +6. Eagles are second at 0.Somehow, the Giants & Cowboys, despite playing each other this week, have both managed to accumulate a negative points differential over 2 games.The Lions and the Bills have both given up 78 points through the first two weeks of the season Cheap Ryan Kerrigan Jersey , tied for worst in the league.Each team has a head coach who ‘made his bones’ as a high-profile defensive coordinator.Only the Cardinals (6) and the Bills (23) have scored fewer points through two games than the 28 scored by the Dallas Cowboys.I suck at playing Survivor football competitions.In a 3-life league, I have only one life left after just two weeks.“Business Friday” isn’t going to be a thing going forward, but for D.J. Swearinger, it’s Business Sunday every week.Matt Ioannidis and Jonathan Allen are good football players.After two weeks, the Redskins lead the NFL in two key defensive stats: total yards allowed and passing yards allowed.Don’t believe me?Note that 5 of the 10 defensive leader spots shown above are held by NFCE teams.Also, the Eagles rank first in rushing yards allowed.None of the NFCE teams is in the top 5 in the three key offensive measures (rush yards, pass yards, tot yards).Not sure what to make of all that.I don’t mind the Redskin offense taking ten yard underneath pass plays if that’s “what the defense is giving them”... but not when they’re down by two scores with less than 6 minutes to play.The Eagles Cheap Jordan Reed Jersey , Redskins, Cowboys and Giants are closely grouped in total points scored, with ranks of 22nd for Philly, 25th for ‘Skins, and the two others tied for 27th.In Defensive scoring given up, the NFCE teams rank: Redskins 3rd, Cowboys 5th, Eagles 10th Cheap Brandon Scherff Jersey , Giants 12th.Aldrick Robinson must be a much better player than we thought he was.Elliott Harrison’s love for the Redskins is not unconditional.I must remember not to laugh at another team’s fan base for thinking their team has an opportunity to actually compete against the Redskins, or even win.They just might be right.Fan base mood swings are frightening.Things could always be worse; my father grew up in New York, and I could have grown up a Giants fan.So, what did you learn this week? Alright, everyone needs to be honest now—who watched the inaugural action from the AAF (Alliance of American Football)? I was unable to watch very much of it, but I had to peek...because I’m a junkie. In trying to put together a post today about football, I feel like dedicating a Sixpack comments section to a brand new OUTDOOR (not an arena league, that is) would be a fun way to avoid talking a ton about Tim Rattay and Rob Ryan.The Arizona Hotshots are the gamblers’ favorite to win it all at this point. None other than Rick Neuheisel is the coach there Womens Jamison Crowder Jersey , so naturally I wonder if he has any action on this thing. His quarterbacks are probably the strongest in the league with Trevor Knight and John Wolford. Knight was an exciting college player...at times...for Oklahoma and Texas A&M. He is pretty athletic and fast, and he has a chance to be my favorite quarterback in the league by season’s end, which I know is very important to him.The Atlanta Legends are worth noting here because they are the AAF franchise that has rights to players who most recently may have played for the Washington Redskins. THIS is noteworthy because the Atlanta team just got throttled in their opener by none other than Steve Spurrier and his Orlando Apollos. After the game, the man who should be prosecuted for what he did to Patrick Ramsey made sure to remind folks that he had just beaten the team with ties to the Redskins. This moment did not make me more likely to carve out time to watch more AAF action.The rules are....well, they are kind of awesome. The NFL will undoubtedly be taking note and polling the crap out of America to see if they should adopt some of them. I am definitely a proponent of no kickoffs, so this rule seems like a slam dunk, but this rule pales in comparison to a few others in my book. No TV timeouts...you read that right. That is huge, and certainly has a huge impact on the stadium experience as well as for anyone watching at home. Removing the extra point attempt is also a big deal Youth Montae Nicholson Jersey , with teams being forced to go for 2-point conversions. Again...fun. One of the sneakier rule changes that I would be shocked to ever see in the NFL is the 35-second play clock. It is only five seconds less than the NFL, but I can barely keep my blood pressure down watching offensive and defensive coordinators play 40-second games of chess. I figure taking five seconds away would cause so many delay of game penalties in the first year that it would make people miserable. If you like Utah wide receivers—and who doesn’t—you’ll love the Salt Lake Stallions. I honestly don’t know more about this second-ranked team (in Vegas) than that. They lost to the Hotshots in the opening weekend, which means we could say that..get ready for it...we may have just seen the preview of the final!!! Wait...both teams are in the west. Nevermind...maybe? Is there a swimsuit competition?Am I the only Redskin fan that looked at our recent coaching hires and thought, “Are the Redskins competing in the AAF?” Tim Rattay and Rob Ryan are not exactly getting me in a very confident place. I would love to know who the group thinks Rob Ryan will punch first this season. I’ll get the betting started with Kevin O’Connell. Custom Carolina Panthers Jerseys
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