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NFL Week Five: Good, bad & ugly

San Francisco 49ers

Week Five in the NFL saw some thinning in the ranks of the undefeated. We also saw some teams continue their dominance. Here's some of my observations:

The Good

-The 49ers are still undefeated after their dismantling of the Browns on Monday Night football. They're 4-0 for the first time since 1990 when Joe Montana and Jerry Rice were in their heyday. In their 31-3 win, The 49ers had 95 more rushing yards than the Browns had total yards. That "other" Bosa brother (Nick) is pretty good.

-The Bills are 4-1 thanks to a stingy defense. We're talking about a defense that averages giving up less than 300 yards and only 14 points per game. The Patriots may finally have a division rival to worry about in almost 20 years.

-The Colts went into Kansas City and left with a 19-13 win over the Chiefs. They did it by dominating the time of possession (+14:30) and a rushing yardage differential of +144. They also beat up Pat Mahomes and made sure he felt uncomfortable. It helps that they added former Chiefs pass rusher Justin Houston.

The Bad

-The Cowboys are now 3-2 after starting 3-0 thanks to a 34-24 loss to the Packers at home. The Packers have owned the Cowboys in Dallas so much, AT&T Stadium has been called "Lambeau South." Despite putting up over 500 yards of offense, the three Dak Prescott interceptions and 11 accepted penalties for 124 yards were too much to overcome.

-The Bengals are turning back into the "Bungles" fast. They're 0-5 now on the season after losing 26-23 to the Cardinals and their rookie quarterback Kyler Murray. The Bengals' defense gave up 248 yards passing and had a rush yardage differential of -158. They may be giving the Dolphins a run for the #1 overall pick.

-The Chargers fell to 2-3 with a loss to the winless Broncos 20-13. Again, rushing yardage differential played a part as the Broncos were +156, as well as a +1 in the turnover department despite having 12 accepted penalties for 122 yards. So much for the Chargers making the AFC West interesting. They need to bounce back big if they plan on competeting.

The Ugly

-Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph took a nasty hit and was put into concussion protocol. Ravens safety Earl Thomas laid the hard hit on Rudolph, but wasn't ejected. He most likely will get fined because when you have the gift of replay and slow motion, things will always look differently. Rudolph was able to walk off the field (with assistance) and should be okay.

-The Rams lost their second game in a row. A season removed from their Super Bowl appearance and they may be on the ropes. Throwing 117 passes and only running the ball 29 times with a rushing yardage differential of -145 and a turnover differential of -4. They lost when kicker Greg Zuerlein missed a 44 yard field goal with 15 seconds left.

-The Skins fired head coach Jay Gruden following their 33-7 loss to the Patriots. Word has it the organization decided to fire him around 8pm EST that night, but waited until 5am the following morning to call him in to fire him. Dan Snyder has had too many head coaches in his time as owner. I'm not defending Gruden, but seven head coaches in about 20 years of ownership is too damn many.

You can't pick your opponents in the NFL, you play who's on the schedule. Whowould've thought that the 49ers would join the Patriots as the last two undefeated teams in th league? With the way this season is going, I wouldn't be surprised if the Giants knocked off the Patriots this coming Thursday, or if the Redskins and Dolphins tie each other making both teams stay winless on the season. This season keeps getting better.

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The Houston Rockets are in the midst of a rebuild. Jalen Green and Kevin Porter Jr are studs. KPJ just signed a four-year extension with the team. Other guys like Jabari Smith Jr, Kenyon Martin Jr, Alperen Sengun, Josh Christopher, Tari Eason, and Jae'Sean Tate are really good pieces to surround Green and KPJ with. The only issue with this group: they're REALLY young! Tate is the elder statesman at 27 of the young nucleus. Most are barely old enough to buy a drink. Some still aren't old enough! They're a bunch of green bananas waiting to turn yellow to slightly brown and be ripe enough for consumption.

We need to give it time. Just like bananas, they take time to ripen. Coach Stephen Silas is known for developing young players. His most prized student is the star player for that team in South Oklahoma up 45. Number 77 for that team credited Silas with helping him realize his All-Pro potential while Silas was a part of the coaching staff there. To a man, all his former players credit him with being a positive influence on their careers. So why are fans in a rush to get rid of him?

When you look at the Rockets' record over the last few years, it's gross. Sure, they've been a lottery team the last couple of seasons, but that was by design. As part of the Chris Paul and Russell Westbrook trades, they gave away pick swap rights. Had they not been that bad, they wouldn't have been able to draft Green or Smith Jr. Those two guys are building blocks for the future, along with KPJ. Giving those picks away would've put this team further down the totem pole of developing themselves into a contender. Losing pays off when you can hit on high lottery picks.

If you give a chef dirt, bread, ham, molded cheese, and spoiled mayo, can you expect anything else but a nasty ham sandwich? How about if the chef was given a steak that is almost rotten, potatoes with root growth, and spoiled butter? Could you expect a better meal than the sandwich? Yes! However, that meal may still cause a stomachache. Now, give said chef a full complement of gourmet groceries and guess what you'll get?

This is why I say let Silas cook. He's the perfect coach for this group of kids. He can teach them all the fundamentals of the game at this level and help them grow into their full potential. If there's a change to be made on the sidelines, move Silas into a front office role, but DO NOT get rid of him! Guys like him are too valuable. Why do you think Mark Cuban hated losing him, but knew he couldn't retain him because he had a head coach already? Cuban knew what he had in Silas and what Silas did for Luka Doncic. He can do something similar for the Rockets if given the time to work his magic.

Should Tilman Fertita find the need to move on, I'd look for a more experienced coach who can guide them from bottom of the playoff ladder into top four in the West and real contenders. For now, Silas is the head chef. Continue giving him the groceries he needs, and he'll continue giving these kids the lessons they need to develop. Changing the coach now could stunt their growth. Let him cook!

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