12:00 PM - 1:00 PM ETPat Kirwan
NFL.com senior analyst Pat Kirwan was back for his weekly live chat on Monday, Oct. 11 to discuss what he saw in Week 5.
Pat Kirwan, NFL.comHappy Monday, folks. Another busy week of NFL action. Let's talk about it...
phil, san deigo
12:04 PM ETWhat the heck is going on with the Chargers and can they fix it?????
Pat Kirwan, NFL.comSure. the Chargers are an inconsistent road team but they have a tremendous offense. Their trouble is all in special teams. That can be fixed by using starters on special teams. Which I remember Bill Parcells doing when he was at the Chargers. I can recall Lawrence Taylor covering kicks, as well as Carl Banks.
Marc Noel, Ebbe Vale, United Kingdom
12:06 PM ETHello Pat, Will Randy Moss have an impact tonight against the Jets. What will it take for the Vikings to get a win in New York. Thanks, Marc Noel.
Pat Kirwan, NFL.comMoss will have an impact because he poses a deep threat -- something rhe Vikings haven't had all year. They have yet to complete a pass over 30 yards. Whether or not he does that tonight, rest assured the Jets will be defending against it -- and that could open up more opportunities for Adrian Peterson. and Moss also gives the team a red-zone presence they are in dire need of.
As for winning the game, it will be tough for the Vikings. Couple of reasons why: They were an average road team last year, their pass rush, specifically Jared Allen, is a lot different away from the Metrodome. He has only 5 sacks in his last 10 road games. As we all know, the Jets blitz more than any team in the NFL. If they feel comfortable single-covering Moss, they will eat up Brett Favre most of the night.
12:12 PM ETis it time we start taking the redskins a little more seriously? can they beat the colts next week?
Pat Kirwan, NFL.comJackson, as long as you have Donovan McNabb, you have a chance most weeks. The Colts are vulnerable at this time, if you can run the ball and slow down Peyton Manning. I don't think you want to get into a shootout with them.
As well as Washington played well yesterday, critical injuries before and during the game helped the cause. I think the Redskins are in the thick of the race the rest of the year.
Nebraskan's for Carolina Fan Club, The Good Life State
12:14 PM ETFor goodness sakes they had two 1100 yd rushers in '09, how can the loss of RT Jeff Otah & journeyman OG Kendrick Vincent make such a huge difference in Carolina's O-line!?! They look terribly inept in run blocking...can such be fixed in a bye week? This team must run the ball to pass the ball!
Pat Kirwan, NFL.comSo how many Carolina fans are there in Nebraska anyway?
Say what you want about Jake Delhomme in years past. He threatened defenses with the pass, and the presence of Steve Smith, which you did not have yesterday, usually forced some form of double coverage. with Jimmy Clausen and rookie WRs, opposing defenses just play the run.
Joshua, Jacksonville, Florida
12:17 PM ETHey Pat! With a win over the Bengals, will the buccs start getting a little more respect? Theissman, Baldinger and Sharpe all picked the Bengals, and I know the buccs were awful last season, but why does everyone hate on this up and coming team?
Pat Kirwan, NFL.comHi Joshua, not everybody does, as you pointed out. It is an interesting perspective this morning, as more people feel the Bengals malfunctioned rther thsn the Bucs excelled. Really good to see Savvy Pisotele get back in the mix on defense. Win a few more and people will recognize what's going on in Tampa. You know I'm a big fan of QB Josh Freeman. I've compared him regularly to Warren Moon, with a little Ben Roethlisberger in him as well.
Eddie , New Jersey
12:19 PM ETHey Pat, good call two weeks ago in saying that the Giants aren't outmatched but out of sync. They seem to be clicking now. Do you see them taking the division with this kind of play?
Pat Kirwan, NFL.comHi Eddie. Always keep the bad Giants in the back of your mind. It's amazing, though, how Tom Coughlin was so criticized during the bad times and rarely mentioned in good times. Giants fans have it out for him and that's not fair. As I said two weeks ago, nobody prepares his team any better than Tom Coughlin.
12:21 PM ETDo you think the cards can with with a rookie QB (Hall)? Thanks
Pat Kirwan, NFL.comMarc, Ken Whisenhunt has mentioned a number of times how intriguing Max Hall is, noting that he's very mature and not your normal young rookie. They made a decision in August that this guy was special when they released Matt Leinart. They had to think about what would happen if Derek Anderon got hurt on the first play of the first game, so they clearly were prepared to put Hall in there.
Another intriguing thing: They also drafted John Skelton, and we rarely hear how he's doing.
12:23 PM ETWas the Chiefs defense that effective or were the colts recievers not on the same page with manning?
Pat Kirwan, NFL.comEvan, Romeo Crennel has been defensive coordinator against Peyton many times, and the philosophy when he was in New England was to play coverage all game long, nothing fancy, play after play after play in cover 2. Drop 8 players and give them a chance to understand what Peyton is doing. Did you notice how crowded and tight the passing lanes were? The goal of the defense last week was to hang around in the game as long as possible and not give up the big plays. Romeo reminded a number of upcoming opponents how to play vs. Peyton.
12:26 PM ETIs there a trickle effect as far as the saints are concerned? After 'taking my eye off the ball' here are some things I have noticed: -Poor O Line as compared to last season. -Drew has jitters. -Receivers are not running sharp routes and not getting open. Talk about it. :)
Pat Kirwan, NFL.comThanks for trying to look at the game in a different perspective! Drew got a minor knee injury this season, and many QBs struggle to gain confidence sitting in the pocket and throwing with the thought of another collision in the back of their mind. That's human nature.
Because Reggie Bush is not on the field to create matchup oroblems, and more importantly take advantage of blitzing defenses, defenses are going to heat up their pressure. On top of that, Marques Colston still does not have a TD reception. It looks as if defenses are giving you Jeremy Shockey and taking away everything else. You also don't seem to capitalize on turnovers as you did last year.
12:29 PM ETYour thoughts about the 49ers? What does the future hold?
Pat Kirwan, NFL.comNeder, it is frustrating to watch that team. There is enough talent to win. I thought the moment last night when Mike Singletary was in Alex Smith's face and then Alex responded with two touchdowns gave me some hope that this thing can still turn around this year. It took a lot for Singletary to not pull Smith, but instead sent him out there after the verbal whipping. I say this every week, but that division is still attainable (although things are starting to look bleak).
12:32 PM ETPat, can you comment on parity in the league this year? Week to week there seems to be more competition. No victory seems certain this year
Pat Kirwan, NFL.comSpike, it is extremely hard to figure out who's going to win and why. We're already out of undefeated teams! There are issues -- inconsistent QB play. I wrote about my concern for protection of QBs. Special teams are deciding more games than ever before. And it takes me half a Saturday to go through the RB injuries in the NFL Today meeting.
I don't know if any team is going to go on a 5-game winning streak this year. So the lesson is to not hit the panic button. Example: Two weeks ago, Giants fans were asking for Bill Cowher's phone number. You have to expect a rollercoaster year.
12:38 PM ETWHAT IS THE COWBOYS PROBLEMS AND HOW DO THEY FIX IT?
Pat Kirwan, NFL.comIsaac, the Cowboys' situation is fairly complex. There's plenty of talent. At times I think it's a sense of urgency that is lacking. Other times, it's self-inflicted pressure. Stats say they should be winning games. But the ability to close, compete under pressure... something is missing. I picked them to win the division I sure would like that pick back.
NFL.com,Wait a aminute, Pat... You want the pick back? I thought you said don't hit the panic button.
Pat Kirwan, NFL.comSometimes it's a good business decision... But thanks for reminding me. I'll hold onto them for now.
Joe Papa, Bunker Hill, WV
12:43 PM ETHow do you see the Eagles defense matching up against the Falcon's offence in particular Roddy White? Also do you expect to see Mike Vick back under center or Kolb starting to give Vick more rest for his rib, and which one do you see being more effective against the Falcon's defense? I love "Moving the Chains" and listen everyday on Sirius. It's the best football show ever conceived. Thanks.
Pat Kirwan, NFL.comThank you Joe. Couple of things... Vick got the job because he replaced an injured Kevin Kolb and won. Stands to reason, no matter what Andy Reid says, that if Kolb wins in Vick's absence, then he continues to play. Seems fair to me. Andy has said things before and retracted them. So we'll see what he does in order to put his team in best position to win. With the way Kolb looked on the road in SF, I see no reason to rush Vick back.
As for defending the falcons, you might have noticed yesterday on the NFL Today show, Bill Cowher picked Roddy White as one of the top 10 players in the league. Cowher told me off the air that he sees White as a young Hines Ward, only faster. Quite a compliment. White is very fast, and he's a great blocker, too. If you spend too much energy covering him, the Falcons will continue to run the ball. And if they stuff the run, White will burn them. I think White is the most targeted WR i nthe league this season. when Michael Jenkins is back and 100 percent, it'll be even tougher to handle Roddy White.
Charles, Chicago, Illinois
12:49 PM ETWith all of these injuries to the Packers, is there anyway they can still make the playoffs if they have to play an extended period of time without either Finley, Matthews, or Rodgers?
Pat Kirwan, NFL.comCharles, it's tougher with each injury. But there are questions in Chicago with Cutler's health. I'd be most worried about a push by the Vikings. That might not start tonight against the Jets but it should soon get heated up. there's really nowhere to turn to replace the quality of those injured players. and i do not believe your GM will give away draft picks to get veterans.
12:50 PM ETWhat's up Pat? Love the show...With the addition of Lynch and our O-line getting better, do the Hawks stand a chance against Da'Bears?
Pat Kirwan, NFL.comSure they do, Will. With the new head coach, a bye is more important than it is for many teams. They used the week to get all the new players up to speed. Something tells me there will still be a looming QB question in Seattle. Matt Hasselbeck has got to reduce the interceptions, which I hope he does. Otherwise, we're going to see Charlie Whitehurst at some point.
12:53 PM ETWho do you think is the best team in the NFC?
Pat Kirwan, NFL.comRight now? I'll say Atlanta and the Giants right now might be the two best. But in an ever-changing NFL, you might get a different answer next week.
12:54 PM ETThe Broncos passing attack has come out of nowhere, what has caused the change in Kyle Orton?
Pat Kirwan, NFL.comA year with head coach Josh McDaniels. An understanding of the offense they're in, and the re-emergence of receivers such as Brandon Lloyd. If you're not afraid to throw it 50 times a game and there are good WRs at the other end of the passes, good things will happen.
Pat Kirwan, NFL.comThanks again for another great week of questions. Enjoy the game tonight and we'll talk about it down the line.
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