This is the first installment of a new segment called “Thru Bookin.” Every Friday throughout the NFL season I will list my Top 5 players, offensive units, or defensive units that have a challenge during their weekly matchup which may be difficult to overcome. Thru Bookin means you can call Tyrone, Dr. Phil, Judge Judy, or the Fat Lady has sang. LOL. It is a fun reflection of how I see the game through my own eyes. Now lets have a little fun with this week’s list.
5. Miami Dolphins
Miami travels to play the Saints for a Monday night matchup of undefeated teams both standing at 3-0. Problem for Miami is the game is going to be played in New Orleans on the turf. The Dolphins secondary is banged up, pass rush phenom Cameron Wake is questionable to play because of an injury, along with defensive tackle Paul Soliai. Bad time to have key personnel injured on defense when you have to face the Saints’ Drew Brees and Jimmy Graham. May be a long quiet ride back to South Florida.
4. Houston Texans passing game
Andre “The Giant” Johnson is the best wide receiver for the Texans. His availability for the game against the Seattle Seahawks is in doubt with a shin injury. Seattle has the number one ranked defense overall and the number one pass defense. If Johnson is unable to suit up that leaves rookie DeAndre Hopkins as the next best receiver. That is a tall task to ask of the young man going up against cornerbacks Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner without Giant. Even with Johnson it should be difficult to make plays through the air. THRU BOOKIN. LOL
3. The Loser of the London Bowl
The Pittsburgh Steelers and the Minnesota Vikings travel to London and play in the annual out of the states yearly game. They are both 0-3 and a loss in this game would just about end either teams hopes of making a turnaround. Each team plays in a deep talented division and going 0-4 with plenty of divisional games left would pretty much seal the deal of not making the playoffs. Ben Roethlisberger should have success in the passing game if his offensive line gives him time to find his speedy receivers. Vikings pass defense needs some fine tuning. This should be a classic WWE wrestling “Loser Leave Town” match or should I say, “Loser Stay in London match.”
2. New York Giants offensive line
The New York Giants offensive line has struggled to protect quarterback Eli Manning or open up holes in the running game. In their last game against the Carolina Panthers they allowed 6 sacks in the first half. They got shutout 38-0. It does not get any easier this weekend when they play at the 3-0 Kansas City Chiefs. Kansas City pass rushers Tomba Hali and Justin Houston come on down “The Price is Right.” The pair gave Eagles’ former Pro Bowl tackle Jason Peters and rookie 2013 1st round draft pick Lane Johnson fits last week. The Giants’ run blocking inside will also have a tough day trying to move up and coming nose tackle Dontari Poe.
1. Philadelphia Eagles Secondary
Philadelphia has an exciting offense led by Michael Vick and LeSean McCoy. The secondary on defense is where the problem starts. They need safeties that can contest the deep routes. In the last two games, they have allowed a receiver to gain more than 100 yards receiving. Now they travel to Denver to face Peyton Manning and his plethora of receiving options. I believe it is safe to say that at least one or maybe two of them will eclipse the 100 yard receiving barrier. Can you say, “THRU BOOKIN.”