My five cents
1Dennis Allen was 8-28 in his two-plus seasons in Oakland, but the Raiders’ problems go far beyond the coach. Allen was general manager Reggie McKenzie’s hire, not owner Mark Davis’. Davis’ hire was McKenzie, who now is under fire and could follow Allen out the door at the end of the season.
2Philadelphia quarterback Nick Foles was going to have a tough time duplicating his 2013 season when he had the third-best passer rating in NFL history (119.2), with 27 touchdowns and two interceptions. But the drop-off has been steeper than expected. Foles’ completion percentage is only 57.8 and his 81.7 passer rating ranks 25th. He shows no accuracy on his downfield throws, which has nothing to do with the departure of receiver DeSean Jackson.
3John Harbaugh has a 65-34 record in seven seasons with the Baltimore Ravens, who gave him his first head coaching shot. He makes $6.5 million a season, and having received a one-year extension after last season, is under contract through 2017. Why would he leave for any college job?
4The Houston Texans could see the return of outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney, the No. 1 overall pick, for their Oct. 20 game against Pittsburgh. He was expected to miss 4-6 weeks after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery.
5Is Father Time catching up to Tom Brady? Brady, 37, ranks 29th in passer rating, with his 79.1 rating better than only Geno Smith among quarterbacks in the AFC East. Of course, Brady hasn’t gotten great protection, and the New England Patriots aren’t exactly loaded at receiver.